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Saratoga Choral Festival seeks singers

The Saratoga Choral Festival seeks experienced singers with good sight-reading and vocal abilities for its 16th season. Singers will meet for rehearsals over a three-week period in Saratoga Springs beginning Tuesday, July 12 and will perform in a concert at the Spa Little Theater on Sunday, July 31, at 3:00 PM. This summer's performance celebrates the highest box office draw of the 50th anniversary of the Performing Arts Center in a concert of music written for an audience of children featuring a semi-staged production of the extremely popular Magic Tree House--The Musical. Rehearsals are part of a three-week workshop.

Also included on the program will be a setting of children's songs Kitty Alone, Bye’m Bye, Goin' to Boston and Buffalo Gals by Alice Parker in celebration of her 90th birthday, Sing a Song of Sixpence by John Rutter, and the Never-Ending Song, a Young Person’s Guide to the Choir, and more. The Magic Tree House--The Musical is based on the popular series of children’s books by Mary Pope Osborne. The show has seen sold-out performances for its national tour. Several musical selections have been adapted for chorus, and special guest performers from the Saratoga Children's Theater will provide extra speaking roles and also sing with the choir. This will be a brand new adaptation of the musical.

Participation in the Choir will be considered on the basis of a submitted resume or letter detailing choral experience and an in-person audition for new members in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, June 14. Applicants must possess a good voice and have had some recent experience in singing choral music. For further information, request a brochure or registration, the Festival website address is www.saratogachoralfest.org. One may also register through the e-mail address satbchoir@yahoo.com. Our phone number is (518) 791-0185. Registration deadline is June 1, 2016.
Posted 5/2/2016. Expires 6/2/2016.

Kennedy Center and Classical Movements seek choirs from around the world to celebrate Kennedy's 100th

In collaboration with the Kennedy Center, Classical Movements is proud to announce a joint partnership celebrating the centennial of President Kennedy's birth with a grand choral celebration of Kennedy's legacy by inviting choirs from countries that have benefited from the work of the Peace Corps, as well as select choirs from the U.S. and abroad. Classical Movements, as part of its Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, will commission composers from these visiting choirs’ countries to create new choral works in the spirit of President Kennedy’s legacy promoting international peace and diplomacy. This celebration will be incorporated within the Serenade! Washington Choral Festival which is scheduled for June 27-July 4 (with daily performances at the Kennedy Center June 28-July 3).

  • Inviting choirs from countries that have benefited from the work of the Peace Corps, as well as select choirs from the U.S. and abroad.
  • Multiple new commissions by the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, all to be premiered at the Kennedy Center
  • Daily performances at the Kennedy Center Millennium stage and in prestigious venues in the greater Washington, DC communities
  • All participating choirs will converge at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall for a large-scale massed choir concert conducted by Joshua Habermann
  • Peace Corp mission theme promoting international peace and diplomacy
  • Festival is part of Kennedy Center’s year-long jubilee celebrating President John F. Kennedy's Centennial
Choirs must submit their application by June 1, 2016 to be considered for this event and a selection process will follow. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this monumental event; contact Yarina@classicalmovements.com today.
Posted 4/20/2016. Expires 6/2/2016.

Community chorus seeks music director

NYC metro area community chorus that sings theater music and popular jazz from the twentieth century seeks a music director beginning Fall 2016.

The director should be an excellent pianist and sight reader, familiar with the repertoire, have choral conducting experience and (ideally) vocal coaching experience. Responsibilities include selecting the songs and conducting auditions for each semester, leading weekly two-hour rehearsals (at a time to be determined based partly on your availability), locating and engaging an accompanist and any necessary instrumentalists for each concert, and conducting semi-annual concerts. For further information and to apply, kindly e-mail nymarlin@aol.com.
Posted 4/20/2016. Expires 7/20/2016.

West Village Chorale seeks artistic director

The West Village Chorale is seeking an engaging individual who is excited to inspire our singers and audiences, join our community, and contribute to a 45-year tradition of making beautiful music in the Village. The acting Artistic Director would start a one-year contract (with an option to renew) on September 1, 2016.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct auditions of potential new singers for the Chorale;
  • Create the musical programs for three concerts per year (Christmas, Winter and Spring);
  • Rehearse the Chorale on Tuesdays, 7-9:45 PM, plus dress rehearsals for each concert and any additional rehearsals as needed;
  • Locate and engage any necessary soloists and instrumentalists for these concerts, within the Chorale's budget;
  • Prepare program notes on the music for the Winter and Spring concerts;
  • Conduct the three concerts and our annual open Messiah Sing in December; and
  • Report to and meet regularly with the Chorale Board as an ex officio (nonvoting) member.
Qualifications and requirements:
Required:
  • Minimum of Master's Degree (or equivalent experience) in Choral Conducting or relevant field;
  • Experience in conducting adult auditioned choirs;
  • Availability to lead rehearsals on Tuesdays evenings from 7-9:45 PM, September-June;
  • Broad knowledge of choral repertoire from the pre-Baroque through the 21st century;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to inspire and engage the singers and to be part of the Chorale community;
  • Artistry, skills and resourcefulness to continue the Chorale's ongoing evolution into a better musical organization.
Desirable:
  • Vocal coaching experience
  • Composition and/or arranging skills
  • Orchestral conducting experience
Who we are: The West Village Chorale, established in 1971 and located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYC, is a 40- to 50-member auditioned mixed chorus. The Chorale is noted for its culturally and socially relevant, and richly thematic programming spanning the pre-Baroque through the 21st century. Chorale membership is as diverse as New York itself, and prides itself on its enthusiastic and collegial atmosphere. More information about the Chorale can be found online at www.westvillagechorale.org.

Compensation: The Acting Artistic Director position is that of a part-time Independent contractor, with an annual salary of $15,000.

Application procedure: Candidates should contact the West Village Chorale by e-mail at westvillagechorale@gmail.com. Application should include a succinct letter describing the candidate’s interest and appropriateness for the position, plus a resume/cv, example/s of previous programming, and, if available, links to audio or video performance samples. Other relevant material may be considered. At a later point, selected candidates will be asked to supply references and a sample season plan. Apply to: Maureen McCarthy, President of Board of Directors, Lead on Search Committee, at westvillagechorale@gmail.com. Application deadline: May 6, 2016.
Posted 4/14/2016. Expires 5/14/2016.

Vocal Soulstice a cappella seeks tenors and basses

Seeking new talent! New York City based a cappella group Vocal Soulstice is looking for singers to join our musical family. We are particularly interested in tenors and basses at this time. Please fill out this form goo.gl/forms/SSpmLWVBUl so we can schedule you to audition for us soon. Contact us at vocalsoulsticenyc@gmail.com with any questions.
Posted 4/3/2016. Expires 6/3/2016.

Kol Rinah at Sutton Place Synagogue seeks tenors (and basses)

Kol Rinah, the volunteer adult choir at Sutton Place Synagogue (51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), is looking for basses and tenors. The choir meets once a week on Mondays for rehearsals from 6:50 to 8:50 PM. We especially need more tenors. If you are a tenor and would be interested in joining the choir or if you know other tenors who are interested in singing in a choir please contact Joel Arthur at jia333@mindspring.com.
Posted 3/10/2016. Expires 5/10/2016.

Elision Choral Intensive June 14-19

The Elision Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Timothy Parsons, presents the Elision Choral Intensive, a new workshop for NYC choral singers. For a week in June, we will meet each night to polish our skill set, explore repertoire in greater depth, and prepare a concert of varied works from several eras. We will focus particularly on English and German 19th Century Sacred music but also include Renaissance works by Orlando Gibbons and Salamone Rossi. Samuel Barber's Reincarnations, a seminal work of 20th century choral writing, will round out our program. This workshop is geared toward the "high-aspiring amateur." We are looking for stylistically flexible, experienced singers who are comfortable preparing music on their own and who possess a desire to hone their craft and make music in a chamber ensemble setting.

In addition to rehearsal, the workshop will incorporate seminars on the following:

  • Remember to Breathe: Yoga, Breath Awareness, and your Singing
  • The Informed Singer: The Development of the Historically Informed Performance (HIP) movement
  • The Indispensable Singer: Techniques to Sharpen Sight Singing and General Musicianship
Timothy Parsons is a busy countertenor and conductor in New York City. He is a member of the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street and has been featured as a soloist at Bargemusic, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space and Alice Tully Hall. Timothy has been director of the Elision Chamber Ensemble since 2014 and additionally maintains an active teaching studio. He was a member of the Voice Faculty for the MSM Sunday Program at Manhattan School of Music and Teaching Artist for the MSM Distance Learning Program. He holds degrees in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting from MSM, where he was a student of Kent Tritle. Workshop fee: $190. Please contact elisionchoralworkshop@gmail.com with any questions, or to let us know you are interested in participating!
Posted 2/23/2016. Expires 6/14/2016.

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.