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  • Ryan Brandau is the new artistic director of Amor Artis. (2014-7-3)
  • Jolle Greenleaf and Donald Meineke direct the Early Music Festival NYC, running June 13-19, 2014. For details, visit www.emfnyc.org. (2014-5-7)
  • C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. The Adventurous Programming awards recognize choruses that demonstrate a sustained commitment to adventurous programming through performances of choral music written in the last 25 years.Read more about the award at www.chorusamerica.org/news/2014-chorus-america-award-recipients-announced. (2014-5-7)
  • The New York Virtuoso Singers and Harold Rosenbaum have received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the fourth time NYVS and Rosenbaum have received this honor. Read more about the awards at www.chorusamerica.org/news/2014-chorus-america-award-recipients-announced. (2014-4-30)
  • Cantabile Chamber Chorale artistic director Rebecca Scott and others were interviewed by correspondent Bill Nutt for an article in the New Jersey Courier News and Home News Tribune. Read about Cantabile's April 26 concert celebrating New Jersey's 350th anniversary. (2014-4-10)

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The latest additions to the site's content and features.
  • July 15, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for the Wyandanch Youth Center Chorus, a partnership of Usdan Center and the Family Life Center/Wyandanch Youth Center.
  • July 14, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Zelo, a vocal chamber ensemble based at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
  • June 12, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Middle Community Chorus, based at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village.
  • June 3, 2014: New Choir Directory listing for No Strings A Cappella, a mixed vocal ensemble in Sussex County, NJ.
  • May 23, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Chancel Choir of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, NJ.
  • May 3, 2014: Rutgers Collegium Musicum is now Collegium Musicum, an independent early music ensemble.
  • April 22, 2014: A tasty new link for Cooking A Cappella, featuring cooking classes with a musical twist, hosted by tenor-composer-chef Lawrence Rush.
  • March 28, 2014: New link for Forte music notation software.
  • March 19, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Long Island Children's Choir.
  • March 11, 2014: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Giving Voice, a women's a cappella ensemble in Lincroft, NJ.

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  • Looking for rehearsal space or performance venues? Try NYC Music Spaces, New York City's free database of available rehearsal and performance spaces for instrumental and vocal musicians. You'll find places to rent, from studios to large venues, for classical, jazz, rock--whatever you need to rehearse or perform in NYC.
  • Looking for an outstanding vocal ensemble coach? Mark Johnson, possessor of an amazing ear and terrific interpretive insights in a variety of styles, is available to coach your group. To arrange for Mark's services, e-mail Colette Thompson.
  • Liz Fleischer's Sight-Singing Program is offered each season at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street). Classes include ear-training, rhythm and pitch reading, music theory, basic notation and terminology, with emphasis on learning to hold a part with confidence. For more info, visit www.kaufman-center.org/lucyadults_mus_sight.htm, e-mail fleischerliz@aol.com or adultdivision@kaufman-center.org or call (212) 501-3362. The sight-singing program is just one of the classes offered by the Kaufman Center's Lucy Moses School.

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GOLD: The Dessoff Choirs, Grace Church Choral Society, The West Village Chorale

SILVER: Big Apple Chorus, The Brooklyn Community Chorus, The Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus, The Canby Singers, The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Dalton Chorale, Florilegium Chamber Choir, Greenwich Village Chamber Singers, Riverside Choral Society, St. George's Choral Society, Schola Cantorum on Hudson, The Stonewall Chorale

Americas Vocal Ensemble, AmorArtis, The Babylon Chorale, C4: The World's First Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, Cantabile Chamber Chorale, Cerddorion, Chorus 802, Christ Church Choir, Douglas Frank Chorale, Down Town Glee Club, Lehman College and Community Chorus, New Amsterdam Singers, The New Choral Society, New York Choral Society, Renaissance Street Singers, Renaissance Vocal Ensemble, Riverdale Choral Society, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Sacrum Convivium, St. James' Compostela Choir, St. Paul's Englewood, Sing We Enchanted, Uncommon Chord, Voices of New York, Women Singing

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Green dates indicate open sings.
July 29: Westchester Choral Society (Summer sing / Westchester)
July 30: Manhattan Sacred Harp Sing (Open sing / Manhattan)
July 30: New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Opera / New Jersey)
July 30: New York Choral Society (Summer sing / Manhattan)
July 30: First Congregational Church of Greenwich (Summer sing / Connecticut)
July 31: Music on the Hill Summer Chorus (Choir and piano / Connecticut)
August 2: Presbyterian Church at Tenafly (Choir / New Jersey)
August 4: West Village Chorale (Summer sing / Manhattan)
August 4: Pro Arte Chorale (Summer sing / New Jersey)
August 5: Westchester Chorale (Summer sing / Westchester)
August 5: Music on the Hill (Summer sing / Connecticut)
August 5: Taghkanic Chorale (Summer sing / Westchester)
August 6: New York Choral Society (Summer sing / Manhattan)
August 11: West Village Chorale (Summer sing / Manhattan)
August 12: Westchester Chorale (Summer sing / Westchester)
More events in the Concert Calendar.
Accord Treble Choir
Last updated: 7/28/2014
Last updated: 7/28/2014
Greater Nassau Chorus
Last updated: 7/28/2014
Essential Voices USA
Last updated: 7/28/2014
Cathedral of St. John the Divine Chorale
Last updated: 7/23/2014
The Greater South Jersey Chorus
Last updated: 7/23/2014
Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir
Last updated: 7/22/2014
Cappella Festiva Treble Choir
Last updated: 7/22/2014
Central City Chorus
Last updated: 7/21/2014
Concord Singers
Last updated: 7/21/2014
For details, visit the Choir Auditions page.
Auditing spots for Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute in August
Date posted: 7/29/2014
Free music in exchange for singer leads
Date posted: 7/28/2014
Tenor and bass openings at Christ & St. Stephen's
Date posted: 7/21/2014
Christ Church New Brunswick seeks alto section leader
Date posted: 7/21/2014
Queen Esther Marrow's Harlem Gospel Singers 23nd Anniversary European Tour
Date posted: 7/21/2014
NAS Choral Music Rental Library announces its Summer 2014 catalog
Date posted: 7/21/2014
Auditions the New York Holiday Singers August 9
Date posted: 7/21/2014
Episcopal church choir in Ardsley seeks alto
Date posted: 7/15/2014
For details, visit the Info Exchange.
Content Contact: Steve Friedman.
Revision Date: July 29, 2014.
Technical Contact: Steve Friedman.
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