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Usdan Visit and Information Event December 13
Usdan (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp that for almost 50 years has introduced the arts to more than 40,000 children, announces the next Visit and Information Event for the 2016 season on Sunday, December 13 at 11 AM. The new season begins Monday, June 27, 2016.
Usdan features several different programs of choral study, including Junior and Senior Chorus, and chamber and jazz groups. Usdan choruses have performed a wide variety of music from ancient to contemporary in the 1,000-seat on-site McKinley Amphitheater, and repertoire has included rarely-performed works such as the children's opera Brundibar and Ernst Bloch's Sacred Service.
Usdan also announces that this year, for the first time, parents have the option to enroll their children online, at www.usdan.com/enroll. Those whose prefer print enrollment can print the application off the web or have a form mailed to them. In addition, there will be, Priority Renewal, a $100 tuition reduction for all programs – 3, 4 and 7 weeks – for enrollment through the priority deadline of January 31, 2016.
The December 13 event will be held at Usdan’s magnificent 200-acre woodland campus, 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798. For an appointment, call 631-643-7900 (Visitors must be 21 years of age or accompanied by a parent). In addition to Usdan’s frequent Information Events, Usdan offers weekend and weekday Campus Visits available by appointment. For directions to Usdan, visit www.usdan.com.
Usdan offers more than 40 programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess, annually hosting more than 1,400 students from towns throughout the Tri-State New York area. No audition is needed for most courses, and transportation is provided in air-conditioned buses that depart from most New York-area neighborhoods. One-third of Usdan’s students receive scholarship assistance based on merit or family need. Video from many of Usdan’s programs and special events, including choral performances, may now be viewed on Usdan’s website as well as on YouTube. Also, families can check out Usdan’s Facebook site, where additional information and late-breaking news is featured.
Usdan is open to all young people from age 4 to 18. Although the mission of Usdan is for every child to establish a relationship with the arts, the unique stimulation of Usdan has caused many to go on to arts careers. Alumni include members of Broadway shows and major music, theater, and dance ensembles such as the Boston Pops and the New York City Ballet. In addition to its regular programs, Usdan offers special opportunities for advanced high school-age performing and visual artists. These include Music Staff Internships and a Musical Rep Theatre Ensemble. Usdan is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York.
Posted 11/17/2015. Expires 12/15/2015.
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.
Audition for new gospel choir on 11/14 and 11/16
Are you 17 years of age or older, living in the NYC area, and interested in being part of a brand new, NYC-based gospel choir? General interest meeting and auditions on Saturday, November 14 at 1 PM and Monday, November 16 at 6:30 PM at Victory In Christ Church, 1444 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY. Seeking singers (soprano, alto and tenor) and instrumentalists (keys, bass, drums, lead guitar).
Please be prepared to sing (in your voice part) or play "He's Able" (as recorded by Deitrick Haddon and Darwin Hobbs), as well as another song of your choice. Register for auditions by sending an e-mail to GospelArtsNYC@gmail.com with your name and desired audition date.
Posted 11/12/2015. Expires 11/18/2015.
Apply for Umbrian Serenades 2016
Applications from choral enthusiasts of all voice types are now being accepted for summer 2016 (July 21-August 2) for the 11th edition of Umbrian Serenades, a unique choral and cultural summer program based in the "Green Heart of Italy." David Hayes, musical director of The New York Choral Society, Mannes Orchestra and Staff Conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra will be guest conductor. The 2016 ensemble of program participants will perform in unique art-filled venues such as the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti, World Heritage Site Basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto, as well as Santa Maria Maggiore in Spello, and will have the opportunity to visit Assisi and other nearby, "off-the-beaten-path" locations. Application deadline: Friday, January 29, 2016. Visit www.umbrianserenades.com for more details and how to apply.
Posted 11/9/2015. Expires 2/9/2016.
Vertical Player Repertory seeks male chorus members
Vertical Player Repertory announces auditions for male chorus members to perform in the bel canto masterpiece Malvina di Scozia by Giovanni Pacini. This will be a landmark performance: the first revival of this opera since 1862. Candidates should be comfortable singing in Italian and able to learn a part quickly through good sight-reading and/or preparation outside of rehearsals. Students strongly encouraged to apply. Honorarium $100. We are also hearing auditions for the combination comprimario/chorus roles of Edwige (soprano) and Rodwaldo (bass). Honorarium $300 per role. Rehearsals begin in December 2015. Two performances in early May 2016, dates to be confirmed.
Founded in 1998, Vertical Player Repertory is a pioneer of the alternative opera movement in New York City. VPR began life in a storefront in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, bringing an ensemble theatre aesthetic to intimate performances. You can find out more about us on our web site at www.vpropera.org. Interested candidates should contact Judith Barnes at email@example.com to schedule an audition.
Posted 11/9/2015. Expires 12/9/2015.
Amore Opera seeks tenors and basses for La Bohème
Attention all men! Amore Opera in Manhattan has openings for male choristers for its December production of La Bohème at the Sheen Center on Bleecker Street. Tenors and basses are both needed. There is no compensation, but it's a great showcase to be heard by the producers for future roles, and it's a full production with costumes, staging, orchestra. Contact David Macfarlane at 201-424-0463 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Posted 10/30/2015. Expires 12/1/2015.
Taconic Opera seeks choral singers for Job
Taconic Opera invites choral singers to participate in the world premiere performance and professional recording of the oratorio Job by the company’s General and Artistic Director, Dan Montez. The work will feature the Taconic Opera chorus, professional lead singers and full orchestra. Performances will be conducted under the baton of Dan Montez himself who is delighted to debut the fifth of his oratorical compositions in Westchester County. The work will be sung in English and its musical influences include Fauré, Ravel and Poulenc.
The oratorio is based on the life of the Old Testament prophet, Job, examining the reasons for human suffering through a beautiful new retelling of the famous story. Tennyson called Job “the greatest poem, whether of ancient or modern literature.” Victor Hugo remarked, “Tomorrow, if all literature was to be destroyed and it was left to me to retain one work only, I should save Job.” Don’t miss being part of this extraordinary world premiere!
All voice parts are welcome, particularly men, and no dues are required. Membership for experienced choristers will not require an audition, however, all interested singers must read music and purchase their own score ($20). If needed, auditions will be held prior to regular rehearsals during the month of November. Scores will be available at a reduced price at rehearsal. If interested and/or have additional questions, contact email@example.com (preferred) or call (914) 649-1826.
The company will be presenting two performances of the oratorio in two locations: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Ossining United Methodist Church; and Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the White Plains Presbyterian Church. Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 PM and will continue on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, with time off for the December holidays. Concerns regarding conflicts with the rehearsal schedule will be happily discussed on a case-by-case basis. Rehearsal location: Cortland School of Performing Arts, 24 Old Albany Post Road, Cortlandt, NY (Croton on a GPS).
Posted 10/27/2015. Expires 11/27/2015.
Audition for Voices in Flow
Voices In Flow is a new vocal ensemble dedicated to exploring music making as a form of mindful meditation.
We are a primarily a cappella ensemble that features vocal improvisation and an eclectic repertoire of music from around the world, including originals. We will stage live performances, record produced tracks and also lead musical workshops. These workshops will include visiting schools and handing out instruments such as claves, maracas etc. to encourage the students to make music with us and also working with adults sponsoring weekend retreats in which experienced singers will audition to come sing with us over a 2-day weekend workshop culminating with a performance at the end. In all these projects, our focus will be on the joy of making music together as an experience of connecting with the senses, connecting with each other and engaging in the present moment. Come let's play!
Auditions for VIF will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 7-9 PM in midtown Manhattan. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for an audition time. Singers of all voice parts, including beatboxers, are encouraged to apply.
Some criteria that will make you a good fit with VIF:
- you are passionate about creating music and sharing that experience with others;
- you enjoy performing as a soloist and also blending with an ensemble;
- you appreciate a wide range of musical genres and styles, including a strong love for vocal improv;
- you want to devote some of your time to challenging yourself musically but you also want some opportunity to just relax and playfully sing;
- you are available and willing to commit to rehearse weekly on Wednesday evenings;
- you currently have or would like to have a regular meditation practice.
Posted 10/26/2015. Expires 12/26/2015.
Audition for Iolanthe
The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island is holding open principal auditions for their upcoming production of Iolanthe on Tuesday, December 22 beginning at 7:30 PM at the Chatterton Elementary School in Merrick. Please bring sheet music and be prepared to sing at least 16 bars of appropriate music that highlights your abilities. Also be prepared to read a selection of dialogue that will be provided to you at that time. Principals will be expected to have familiarized themselves with their part for our full rehearsals, which will commence in January and will generally run Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at the Chatterton School. Performances will begin in April and run through mid-June. Please e-mail email@example.com if you have any questions.
Posted 10/25/2015. Expires 12/22/2015.
Judson Memorial Church seeks half-time Music Director
Judson Memorial Church, a 120-year old progressive Protestant congregation in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of NYC, seeks a half-time Music Director with highly proficient piano and conducting skills, to choose, perform and accompany a uniquely eclectic selection of music (religious and secular, from all eras and genres) in its worship services and special events.
The Music Director will work with the clergy to plan and select music for the weekly Sunday morning worship service, seasonal (Lent, Advent) weeknight services and occasional congregation-sponsored entertainment events. S/he will rehearse and conduct a volunteer choir, recruit, rehearse and accompany other volunteer musicians at various skill levels from professional to amateur for additional service music, accompany congregational singing, oversee maintenance of the church’s pianos (there is no organ), and call on her/his own network of other musicians (vocal and instrumental) for additional performers as needed. S/he will participate in the weekly weekday staff meetings, and will have the opportunity to suggest, develop and lead additional musical enhancements to Judson’s worship and arts programming. Required qualifications include high piano performance, accompanying and conducting skills, several years’ prior experience as a church music director, with skills in selecting, arranging, teaching and interpreting the import of music for worship to the performers and the congregation. S/he will be a flexible team-player, able to inspire and maintain an inclusive choral/musical community in the congregation.
Desired qualifications include academic degree(s) in music performance, conducting, or composition, and additional experience in non-church musical performance/conducting. Theological seminary study and/or composition skills add a bonus. For detailed job description and application instructions, go to www.judson.org/jobs.
Posted 10/22/2015. Expires 12/22/2015.
SATB version of Berlioz Requiem published
From Adrian Horn, director of the Finger Lakes Choral Festival: Berlioz Requiem lovers may be interested in an SATB edition of the Requiem that I have recently had published. The cogent information is posted on the following Amazon listing. The new edition will be a welcome solution to the existing alto problem, since the score is written for SSTTBB only. Visit Amazon for details.
Posted 10/22/2015. Expires 1/22/2016.
All Saints Episcopal seeks bass soloist
All Saints Episcopal Church in midtown seeks a bass soloist. Strong sight-reading skills are a must. Paid quartet leads worship for Sunday 10 AM service. Traditional classical music ( Bach, Byrd, Palestrina, Duruflé and more). Straight tone for good blending preferred. Rehearsals are Sunday morning and after the service for one hour. Commitment is for the academic year with solo opportunities during the summer. Paid is $100 per Sunday. Please contact Suzanne McDonald at 1750Suzanne@gmail.com.
Posted 10/20/2015. Expires 12/20/2015.
First Presbyterian in Greenwich seeks bass section leader
Bass soloist / section leader needed at First Presbyterian Church (www.fpcg.org), Greenwich, Connecticut. Must have good low notes -- position is for 2nd bass in a professional octet with volunteer choir. Must be excellent sight reader with strong voice. Traditional repertoire. 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 mid-December. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 661-2466.
Posted 10/19/2015. Expires 12/19/2015.
Soprano / alto available for holiday gigs
Jill Burstein, an experienced church musician and opera singer, is available as both an alto or soprano for any type of occasion, especially for the upcoming holiday season. Never to early to plan! Please contact me at email@example.com or 646-244-1507 for more background and availability.
Posted 10/19/2015. Expires 1/19/2016.
Gospel choir sought for February wedding in Montclair, NJ
Hello, I'm looking for an African-American Gospel choir 8+ members to perform at a wedding ceremony at Christ Church in Montclair, New Jersey on February 13, 2016. The choir will be performing as a surprise for the guests at the end of the ceremony, arrival time at 1:30, performance time at 2:30, performing one or two songs. Pay is negotiable. Please contact Summer Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 10/14/2015. Expires 1/14/2016.
Audition for Light Opera of New Jersey's Don Pasquale
Light Opera of New Jersey will be holding open auditions for their March 2016 of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale. This opera is to be performed in collaboration with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Auditions will be held on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, November 21 at 2 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Performance dates are March 11 and 12, 2016 in Basking Ridge, NJ. Artists must be available for rehearsal throughout February 2016, also in Basking Ridge. All positions paid. Primarily New Jersey based artists are sought. Auditions are by appointment only. For consideration send current resume and head shot to email@example.com. An audition fee of $10 is required to cover accompanist expense.
Posted 10/8/2015. Expires 11/21/2015.
Rockland County Catholic Choir seeks accompanist
The Rockland County Catholic Choir has lost our long-time music director and accompanist due to failing health. We need an accompanist to work for free or low pay as historically the staff has volunteered their services. We have five rehearsals before our winter concert in December. Historically the choir has given gifts to the director and accompanist at the holidays. We can provide in kind donation paperwork for tax purposes. Please call Scott Walters at 845-558-1225 ASAP. Rehearsal location is in Nyack. Local residents preferred.
Posted 10/8/2015. Expires 12/8/2015.
Cerddorion's Emerging Composers Competition
Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce our fourth annual Emerging Composers Competition, designed to foster the creation and performance of new works for mixed chorus. Composers in the early stages of their professional careers, without substantial publishing credit, national awards or commissions, are invited to submit new, unpublished works for mixed chorus a cappella. The competition is open to composers from throughout the world, and there is no age limit.
In addition to a $300 cash prize, the winning work will be premiered by Cerddorion in May 2016 as part of a program entitled "Draw On, Sweet Night," the third subscription concert of Cerddorion's 2015-2016 season. Submissions should be consistent with this theme. One or more runners-up may also be selected for performance.
Judges for the 2015-2016 competition are Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Associate Professor of Composition at Adelphi University; Edward Smaldone, Professor of Music and Director of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY; and James John, Cerddorion's Artistic Director.
For full details, and to download an application form, visit www.Cerddorion.org/ECC. The application fee is $25, and submissions must be received by January 1, 2016.
Posted 10/6/2015. Expires 1/1/2016.
Bridgeport Cathedral seeks bass
Bridgeport, CT area. The Cathedral is looking for a permanent bass or baritone. Music is mostly Gregorian Chant. Candidates interested and willing to learn Gregorian Chant will also be considered. 8 AM and 930 AM on Sundays. $85 per mass. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 10/2/2015. Expires 12/2/2015.
Tenor and bass sought for Oratory Church in Brooklyn
A paid tenor and bass are needed for the professional/volunteer choir at the Oratory Church of Saint Boniface on Willoughby Street in Brooklyn for Fall, 2015. Members of this mixed professional/volunteer chorus are responsible for learning their parts in advance of the Sunday morning rehearsal. There is no midweek rehearsal. Repertoire consists of traditional music ranging from the 16th-21st centuries. Excellence is expected at all times. Christmas and Holy Week are mandatory.
The successful candidate will have the following: solid vocal technique; excellent sight-reading ability; the ability to sing with straight-tone and blend; church choral experience; knowledge/experience of Plainsong and Gregorian Chant. The season begins in September and runs thru June. Select Cantor work is available during the season and summer months. Pay is $95 per appearance. The Sunday rehearsal begins at 9:00 AM sharp, with the service at 11:15 AM. Absences and substitutes are arranged in consultation with the Music Director. Please submit a note of interest, with a resume and optional video by e-mail to Benjamin Niemczyk at email@example.com only. No phone calls.
Posted 10/2/2015. Expires 12/2/2015.
Youth choir in South Bronx seeks voice instructor
Highbridge Voices, a non-profit youth choir in the South Bronx, is looking for a voice instructor for Tuesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:30 PM to work with young singers ages 12-18. All vocal instructors meet monthly with the Music Director and Associate Music Director to discuss specific musical and student issues. Vocal instructors give weekly voice lessons to 10 students in the program. They are compensated at a rate of $40.00 an hour and are paid as private contractors; meaning no taxes will be withheld and they will receive a form 1099‐MISC at the end of the year. For more information or to apply, visit www.highbridgevoices.org/join-our-team/.
Posted 9/30/2015. Expires 11/30/2015.
Jazz Choir Reading Sessions -- an invitation to enjoy an evening of serious fun
The sessions give singers the opportunity to read new music in a variety of idioms (it's not all jazz), most of which is in manuscript, and provide composers and arrangers a place to hear their work. The group is composed of friendly, compatible musicians that love group singing and take joy in jazz harmonies well sung. We have been meeting in the Village the second Tuesday of each month since 1990, 7:30-10:00 PM, from September through June. As we only meet once a month, the group is limited to good readers with vocal group experience. Most are "pros" in the sense that they make their living from music, singing, playing, teaching, or some combination of the above, but the sessions also draw accomplished amateurs. We don't rehearse individual parts, but work difficult sections as a group. The sessions are in a sense workshops, and all are welcome to bring arrangements that they¹d like to run through with the group. Between eighteen to twenty-four singers attend each session (the personnel varies each month as people have gigs, etc.). We're always open to adding good musicians. If you're interested, please e-mail Jacques Rizzo at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief note on your background including reading ability, group experience and the vocal part you sing.
Posted 8/31/2015. Expires 11/30/2015.
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 email@example.com for more info. To apply, go to cantussings.org/audition.
Posted 10/9/2014. Expires 12/1/2015.