Charlie Beale

This is the website of Dr Charles W. Beale, international choral director, jazz musician, clinician and speaker.

i am Charlie Beale, an award-winning choral conductor, jazz musician, clinician, writer and advocate, working in the US, the UK and around the world. I direct, I play jazz, I improvise, I compose, I arrange. I am also a clinician, band leader and advocate. I also lead Big Apple Performing Arts, an organization that changes the world by curating queer vocal ensembles.

What I do, AND WHY I DO IT

For the singers I work with, making music is fun. But it is much more. Singing is also a transforming force in their lives.

It actively empowers them, and helps them find their voice. It connects them - in new friendships, and new understandings of themselves and each other.

Some transform into advocates, even heroes, fighting for change in the world by singing. For me, music-making has a clear purpose, and is what gives music-making its urgency, power and relevance in 2019.

Music-making is a catalyst. It creates change in the world.

what I am up to THIS YEAR

Until August 1st 2019, I am the conductor of NYCGMC, and Artistic Director of Big Appe Performing Arts. I am also a Board member of GALA Choruses. As Vice President, and Chair of their External Relations Committee, I have a specialist expertise in LGBTQ choruses worldwide.

I am co-commissioning a major new work for the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots, 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 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. 

For more, click the links above. Meanwhile, how can I help you? If you'd like to know more, click on the button below, and let's start a conversation.

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Thank you so much for coming to Charlotte to lead an amazing workshop! My only wish is that it could have lasted longer. Thank you for sharing your expertise and enthusiasm.
— Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte workshop, 2011
I just wanted to thank you for lending Charlie Beale to us ... He’s a magnificent teacher and thanks to him we rocked big time!
— Choir member, Out and Loud Festival 2013