Hi. i am Charlie Beale.
Since 2007, I have been the Artistic Director of New York CIty Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the biggest, most innovative, passionate and welcoming TTBB choruses in the world.
I am also a pro jazz pianist, a writer of big band scores, and an international jazz educator.
I am also a multi-published and award-winning author of books on choral singing and jazz. My jazz and choral arrangements are performed by thousands in the US, the UK and around the world.
I advocate for the power of music in the world. I lead clinics, mentor and support artistic leaders, and start new ensembles. I also campaign passionately for LGBTQ equality.
CHANGE THROUGH MUSIC
In the act of music-making, we change. We find ourselves. We heal. We connect with each other. We tell our stories. We listen. We build bridges. We ourselves become change-makers.
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 am co-commissioning a major new work for the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, which will be performed by around 25 choruses across the US, with a massed performance in New York City.
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 am increasingly asked to 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.
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