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.
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