Berkshire Choral Festival

Immerse yourself in choral music

There’s nothing quite like Berkshire Choral Festival. A singing trip with your church or community chorus is wonderful, but a week with BCF is so much more. It’s as close as most amateurs will get to a professional singing experience. It’s also your best chance to directly encounter choral music as a genuine revelation and expression of the human spirit.

You’ll arrive Sunday afternoon and proceed to spend 28 hours rehearsing the repertoire with a full-sized symphony chorus of singers from around the world. You’ll be led by an eminent conductor, and you’ll enjoy workshops and lectures with professional vocalists. On Saturday, you’ll perform with a professional orchestra and recognized soloists in a premiere concert venue.

If all that sounds serious, it is. But for our family of passionate choristers, nothing could be more fun and more deeply fulfilling. That’s why they come back to BCF year after year.

Meanwhile, you are on vacation! It’s hard for anything to compete with the glory of choral music, but our settings come close. When you have time off to rest your voice, there’s no shortage of memorable things to see and do. So don’t hesitate to bring your non-singing spouse or partner (we know one who’s been coming for 31 years). And if you come alone, don’t worry: people bond instantly here.

Sheffield, MA

July 13–20, July 20–27, July 27–August 3

The Berkshires region of western Massachusetts—BCF’s home base—offers a rare combination of natural beauty and world-class cultural riches.

Winter Park, Florida

May 31–June 8

The lakeside enclave of Winter Park brims with arts, culture, and fine dining. As home to an esteemed Bach festival, it also offers appreciative audiences.

Maynooth, Ireland

June 21–29

A stay in Ireland’s university town offers a blend of Medieval ruins, 18th-century grandeur, and modernity, all set in the rural beauty of North County Kildare.

Scheggino, Italy

September 6–14

The Medieval village of Scheggino is back by popular demand. A destination in itself, Scheggino is also a great base for exploring Italy’s green heart, Umbria.