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Jubilee New York seeks section leaders

Jubilee New York, a leading concert producer in New York City, is seeking four professional singers to serve as section leaders for The Jubilee Chorus. We are looking for one soprano, one alto, one tenor and one bass/baritone.

Jubilee New York provides opportunities for singers and instrumentalists from around the globe to perform in our concert series. The Jubilee Chorus is a volunteer choir that proclaims a message of hope, healing, and spiritual freedom through music. Candidates for the position must be active vocal artists. Some requirements include:

  • Exceptional sight-singing and quick learning skills
  • Strong vocal technique is required
  • Ability to sing straight tone
  • Ability to be independent on own voice part and be comfortable demonstrating preparedness by singing in a quartet
  • Ability to blend volume, tone and vowels is required. Preparing music outside of rehearsals is expected.
  • Must be able to lead and teach others.
The choir rehearses from September to June on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM in Manhattan. There are six concerts programmed along the season mostly on Saturdays morning/afternoon. Attendance to all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory. Compensation: $30.00 per rehearsal, $50.00 per concert.

If you are an interested candidate, please send an e-mail with your resume, headshot and a link to any media (video, mp3, etc.) you might have that shows your vocal skills to nyc.jubileechorus@gmail.com. Auditions will be held on the second or third week of August 2015. Jubilee New York website: www.jubileenyc.org.
Posted 7/27/2015. Expires 8/27/2015.

Light Opera of New Jersey seeks boy for Amahl and other singers

Light Opera of New Jersey seeks a boy soprano to sing the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors for its December 2015 production.

Additionally those seeking ensemble, secondary roles and understudy opportunities for upcoming shows should audition. Those auditioning must be willing to accept any of these three categories. Men especially needed. As a repertory company, those singing in the company receive preferred consideration for principal and other roles down the line. The shows include:

  • The True Story of Cinderella (Warren Martin of Westminster Choir College) October 2015
  • Trial by Jury (Gilbert & Sullivan) October 2015
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) December 2015
  • Don Pasquale (Donizetti) proposed March 2016
  • The Merry Widow (Franz Lehar) proposed November 2016
Principal roles for 2016 operas will be heard in late 2015, date to be announced. The role of Amahl is to be performed by a boy soprano only; girls will not be considered. Performance dates are on December 4 and 5 in Basking Ridge NJ. Singers of all ages as described above will be heard BY APPOINTMENT only. Mail headshot, resume, and availability for audition on August 5 between 7 and 10 PM to LightOperaNJ@optonline.net. An accompanist will be provided free of charge. LONJ seeks primarily New Jersey-based singers. Auditions will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge NJ 07920.
Posted 7/27/2015. Expires 9/5/2015.

Holyrood Church seeks Director of Music

Holyrood Church/Iglesia Santa Cruz in Washington Heights seeks a Director of Music: an organist and choir director for English and Spanish congregations and director of the Washington Heights Choir School.

Holyrood Church/Iglesia Santa Cruz is a unique, vibrant, and welcoming community embracing many traditions, languages and cultures. We seek to serve and engage our neighborhood and the greater New York/New Jersey area through a wide range of programs in the arts as well as education. Our community outreach includes the award-winning Washington Heights Choir School, our Soup Kitchen, Washington Heights Musical Society, Cornerstone, Vestry, Kids Club, Spanish classes, Summer camps and more.

We seek a professional musician who will be responsible for playing the organ for weekly masses in English and in Spanish. Ideally, the musician will also seek ways to identify, encourage and develop unity within both congregations. The qualified candidate will also be responsible for leading and directing the Washington Heights Choir School program. Soon to begin its sixth year, WHCS is a tuition-free program for children ages kindergarten through upper elementary school. WHCS is a unique after-school program that offers professional choral training, voice, piano and other instrumental lessons, leadership development, academic tutoring and mentoring to children. Our students come from New York City and New Jersey, and represent a wide range of cultural communities and faith traditions.

The qualified candidate will be a mature and professional musician who possesses excellent communication skills in English; proficiency Spanish is a plus. The candidate is comfortable working within the context of many different cultures and within the Anglican tradition and is committed to the vocation of church music as a vital tool for the educational and spiritual health and growth of our parish, our neighborhood, and the greater community.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of an earned Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance, Sacred Music, or Music Education.
  • Demonstrated experience of 5+ years in choral music education.
  • Experience of leading choral groups of all ages.
  • Organized and detail-oriented individual with an entrepreneurial spirit and positive attitude.
  • Working knowledge of Anglican/Episcopal liturgical and musical traditions.
  • Demonstrated recruiting and retention skills (for children in afterschool program).
  • Knowledge of choral repertoire suitable for children ages 4 and up.
  • Conduct himself/herself in a welcoming, professional and respectful manner at all times.
Primary duties and responsibilities
  • Reports to the Wardens (pending the appointment of a Priest-in-Charge).
  • Play organ for two Sunday masses weekly, one in English and one in Spanish; and four additional services per year: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Great Vigil of Easter and Christmas Eve.
  • Hymns and service music are selected in cooperation with the Program Director and Wardens (pending the appointment of a Priest-in-Charge). A prelude and postlude are expected.
  • Director is expected to develop, recruit and encourage instrumental guests, directing choirs on occasion, and engaging artists-in-residence, including the Cornerstone Chorale and Washington Heights Musical Society.
  • Maintain the Allen electronic organ and the grand piano located in the chancel.
  • Director must be onsite and available during the WHCS sessions, currently Monday-Friday 3:30-6:00. Director is expected to be engaged with the children and staff throughout that time period.
  • The WHCS work week is a minimum of 12 hours, and additional work with maintaining relationships with funding sources is critical.
  • Recruit, oversee, evaluate and maintain a staff of 4-10 volunteers and faculty for the WHCS.
  • Work with the vestry to assist in recruiting volunteer homework helpers for WHCS after-school help.
  • Teach choral music, music theory, choosing appropriate music for voices K-5th grade.
  • Prepare student worksamples to send to funders, including thank you notes, and audio and video clips, and other materials.
  • Send website updates to the webpage coordinator.
  • Continue the affiliation RSCM America, and should be familiar with the Voice for Life curriculum.
  • Maintain a budget, account for all expenses, and continue working with the Wardens and Vestry to meet WHCS grant requirements and deadlines.
Remuneration: $25,000 a year plus weddings and funerals, possibly more depending on qualifications and experience. Please submit resume and cover letter with three references to: Holyroodsantacruznyc@gmail.com with the subject "Music Director Vacancy." Attachments must be in PDF. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a qualified applicant is found. The start date is September 1, 2015.
Posted 7/22/2015. Expires 9/1/2015.

NAS Choral Music Rental Library catalog

I am pleased to announce the Summer 2015 edition of the NAS Choral Music Rental Library catalog. Now in its 16th season, the library contains multiple copies of over 780 choral works large and small, mostly for SATB, including some with instrumental parts and some that are out of print. Quantities available range from 22 to 90. A sampling of popular works and their per copy fee includes:

  • Bach, J.S., Wachet auf, ruft ins die Stimme (Kalmus edition) $2.00; (9 orchestra parts (Barenreiter edition $10.00)
  • Barnett, Carol, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass $2.00
  • Britten, Ceremony of Carols (SSAA) $2.00; Rejoice in the Lamb $1.80;
  • Cantata misericordium $2.00
  • Copland, In the Beginning $3.00; Old American Songs $2.25; Las agachagas $1.40
  • Dvorak, Mass in D Op. 86 $1.60; Requiem Mass Op. 89 $3.40; 31 orchestra parts $60.00
  • Kverno, Trond, Misa in sono tubae $6.50; 5 brass parts $6.25
  • Martin, Mass for Double Chorus $3.00; Songs of Ariel $3.25
  • Pizzetti, Messa di Requiem $3.75
  • Purcell, Dido and Aeneas $2.50; Te Deum Laudamus and Jubilate Deo $1.00; Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem $0.90; 5 strings $6
  • Respighi, Laud to the Nativity $3.50
  • Rutter, Joy to the World $1.60 (49 orchestra parts, $14.00)
  • Stravinsky, Mass $2.50; Symphony of Psalms (vocal score, 1948 revision) $2.00
  • Susa, Conrad, Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest ($2.75)
  • Thompson, The Peaceable Kingdom $3.00; Frostiana (5 selections) $ 3.50; Hodie $2.50
  • Vaughan Williams, Mass in g minor $2.25; Three Shakespeare Songs $1.00
And this is just a small sampling. All 780+ works in the catalog are available for rent at an average reduction of 80 percent off the current list price. To access the catalog on line and to order, go to www.nasingers.org and click on ATTENTION CHOIRS.
Posted 7/16/2015. Expires 10/16/2015.

Episcopal church in Ardsley seeks alto

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, New York, is looking for a true alto for a small choir in very friendly Episcopal church. One rehearsal (8:45 AM Sunday) and one service (10:00 AM Sunday), plus additional services at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. Singing season is from September through mid-June. We seek someone who has strong sight reading skills, strong vocal skills and is responsible in learning parts and in attendance. Only true mezzos/altos, please. Compensation is $100/week which includes rehearsal and service. (Special services extra.) Contact: Larry Wolf, Minister of Music, at larrywolf95@gmail.com or 914-450-8467.
Posted 7/16/2015. Expires 10/16/2015.

Ars Musica's Encore Young Artist Program

For fifty years, Ars Musica has been committed to providing Northern New Jersey with opportunities to create and hear excellent programs of a wide range of choral music. We are proud to take a bold step in supporting and training the next generation of choral artists by establishing The Encore Young Artist Program. In today's economic climate, versatility and diverse skills have proved to be invaluable to the success of young artists. We seek to give opportunities to exceptional young musicians to broaden and deepen their musical experiences while gaining important skills for a lifelong career in music. We are currently accepting applications from all voice types and conductors. Young Artists can expect to receive:

  • Membership in one of the tristate's premiere choral ensembles
  • Cover roles for all solos in the 2015-2016 season: Timeless
  • Performances of select solo roles in Encore Performances
  • Regular coachings and professional mentoring with Music Director Dusty Francis
  • Masterclass participation with notable New York and New Jersey singers and conductors
  • Featured performance in our Scenes & Songs Program for New Jersey patrons of the arts at our annual Wine & Food Gala
  • Scores and archival recordings for all performances
  • Professional head shots and promotional photography
  • A quarterly stipend
Recent graduates, current graduate students, and emerging professionals are encouraged to apply. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered. To apply, please visit www.arsmusica.org/encore/application/.
Posted 7/14/2015. Expires 10/14/2015.

Soprano / alto available for High Holy Days opportunities

Jill Burstein, singing both alto and soprano for church and liturgical needs, is available for the High Holy Days. Please contact her at jbopera@gmail.com for more information and thanks for considering!
Posted 7/14/2015. Expires 10/14/2015.

Turtle Bay Music School seeks choral director

The Turtle Bay Music School seeks a choral director for its public school and community programming. This is a part-time position. Salary is $50 per hour, some transportation compensation, one planning hour per week; no benefits or paid holidays. Hours are TBD: weekly rehearsals during school day, after-school, and evening hours, September through May. 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 three public school choruses (two elementary and one high school), one Senior Center Chorus through TBMS Creative Ageing Programs, and TBMSs on-site Adult Community Chorus at Turtle Bay Music School. Additional choral opportunities may become available during the year.

Full details about the responsibilities and requirements can be found at www.tbms.org/about-us/employment/. To apply, 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 7/13/2015. Expires 10/13/2015.

Schola Sine Nomine seeks Project Music Director

Schola Sine Nomine is a group of 10-16 friends, all experienced choral singers and good readers, who come together twice per year to prepare and perform short programs at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church in Ozone Park, Queens, and nearby venues. Our repertoire combines accompanied with unaccompanied music and includes renaissance motets, baroque and classical oratorio works, and twentieth century anthems. We seek a director to prepare and lead rehearsals, and to conduct two or three concerts for our program this fall, which will center around two Bach cantatas, to be performed with a few string players and continuo. Concerts are scheduled for 28/29 November 2015, with a possibility of an additional performance some time in December. Rehearsals will be from 7 to 9 PM on alternate Thursdays starting on August 27. If this experience proves satisfactory there could be further programs available on a similar basis.

We offer $40 per hour for both rehearsals and concerts; we do not reimburse preparation time or travel. Our leader should be reliable and affable, and have the experience, confidence and diligence to be able to draw out the full potential of the ensemble. We believe we offer an attractive proposition for someone looking to enhance their directing experience with a mature, responsive group in a relatively informal setting.

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact Graham Bobby at grahambobby@hotmail.com before August 1.
Posted 6/30/2015. Expires 8/1/2015.

Savannah, GA church seeks professional and volunteer singers

The Choir of St. John's Church, Savannah, GA invites both professional/paid and volunteer singers for all voice parts. Please call the church to schedule an audition with Steven Branyon, Organist/Choirmaster, at (912) 232-1251.
Posted 6/16/2015. Expires 9/16/2015.

Summit, NJ church seeks soprano, tenor and bass section leaders

Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, NJ seeks soprano, tenor and bass section leaders for its semi-professional adult choir of 30 members for the 2015-2016 season. The choir sings Sundays at 10:30 AM and rehearses Wednesday evening 7:30-9:30 PM. They also sing occasional concerts, Choral Evensong, and special feast days. Pay is $150/week (extra services are compensated proportionately). The ideal singer will have a positive attitude for working with volunteer singers, be a solid sight-reader, and have the ability to sing straight-tone as necessary. Please send an audio recording to Christopher Jennings, Organist & Choirmaster, at cjennings@calvarysummit.org to set up an audition.
Posted 6/6/2015. Expires 9/6/2015.

Verismo Opera's 27th Annual International Voice Competition

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply now to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 27th Annual International Vocal Competition. The early bird registration deadline is July 31, 2015. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) is the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey. The nonprofit opera company is recognized for providing opportunities for artists to learn and perform in a professional environment with a live orchestra.

Preliminary auditions will take place at bergenPAC's Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from November 1-14, 2015. The application deadline is October 31, 2015. Final auditions will take place in early 2016. The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, 2015, changing to $75 on August 1, 2015. Payment may be made securely online at verismopera.org/donate-2/ located at the bottom of the page or by check made out and sent to Verismo Opera, P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, NJ 07024-9024.

All applicants are required to send a resume, bio, a MP3 file or a CD containing at least three arias, an 8 x 10 black and white photo, and the application fee. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the competition. An application may be downloaded at verismopera.org/causes/competitions-2/. A professional accompanist will be provided to all participants at the preliminary and final auditions. This year, a free master class will be offered to applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions in the vocal competition. Finalists will receive feedback; extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation; and be given the opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera's fully staged upcoming productions. Winners will receive cash awards totaling $3,500 ($2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize). For further information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact info@verismopera.org or call (201) 886-0561.
Posted 5/21/2015. Expires 10/31/2015.

Music director sought for Rising Voices Chorus

Music director needed for Rising Voices Chorus, an artistic expression for cancer patients and survivors. The group's history: We started in January of 2014, inspired by a group in Ireland called "Something to Sing About" (www.stsa.ie). The objectives have been to create an opportunity for singers of all abilities to join together, singing upbeat and soulful songs. The time spent together is a time away from the usual cares of the day. The main goal is not a far-off performance, but to enjoy the present harmonies together (although the singers have recently chosen to sing for some cancer patients this spring). The group has been meeting during the academic year, September to June, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. (This schedule could be adjusted.) For more information, please contact popkink@mskcc.org or call 646-888-0800.
Posted 5/12/2015. Expires 8/12/2015.

Manager sought for New Amsterdam Singers

New Amsterdam Singers, an Upper West Side-based NYC amateur chorus, seeks a part-time Manager experienced with performing arts or other non-profit organizations. The 70-voice non-profit chorus (which includes a 24-voice chamber chorus) is governed by a Board of Directors and led by Music Director and Founder Clara Longstreth. The chorus performs three concert programs each year. The Manager reports to the Board and, as appropriate, to the Music Director, and is responsible for all aspects of running the chorus, including concert management and operations, publicity and bookkeeping. The Manager is also expected to guide and support the marketing and development activities of the chorus, including managing and maintaining all its databases. Interested candidates can find the full position description and application procedures at www.nasingers.org/mgrjob. More information about the New Amsterdam Singers can be found on our web site: www.nasingers.org.
Posted 5/11/2015. Expires 8/11/2015.

Cantus seeks tenors, baritones and basses for 2015-16 season

Cantus, the nation's only full-time, artist-led vocal ensemble, seeks materials from tenors, baritones and basses for the '15/'16 season. Renewable, salaried positions with benefits package (medical/dental/disability/403b match). Internationally-touring ensemble based in arts-rich Twin Cities. 70+ concerts and 30+ outreach activities each season. Rep spans all periods and genres. Represented by Alliance Artist Management, with numerous recordings. Postmark deadline: January 2, 2015. Auditions: February 20, 2015. Contact audition@cantussings.org for more info. To apply, go to cantussings.org/audition.
Posted 10/9/2014. Expires 12/1/2015.