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Montclair church seeks alto section leader

Church of the Immaculate Conception Chancel Choir, Montclair, NJ, has an immediate opening for alto section leader. The 30-voice choir is augmented by the leadership of 3-4 professional singers and performs a wide variety of repertoire for the weekly 11 AM Mass. Competitive stipends available. Please contact Preston Dibble, Director of Music, at music@mtcimmaculate.org for more information and to share choral experience.
Posted 9/27/2016. Expires 11/27/2016.

Jersey Harmony Chorus seeks vendors for Holiday Craft Bazaar and Flea Market

Are you crafty? Do you enjoy creating holiday items? Or maybe you have some gently used items you would like to sell. The Jersey Harmony Chorus Holiday Craft Bazaar and Flea Market will be held November 26, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Griggstown Reform Church Recreation Hall, 1065 Canal Road, (Griggstown) Princeton, NJ. The chorus is now accepting registrations for commercial and non-commercial vendors, crafters and artists, etc. A booth space is $15 and includes a 6-foot rectangular table and two chairs. Registrations accepted until space is filled and space is limited.

The event will include everything from local crafters, jewelry, locally made foods, new and gently used items and more. Gift baskets will be available for sale. Food will be available to purchase all day, including lunch items, bagels, coffee, tea and cold drinks. The award-winning Jersey Harmony Chorus will perform a few songs during the event. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Carole for an application form by e-mail at jhc.membership@gmail.com.

Jersey Harmony Chorus is a group of fun-loving, hard-working, dedicated women who love to sing. Under the leadership of certified director, Kat Britt, we work toward consistently improving our sound while we enjoy the fun and comradery of a closely-knit group that loves to learn and laugh. Our membership includes women of all ages and represents a wide range of occupations and backgrounds. Visit www.jerseyharmonychorus.org.
Posted 9/25/2016. Expires 11/26/2016.

Turning closets into concerts: Hudson Chorale tag sale

Bargain hunters keep coming back year after year for their favorite event! A Giant Tag Sale to benefit the Hudson Chorale will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, rain or shine. This is NOT your typical neighborhood tag sale of used toys and children’s clothing. We receive donated items in a wide variety of categories: used and antique furniture, collectibles, jewelry, appliances, housewares, CDs, DVDs, books, toys, sports equipment, good used clothing and accessories, bed & bath, decorative art, etc. Location: 107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville (corner of Manville Road/Route 117). To donate tax-deductible items, call (914) 714-3582. Early Bird Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 AM for $10.

All proceeds will benefit Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest not-for-profit community chorus. Weekly rehearsals are held at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, and singers come from throughout Westchester and surrounding counties. The chorus performs two concert programs a year which feature a wide range of music, including both traditional and contemporary composers. See the website at www.HudsonChorale.org for complete concert, membership and audition details.
Posted 9/25/2016. Expires 10/8/2016.

Village Singers of Westchester seek a new director

The Village Singers of Westchester seek a new choral director. Requirements:

  • Weekly rehearsals from September thru June on Tuesday evenings 8-10 PM at Crawford Park Mansion, Rye Brook, NY.
  • Two concerts per year in December and June.
  • Classical and popular music included in each concert.
  • Open to inclusion of seasonal music, when appropriate.
  • Must continue barbershop quartet.
  • Must use soloists from the chorus, not outside professionals.
  • Maintain environment of serious singing, but fun.
The Village Singers, an SATB chorus, is a group of 20-30 people who have been singing together for 25+ years. We accept singers of varying skill levels from amateur to professional. There are no formal auditions. Our accompanist for the past several years is Barbara Orwick, who would like to remain in that role. She is also the lone woman in our barbershop quartet. Interested candidates should forward their resumes to the Search Committee c/o Linda Buttacavoli at iamlindyloo@aol.com.
Posted 9/25/2016. Expires 11/25/2016.

October 5 master class with soprano Ruth Ann Swenson

On Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 PM, internationally-renowned soprano Ruth Ann Swenson leads a master class for advanced singers at Hunter College. Repertoire includes arias by W.A. Mozart, Jules Massenet and Giacomo Meyerbeer. This event is free and open to the public. More information about the master class may be found at www.hunter.cuny.edu/music/concerts-events. This master class will take place at Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, Room 424 Hunter North Building, New York, NY 10065.
Posted 9/23/2016. Expires 10/6/2016.

Announcing the first King’s Singers Summer School in the U.S.

Double Grammy® Award-winning vocal sextet The King’s Singers have announced their first Summer School in the United States, scheduled for June 13-19, 2017. Are you an individual looking to experience and learn the art of singing in a group? Are you an established vocal group or choir striving for excellence? Are you seeking the opportunity to enhance and refine your ensemble singing skills, whilst sharing experiences and making new friends? This is a unique opportunity to work with one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

The KS will work one-on-one with singers through personalised group sessions, identifying specific targets and aims, honing vocal and performing skills and helping participants enjoy a lifetime of ensemble singing at the highest level. Hone existing musical skills and gain a deeper level of artistry to become the best ensemble singer possible.

This inaugural School in the U.S. will be hosted on campus at DePauw University, Indiana. The thriving music department is deeply committed to reshaping modern music education, which is reflected in the facilities it offers. One of the first Schools of Music in the United States, in June 2015 the campus was host to the first-ever Global Musician Workshop, led by the phenomenal cellist Yo Yo Ma and members of his renowned Silk Road Ensemble.

The group will be joined by Bob Chilcott, former King’s Singer tenor and world-renowned composer, credited for the a cappella-world’s most-loved vocal arrangements, including And so it Goes, Penny Lane, Greensleeves, The Gift to be Simple and Good Vibrations. Bob will be leading workshop sessions on choral direction and the interpretation of his music, as well as sharing his experiences as a King’s Singer and how the group’s approach has helped to shape his musical life.

Housed in the School of Music on DePauw's beautiful campus, you will have full access to all of its cutting-edge facilities and performance spaces. Fees include all tuition and sheet music, meals and housing, a camp welcome pack and the best-seats-in-the-house for the KS public concert.

Ahead of the first U.S. School, Mark McCoy, Dean, DePauw University School of Music says, "We are thrilled to partner with one of the world's best and most-loved musical groups for this unforgettable, life-changing experience. If you love singing, this is the place to be!"

Register your application and audition online today at www.kingssingers.com/summer-school/.
Posted 9/18/2016. Expires 3/18/2017.

Polish chamber choir in New Jersey seeks singers

Polish chamber choir ARIA is seeking singers for its 2016-17 season, which includes performances in St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Pulaski Day Parade, West Point and numerous venues across the tristate area culminating in an exciting multiday convention and competition in Philedelphia in May 2017. ARIA boasts a rich a cappella choral repertoire of Polish folk, sacred, and patriotic music from the 13th to the 21st century. Knowledge of Polish preferred, but not required! All experience levels welcome!

We rehearse Thursday evenings in Wallington, NJ, accessible by NJ Transit buses (160/163) and Main Line rail. To schedule an audition, observe a rehearsal, chat about quirky harmonies in medieval Polish motets, please write to mieleszko.joanna@gmail.com or call (917) 435-2392.
Posted 9/18/2016. Expires 11/18/2016.

Bronxville Church seeks tenor section leader

West Center Congregational Church at 101 Pondfield Road West, Bronxville, NY 10708 is looking for a tenor section leader/soloist to join its professional quartet in its Chancel Choir. Rehearsals are on Sundays at 10 AM followed by the service which ends around just after noon or a little later, and the season lasts from the end of September through the end of May with an extra service on Christmas Eve. Soloists alternate singing on Sundays in August. Good sight reading is recommended; repertoire runs from modern to traditional. West Center is about one half mile from the Bronxville MetroNorth station (a short 10 minute walk) or easily reachable by car. If interested please call Music Director/Organist Arnold Ostlund, Jr. at (914) 779-7221 and send an e-mail to Westcenterucc@verizon.net.

The church is also looking for volunteer singers in all voice parts to sing in a friendly setting with no auditions. Good sight reading is a plus as well as the ability to blend with the other singers. If interested, please contact Arnold Ostlund, Jr.
Posted 9/18/2016. Expires 11/18/2016.

Cantate Chamber Singers Young Composers Competition

Cantate Chamber Singers announces its Eleventh Biennial Young Composers Competition, with a $1000 award. The competition is open to residents of the US and Canada, 35 years old or younger as of June 30, 2017. The submission deadline is June 30, 2017. This year's entries must be scored for SATB choir (4 to 8-parts); a cappella or with piano accompaniment; a setting of the Bert Ifill poem, "The Rest is Silence"; no more than eight minutes long; never previously performed. The Application Form, which must accompany submissions, and Guidelines are available at cantate.org/ycc-2017/. Questions? Please contact ycc@cantate.org.
Posted 9/15/2016. Expires 3/15/2017.

Renaissance Chorus seeks singers

The Renaissance Chorus has some openings for singers in its Cappella for its upcoming November concerts. Rehearsals are each Wednesday starting September 21, 6:30 to 9ish at HVG Lounge, 128 Pinehurst Avenue (at 183rd Street). Singers must be expert readers, able to control vibrato, have experience with early music and able to rehearse (most of) these dates:9/21, 9/28, 10/5, (off for Yom Kippur). 10/19, 10/26, Full dress on 11/2. We are quite interested in hearing a male soprano for the Rossi. PDF scores of Rossi and Wert motets can be available for prior study. Call Sig Rosen at 212-740-4050 for more information.
Posted 9/15/2016. Expires 10/8/2016.

Vocal Soulstice seeks singers

Vocal Soulstice is looking for a few more soulful singers to join our musical family. We are particularly interested in basses, vocal percussionists and someone to take on the Musical Director role.

Please fill out this form goo.gl/forms/GsGNxyJpdEq9icH03 to let us know of your interest in auditioning and then submit an audio or video recording of you singing a verse and a chorus of a song of your choice without any accompaniment. We will contact you with next steps. Contact us at vocalsoulsticenyc@gmail.com with any questions and check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/vocalsoulstice.
Posted 9/12/2016. Expires 11/12/2016.

Turtle Bay Music School seeks choral director

The Turtle Bay Music School seeks a choral director for public school and community programming. It's a part-time position; salary is $50 per hour with no benefits or paid holidays. Hours are TBD. Weekly rehearsals during school day, after-school and evening hours, September through June. The choral director reports to TBMS Community and In-School Programming Teams.

Founded in 1925, Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them. At TBMS, we believe music is an integral part of daily life and we offer classes for all ages and skill levels. Our community is inclusive, fun, and focused on meeting each student’s needs.

TBMS is currently seeking a Choral Director to direct public school choruses (elementary through high school aged students) and Senior Center Choruses through TBMS Creative Aging Programs. Additional choral opportunities may become available during the year. Responsibilities include:

  • Directing and leading weekly rehearsals during the school day or in after-school hours for public school choruses ranging from elementary school aged students through high school aged students
  • Directing and leading weekly rehearsals during daytime hours for Senior Center choruses through TBMS Creative Aging Programs (Adults ages 55 and older)
  • Selecting repertoire and directing each of the choruses in 2-4 performances during the year
  • Frequent communication with the TBMS Community and In-School Programming Teams
  • Working with TBMS staff to assess each program throughout the year, including providing feedback for program sustainability and growth
  • Accurate and regularly submitted attendance records with comments when applicable to track class success
Requirements:
  • Experience working with choruses is REQUIRED
  • BM required, MM preferred in voice, music education, or similar concentration
  • Experience working with senior populations is a plus, but is not required
  • Piano accompanying skills are preferred
  • Experience with a wide range of choral repertoire
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to provide quality instruction for all students and create a learning environment that is healthy, supportive and fun
  • Ability to collaborate and cooperate with TBMS’s community partners
Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to working@tbms.org. Please include in the subject line of the e-mail "TBMS Choral Director." Only those being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.
Posted 9/9/2016. Expires 11/9/2016.

Summit church seeks tenor and bass section leaders

St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Summit, NJ, seeks tenor and bass section leaders for its 15-25-member Adult Choir which rehearses on Wednesday evenings (7:45-9:15 PM) and sings at the 10:30 AM Sunday service (10:05 AM rehearsal) and 10 PM Christmas Eve service (9 PM rehearsal). The choir sings music of all styles and periods and plays a major role in supporting the assembly’s singing of the liturgy and hymns in worship. Section leaders need excellent sight-reading skills, blending voices and an engaging spirit to support the choir's mostly volunteer singers. The church is within walking distance of the Summit train station. Per diem: $50 per call. Please send resume and sample mp3s to Donna Garzinsky, Director of Music, at dgarzinsky@stjohnssummit.org.
Posted 9/9/2016. Expires 10/11/2016.

Park Avenue Methodist Church Children's Music Program

The Children's Music Program at the Park Avenue Methodist Church resumes its activities on Sunday, September 11 and we invite you to check out our program! We currently have three choirs comprised of children ages 3-16. Our Cherub Choir is for children ages 3-5. No prior experience is necessary or expected. For children over 5, we have a Lower Choir (ages 6-10) and an Upper Choir (ages 10+). Children with advanced musical training may enter the Upper Choir before age 10 in some instances (an audition with the Director may be necessary). We also have a Handbell Choir which is open to all children ages 6 and above. The Children's Choirs rehearse on Sunday afternoons and the Handbell Choir rehearses on Friday evenings. Children gain valuable skills by performing once each month at our 11 AM service, as well as at our Animal Blessing Service (October 15 at 12:30 PM), Family Christmas Eve Service (December 24 at 4 PM), our Holiday Concert (December 1 at 7 PM) and Spirituals Concert (Spring, 2017, date and time TBA).

Beginning this season, the Children's Choirs at PAUMC will be using the Royal School of Church Music's (RSCM) "Voice for Life" training program for educating young choristers. This means that in addition to having a wonderful time making music, your child will also gain an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of music (notation, rhythm, history, score reading, etc.).

We welcome ALL children into our program regardless of experience level, prior training, and/or faith affiliation. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Director of Children's Music, Lauren Alfano-Ishida, at any time at music@parkavemethodist.org. You are also encouraged to attend our Open House and Information Session taking place on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM in the Russell Room (Basement Level of PAUMC). If you wish to attend, please e-mail music@parkavemethodist.org so that we may add your name to the list! Children are welcome to attend with their parents and light refreshments will be served.

Park Avenue United Methodist Church is located at 106 East 86th Street (at Park Avenue), NYC 10028. It is easily accessible by the 4/5/6 subway lines and the M86 bus (Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue stops).
Posted 9/6/2016. Expires 11/6/2016.

Hemiola Music offers courses for vocalists

Hemiola Music NY LLC courses for vocalists looking to sharpen their music skills as well as opera enthusiasts. Below are a few of the courses offered.

The Vocal Ensemble Workshop at Hemiola Music will cover a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance to Contemporary. The range of musical styles to enjoy is tremendous, and most singers only experience a fraction of what is available. Participants will engage in an exploration of a diverse body of choral literature ranging from Tallis to Messiaen, from Ellington to Manhattan Transfer. Participants will develop invaluable skills which will help them in everything they do as singers. The small class size ensures that each singer's contribution is heard. This class is for amateur and professional singers with reasonably good music reading skills.

Aria Lab is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience performing your arias for a supportive group, with accompaniment and coaching from pianist, composer and vocal coach Ishmael Wallace. The class is limited to 6; every participant will sing every week.

Opera for Listeners: The marriage of drama and music can absorb us for a lifetime. In this introduction to opera, guided by an opera coach who is also the composer of several operas, we will explore operas from Monteverdi, to Mozart, to Puccini, to Alban Berg, learning about the context of these great works and discovering the points of connection that allow us to enter their worlds.

Wagner's Ring Cycle for Listeners: The Ring of the Nibelung, Richard Wagner's cycle of four full-length operas based on Norse mythology, is utterly distinctive--a world unlike any other. Yet it so summed up its time, and had such a shattering impact on it, that when we get to know Wagner's Ring, it illuminates what we are and where we are from--the very question Wagner's characters are always trying to answer.

All courses listed above will be taught by expert pianist, composer, vocal coach Ishmael Wallace. For more information please visit www.hemiolamusicnyllc.com or e-mail info@hemiolamusicnyllc.com.
Posted 9/6/2016. Expires 11/6/2016.

Harmonium Choral Society seeks Community Involvement Coordinator

Harmonium Choral Society, one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations seeks a part-time Community Involvement Coordinator. The primary functions of The Community Involvement Coordinator are to plan and implement fundraising efforts, assist in the development of new donors , raise awareness of Harmonium in the community and coordinate volunteers to accomplish these tasks.

Reports to: Board President and Artistic Director. Hours: Initially 200 hours per year with growth potential. Responsibilities: Fundraising and donor development: develop comprehensive member, friend and donor lists and work with web managers, the Chorus Manager, and volunteers to contact and maintain relationships with potential donors; work with the Board, committees and members to seek out local businesses, foundations or individuals to sponsor Harmonium activities or provide grants. Coordination of public relations and marketing: Identify time lines of functions for publicity, communications and related tasks prior to Harmonium events and coordinate with volunteers, PR/Marketing Committee, Artistic Director and Chorus Manager to implement; explore new areas and means of publicity for concerts and other activities.

Preferred qualifications: strong computer skills including Word, Excel, Access and other computer applications. Previous experience with Groupanizer a plus. Proficient with many forms of social media (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Love and understanding of choral music. Experience in volunteer coordination

Log onto Harmonium.org for more information about Harmonium and its performances and activities. Position to start in September 2016. Please e-mail resume, cover letter and references to treasurer@harmonium.org.
Posted 8/31/2016. Expires 9/30/2016.

Canticum Novum Youth Choir seeks new members

Harold and Edie Rosenbaum are seeking new members for their Canticum Novum Youth Choir. Composed of girls from age 8 to 18, the youth choir has in recent years performed in Carnegie Hall, Radio City, The United Nations, and Symphony Space. This season the choir will perform with Dr. Rosenbaum’s adult choirs, The New York Virtuoso Singers (www.nyvirtuoso.org), and The Canticum Novum Singers (www.canticumnovum.org) in New York City and in Katonah. The girls will learn a varied and fun repertoire of classical music while experiencing musical growth under the guidance of Edie, a professional singer, and then with Harold when concerts approach.

Rehearsals take place every Thursday from 4:45 to 6 PM in the home of the Rosenbaums in South Salem. If you would like your child to have a wonderful learning and performing experience, please call Edie at 914 582-3912, or e-mail her at cnssoprano@gmail.com.
Posted 8/24/2016. Expires 10/24/2016.

Manhattan Choral Ensemble seeks new compositions

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble seeks submissions from composers living within 50 miles of New York City to submit a short (2.5-3 minutes) a cappella work for SATB chorus that evokes life in New York City. The work should be a new composition that has not yet been premiered. Works should require approximately three hours of rehearsal to prepare for performance, and should not contain individual solos. Visit mce.nyc/commissions for examples of the level of difficulty of previous compositions.

We encourage using texts written by living writers. It is the responsibility of the composer to secure permission to use any texts not in the public domain. Previous winners are ineligible.

Three winners will be chosen by a committee comprising MCE Director Thomas Cunningham and Artistic Advisors George Andoniadis and Rich Campbell. Each winner will receive a $500 award and a performance by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble at its March 4, 2017, concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Prior to the performance, the composers will be asked to attend a rehearsal to discuss their piece with the choir. Additionally, one work will be voted on by the audience for an additional award on the night of the performance. The composer of the chosen work will receive an additional $500. Submissions must be received by November 1, 2016. Electronic submissions are acceptable. There is no fee to apply. Submissions should be e-mailed to info@mce.nyc or (if not possible to send electronically) mailed to Manhattan Choral Ensemble, PO Box 3852, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-3852.
Posted 8/23/2016. Expires 10/23/2016.

Soprano / alto available for High Holy Days

Jill Burstein, an experienced opera singer and church musician, is available for the High Holy Days as either an alto or a soprano. Please e-mail her at jbopera@gmail.com for more information .
Posted 8/18/2016. Expires 10/12/2016.

Nikolai Kachanov Singers seeking singers in all sections

Nikolai Kachanov Singers (NKS), a new professional group, led by a profoundly inspiring conductor Nikolai Kachanov, invites experienced choral singers and emerging professionals to audition. Our first performance will be on September 21 at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with Yuri Boguinia’s Path to Kailas for voices, string quartet and percussion. This is a newly-commissioned work dedicated to the Nikolai Kachanov Singers. On October 1 we will perform George Oakley’s Stabat Mater for harp and chorus, also written for NKS. A full program is planned for October 30 and will include exciting works by Allegri, Arkadelt, Lasso, Messiaen, Monteverdi and Pärt.

Maestro Nikolai Kachanov's rehearsal process is exciting, challenging and rewarding. His system features an enriching vocal and technical workshop focused on mastering pure and Pythagorean tuning systems while continuing to develop each singer's vocal potential. You will be able to sharpen your musicianship and hone technical skills, blending and intonation. The ensemble will be comprised of 16 members, performing 2-3 concert cycles each year.

Hear a few selections from the NKS recorded rehearsal: nikolaikachanovsingers.bandcamp.com/releases. Watch the NKS’s smaller ensemble rehearsal at the Nicholas Roerich Museum: vimeo.com/177559119.

The Nikolai Kachanov Singers will offer an opportunity to explore some of the world's best music while rehearsing in the warm and inspiring atmosphere of the Nicholas Roerich Museum on the Upper West Side (see this link for a "tour"). Rehearsals are held on Mondays. Payment is provided after each concert cycle. Auditions are scheduled for August 22, 23 and 24 by appointment. Please send your resume and vocal sample to kachsingers@gmail.com.
Posted 8/17/2016. Expires 10/6/2016.

Con Amici Singers starting up in Norwich, CT

We’re starting a new singing group, The Con Amici Singers, in Norwich, CT. It’ll meet on Tuesday evenings at Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington Street, Norwich beginning on September 6, 2016. If you're interested--and can sing in tune--contact Susan James at 860-237-1887 or sjaj@att.net or leave a message on the Con Amici Singers FB page.
Posted 8/15/2016. Expires 10/15/2016.

Composer seeks singers for a cappella cantata in Mandarin Chinese

Mark Salzwedel, a Brooklyn composer, is looking for a choir or individual singers interested in premiering a new, a cappella, Western-style cantata in Mandarin Chinese. It is 14 movements and is scored for SATB. MIDI files and sample scores are available. The lyrics are based on the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing). Contact Mark at markvonsalzwedel@gmail.com.
Posted 8/15/2016. Expires 10/15/2016.

Choir needed for Times Square event in October

Needle2Square (www.needle2square.com) is an organization consisting of a man named Steve Wescott and his goat Miles walking across America to raise awareness for Steve's best friend's orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya called Uzima Outreach (www.uzimaoutreach.org). Steve began this journey at the base of the Space Needle in Seattle on May 2, 2012 and plans to land in Times Square by October this year (tentatively the first weekend in October). We are looking for a choir with a minimum of six people to help us celebrate this epic event in style! Our request is two songs..."We Are The Champions" and "Bittersweet Symphony." Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to reimburse you for your participation, but we can guarantee it's going to be a memorable time and invite you to join a sea of people as we converge onto Times Square bringing a close to this amazing five-year journey! Please feel free to contact us at needle2square@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.
Posted 8/9/2016. Expires 10/5/2016.

Violist seeks opportunity to play in Bach's St. John Passion

Dear choral/orchestral conductor,

I am writing to ask if you will be doing a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion this year. I have a life goal of playing in the viola section in a performance of this sublime piece in the not too distant future. I just need to find the right choir and orchestra!

I am a nonprofessional but good violist who played for thirty years ago (am now in my sixties) and working as a contemporary psychoanalyst), and have recently picked up where I left off. I am taking lessons and am proud to say that I am improving rapidly! I used to play orchestral and chamber music, and I am starting to do that again. What a pleasure.

I have a deep strong tone, am musical, and am good at playing in orchestras and ensembles. I have started to practice the viola part in this piece and am really able to hold my own. By Spring, I will be more than ready to join an orchestra of any size to participate in a glorious performance of this piece. I hope you will consider bringing me into your performance. It would mean a lot to me and I will not disappoint. Contact Joan Lavender, 212-866-0461, joan@joanlavender.com, www.joanlavender.com.
Posted 8/1/2016. Expires 10/1/2016.

Alto section leader needed for Greenwich church

Alto / mezzo soloist / section leader needed at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, Connecticut. Must have good low notes -- position is for 2nd alto in a professional octet with volunteer choir. Must be excellent sight reader with strong voice. Traditional repertoire. Season runs September 8 through mid-June, with Thursday rehearsal 7:15-9:00 PM and Sunday warmup and service 9:00-11:15 AM. Extra services Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Easter. Soloists take turns singing solo Sundays during summer. Occasional concerts with dates to be determined, usually in December and February. Pay is $100 per rehearsal or service, additional for concerts. Church is 15-minute walk from Greenwich Metro-North stop. Contact Randall Atcheson, Minister of Music and Organist, at randallatcheson@aol.com or (203) 661-2466. Visit www.fpcg.org.
Posted 7/29/2016. Expires 9/29/2016.

Unique high-profile singing project: Cantori New York and ABT

Cantori New York, an award-winning choral group, is looking for qualified avocational singers for an exceptional opportunity to collaborate with American Ballet Theater (ABT) to perform Maurice Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloe at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.

To participate, you need to be available for Cantori rehearsals in September and October and orchestral rehearsals and performances between Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 30. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to learn more about the project, please contact us at info@cantorinewyork.com for detailed information.
Posted 7/27/2016. Expires 10/15/2016.

American Traditions Competiion seeks singers

The 24th annual American Traditions Competiion, held in historic Savannah, Georgia, will celebrate American vocal music. Within that one classification are infinite possibilities and we invite singers of all styles to participate. Nine songs are chosen by each contestant. Each song must represent a different genre. Those include Blues, Jazz, Opera, Art Song, Folk, Gospel, Country & Western, Spirituals, Scared Song, Musical Theater, Hollywood, Songs of Johnny Mercer, Cover Song and Rock/Pop 70s-00s. The competition takes place in February 2017.

All 28 contestants chosen will be awarded a cash prize. Prizes increase from $300 to $12,000 as a contestant progresses through rounds of the competition. Applicants must be at least 21 years old by February 20, 2017. To submit an application and to see the official rules, please visit americantraditionscompetition.com. Application deadline is October 20, 2016.
Posted 7/15/2016. Expires 10/20/2016.