2017 COA Nationals for Top Choirs

2017 COA Nationals for Top Choirs


NYC + Carnegie Hall
March 23-25, 2017
(Sold Out – Waitlist Started)

The 2017 COA Nationals for Top Choirs combines high magnitude music education experiences with world-class faculty… capped off with an amazing massed choir event in Carnegie Hall.

  • Master Conductor: Z. Randall Stroope
  • Massed Choir Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium
  • Spotlight Performances in Carnegie Hall (for Qualifying Choirs)
  • All Choir World-Premiere Finale from COA’s Composer-in-Residence: Z. Randall Stroope
  • Adjudicated Performances
  • Full Clinics with COA Master Clinicians
  • Master Clinicians: Pearl Shangkuan, Tim Sharp, Karen Kennedy, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
  • Choral Exchanges (Sing for Other Choirs… and Vice-Versa)
  • PREMIERE! New Music Workshop

“Early Bird” Participant Rate* (Festival Only): $199.00 per person
Directors and Chaperones (up to 1 per 10): Free
Bonus Day for Subsidiary Ensembles: Free

* Early Bird rate valid for all choral programs with application and $500.00 non-refundable deposit in to COA by May 20, 2016. Rate for programs applying / depositing after May 20, 2016 will be $249.00 per participant.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Each participating Choral Program will have the option of designating “Subsidiary Ensembles” for adjudicated performances of their prepared music during the first day of the COA Nationals. Following each performance, COA Nationals Adjudicators will give detailed, on-stage performance reviews.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Today, “Primary Ensembles” from each participating Choral Program will benefit from an adjudicated performance of their own repertoire, followed by an engaging, one-hour clinic for the entire Choral Program with one of COA’s Clinician Adjudicators (Karen Kennedy, Tim Sharp, Pearl Shangkuan, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu). Everyone will also enjoy a scheduled Observational Opportunity (watching another choir perform), along with engaging workshops for ALL participants. Scheduled workshops include:
  • XChange – A Meeting of Voices (during which choirs from across the country interact with and sing for each other)
  • PREMIERE! New Music Workshop (an engaging, energetic rehearsal of our newly commissioned piece from Z. Randall Stroope)

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Concert Day

Today, the COA National’s Master Conductor + Composer-in-Residence, Z. Randall Stroope, takes over for fun and educational Massed Choir Rehearsals. Following rehearsals, all Participating Choirs will perform during an awe inspiring Prism Concert at the world-famous Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. During the Concert, choral programs bringing 45 or more Singers will also qualify automatically for a “Spotlight Performance Opportunity”… and ALL participants will enjoy the Massed Choir Performance… complete with a Tutti Finale World Premiere from Dr. Stroope. It will be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime event! Finally, we end the program with an optional Post-Concert DJ Dessert Dance Celebration nearby… a fantastic way to meet up with other Choral Programs from throughout the country!