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Choral Singers Invited to Apply to Sing in CONCORA’s 2018 Summer Festival


Experienced choral singers are invited to apply by May 20, 2018 to participate in CONCORA’s Summer Festival, “Wonderful Town! A Bernstein Centenary.” The Festival runs from July 29 through August 4. All events take place at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin.

Now in its 20th season, CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers amateur singers an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform with CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the region’s oldest and best-known professional choir, and Artistic Director Chris Shepard.

The Festival offers a week of exceptional music-making, uplifting repertoire, and high artistic standards in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of opportunities for socializing, renewing friendships, and making new friends. In evening and weekend sessions, participants rehearse with Artistic Director Chris Shepard and an ensemble of CONCORA’s professional singers, enjoying informal social events along the way. The Festival culminates in a public concert on Saturday, August 4, at 4 p.m.

CONCORA’s Artistic Director Chris Shepard will direct the CONCORA Summer Festival Choir, which typically numbers 120 singers from across Connecticut, with some coming from nearby states and as far away as Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas.

As 2018 marks the 20th edition of the Summer Festival and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, Shepard has chosen a celebratory all-Bernstein program.

“Choral organizations all over the world are marking the Bernstein centenary with performances of the composer’s popular Chichester Psalms,” said Shepard. “Because the Summer Festival Choir performed that music fairly recently, we are taking advantage of the centenary to explore and perform some of Bernstein’s other wonderful choral music, with choral selections from West Side Story, Mass, Peter Pan, Candide, and Wonderful Town. It’s going to be great fun for the singers and a treat for our audience.”

Qualified high school and college-age students may apply to attend the Festival on full scholarship as choral scholars. The Summer Festival choir typically includes up to a dozen choral scholars, talented singers selected for their musical abilities and recommended by their music teachers and choir directors.

“These terrific young singers are an essential part of the Festival Choir,” said Chris. “Their dedication and musicianship inspire us all, and they bring a special kind of energy and freshness to the adult ensemble that the audience enjoys as much as we do.”

Information about the Festival, including details on schedule, registration, application and scholarship forms, and more, may be found at the “Summer Festival” page at CONCORA’s website:

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 20, 2018.

Tickets for the August 4 Summer Festival concert will go on sale in June at