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

[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artist-friends1.jpg]12870Maestro Joe, Michelle Caulkins, Artistic Director of Sarasota Ballet, Iain Webb, and Co-Founder of Circus Sarasota Dolly Jacobs
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artist-friends2.jpg]11610Celebrating with Artist Series Concerts’ Lee Dougherty Ross, Maestro Joe, Soprano Mary Wilson, and Michelle Caulkins
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_ola-gjeilo.jpg]4880Joseph Caulkins and composer Ola Gjeilo discussing Key Chorale’s world premiere of The Lake Isle Part 2
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_sarasota-ballet_0.jpg]4680Conductor Joseph Caulkins with choreographer Will Tuckett, Sarasota Ballet's Artistic Director Iain Webb, and the entire company of Lux Aeterna
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_maestro-joe-with-composer-conductor-dale-warland.jpg]24900Maestro Joe with Composer/Conductor Dale Warland
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artistfriends11.jpg]22940Maestro Joe, Michelle Caulkins, and Composer/Conductor Daniel Moe
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_tino-wallenda_ringmaestro-joseph-caulkins_aurelia-wallenda.jpg]22610Tino Wallenda, Ringmaster Joseph Caulkins and Aurelia Wallenda
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artistfriends21.jpg]21620Maestro Joe, Soprano Kathy Pyeatt, and Composer James Whitbourn
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artistfriends31.jpg]21200Maestro Joe on tour in Chamonix, France with the local Choir Director
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artistfriends41.jpg]20860Maestro Joseph Caulkins and Artist Leoma Lovegrove
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_wallenda-family_cirque-des-voix.jpg]21010Tino Wallendas and The Flying Wallendas, Cirque des Voix (TM)
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_maestro-joseph-caulkins_pastor-john-daugherty_artist-leoma-lovegrove.jpg]20660Maestro Joseph Caulkins, Pastor John Daugherty and Artist Leoma Lovegrove
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_maestro-joe_richard-storm-at-carnegie-hall.jpg]20450Maestro Joe and Richard Storm at Carnegie Hall Reception
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_sybarie5.jpg]19920Sybarite5 at Mozart Meets Radiohead
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artistfriends51.jpg]19850Tino Wallenda, Ringmaster Joseph Caulkins, and Comedic Daredevil Bello Nock
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_artistfriends61.jpg]19510Michelle and Joseph Caulkins with Composer Gwyneth Walker
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/artists-amp-friends/thumbs/thumbs_joseph-caulkins_bonia-shur.jpg]19750Joseph Caulkins with Composer Bonia Shur
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography

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.

[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychoralegall2.jpg]560Dolly Jacobs and Rafael Palacios at Cirque des Voix ™, Sailor Circus Arena
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychoralegall4.jpg]360Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries like never before, Cirque des Voix ™
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychoralegall3.jpg]390Joseph enjoying his dual role of Maestro and Ringmaster, Sailor Circus Arena
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychoralegall1.jpg]330Key Chorale performing Annelies by James Whitbourn
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale1-2.jpg]240Standing Ovation for “Handel & Haydn Rediscovered” at Forest Church, Sarasota, FL
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_anneliesconducting1copy.jpg]1280Conducting Annelies
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_key-chorale_sarasota-florida_2012.jpg]1030Historic Asolo Theater
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale1.jpg]760Dancing with Jenkins, choreographed by Elizabeth Bergmann
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale3.jpg]720RingMaestro Joseph Caulkins, Cirque des Voix (TM)
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale4.jpg]710The Flying Wallendas and the Cirque Orchestra
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_voices-of-light-2008.jpg]770Voices of Light, Sarasota Opera House
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_key-chorale_florida.jpg]840James Whitbourn's Annelies
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale5.jpg]710Dancing with Jenkins, Sailor Circus Arena
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale6jpg1.jpg]700European Tour 2009 - Asolo, Italy
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale7.jpg]580Axel Perez,, Cirque des Voix (TM)
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale8.jpg]580Ricardo Sosa, cirque des Voix (TM)
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale9.jpg]540Dancing with Jenkins, Sailor Circus Arena
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/key-chorale/thumbs/thumbs_keychorale101.jpg]500Mozart Meets Radiohead
Photo by Cliff Roles Photography

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.

Vocal Artistry

[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_vocalartistrygall1.jpg]350Vocal Artistry members having fun during a photo shoot
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_va1.jpg]770Music Walk, Franklin Shops
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_dscn1608.jpg]720Vocal Artistry Members - during CD recording session
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_dscn1457.jpg]700Accompanist Judy Richey and Bassist Bill Barr
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_va2_0.jpg]420Recording Session
Good times among friends, recording "More Than Music"
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_va3_0.jpg]450Portrait of Grace concert with Leoma Lovegrove
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_vocal-artistry_2011-2012.jpg]510Vocal Artistry
Photo by Tony DiCosta
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_cd_more-than-music_2012-release-date.jpg]500Joseph Caulkins
Vocal Artistry's debut CD is "in the can"
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_dscn1563.jpg]350Joseph Caulkins conducting, Unitarian Universalist's Church
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_dscn1588.jpg]520Dr. Daniel Davis
Dr. Davis recording "Jesus, My All to Heaven is Gone"
[img src=http://www.josephcaulkins.com/wp-content/flagallery/vocal-artistry/thumbs/thumbs_va4.jpg]370Final bows for 2012 Christmas Concert

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