i am Charlie Beale, an award-winning choral conductor, jazz musician, educator, 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 improvise, I compose, I arrange. 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, singing is of course fun. They sing passionately and with technical skill and precision. But it is much more. Singing is a transforming force in their lives. Singing 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 us, music-making has a clear purpose, and that gives all our performances urgency, power and relevance.
Every day, I experience that the artistic work we do creates change in the world - better individuals and better, more inclusive and equitable communities. Music creates real social networks. We can all do music, and we all benefit when we do. In these troubled times, i wish more music-making came from that place. Actually, I know it can.
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.
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