Marie Bucoy-Calavan Named Choral Arts Society of Washington’s Artistic Director

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: Denise Apgar)

Conductor and clinician Marie Bucoy-Calavan has been appointed as Artistic Director of The Choral Arts Society of Washington. 

After an extensive international search, the company announced Bucoy-Calavan will begin her duties on Sept. 1. She will conduct her first concert as Artistic Director on Oct. 5.

“We’re overjoyed to have Marie join us as we embark upon our 60th season,” stated Matt Garber, Board Chair, Choral Arts. He continues in the press release by saying,“Her energy, skill, and visionary presence will ensure we continue to be at the forefront of choral music for many years to come. We’re excited to see how Marie’s vision comes to life and impacts our community both inside and outside the concert hall.”

Bucoy-Calavan has prepared and performed with symphonic choruses under the batons of John Williams, Eric Whitacre, Keith Lockhart and others in distinguished venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, Cincinnati Music Hall, and the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Currently she serves as Secretary for the National Board of Directors for Chorus America, and recently served as Secretary on the Executive Board for the National Collegiate Choral Organization and Coordinator and Chair for University Repertoire and Resources for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Most recently she was the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Akron.

“Our goals align beautifully,” said Bucoy-Calavan. “Choral Arts is ready for a fresh perspective and I believe I can deliver exactly what they need artistically. My experience, combined with the deep talent of Choral Arts’ singers, will captivate and inspire audiences.”