i am Charlie Beale, an award-winning choral conductor, educator, jazz musician, writer and advocate, working in the US, the UK and around the world. Since 2007, I have been the conductor of the 275-strong New York City Gay Men's Chorus. I am also a clinician, band leader and advocate. I play jazz piano. I 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, music-making is a transforming force for personal change and political progress. They have fun, and they sing passionately and with technical skill and precision. But their singing above all connects each of them - in new friendships, and new understandings of themselves and each other.
Singing actively empowers them, and helps them find their voice. They become whole human beings, albe to articulate their needs with power and dignity. Some transform into advocates, even heroes, singing for change in the world. My work creates better individuals and better communities. In these troubled times, i wish more music-making came from that place. Actually, I know it can.
I am all about facilitating music-making in the world by any means necessary, and I want to help others do the same, because it is a force for good. At this time of increasing fragmentation, understanding of 'others' is so badly needed. music can be a catalyst, that builds bridges, connects people and creates positive change in them. Music creates real social networks. We can all do music, and we all benefit when we do.
More about what I am currently up to
I am 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 curate choral festivals.
I arrange 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.
I give jazz workshops.
i am currently co-writing a third book of arrangements for Oxford due out in 2019.
How can I help you? If you'd like to know more, click on the button below, and let's start a conversation.