Charlie Beale

Change through music

This is the website of Dr Charles W. Beale, international choral director, jazz musician, clinician and speaker.

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING, EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY

MEXICO

In 2017, I worked with Coro Gay Ciudad De México, when they appeared as guest stars with NYCGMC in New York City. The two ensembles made a powerful and moving artistic statement for LGBTQ rights internationally. Since then, I have returned to Mexico City three times, with the goal of supporting them, as they have grown exponentially to become a new and exciting hub for LGBTQ singing in the region.

NYCGMC toured with them in Summer 2018 in Mexico in Summer 2018, and my clinician work has included a session on Vision, Mission and Impact, a workshop on vocal jazz improvisation, and mentoring and support around managing a fast expansion from initially 35 to now around 100 singers.


AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

At the 2013 'Out and Loud' Festival in Hobart Tasmania, I worked with an all-Australia LGBT chorus, and conducted the 200 strong group in two sell-out concerts.

I also made a guest appearance in 2013 for OUP at the Maryborough Music Educators conference near Brisbane, and made a chorus of elementary teachers.

In 2002, I directed the London Gay Men's Chorus at the Sydney Opera House later that year, and at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC in 2005. For more on NYCGMC, see the dedicated page here, or click here

I also did a series of jazz workshop tours from 1999 to 2002, developing jazz skills in predominantly classical piano teachers, and teachers of clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone and flute. I did 3-day workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

UNITED KINGDOM

Big Gay Sings are a speciality of mine, and have occurred in the US, London and with a variety of other choruses around the world. Perhaps most excitingly, I was Music Director of the open-air ‘Big Gay Sing Trafalgar Square’ for the 2012 London Olympics. Contact me if you’d like to put on Aa Big Gay Sign yourself.

I am currently an active Practitioner member of the Association of British Choral Directors, for whom he has done several clinics and presentations over the years, most recently in Leeds in August 2012.

ACROSS THE US

As Chair of the External Relations Committee of GALA Choruses, I also lead a team of LGBTQ choral singing leaders from around the world, including representatives from the US, Legato in Europe, Proud Voices Asia, and leaders from the Australia/Oceania regions. Together, we build relationships, facilitate and schedule festivals, tackle common issues, identify best practices, and build networks with other LGBTQ and straight ally organizations.

At the 2012 GALA Festival of LGBTQ choirs, I conducted a chorus of 300 in ‘Big Gay Sing Denver’, to a sell-out audience of over 5000.

Recent workshops have included multiple appearances at GALA conferences, and day-long events guesting for choirs in the US, including the Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte. I’ve also conducted the Hearltland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City, the Washington DC Gay Men’s Chorus, and the MeloMen in Paris.

In New York region schools, I have worked with the children’s choirs of the Brooklyn Waldorf School in Bedford Stuyvesant, NY, the Third Street Music School Setltement in Manhattan, and with the big band of Saddlebrook High School, NJ.

THE FAR EAST

I did several clinic tours of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore in the early 2000s. I was working with large groups of up to 150 piano, woodwind and brass teachers, and designed 3 day courses that enabled them to improvise, play and later teach jazz to their beginner students.