Meet our community
Once they’ve discovered Berkshire Choral Festival, most people return again and again. One chorister recently celebrated his 50th BCF week! It makes for an amazing sense of community. So don’t be afraid to come by yourself. Most choristers do. You’ll quickly feel at home. After all, everyone is at BCF for the same reason: a passion for music.
Here are a few of the people you might meet:
"A work of beauty is released into the world."
"Now I realize it (the BCF experience) can be compared to Habitat. We start with a blueprint (the score), the main contractor (the conductor), the sub-contractors ( the faculty) who make sure all the nuts and bolts are nailed down (notes, rhythms, pronunciation, etc.), and by the end of the week, a work of beauty is released into the world . . . It is truly a remarkable enterprise." - Karlyn Ward, Mill Valley, CA
Member of Marin Symphony Chorus, Psychotherapist/Jungian analyst. An 8-year alumna who came all three Sheffield weeks in 2014.
Musical Week: I can’t limit this to one, but here are my three favorites, not necessarily in order: Defiant Requiem:Verdi at Terezin; Verdi Requiem with Bob Page, Missa Solemnis with Craig Hella Johnson.
Choral work: the Verdi Requiem and the Brahms Requiem.
Venue: Sheffield because it’s “home”; Santa Fe for its beauty; Canterbury for the thrill of living in the Cathedral close; Sonoma for its brand new, exciting concert hall.
“A magical place.”
“BCF is like my very own private Brigadoon,” Claudia says. “It rises out of the mist one week each year just for me. It’s a magical place where I leave my cares and worries outside the gate and rejuvenate my heart, my soul, my spirit.” Glen agrees.
—Claudia and Glenn Broman, alto and bass, Pittsburgh, PA
Members of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. Glenn: a retired American history teacher. Claudia: a business analyst. Coming to BCF for 27 and 23 years, respectively. They met at BCF in 1992 and married in 1994.
Musical week: Dream of Gerontius conducted by Nicholas Cleobury (Glenn) and Jane Glover (Claudia)
Choral work: Berlioz Requiem (Glenn) and Mozart Requiem (Claudia)