Programs for Students
Baltimore Choral Arts Society is proud of our programs for students. You can read more about some of our programs below.
The Student Composer Project encourages young people to compose music for chorus. This annual event has been a great success since its inception in 1990. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society's Student Composer Project is now in its 27th year. The project offers three composers the opportunity to have their works performed by Tom Hall, Leo Wanenchak, and the BCAS Chamber Chorus in a public Master Class in the spring of 2017. Selected composers will receive the opportunity to work with an experienced composer in the field prior to the event, and will receive further feedback and suggestions from composers and singers during the Master Class. A recording of the performance will be given to each composer.This season's Student Composer Project will take place on Monday, April 24, 2017.
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Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Composer Project
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society is pleased to announce the 2017 Student Composer Project, now in its 27th year. The project offers three Maryland composers the opportunity to have their works performed by Leo Wanenchak and the BCAS Chamber Chorus in a public Master Class in the spring of 2017. Selected composers will receive the opportunity to work with an experienced composer in the field prior to the event, and will receive further feedback and suggestions from composers and singers during the Master Class. A recording of the reading will be given to each composer.
2016-17 Guidelines for Submission of Compositions
Composers must be Maryland residents or attending an educational institution in Maryland and have been enrolled in high school or college as of December 31, 2016. Composers whose works have not been chosen previously will be given preference. More than one composer’s work will be featured in this event. The piece must be no longer than five minutes. The work may be scored for Chorus and Piano or Unaccompanied Chorus (mixed chorus, women’s chorus, or men’s chorus).
All compositions must be newly composed works. Arrangements of pre-existing compositions (i.e. traditional carols, etc.) will not be considered. The text may be sacred or secular, in any language. The composer must secure copyright and permission to use published texts. It will be the responsibility of the composers whose works are chosen to have piano/vocal scores typeset and copyrighted. BCAS can assist composers in this process. Hand-written manuscripts will not be used.
Deadline for Submission of Compositions: March 15, 2017
Submit typeset manuscript to:
Baltimore Choral Arts
1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
or by email to
The Master Class, consisting of a reading session and commentary from the masterclass leader and composition mentors, will occur on Monday, April 24 at 7:30 pm at Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore (5407 N Charles Street). The new works will be rehearsed and read by Leo Wanenchak and members of the BCAS Full Chorus. Biographies of the composers and texts of the works will appear in the program. Composers will receive feedback and suggestions from the participating Master Teacher and the singers. Though not a public performance, family members and guests of the composers are welcome to attend. A recording of the reading session will be given to each composer. For more information, please email info@BCAsings.org.
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Master Classes with visiting artists are a frequent dimension of our educational outreach programs. Past master classes have featured the King Singers, Chanticleer, Alice Parker, and other acclaimed artists.
Tom Hall is often invited to present workshops and master classes with teachers and students in area schools. For more information about Mr. Hall's availability, please contact Choral Arts at info@BCAsings.org.
Baltimore Choral Arts' education programs receive generous support from the Witt/Hoey Fund and the Macht Fund of THE ASSOCIATED. Additional support is provided by individual donors.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
8:00 PM • Kraushaar Auditorium
Join us as we celebrate Tom Hall and his 35 years as Music Director with Baltimore Choral Arts. Tom will lead the Full Chorus and Orchestra in a program featuring diverse selections that are representative of his magnificent leadership, and featuring works that are particularly meaningful to both Tom and the chorus. The program will include Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Copland's Walls of Zion, Lauridsen's Sure on this Shining Night, and more.
Please note: Side seating is limited, please call the box office at 410-523-7070 ext.301 for availability. Center seating is currently sold out.
The voices rang out with resplendent confidence, and the sopranos had no apparent difficulty reaching the cruel and challenging high B's in the piece. The chorus's performance was the best part of the concert….the thunderous power of this unique masterpiece never fails to stir the blood, and the ovation was loud, long and well deserved.