Charlie Beale

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

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.


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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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 (Australia) 2013