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Vocal music class seeks vocal teacher

Seeking a well-trained vocal teacher/coach for a vocal music class, held on Monday evenings in Valley Stream, NY in Nassau County. The pay is $200 for a 2-hour class (7-9 PM), and you would be working with 10 adult students. You are paid every week. There is a simple curriculum to follow...basic theory as well as vocal production, so please be a well-trained singer. Preference given to teachers with a gentle and understanding approach. This is a Jamaican community, so we definitely want someone who can work well with that demographic. If you would like to hear more about the job please e-mail me at gsfrancois@hotmail.com. Please include a head-shot, resume, and a phone number in the e-mail. Ideally, we would like to hire someone to hopefully begin teaching on Monday, February 15, 2016.
Posted 2/9/2016. Expires 2/29/2016.

Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshops July 20-31, 2016

A collaborative experience in Sarteano (Tuscany), Italy with Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and Brian O'Connell. We have gotten such positive feedback from past participants, and have responded by adding on two NEW mini workshops! Simon's is limited to 18-20 participants, and Broni's to 12-14. Our Musica Sacra session, with wonderfully varied repertoire, has now been extended to nine days, and twelve Full Conductors in Simon's daily Master Class, and both Simon and Broni will be offering their own NEW mini workshops during the three days before our Musica Sacra session begins.

  • Session I: 20-21 July, Bronislawa Falinska: Canto Evolutivo
  • Session II: 22 July, Simon Carrington: A Personal Approach to Choral Score Preparation--Examining the Essentials and the Extras
  • Session III: 23 to 31 July, Musica Sacra
This exhilarating and collaborative workshop has been designed for choral conductors and music educators who are interested in rehearsing and performing chamber choral music. Come join conductors from all over the world and leave inspired and refreshed. Also, we heartily welcome qualified singers who are interested in attending the workshop in a non-conducting capacity; that love to sing in a chamber group environment and/or are specifically looking to learn rehearsal and conducting techniques.

There are three possible tiers of participation: Full Conductor, Conducting Auditor, and Singer. Up to two graduate credits are available through The Boston Conservatory. Full Conductors: daily podium time to conduct your assigned piece in Simon Carrington’s daily 4.5 hour Master Class. Conducting Auditors: you will have a private filmed lesson with Simon and rehearse/conduct in the morning session. Over the course of the week, our Conducting Auditors work in strong collaboration to prepare two pieces for performance; two Conducting Auditors are chosen to conduct both in the final concert, along with the Full Conductors.

EVERYONE sings -- the master class uses the entire workshop ensemble as its laboratory, so everyone receives the benefits of each day's master class with Simon. The Musica Sacra morning ateliers consist of group Vocal Pedagogy with Bronislawa Falinska (utilizing the Rohmert Method of Functional Voicetraining) exploring new and unique ways to create personal and ensemble sound, and sessions with Brian O'Connell, centering on developing a vital chamber choir emphasizing effective and innovative rehearsal strategies. Each day, the afternoon Musica Sacra session will consist entirely of Master Classes with Simon. This year we are again delighted to offer a Q&A/Dialogue session with Simon.

The Musica Sacra session will culminate in a performance in the Chiesa di San Francesco, and Bronislawa will also offer plainchant singing, in this authentic setting. We are now accepting applications for all three workshop sessions!

For more information, contact Gail Leicher at +1 781-652-0158 or visit http://www.sarteanochoralworkshop.com.
Posted 2/8/2016. Expires 7/8/2016.

Accompanist seeks opportunities to work with singers

I am a classically-trained pianist who also has many years of experience playing organ for churches. I've also been a choir director for productions of musicals for church/community organizations. In addition, I have presented concert music programs involving the piano, voice, violin and cello for special presentations for churches in worship settings and church fundraising concerts. Among such fundraising presentations included those for Trinity Lutheran Evangelican Church of Bay Ridge, Brooklym; the St. Bellarmine Catholic Church of Bayside, Queens; and St. Mary's Catholic Church of Queens.

I am an excellent sight-reader and have formal training in choral conducting from the Postgraduate Accomapanying and Opera program at the Manhattan School of Music. My educational and work experience includes close collaboration with professional and world-renowed opera singers and/or teachers as well as instrumentalists. I can provide a resume with more information about my background. Contact Teddy Jaranilla at tedi_10@hotmail.com or call 718-491-2013.
Posted 2/1/2016. Expires 4/1/2016.

Ardsley church seeks bass/baritone

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY is looking for a bass/baritone for a small choir in very friendly Episcopal church. One rehearsal and service at 8:45 and 10:00 AM, respectively, on Sunday, plus additional services at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. We seek someone who has strong sight reading and vocal skills and is responsible in learning parts and attendance. Ardsley is 20 miles from Manhattan, an easy drive or trip on Metro North. 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 1/29/2016. Expires 3/29/2016.

Harmonium's annual New Jersey High School Student Choral Composition Contest.

Harmonium Choral Society invites high school students to participate in its 19th Annual New Jersey High School Student Choral Composition Contest. The contest is open to all students enrolled in grades nine through twelve in any public or private school in the State of New Jersey. It is also open to all students who are legal residents of New Jersey participating in home schooling at the high school level. Student composers are encouraged to submit their original choral compositions to Harmonium no later than March 15, 2016. Compositions must be five minutes or less in length and based on selected texts found on the contest website.

The winning compositions will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of professional musicians, composers and music educators. This year's judges are Anne Matlack, Artistic Director of Harmonium, Thomas Juneau, choral composer and Artistic Director of Summit Chorale, Matthew Harris, Manhattan musicologist and composer; and Amanda Harberg, award-winning Juilliard educated New Jersey composer. Composer-in-residence Martin A. Sedek offered tutorials to the first registrants. All contestants receive written comments from the judges.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and $250 will be awarded to a Runner-Up. In addition, the sponsoring teachers of the winning student composers will receive a monetary award. The winners will be notified by late March or early April. The winning compositions will be performed and recorded live during the Harmonium June concerts "Magic and Mysteries." The concert presents an eclectic selection of choral works from around the world, from the sacred and mystical to the secular and magical featuring composers Monteverdi, Schumann, Sarasola, Dubra and Matthew Harris. "Magic and Mysteries" takes place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. To view the list of texts, guidelines and additional contest materials, visit www.harmonium.org/contest.shtml or contact contest coordinator Crary Brooks at ccc@harmonium.org.
Posted 1/28/2016. Expires 3/15/2016.

Mezzo a cappella seeks female vocalist

We are Mezzo, an established NYC-based, contemporary semi-professional a cappella group. We've been singing together for two years and are now looking for new members to join us.

We are looking for someone who is also committed to strong musicianship and strives for excellence in a cappella performance. As an eclectic group of individuals with unique personalities and careers, some working full-time in the performance and music industry, we like to have fun and joke around during our rehearsals together, while remaining focused on the common goal of this group: to create a seamless blend, deliver noteworthy performances and continuously build our brand. Our repertoire is based on member suggestions and input, and broad in musical genre and styling complexity—ranging anywhere from contemporary pop, R&B and jazz, to classics and spirituals.

Audition details: Midtown, Monday, February 1, 7-10 PM. If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the audition form located at lamusic.wufoo.com/forms/a-cappella-audition-form/ and submit a quick video to mezzonyc@gmail.com. We will contact you with location and audition scheduling information. Also, check us out on Facebook, or on our website mezzonyc.com for future updates!
Posted 1/26/2016. Expires 3/26/2016.

Verismo Opera announces chorus auditions

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), opens the 2016 season and invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus and the Verismo Opera Children's Chorus. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus and the Verismo Opera Children's Chorus on Wednesdays, January 27 and February 3 and 10, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey.

Auditions will also be held on Saturday, January 30 (rescheduled from January 23 due to snow) at the organization's annual New Year Open House after the program. The Open House will be held at 2:00 PM at the same location. An audition appointment is required and must be made in advance. Amara, who began her career in the San Francisco Opera Chorus and performed for over four decades with The Metropolitan Opera in 56 roles, encouraged singers of all ages to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. "Performing with the chorus provides a vocalist with the opportunity to gain experience and develop a career by singing in other languages, appearing on a professional stage, and assuming the appearance of someone else. Members of the Verismo Opera Chorus make new friends, wear beautiful costumes, and perform great music," she said.

During the company’s 2016 season, choristers will perform in the company’s premiere of Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda on April 17 and a new performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto on October 16. Both operas will be presented at 3 PM at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Male choristers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Adult applicants should have a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Children, ages 10 to 16, are invited to audition for the Verismo Opera Children's Chorus. Applicants must read music and have some prior vocal experience performing with a school, choir or other performing group or organization. Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable. Applicants who have these skills and experiences will be given preference.

An application may be downloaded at www.verismopera.org. For information or to schedule an appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561 or contact info@verismopera.org. The audition consists of singing five note scales. During the audition process, Chorus Director and Associate Conductor Mara Waldman will determine each singer's range and vocal category. Applicants do not need to bring a song or music to the audition.
Posted 1/10/2016. Expires 2/11/2016.

Grace Episcopal in White Plains seeks part-time music director / organist

Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains, NY has an opening for a part-time music director / organist. Grace is an active, diverse parish in the heart of White Plains. See web site at www.gracechurchwhiteplains.org. We have adult and children's choirs, with paid section leaders for the adult choir, all requiring about 15 hours/week. For salary and full job description information, contact Michael Heffner at gracechurchwhiteplains@gmail.com.
Posted 1/8/2016. Expires 2/15/2016.

Director sought, Shrewsbury Chorale, Lincroft, Monmouth County, NJ

The Shrewsbury Chorale is a mixed chorus of approximately 30 members. We rehearse on Tuesday nights from 7:45 to 10:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft, NJ. The Chorale seeks a Music Director starting July 1, 2016 to direct a Summer Sing and 3 concerts yearly in Monmouth County, New Jersey. This director will choose the music for these concerts and will work with our accompanist. This director must have experience in choral conducting and vocal technique and be available for our Summer Sing, rehearsals, dress rehearsals and concerts. Salary is negotiable. See our website at shrewsburychorale.org. Send your resume and CV to scleech@comcast.net. For questions, call Steve Leech at 732-747-1362. Cutoff is March 22, 2016.
Posted 1/5/2016. Expires 3/23/2016.

Tenor section leader needed at First Presbyterian, Greenwich

Tenor soloist/section leader needed at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, Connecticut. Must have good high notes -- position is for 1st tenor in a professional octet with volunteer choir. Must be excellent sight reader. Traditional repertoire. Position available immediately. Season runs September through mid-June, with Thursday rehearsal 7:15-9:00 and Sunday warmup and service 9:00-11:15. Extra services Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday and Easter. Soloists take turns singing solo Sundays during summer. Occasional concerts, with next one in late 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.
Posted 1/1/2016. Expires 3/1/2016.

Sing Beethoven's Ninth with BMCC Downtown Symphony on March 16

Join the BMCC Downtown Symphony in celebrating its 30th anniversary season in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's magnificent Ninth Symphony. The orchestra will be performing the entire piece, and we invite choral singers from New York to join us for the experience of a lifetime in the choral finale. The performance will be conducted by Dr. Douglas Anderson, the Conductor of the Downtown Symphony as well as the Director of the Putnam Chorale. The core chorus will be the BMCC Downtown Chorus and BMCC Select Chorus, both directed by Dr. Eugenia Oi Yan Yau.

Performance date and time: Wednesday, March 16, 8 PM, at Theatre I of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, located at 199 Chambers Street inside the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). This is a free performance! Choral rehearsals: Saturday, March 5, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM; Saturday, March 12, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM. Rehearsals will be held in room F326 in BMCC's Fiterman Hall (245 Greenwich Street). Dress rehearsal: Wednesday, March 16, 6 PM (just prior to the performance, in the Theatre).

You will be expected to know your part when you come to the first rehearsal! You can learn it on Cyberbass.com at www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Beethoven_L_v/beethoven_9th_symphony.htm. You can download a free PDF of the vocal score at conquest.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/eb/IMSLP51456-PMLP01607-Beethoven_9.Symphonie_Breitkopf_Reinecke.pdf. There is no fee for participation in this event, just your dedication to learning your part and singing your heart out. The performance is a free event, and you can invite your non-singing friends and family for this special event. If you love choral singing, please join us for this unique experience. And pass this information along to someone you know who might be interested. To reserve your place in the chorus, please let us know if you will be participating by contacting Dr. Eugenia Oi Yan Yau at Eyau@bmcc.cuny.edu and put in the subject line "Beethoven's 9th chorus."
Posted 12/18/2015. Expires 3/16/2016.

Auditions for new SATB a cappella group

Valence A Cappella is a new co-ed performance group based in NYC. We focus mainly on musical theatre arrangements from shows like Spring Awakening, Rent, Hamilton, Finding Neverland, Cats and so on.

Auditions are now open for all voice parts: SATB. We're especially eager to hear from anyone who can music direct, beatbox or arrange. This is a rare opportunity for singers who lack a musical outlet, Broadway fanatics, and aspiring NYC performers. Interested talent should visit acatheater.wordpress.com or e-mail acappellatheater@gmail.com.
Posted 12/15/2015. Expires 2/15/2016.

Soprano available for Holy Week 2016

Megan Larson Gardner, a professional choral singer and soloist, will be in New York City from March 18 to 27. I am available for gigs in NY/NJ throughout Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday! B.A. Music from Westminster Choir College '10; NY professional experience with Marble Choir, Trinity Wall Street, others; Seattle professional experience with Magi Ensemble, Dickens Carolers, Byrd Ensemble. I would love to sing for you! Contact me at megan.gardner789 at gmail.com for availability, resume and recordings.
Posted 11/15/2015. Expires 3/27/2016.