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, 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.

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