Meet Joseph Caulkins
Adventurous is a fitting descriptor for Joseph Caulkins. It has been used to describe his reputation for bold programming, world premieres and unique collaborations on the conductor’s podium, to his knack for vibrant storytelling as a freelance writer, to his pursuits as an experienced alpinist. These diverse interests shape the quality of his music making, writing, climbing and life. Whether it be a professional orchestra, singers, dancers, high school students, circus artists, people living with Parkinson’s, or Key Chorale, he is fueled by bringing out the best in everyone.
This fall, Maestro Caulkins received the 2019 Arts Leadership Award for Artistic Achievement from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County for his 12 seasons as Artistic Director of Key Chorale. His performances of new and rarely heard works in styles as diverse as masterworks, pops, contemporary, Baroque – even ballet – has become his trademark. Joseph’s passion for education and community outreach has shaped much of the chorale’s programming and mission during his tenure.