2020 COA Nationals for Top Choirs

Choirs of America
2020 COA Nationals for Top Choirs


The COA Nationals for Top Choirs has become the top destination for choral programs looking for the highest magnitude choral festival experience available today. Since the first COA Nationals in New York City and Carnegie Hall (featuring Anton Armstrong as Master Conductor) in 2013, the program has grown quickly. In 2020, COA will produce four COA Nationals programs.

The experience is a revolutionary departure from others you may have experienced in the past. Our mission is “to engage, inspire, and educate choirs” from across the country (and, often, from other parts of the world) by bringing them in contact with the finest conductors, composers, and educators in the industry. Each event is grounded in the belief that collaboration is far better than competition. Thus, we emphasize designing high level educational adjudications, full one-hour clinics, and amazing performance opportunities hand-in-hand with collaborative interaction with other choirs and teaching artists. Having the ability to study with one of America’s finest collegiate conductors (André Thomas, Z. Randall Stroope, or Andrea Ramsey in 2020), perform world-premieres with well-known composers (Brandon Boyd, Andrea Ramsey, or Z. Randall Stroope in 2020), and engage in clinics and workshops with our incredible teaching faculty is (all bias aside) an incredibly powerful experience. Moreover, the ability to learn collaboratively with other choirs (that represent every corner of our country) broadens horizons and expands perspectives.

2020 COA Nationals for Top Choirs
New York City + Carnegie Hall
April 16-18, 2020

Master Conductor: André Thomas
Composer-in-Residence: Brandon Boyd
Master Clinicians: Eugene Rogers, Jeffrey Benson, TBA

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2020 COA Nationals for Top Choirs
New York City + Carnegie Hall
April 23-25, 2020

Master Conductor & Composer-in-Residence: Z. Randall Stroope
Master Clinicians: Rollo Dilworth, Amanda Quist, Eugene Rogers

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2020 COA Nationals for Top Choirs
New York City + Carnegie Hall
June 26-27, 2020

Master Conductor & Composer-in-Residence: Andrea Ramsey
Guest Conductor: Doreen Rao
Master Clinicians: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Jeffery Redding, TBA

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2020 National Festival for
Children’s & Youth Choirs

New York City + Carnegie Hall
June 26-27, 2020

Master Conductor: Doreen Rao
Featured Conductor & Composer-in-Residence: Andrea Ramsey
Master Clinicians: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Jeffery Redding, TBA

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“Your format for this festival does have a positive effect on the teachers choosing to attend your festival.”

– Dr. André Thomas, Florida State University