HAL ADLER Adult Choral Artistic Director
Hal Adler is Telluride Choral Society’s new Director. He is from Brooklyn NY, but has always been called to the Rocky Mountains, and dreamed of living here since his teens. At 22, between undergraduate and graduate school, he found himself in Boulder. While singing in Boulder’s professional chorus, Ars Nova, Hal met his wife Joanna.
Adler has an undergraduate degree at SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory for Opera Performance, and later attended Boston Conservatory of Music (before it joined up with Berklee School of Music). While in Boston, he was section leader for the Boston Trinity Church Choir, and he also founded and led A Capella Boston, an all-acapella ensemble comprised of professional singers and voice majors. Here, he tackled the at times 8-voice, challenging and rewarding Herbert Howell’s Requiem. He also put on full-scale productions of West Side Story and Evita: Musica as director and orchestral conductor.
After Boston, the Adlers lived in San Francisco/Marin County for 25 years, raising their son and daughter, and Hal was a restaunteur. In California, he sang in three different choirs and started the Marin Chamber Singers. He also sang and guest conducted with the Marin Symphony Chorus.
Adler’s current professional venture is running his leadership development and coaching firm, Leadership Landing. The focus of the work of his firm is to support leaders in becoming more self-aware, self-accepting and compassionate with themselves and others. Hal sees a direct link between the work he does in supporting and healing corporate leaders and the support and healing properties found in music- and choral music in particular.