2021 COA Nationals for Top Choirs Z Randall Stroope

Choirs of America
2021 COA Nationals for Top Choirs
NYC + Carnegie Hall

April 15-16, 2021

Z. Randall Stroope
Principal Conductor & Composer-in-Residence


The 2021 COA Nationals for Top Choirs combines high magnitude music education experiences with world-class faculty… capped off with an amazing massed / individual choir event in Carnegie Hall.

    Festival Inclusions (pre-trip):

  • Placement into one of two massed choirs (Vivace or Armonioso) for the concert in Carnegie Hall
  • Festival chorus development and preparation assistance (including Part Assistance Tracks)
  • Rehearsal notes from COA’s Artistic Director, Christopher Scott Olin, relating to massed choir repertoire assigned by the Principal Conductor, festival logistics, adjudication details, etc.
  • Detailed festival schedule provided to each participating choir
  • Concert advertising and audience development
  • Concert listing with ensemble names in official Carnegie Hall performance calendar and website
  • Commemorative Concert Poster with ensemble name listed
  • Festival Inclusions (April 15, 2021):

  • COA student ambassador to act as choir’s guide for the day
  • Adjudicated performance in LeFrak Concert Hall (Queens College)
  • On-stage performance review (pre-clinic) – time permitting
  • Written comments and ratings from all three adjudicators per COA’s criterion-referenced rubric
  • Detailed, one-hour clinic with one of COA’s Adjudicator / Clinicians
  • Clinicians: Lynne Gackle; Sandra Snow
  • Scheduled observational opportunity to watch another choir perform
  • xChange workshop (sing for other choirs from across the country… and vice-versa)
  • Broadway 101 workshop
  • Festival Inclusions (April 16, 2021):

  • Principal Conductor | Composer-in-Residence: Z. Randall Stroope
  • One full rehearsal for your assigned massed choir (Vivace or Armonioso) led by Z. Randall Stroope
  • Massed choir rehearsal venue in NYC
  • Professional collaborative pianist, and supporting instrumentalist (per repertoire), for rehearsal and concert
  • Cue-to-cue walk-through, soundcheck, and finale rehearsal in Carnegie Hall
  • Professional production team dedicated to the performance (stage crew, house management, ushers, box office personnel, etc.)
  • Official PlayBill concert program with group bio and singer names
  • Official concert photographer
  • Dedicated house seats to experience other concert parts
  • Massed and individual choir concert performance in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium
  • Spotlight, individual choir performance opportunity during concert in Carnegie Hall (for choirs bringing 45 or more singers)
  • All choir world-premiere finale performance of newly commissioned piece from COA’s Composer-in-Residence: Z. Randall Stroope
  • Festival Inclusions (post-trip):

  • One archival concert DVD recording of Carnegie Hall concert
  • Professional audio recording of adjudicated performance

  • Festival Only Rate (no hotel)

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

    Discount Package: 3 Nights Hotel +
    Festival Participation

    $598.00 per person – 3 nights lodging in Midtown Manhattan at quad occupancy (Hilton, Sheraton, or similar) + Festival Participation

    $498.00 per person – 3 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 4 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)


    Program Summary

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

    Today, each participating choral program will benefit from an adjudicated performance of their own repertoire, followed by an engaging, one-hour clinic with one of COA’s Clinicians (Lynne Gackle; Sandra Snow). 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)
    • Broadway 101 workshop (join our Broadway faculty for an engaging, energetic look at the world of musical theater)

    Friday, April 16, 2021

    The COA National’s Principal Conductor, Z. Randall Stroope, takes over today for fun and educational massed choir rehearsals.

    Following rehearsals, all participating choirs will perform during an awe inspiring prism concert in world-famous Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall. During the concert, choral programs bringing 45 or more singers will have the opportunity for a “spotlight performance” on their own… and ALL participants will perform as one of two massed choirs. The concert wraps with an amazing all-choir world premiere finale written by Z. Randall Stroope especially for this event. It will be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime experience!