Registration is now open for CONCORA’s 2017 Summer Festival, “Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks with CONCORA and Chris Shepard.” The Festival opens on Sunday, July 30 and concludes with a public concert on Saturday, August 5, at 4PM. Qualified singers from high-school age through adult are invited to apply by May 30. Read on for more information! And share this with other singers who may be interested!
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CONCORA Summer Festival 2017

Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks
with CONCORA and Chris Shepard

July 30 through August 5, 2017
Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin CT

Registration is now open for
CONCORA's 18th Summer Festival!

Now in its 18th season, CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers amateur singers from across the region an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform with CONCORA. Over the course of a week, participants rehearse with Artistic Director Chris Shepard and an ensemble of CONCORA’s professional singers; the Festival culminates in a public concert on Saturday, August 5, at 4:00PM.

This year’s Festival offers an exploration of favorite excerpts from choral masterworks by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Fauré, and more.

While there is plenty of social time and a relaxed summer atmosphere, the artistic standards are high! Here's what two singers from the 2016 Festival had to say:

"I so enjoyed  this awesome festival week. The musical artistry is top-notch, and Chris Shepard is such a delight to work with!"

"This festival is a highlight of my summer, every year. So glad CONCORA provides this opportunity to keep singing!"

Festival details and registration information may be found in the Festival application form. A PDF copy of the form is posted on the "Education & Outreach" page at CONCORA's website. Click HERE to visit the page for general information, or click HERE to go directly to the application form. You may also contact the CONCORA office (details below) to request an application. (NOTE: Legal sized paper is required to print the application form.)

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Tickets for the August 5 Festival concert go on sale June 1.

Bethany Covenant Church is fully accessible and air-conditioned, with ample free, off-street parking.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Christine Laird in the CONCORA office at or 860-293-0567.
Here's an introduction to the 2017 Summer Festival
from CONCORA’s Artistic Director Chris Shepard:

How nice to be thinking about the summer! The leaves are opening, yet there’s still a chill in the air; but before we know it, it’ll be summer, and time to turn your thoughts to CONCORA’s Summer Festival 2017. I have such terrific memories of last summer’s festival; I was thrilled to meet more members of the CONCORA family, and especially happy with the high level of music-making.
You may have seen the recent announcement of our 2017-2018 season: one that will be centered around Choral Masterworks. I thought it’d be great to fold the Summer Festival into the plan, so we'll be exploring a terrific set of movements from some of the greatest choral works in the western canon. You’ll know some of them, to be sure, but perhaps not all. It’s a great chance to go back over cherished territory while at the same time sing some pieces that you may always wanted to sing but they just never came up in the “rotation.” The entire Festival repertoire is listed below.
So — I hope to see all of last summer’s singers return, and those from other seasons as well. And please bring your friends with you!  I’m particularly hoping to build on that terrific group of young singers that we had in 2016, so please feel free to contact Christine Laird in the CONCORA office (, 860-293-0567) if you know some high school-age singers who would be good candidates.

And whether you're a Festival singer, a member of the audience, or an advertiser: if you’re able to underwrite a scholarship for one of these young singers, your generosity can really make a difference. Contact Christine!
Looking forward to seeing you again this summer, either in the Festival Chorus for what promises to be a wonderful week of music-making, or in the audience on August 5, when we all can come together to enjoy some of the best choral music ever written.

CONCORA Summer Festival 2017
Exploring the Great Choral Masterworks

Handel, Zadok the Priest
Bach, Magnificat: Sicut locutus est
Bach, St Matthew Passion: Wir setzen uns mit Tränen
Vivaldi, Gloria: Domine fili unigenite
Mozart, Requiem: Confutatis—Lacrimosa
Haydn, Creation: The Heavens Are Telling
Beethoven, Mass in C: Kyrie
Brahms, Requiem: Wie lieblich
Mendelssohn, Elijah: Behold, God the Lord passed by
Rossini, Petite Messe Solennelle: Kyrie
Fauré, Requiem: Libera Me, Domine

Apply today! All applications are due by May 30, 2017.
This Sunday! Don't Miss CONCORA's Song Recital
A Song Recital for Mother's Day
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church
679 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT
Tickets: $10-$35

Celebrate Mother’s Day with CONCORA’s singers as they present a bouquet of solo songs in an intimate recital setting. All proceeds support CONCORA’s artistic programming.
Seating is limited - Reserve your tickets soon!
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