Conductor

 

MystroJoeVersatile with a clear beat, and known for his innovative programming, Maestro Caulkins is at home with music from classics to pops, and baroque to ballet. His work alongside pops legend Erich Kunzel, conducting icon Dale Warland, and master technician Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, have shaped him into a sensitive and dynamic conductor.

As Artistic Director of Sarasota’s Key Chorale, Joseph has consistently delivered innovative concert experiences through adventurous programming, unique collaborations, and performances of new and rarely heard works. He has taken audiences to unexpected places including: The world premiere of Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo, Richard Einhorn’s dynamic oratorio, Voices of Light, written to accompany Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, a collaboration with the Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Film Society, an innovative program titled Mozart Meets Radiohead with edgy string quintet Sybarite5, the US premiere of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, a setting of the Diary of Anne Frank, which the Herald-Tribune called a “Triumph”, and the highly acclaimed Cirque des Voix™, an innovative concert experience with Circus Sarasota.

“This was not simply a concert taking place in a tent with some circus acts in front of the orchestra and chorus. Rather, we saw the Maestro transformed to Ringmaster and programmed music which perfectly meshed with the nature of each circus act.”

From 2001-2010 Joseph served as Associate Conductor/Director of Choruses for the Southwest Florida Symphony, where he created the Stained Glass Series, and led annual Messiah and Holiday Pops concerts. Before 2001, he was Artistic Director of the Bach Chamber Choir & Orchestra (Rockford, IL) and directed the St. Procopius Chamber Orchestra and Choirs at Benedictine University (Lisle, IL). With his choruses Mr. Caulkins has recorded numerous CDs, led European concert tours, conducted many  regional and world premieres, and commissioned new works from Dale Warland, Eric Whitacre, and Ola Gjeilo among others.

 

Artists & Friends

Maestro Joe, Michelle Caulkins, Artistic Director of Sarasota Ballet, Iain Webb, and Co-Founder of Circus Sarasota Dolly Jacobs
Maestro Joe, Michelle Caulkins, Artistic Director of Sarasota Ballet, Iain Webb, and Co-Founder of Circus Sarasota Dolly Jacobs
Celebrating with Artist Series Concerts’ Lee Dougherty Ross, Maestro Joe, Soprano Mary Wilson, and Michelle Caulkins
Celebrating with Artist Series Concerts’ Lee Dougherty Ross, Maestro Joe, Soprano Mary Wilson, and Michelle Caulkins
Joseph Caulkins and composer Ola Gjeilo discussing Key Chorale’s world premiere of The Lake Isle Part 2
Joseph Caulkins and composer Ola Gjeilo discussing Key Chorale’s world premiere of The Lake Isle Part 2
Conductor Joseph Caulkins with choreographer Will Tuckett, Sarasota Ballet's Artistic Director Iain Webb, and the entire company of Lux Aeterna
Conductor Joseph Caulkins with choreographer Will Tuckett, Sarasota Ballet's Artistic Director Iain Webb, and the entire company of Lux Aeterna
Maestro Joe with Composer/Conductor Dale Warland
Maestro Joe with Composer/Conductor Dale Warland
Maestro Joe, Michelle Caulkins, and Composer/Conductor Daniel Moe
Maestro Joe, Michelle Caulkins, and Composer/Conductor Daniel Moe
Tino Wallenda, Ringmaster Joseph Caulkins and Aurelia Wallenda
Tino Wallenda, Ringmaster Joseph Caulkins and Aurelia Wallenda
Maestro Joe, Soprano Kathy Pyeatt, and Composer James Whitbourn
Maestro Joe, Soprano Kathy Pyeatt, and Composer James Whitbourn
Maestro Joe on tour in Chamonix, France with the local Choir Director
Maestro Joe on tour in Chamonix, France with the local Choir Director
Maestro Joseph Caulkins and Artist Leoma Lovegrove
Maestro Joseph Caulkins and Artist Leoma Lovegrove
Tino Wallendas and The Flying Wallendas, Cirque des Voix (TM)
Tino Wallendas and The Flying Wallendas, Cirque des Voix (TM)
Maestro Joseph Caulkins, Pastor John Daugherty and Artist Leoma Lovegrove
Maestro Joseph Caulkins, Pastor John Daugherty and Artist Leoma Lovegrove
Maestro Joe and Richard Storm at Carnegie Hall Reception
Maestro Joe and Richard Storm at Carnegie Hall Reception
Sybarite5 at Mozart Meets Radiohead
Sybarite5 at Mozart Meets Radiohead
Tino Wallenda, Ringmaster Joseph Caulkins, and Comedic Daredevil Bello Nock
Tino Wallenda, Ringmaster Joseph Caulkins, and Comedic Daredevil Bello Nock
Michelle and Joseph Caulkins with Composer Gwyneth Walker
Michelle and Joseph Caulkins with Composer Gwyneth Walker
Joseph Caulkins with Composer Bonia Shur
Joseph Caulkins with Composer Bonia Shur

Key Chorale

Key Chorale is comprised of 110 voices with a professional base of section leaders and core singers. It has collaborated with other arts groups such as the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet, Circus Sarasota, Sarasota Young Voices, and Sybarite5 to bring celebrated musical works to the community.

Dolly Jacobs and Rafael Palacios at Cirque des Voix ™, Sailor Circus Arena
Dolly Jacobs and Rafael Palacios at Cirque des Voix ™, Sailor Circus Arena
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries like never before, Cirque des Voix ™
Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries like never before, Cirque des Voix ™
Joseph enjoying his dual role of Maestro and Ringmaster, Sailor Circus Arena
Joseph enjoying his dual role of Maestro and Ringmaster, Sailor Circus Arena
Key Chorale performing Annelies by James Whitbourn
Key Chorale performing Annelies by James Whitbourn
Standing Ovation for “Handel & Haydn Rediscovered” at Forest Church, Sarasota, FL
Standing Ovation for “Handel & Haydn Rediscovered” at Forest Church, Sarasota, FL
Conducting Annelies
Conducting Annelies
Historic Asolo Theater
Historic Asolo Theater
Dancing with Jenkins, choreographed by Elizabeth Bergmann
Dancing with Jenkins, choreographed by Elizabeth Bergmann
RingMaestro Joseph Caulkins, Cirque des Voix (TM)
RingMaestro Joseph Caulkins, Cirque des Voix (TM)
The Flying Wallendas and the Cirque Orchestra
The Flying Wallendas and the Cirque Orchestra
Voices of Light, Sarasota Opera House
Voices of Light, Sarasota Opera House
James Whitbourn's Annelies
James Whitbourn's Annelies
Dancing with Jenkins, Sailor Circus Arena
Dancing with Jenkins, Sailor Circus Arena
European Tour 2009 - Asolo, Italy
European Tour 2009 - Asolo, Italy
Axel Perez,, Cirque des Voix (TM)
Axel Perez,, Cirque des Voix (TM)
Ricardo Sosa, cirque des Voix (TM)
Ricardo Sosa, cirque des Voix (TM)
Dancing with Jenkins, Sailor Circus Arena
Dancing with Jenkins, Sailor Circus Arena
Mozart Meets Radiohead
Mozart Meets Radiohead

Maestro Joseph Caulkins

Joseph is the Artistic Director of Sarasota’s Key Chorale and for nine seasons was the Associate Conductor/Director of Choruses for the Southwest Florida Symphony. In 2010, he founded Vocal Artistry, a 22-voice chamber choir, as an outreach of the music ministry of First Baptist Church Fort Myers, where he is Director of Music Ministries.

Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography

Vocal Artistry


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Vocal Artistry members having fun during a photo shoot
Vocal Artistry members having fun during a photo shoot

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Music Walk, Franklin Shops
Music Walk, Franklin Shops

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Vocal Artistry Members - during CD recording session
Vocal Artistry Members - during CD recording session

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Accompanist Judy Richey and Bassist Bill Barr
Accompanist Judy Richey and Bassist Bill Barr

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Recording Session
Recording Session

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Portrait of Grace concert with Leoma Lovegrove
Portrait of Grace concert with Leoma Lovegrove

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Vocal Artistry
Vocal Artistry

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Joseph Caulkins
Joseph Caulkins

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Joseph Caulkins conducting, Unitarian Universalist's Church
Joseph Caulkins conducting, Unitarian Universalist's Church

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Dr. Daniel Davis
Dr. Daniel Davis

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Final bows for 2012 Christmas Concert
Final bows for 2012 Christmas Concert

Other Gallery

Leading the Lee Middle School Honor Choir
Leading the Lee Middle School Honor Choir
Vocal coaching in the schools
Vocal coaching in the schools
Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus
Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice
Bach Chamber Choir, Rockford, Illinois
Bach Chamber Choir, Rockford, Illinois
Community Prayer Breakfast
Community Prayer Breakfast
Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus
Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus
Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus
Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus