2021 COA Octavos History American Spiritual

COA Collaborative Concert Series

History of the American Spiritual
with Rollo Dilworth

New York City + Carnegie Hall
Residency: April 30 – May 2, 2021


Bring your entire choral program to perform with one of America’s highest level scholars (and composers) of the American Spiritual genre for a one-of-a-kind concert experience in world-famous Carnegie Hall!

History of the American Spiritual with Rollo Dilworth will feature an exceptional overview of the incredible lexicon of American spirituals. In spring 2021, your choir will work with Dr. Dilworth to perform music from this incredible genre. The concert event includes 3 extensive collaborative massed choir rehearsals with Dr. Dilworth and an incredible concert performance in Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall! Plus, you’ll have plenty of time for sightseeing in NYC.

This event is open to all choral ensembles. Please join choirs from across the country in the “Big Apple” for this once in a lifetime experience! Here are the details:

Festival Inclusions (pre-trip preparation):
    • Festival chorus development and preparation assistance from COA’s staff
    • Professionally curated part tracks (mp3)
    • Rehearsal notes from the conductor, curated by COA’s Artistic Director, Christopher Scott Olin
    • Concert advertising and audience development
Festival Inclusions (pre-concert preparation):
    • Rehearsal venues in NYC
    • Three massed choir rehearsals (one dress) for each participating choir led by Rollo Dilworth
    • Professional collaborative pianist for all rehearsals in NYC
    • Soundcheck at concert venue
Festival Inclusions (concert performance):
    • Professional production team for the performance (stage crew, house management, ushers, box office personnel, etc.)
    • Massed Choir Concert Performance of American Folk Music as curated by Dr. Dilworth especially for this concert
    • Concert performance accompanied by professional instrumentalists and soloists (according to repertoire)
    • Perform an all-choir, world premiere from Dr. Dilworth written especially for COA and this concert
    • Opportunity to attend performance to hear other concert parts
    • PlayBill concert program with ensemble bio and singer names
    • Official concert photographer with option to purchase concert photos after residency weekend
    • One archival DVD recording of your performance
    • Commemorative Concert Poster with name of the ensemble

    Festival Itinerary:

    Friday, April 30, 2021 – Afternoon Rehearsal with Rollo Dilworth
    Saturday, May 1, 2021 – Morning Rehearsal with Rollo Dilworth
    Sunday, May 2, 2021 – Dress Rehearsal, Sound Check, and Concert Performance with Dr. Dilworth, choirs from across the country, and professional instrumentalists and soloists.


    Festival Only Rate (no hotel)

    ♬ Performer Rate: $279.00 per person
    ♬ Directors and Chaperones (up to 1 per 10): Free

    Discount Package: 4 Nights Hotel +
    Festival Participation

    $698.00 per person – 4 nights lodging in Midtown Manhattan at quad occupancy (Hilton, Sheraton, or similar) + Festival Participation

    $598.00 per person – 4 nights lodging in Long Island City at quad occupancy (Fairfield Inn, Wingate by Wyndham, or similar) + Festival Participation

    * Please contact us for inclusive pricing for 3 or 5 nights, and/or for triple, double, and single occupancy rates.

    Optional Festival Add-Ons:

    ♬ Event t-shirt customized with ensemble name: $26.00 each (www.choralgear.com)
    ♬ Event hoodie customized with ensemble name: $45.00 each (www.choralgear.com)
    ♬ Concert photos (available post-concert for purchase online): Price Varies (www.groupphotos.com)