Unique choral experiences since 1982
Based in Sheffield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Choral Festival (BCF) was founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit educational institution with a unique purpose: to provide amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences.
During weeklong singing vacations at culturally rich US and international locations, knowledgeable amateurs study, rehearse, and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire under the direction of world-class conductors, with professional symphony orchestras. In-depth workshops and courses with our professional staff round out the educational experience.
Our goals are to enhance the skills of amateur choral singers and to promote a wider appreciation of choral singing and its tradition. To that end...
- We establish an environment in which singers, conductors, and other music professionals can immerse themselves and flourish as musicians
- We strive for quality performances that challenge the chorus, attract outstanding conductors, and develop an appreciative and loyal audience
- We build development opportunities for young music professionals
- We provide scholarship opportunities for college students
“We come together so that we can collectively create something of more lasting value and beauty than we could ever manage as individuals.”
—Conductor Robert Shaw (1916–1999)
BCF is international
A typical BCF week attracts choristers from 25 to 30 US states and at least 5 countries. The diversity makes the BCF experience that much richer. More
BCF is an education
Our teaching faculty are career singers and musicians with advanced training and performance experience. If it’s possible to leave BCF without learning something new, no one has done it yet. More
BCF inspires conductors too
The experience of turning a diverse group of passionate amateurs into a tight-knit chorus in the space of a week is as invigorating for conductors—who often seek us out—as it is for our choristers. More