Whether you love choral music as a singer or as a listener, the CONCORA Summer Choral Festival is for you! Registration has just opened for the 2018 Festival, the 20th edition of this popular event that was first offered in 1999.  Applications will be accepted through May 20, 2018 for singing participants. For those who prefer to listen, mark your calendars for the Festival concert on Saturday, August 4.  More details below!
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Registration has opened for the 2018 Summer Festival!

Now in its 20th season, CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers adult and select high school and college singers from the community an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform great choral music with CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists).

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 several social events during Festival week, which concludes  with a public concert on Saturday, August 4 at 4:00PM.

As 2018 marks the 20th Summer Festival and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, Artistic Director Chris Shepard has chosen a celebratory all-Bernstein program, with selections from West Side Story, Mass, Peter Pan, Candide, and Wonderful Town.

Visit the Summer Festival page at CONCORA's website for application materials and Festival details, including schedule, tuition, social events, music, and more:

New for 2018! We're taking advantage of the 20th anniversary occasion to move to online registration and communications. Please review the information at the Summer Festival web page before beginning the application process. We've designed it to be very easy; the whole process should take just 2 or 3 minutes.

Key Festival registration dates:
May 20 – Last date to submit applications
May 22 – Last date to submit scholarship applications
May 22 – Last date to submit recommendations (all new singers)
May 30 – Notification of acceptance

Tickets for the Summer Festival concert will go on sale in June. Save the date: Saturday, August 4, at 4:00PM. A reception with birthday cake for the Festival's big anniversaryoh, and for Bernstein's too!will follow the concert.

All Festival events, including the concert, will be held at Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill Street, Berlin, CT.
An invitation from Chris Shepard

With spring finally beginning to emerge from this long, cold winter, it’s time to think about the summer, and CONCORA’s Summer Festival.

The 2018 Festival offers particularly exciting repertoire: At this, the 20th anniversary of the Festival, we’ll also mark the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in August, 1918.

Our repertoire will include excerpts from his monumental Mass, complemented by terrific arrangements from several of his Broadway shows, including Wonderful Town, West Side Story, Peter Pan, and Candide. That’s right—no Chichester Psalms! Many of us have performed that music many times (including those who participated in CONCORA’s 2012 Summer Festival), and it will be great fun to give Bernstein’s other choral works an outing.

I hope to see all of you who sang in the 2017 Festival return! Please encourage singers you know to register, too. I’m particularly hoping to build on the great group of young singers we’ve had these past few years in our Choral Scholar program.

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!
Please share this Festival announcement with singers who would enjoy making music to the highest standards in a relaxed summer atmosphere. To celebrate the Festival's 20th season and the Bernstein centenary, we are hoping to convene an ensemble of 150 voices! Will your voice be among them?

You can help shape the future of choral music!

For many years, CONCORA has awarded full Festival scholarships to talented area high school and college students, offering them an opportunity to sing with an excellent, highly-motivated inter-generational choral ensemble. The combination of adult and young voices, the expanded size of the chorus, and the sense of community attract young people and promote the art of choral singing.

Choral Scholars are an important part of the CONCORA Summer Festival experience
Festival scholarships are made possible by generous donations from people like you who are interested in enriching young lives and committed to sustaining great choral music in our community. If you are interested in supporting this program, you may make a tax-deductible donation at CONCORA's secure online giving site (leave a note that it is for the Festival Scholarship Fund) or send your gift to the CONCORA office. You can underwrite a full scholarship for one scholar for $165, though gifts of any amount are gratefully received, and all are acknowledged in the Festival concert program book. Thank you!
Yes, I'd like to help shape the future of choral music with a gift to the Festival Scholarship Fund!
As we plan and prepare the 2018 Summer Festival, we remember with grateful hearts all that Christine Laird undertook for so many years to make the Summer Festival welcoming and meaningful for all those who participated and attended.
Here are two favorite photos from the opening dinner of the 2017 Summer Festival, showing Christine resting from her many labors, tired but happy, and the lovely cake that she provided for that meal that combined themes of music and hospitality, two constant endeavors in her busy and productive life.
Join CONCORA for a special performance of the Mozart Requiem on April 29
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00 PM
St James’s Episcopal Church
1018 Farmington Ave, West Hartford CT

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CONCORA’s season is made possible by the generosity of the American Savings Foundation, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, the Andrew J. Sloper Music Fund, the Saunders Foundation, The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Connecticut DECD Office of the Arts, The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, the City of New Britain Commission on the Arts, and the Robert C. Vance Foundation, as well as many other foundations and individuals.