choral directoR jazz musician ACTIVIST
CHANGE THROUGH MUSIC
In the act of music-making, we change.
We find ourselves. We tell our stories. We listen. We heal, laugh, cry.
We create. We connect with each other. We build bridges. We ourselves become change-makers.
Hi. i am Charlie Beale. Using my skills as Artistic Director, organizational leader, and jazz musician, I lead and support others, to make that change happen, and to advocate for the power of music in the world.
From 2007-2019, I was the Artistic Director and conductor of New York CIty Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the biggest, most innovative, passionate and welcoming TTBB choruses in the world. I am currently taking a sabbatical.
I am an award-winning writer, an experienced clinician and multi-published arranger of choral music and jazz. My work is performed by thousands in the US, the UK and around the world. I also lead workshops, mentor and support artistic leaders, and start new ensembles. I campaign passionately for LGBTQ equality.
Until August 1st 2019, I am the conductor of NYCGMC, and Artistic Director of Big Apple Performing Arts.
I am Board VIce President of GALA Choruses. As Chair of their External Relations Committee, I have a specialist expertise in LGBTQ choruses worldwide. I also contribute to the work of their Education and Networking Committee.
I co-commissioned a major new work for the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising on June 28th 1969. It was performed by 25 choruses across the US, and I conducted a massed performance with nearly 600 singers in New York City on June 27th, 2019 at Carnegie Hall.
I am writing a new book for Oxford University Press, out in Fall 2019.
I am constantly arranging for choral ensembles in the US, UK, Australia and the Far East, gay and straight.
I coach future conductors and managers of LGBTQ choral groups across the US, and around the world, most recently in Mexico City.
I freelance for Sing Up in the UK, which is doing much-needed work facilitating singing in thousands of schools.