Berkshire Choral International

The ultimate singing experience!

Is singing choral music your passion? A Berkshire Choral International singing experience is a chance to immerse yourself in this vital art form. You’ll rehearse with and learn from an eminent conductor and a professional faculty for a week, then perform in a full symphony concert. All in an inspiring, culturally rich setting. If that sounds like heaven to you…welcome to the Berkshire Choral International family!

Introducing the 2017 Conductors!

 Kent Tritle

 Erin Freeman

 Heinz Ferlesch

Tom Hall

Meet the 2016 Conductors!

 Robert Istad

David Hayes

Jane Glover

John Sinclair

Gary Thor Wedow

Kathy Saltzman Romey


BCI 2017 Announcement

Beginning in Asheville, North Carolina and wrapping up in Budapest, Hungary, Berkshire Choral International’s 2017 season is filled with top-notch music, accomplished conductors, and the kind of superb venues BCI is known to deliver.

Starting with Mozart’s Great Mass in C-minor conducted by Erin Freeman, director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and Choral Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, you will enjoy a city with a vibrant arts scene, gorgeous mountain vistas, and plenty of southern hospitality at the University of North Carolina – Asheville. In July, we shift back to Sheffield for two weeks to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and the Verdi Requiem – the piece that started it all in 1982. BCI favorite Kent Tritle, director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, will conduct the Mahler piece while Tom Hall, director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, will take the helm for the latter. These two weeks will be the last in Sheffield, so don’t miss these farewell performances.

Finally, the summer season ends with a trip to Hungary in early August. Stay at a four-star hotel in Budapest on the banks of the Danube River, while Austrian conductor Heinz Ferlesch, artistic director of Wiener Singakademie, will conduct the beloved Brahms Requiem in the magnificent Danube Promenade concert hall in Pest.

There is still time to register for 2016 to take advantage of early registration for next year, by applying here. If you’re waiting until next year, open registration for the 2017 season begins in the fall.

BCI 2017!


Asheville, North Carolina

June 4 – June 11 (concert June 10)
Mozart Great Mass in C-minor and Mozart Opera Choruses

Sheffield, Massachusetts

July 9 – July 16 (concert July 15)
Mahler Symphony No. 8

July 16 – July 23 (concert July 22)
Verdi Requiem

Budapest, Hungary

August 6 – August 13 (concert August 12)
Brahms Requiem

BCI 2016!

We’ve got a terrific line-up in some beautiful venues to offer as well as the home season in our jewel of a setting in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. We will accept registrations for Week 3 in Sheffield, To Be Certain of the Dawn by Stephen Paulus and Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein until Friday, July 1. Apply today.

June 12-19, 2016

The stunning Green Center at Sonoma State University in the heart of California’s wine country is an acoustic marvel, a perfect place to present Handel’s Israel in Egypt conducted by Robert Istad and accompanied by the Santa Rosa Symphony. Registration is closed.

June 26-July 3, 2016


Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island, will host an auditioned chorus led by David Hayes singing Bach and Mendelssohn. The seaport village is renowned for being the summer center of elite society in the Gilded Age. Trinity, the oldest Episcopal Church in Rhode Island, will be the site of the concert on July 2. Registration is closed.

Purchase tickets for the Newport, RI concert here:  NEWPORT TICKETS


July 10-17, 2016


Vienna’s history is a history of musical giants, so what could be more exciting than singing under Jane Glover’s baton at the famed Wiener Konzerthaus? Haydn’s Theresienmesse and Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major comprise the program. Registration is closed.

Purchase tickets for the Vienna, Austria concert here:  VIENNA TICKETS

And, of course, Sheffield, Massachusetts:

July 17-24, 2016

Beethoven Mass in C Major and Beethoven Symphony #9 (4th Movement), conducted by John Sinclair, Bach Festival Society, Rollins College

July 24-31, 2016

Dvorak Requiem conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, The Juilliard School

July 31-August 7, 2016

To Be Certain of the Dawn by Stephen Paulus and Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, in English, German and Hebrew, conducted by Kathy Saltzman Romey, Artistic Director, The Minnesota Chorale; Oregon Bach Festival

Purchase tickets for all Sheffield concerts here:  SHEFFIELD TICKETS

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Availability for voice parts in each venue can be seen at Chorister Openings.


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