Berkshire Choral International

Tom Hall

In his 34th season as Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall has added nearly 200 new works to BCA’s repertoire, and he has premiered works by Peter Schickele, Libby Larsen, Rosephanye Dunn Powell, Robert Sirota, James Lee, III, and other internationally acclaimed composers.

Mr. Hall is active as a guest conductor, including appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Berkshire Choral International, Musica Sacra in New York, and the Britten Sinfonia in Canterbury, England. His 2005 concert with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris was broadcast on French television. Mr. Hall has prepared choruses for Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, among others, and he served for ten years as the Chorus Master of the Baltimore Opera Company. In 2014, he was awarded the American Prize in Conducting, and honored by Chorus America by being named a Director Laureate.  

Mr. Hall is also a well-known teacher, lecturer, and writer. He has served as the President of Chorus America and as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been an Artist in Residence at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati, Temple University, and Syracuse University. He was the Director of Choral Activities at Goucher College for 31 years, and he has also taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Baltimore, Towson University, Morgan State University, and the Johns Hopkins University. 

The host of WYPR-FM’s “Maryland Morning,” Mr. Hall will step down as BCA music director in July 2017.

Works conducted at BCI

  • Bach, St. John Passion, 2014
  • Orff, Carmina Burana, 2008
  • Beethoven, Ninth Symphony (Finale), 2008
  • Haydn, Die Jahreszeiten, 2004
  • Einhorn, Voices of Light, 2011 Vancouver
  • Handel, Israel in Egypt, 2002 Canterbury
  • Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem, 1999
  • Haydn, The Creation, 1997