In June of 2012, the Yale Glee Club launched the inaugural Yale International Choral Festival, a new event produced in collaboration with the Yale School of Music, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the Yale Alumni Chorus, marking an exciting new chapter in Yale University's long tradition of international choral exchange.
The festival took place on June 19-23, 2012. Outstanding choirs from four continents came together for five days of singing, learning, and exploring the connections that choral music fosters between people. Each evening featured a formal concert in Yale's renowned Sprague Hall, and each day was filled with lectures, workshops, and masterclasses led by visiting conductors and Yale faculty.
Our featured ensembles included the Central Conservatory of Music Chorus, Beijing; the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, UK; the Manado State University Choir, Indonesia; the Imilonji Kantu Choral Society, South Africa; the Yale Choral Artists, and the Yale Alumni Chorus.
A two-day symposium entitled Choirs Transforming Our World, organized in association with the International Federation for Choral Music's Conductors Without Borders network and the American Choral Directors Association's International Conductors Exchange Program, also took place within the festival. The symposium explored the ways in which people throughout the US and the world are using choral music to create positive social change, promote mental well-being, and foster community.
Plans will be underway soon for the second Yale International Choral Festival, to be held in New Haven in June of 2015. Please visit this site for more information in the months to come.