McCorvey, Everett

Everett McCorvey is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts.

Maestro McCorvey has performed in many cities around the world and theaters across the country, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Radio City Music hall, Birmingham Opera Theater, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England, as well as performances throughout Spain, the Czech and Slovac Republics, Austria, Japan, China, Brazil, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Hungary, Mexico, Peru and France. He recently made a debut in Taromina, Sicily conducting the Grand Finale Opera Gala at the Mythos Opera Festival 2018. In 2019 he will return to the festival to conduct performances of Cavalaria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

Musical Excellence is a hallmark of Maestro McCorvey’s work with professional choirs, orchestras and with professional singers in concerts, masterclasses and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, and Poland. Maestro McCorvey is the Artistic Director of the National Chorale and Orchestra of New York City. The Chorale recently celebrated 50 years of existence with most of the performances occurring at Lincoln Center, the Chorale regular performance venue.   National Chorale performs the great choral titans of the choral and orchestra literature and is well-known in New York and around the region for the very popular Messiah Sing-In at Lincoln Center which it also created 50 years ago.

Maestro McCorvey is the founder and Music Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of 22 professional singers performing spirituals and other compositions of African-American composers. In its 23-year history, the group has presented over 400 concerts including 17 tours of the United States and 16 tours of Spain. The American Spiritual Ensemble has released five CD’s: On My Journey Now – The American Spiritual Ensemble on Tour, Ol’ Time Religion, Lily of the Valley, The Spirit of the Holidays and the recently released CD Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. In February of 2017, US Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) presented a special featuring the American Spiritual Ensemble.

Maestro McCorvey has served on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, New York where he was Artist-in-Residence and Associate Conductor and is also a frequent advisory panelist and on-site reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre program in Washington, D.C. He also served on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.

Maestro McCorvey is of the belief that every citizen in the country should find ways to give back to his or her community, city or country. He has been very active in his volunteer activities working to keep the arts as a part of the civic conversation and currently serves on many local, regional and national boards. He holds an Endowed Chair in Opera Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Recently, Maestro McCorvey has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the University of Kentucky Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement Award, one of the highest awards presented by the University. It was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth. The award also promotes education and creative thought.

In September of 2010, Maestro McCorvey served as the Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Alltech 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky. The Opening Ceremony was broadcasted on NBC Sports and was viewed by over 500 million people worldwide. The Alltech 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games was the largest equestrian event to ever be held in the United States.

Everett McCorvey is married to soprano Alicia Helm.  They have three children.