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- Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (CAPC), one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and historic churches, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Simpkin King as its new Interim Director of Music. In addition, Dr. King will serve as the Artistic Director of the church-sponsored Crescent Concerts Series, a multi-disciplinary presentation of vocal, instrumental, choral and orchestral music events for the residents of Plainfield and the surrounding communities. (2017-8-13)
- The Ember Ensemble, which will be presenting the East Coast premiere of John Muehleisen’s oratorio, But Who Shall Return Us Our Children – A Kipling Passion, in November, is opening its read-through of the work on Monday evening, July 31, to the public, free of charge. For details, see the Concert Calendar. (2017-7-28)
- Musical America has an article by Kent Tritle on what it takes to be a professional choral singer. (2017-7-15)
- Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, running from October 18 through November 15, will feature performances of settings of all 150 biblical psalms, by 150 composers, in "The Psalms Experience." See the article in The New York Times. (2017-6-21)
- Sad to report that In Transit, the a cappella musical, will have its final performances on Sunday, April 16. Worth seeing, if you have the opportunity. It's well-sung, with an appealing, energetic cast and a lot of in-the-know commentary about life in New York. (2017-4-15)
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- September 18, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Parish Choir of the Church of St James the Less, based in Scarsdale.
- September 12, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Harbormen Chorus, a Suffolk County-based men's four-part harmony group.
- September 8, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Basilica Schola, based at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Soho.
- September 6, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Central Jersey Choral Society, a community chorus in Ewing Township, NJ. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Hopewell Valley Chorus, a community chorus in Pennington, NJ.
- August 31, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the New Jersey Choral Society Festival Youth Chorus. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Crescent Singers, a chamber choir based in Plainfield, NJ.
- August 13, 2017: The Bella Voce Singers will now be known as BVS Women's Choir. New Choir Directory listing for the Kips Bay Chorale.
- July 19, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Inspire, a Manhattan-based chamber choir that seeks to promote unity through the choral arts.
- June 21, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Ember, the new name for the Schola Cantorum on Hudson ensemble. New link for Singerhood, offering a platform for mobile devices that guides students and amateurs to develop their choir singing skills through high-quality part recordings
of the choral repertoire.
- June 8, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Long Island Harmonizers, a barbershop chorus based in Westbury, NY.
- May 15, 2017: New link for Tobacco Free Life, offering a page about smoking and singing.
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- Liz Fleischer's Sight-Singing Program is offered each season
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New Amsterdam Singers,
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Russian Chamber Chorus of New York,
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