Baltimore Choral Arts Society :

Programs for Students

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. 

Baltimore Choral Arts' education programs receive generous support from the Sheridan Foundation, the Witt/Hoey Fund, and the Macht Fund of THE ASSOCIATED.

Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Composer Project

Master Class and Recording:  Monday, April 27, 2015  7:30-10:00

Grace United Methodist Church, Baltimore, MD


The Baltimore Choral Arts Society is pleased to announce the 2015 Student Composer Project, now in its 25th year.  The project offers three Maryland composers the opportunity to have their works performed by Tom Hall, Leo Wanenchak, and the BCAS Chamber Chorus in a public Master Class at Grace United Methodist Church, Baltimore MD on April 27th, 2015.

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. 

Composers selected for 2015 are Nicolas P. deGroot, Ledah Finck and Elliot Grabill.

Master Class and Recording Session

Composers will get feedback and suggestions from four Composer Mentors, Tom Hall and the professional singers.  A recording of the performance will be given to each composer.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Student Composer Project Composer Mentors:

    John Belkot's "[music] carries listeners into aesthetic regions at the intersection of preconceived boundaries of expectation to find unexpected moments of beauty,” (Classical Guitar Magazine). The recipient of Peabody's 2014 Macht Prize for Orchestral Composition, Belkot's music is performed throughout the United States. Recent regional performances include The National Gallery of Art, The Walters Museum, and the College Music Society's 54th National Conference in Richmond. In addition to composing, Belkot is on faculty at the Peabody Preparatory, teaches privately, and is the Choirmaster at Mt. Calvary Church in Baltimore. He lives in Charles Village with his wife, Adri and their two dogs.

    Joshua Bornfield has been called “a completely original voice” (Phyllis Bryn-Julson) whose award-winning work has “organic power” (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). His recent opera “Uncle Alex,” written for Washington National Opera, received universal praise in the media. Also an avid performer, Joshua regularly sings with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Third Practice.

    Douglas Buchanan serves as Organist and Choirmaster of St. David’s Episcopal Church, composition faculty at Dickinson College, and music theory and musicology faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to singing in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society with his wife, Kelly, he enjoys microtonal interspecies improvisation with his black lab puppy, Grover. You are invited to visit his website,, to learn more.

    Michael Rickelton’s works have been played by the organizations including the Nashville, Baltimore and Peabody Symphony Orchestras, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Pacific Chorale's John Alexander Singers, and the Washington National Cathedral Choir. His setting of Dana Gioia’s Pentecost was recently released by Delos records on American Voices, the latest recording from the John Alexander Singer. 



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


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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.

— On Beethoven's Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony 2012
The Washington Post

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