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Sing Mozart's Requiem with Music on the Hill in July

Singers are invited to rehearse and perform the Mozart Requiem this July with the Music on the Hill Summer Chorus led by Artistic Director Ellen Dickinson. Register by July 5! Participants -- music professionals and skilled amateurs -- include members of church and community choirs, high school singers, and those looking for a choral home. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9 PM, starting July 5 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wilton, CT, 48 New Canaan Road (Route #106). Concert: Thursday, July 28, at 8 PM, also at St. Matthew's.

Registration required to ellen@musiconthehillCT.org. $40 minimum contribution suggested. Questions? E-mail info@musiconthehillCT.org or phone (203) 529-3133.
Posted 6/24/2016. Expires 7/28/2016.

Ars Musica seeks Managing Director

The Ars Musica Chorale seeks a part-time Managing Director to lead our established and distinguished NJ-based non-profit choral organization. Working closely with Music Director Dusty Francis, the Board of Directors and an engaged team of volunteers, the Managing Director will manage all administrative, fundraising, and marketing needs for the organization. Responsibilities include:

  • Fundraising and Development: Create and implement all fundraising appeals; research and prepare grant applications; maintain contact with and solicit contributions from new and current sources.
  • Marketing: Plan and implement the marketing strategy for the concert season (brochures and postcards, e-blasts, radio, social media, press releases etc.); investigate new avenues of marketing and audience development.
  • Concert Production: Serve as the primary contact to venues; coordinate rehearsal times and spaces; liaise with musicians and contractors; and oversee the preparation and production of copy for programs.
  • Ticketing: Oversee ticketing process with the volunteer box office team; coordinate the sale of tickets both within and outside the chorus; track all sales and income for each performance and event .
  • General Administration: Maintain database; advise the board and attend all board meetings; answer general inquiries and correspondence; attend selected rehearsals and chorale-sponsored events.
  • Encore Young Artist Program: Serve as primary liaison between Young Artists and the Music Director and Board of Directors; coordinate annual auditions in New York and New Jersey.
  • New Jersey State Children’s Chorus: Coordinate with the Chorus Manager of the NJSCC, an initiative of the Ars Musica Chorale, on all activities of mutual interest and concern.
The ideal candidate is self-motivated, innovative, and positive; has the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure; can work effectively both independently and with other staff, Board members, and chorus volunteers; and is able to anticipate potential setbacks and to develop appropriate and creative solutions to issues that may arise. The ability to positively motivate staff, Board, and volunteers and to build consensus among stakeholders and constituents is a must.

Qualified applicants will have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree. 3-5 years in a leadership role in arts or nonprofit management is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record in fundraising; experience with marketing strategies and press relations; and strong budgeting and financial management experience. Knowledge of and passion for choral music is desired. Competency and comfort with all standard computer applications is mandatory, and a tech savvy candidate with experience with website management and social media is preferred. Ease of transportation to Bergen County, NJ is essential.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume as well as marketing or fundraising writing samples to president@arsmusica.org. No phone calls, please.
Posted 6/24/2016. Expires 8/24/2016.

New group Voices in Flow seeks true basses

Auditioning true bass singers (comfortable sustaining a low C) for NYC’s newest a cappella ensemble, Voices in Flow (VIF). VIF is a newly developing vocal ensemble exploring the intersection of music performance and mindfulness.

We feature vocal improvisation and an eclectic repertoire of music from around the world, including originals. We plan to stage live performances, record produced albums and lead musical workshops. 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.

To arrange for an audition time, please e-mail voicesinflow@gmail.com with your headshot, resumé and any media files or links that showcase your singing.

Some criteria that will make you a good fit with VIF:

  • You are passionate about creating music and sharing that experience with others.
  • You are an exceptional soloist and capable of blending seamlessly with an ensemble.
  • You have experience with vocal improvisation, or are open to learning.
  • You appreciate a wide range of musical genres and can contribute your own unique style to our repertoire.
  • You aspire to a high standard of musicality and professionalism and would like to take an active role in building a first-class ensemble.
  • You can commit to VIF for 7 hours a week, which will include two weekly rehearsals, learning your parts on your own, and fulfilling an organizational leadership role.
  • You currently have or would be open to trying a regular meditation practice.
Looking forward to meeting and singing with you!
Posted 6/21/2016. Expires 8/21/2016.

Polyhymnia offers workshop on Eton Choirbook September 16-17

In our first ever choral workshop, Polyhymnia will join forces with international guest artist and early music and choral specialist JanJoost van Elburg to offer a weekend workshop focusing on the magnificent music of the Eton Choirbook. The Eton Choirbook is a rare survivor of the Reformation and stands as a singularly important source of sacred music composed at the turn of the 16th century and represents the contributions of 24 composers, some of whom appear nowhere else. Miraculously, 64 of the original 93 works survive.

Although musicologically important, the most significant quality is the sheer beauty of the music. Although ancient, the music is composed with elements also found in contemporary music: complex rhythms, intentional dissonance and tonal expressiveness, making it an appealing choral experience not only for early music aficionados but choral music lovers of all styles.The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to gather New York’s choral community together, crossing the usual stylistic lines to explore and discover this masterpiece of unforgettable and exquisite music.

The workshop, to be held on September 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and September 17 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, is open to all choral singers who can read music. Tuition is $45; students/seniors $25; discounts available to ensembles. For more information, visit polyhymnia-nyc.org/eton_choirbook_workshop.html.
Posted 6/21/2016. Expires 9/17/2016.

Music on fhe Sound seeks publicist

Daniel Ragone, artistic director of Music on the Sound, and its presenter, First Presbyterian Church of Port Jefferson, are seeking a person to fill the role of publicist for the music series. The position, which would be volunteer, would entail making the series more widely known through outreach involving social and printed media etc. There are 3 concerts annually. Anyone possessing the time, talent and interest, please contact Daniel Ragone at PJVoce@aol.com.
Posted 6/18/2016. Expires 8/18/2016.

Pro bass/baritone for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Ardsley, NY is looking for a bass/baritone for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church, starting in September 2016. 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 6/6/2016. Expires 8/6/2016.

Trevor Day School seeks middle school choral music teacher

Trevor Day School seeks a middle school choral music teacher for 2016-2017. This is a 0.8 FTE (full time equivalency) position.

Candidates should be accomplished choral musicians and have comprehensive knowledge of the choral repertoire; have successful experience with and enjoy teaching adolescents; have strong knowledge of healthy vocal technique and the ability to teach changing voices in both individual and group settings, creating choirs that sing well; and have successful experience teaching sight-singing and ensemble musicianship. The successful candidate will be a teacher who inspires a love of choral singing and develops confident, proficient, literate singers.

Although the position’s primary responsibilities will be to lead choirs in grades 6-8 and to serve as vocal director for the Middle School musical, the ideal candidate will be a partner with the high school choral teacher in developing a cohesive choral curriculum in grades 6-12. Depending on the candidate’s background and interest, there may also be opportunity for involvement with the high school choral program. The position also includes serving as a Middle School advisor.

Particularly welcome, but not required, would be an accomplished collaborative pianist in a wide variety of styles and genres, with aptitude and interest in serving as principal accompanist for large ensemble rehearsals, concerts, musical theater productions and major school events. The successful candidate will be a team player and will have a sense of humor and a desire to be involved in the life of the school community.

Trevor Day School is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of collaborative learning, to building a diverse community based on mutual respect, and to fostering the integration of technology into our learning processes. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and résumé to John Liepold, Chair, Music Department, Trevor Day School, jliepold@trevor.org. For further information about the school, please visit the Trevor website: www.trevor.org.
Posted 5/27/2016. Expires 7/27/2016.

Seeking folks to produce The Turtles Mass

Seek conductor/arranger and choral organization to produce The Turtles Mass, a musical enlightenment with songs, choruses and words by Peter Agnos. This work has assists from Gabrielli, Mother Goose, Bach, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Issa, Leviticus, The Koran, James Joyce, Ledbelly and others. This theatrical hour-long choral work is in three acts. Musical settings range from folk songs to dialogues to Bach chorales. The Turtles Mass should appeal to music lovers and seekers of all ages.

We offer $50 to the first four conductor/arrangers who simply read and comment on the libretto. In your response, please say what works you have arranged or conducted We will send you the 24-page libretto of The Turtles Mass. Contact Cy Adler at adlercy@gmail.com.
Posted 5/25/2016. Expires 7/25/2016.

Lance Hayward Singers seeks new members

The Lance Hayward Singers, a 16-person, high-level group enjoying more than 25 seasons so far, is seeking several new members. We look for singers with a good feeling for jazz, a joy in singing, a good team attitude and a commitment to rehearse once/week for two concerts per year. Previous vocal group singing is important. We are holding auditions for several new members: all voice parts are welcome to audition. We sing original arrangements of jazz, standards, spirituals, and a bit of Broadway. Some amount of reading skill is a plus. We sing some a cappella material, although mostly we are accompanied by a rhythm section. We rehearse once/week, alternating Sunday afternoons, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, with Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Rehearsals as well as auditions are on the Upper West Side, NYC. For more information, or to schedule an audition, call 212-255-0553 or e-mail Marx_Claudia@icloud.com.
Posted 5/23/2016. Expires 7/23/2016.

Music director for small concert opera chorus in New Jersey

Music director wanted for small concert opera chorus in Northern New Jersey. Opera background essential. Willing to develop group and perform several concerts a season. Send resumes to Rhoda Wolin, 43 Esplanade Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873.
Posted 5/16/2016. Expires 7/16/2016.

Morris Park Community Choir seeks singers

Morris Park Community Choir seeks individuals to join this traditional New York City Choir directed by Dr. Rollin Roberts. Auditions each Sunday at 10:30 AM from May 22 to June 26. Location: 800 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (on the corner of Barnes Avenue). Contact Bill Jamel at 914-439-4662 or waynejamel@gmail.com.
Posted 5/16/2016. Expires 6/27/2016.

Verismo Opera's 28th annual International Vocal Competition

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply now to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 28th Annual International Vocal Competition. The early bird registration deadline is July 31, 2016. Preliminary auditions will take place on November 7 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, November 9 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, November 12 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, November 14 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, and November 19 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at Yeoryia Megremis Studios in New York City at the Epic Building located at 2067 Broadway, 5th floor, Otello Room. The application deadline is October 31, 2016. Final auditions will be held at The Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87 Street in New York City, on January 4, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:30 PM.

At the preliminary auditions, a luminary panel of judges will officiate, including Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara; Maestra Lucy Arner, Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; Maestro Anthony Morss, Emeritus Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; and Evelyn La Quaif, General Manager and Stage Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. The judges' comments will be sent to all preliminary participants and finalists. A professional accompanist will be provided to all participants at the preliminary and final auditions. A free master class will be offered to all applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions, and finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition will be invited to attend three four hour free master classes. During the master classes led by Amara and La Quaif, artists will learn deportment, language, style and presentation at auditions.

Finalists will be given feedback; extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation; and 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).

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. Vocal competition winners and finalists have performed in several of Verismo Opera's productions. The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, 2016, changing to $75 on August 1, 2016. Payment may be made securely online at verismopera.org/donate-2/ or by check made out and sent to Verismo Opera, P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 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/vocal-competition/. For further information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact info@verismopera.org or call (201) 886-0561.
Posted 5/15/2016. Expires 7/15/2016.

Children's Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola seeks intern for 2016-17

The Children's Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is seeking a music education student or new vocal music teacher to intern with our program for our 2016-2017 season. The Church is located on Park Avenue between 83rd and 84th streets in Manhattan. There are three choirs in our children's choir program, and we are looking for a student who can help us during rehearsals for our two youngest choirs. These singers range in age from 6 through 11, and they rehearse on Wednesday afternoons (3:15-4:15 and 4:30-5:20). St. Ignatius has a formidable music program which includes 16 concerts in the upcoming season. The children perform on two of these with professional orchestra, as well as on Sundays once/month. The intern's commitment is solely on Wednesday afternoons.

Assistance is needed with attendance keeping, music distribution, music reading, pencils, bandaids(!), bathroom breaks and other housekeeping items. Ability to accompany the choir is not a requirement. If the student is able and willing, warming up the children and/or directing during rehearsal would be possible. We pay a stipend of $1,500 to an undergraduate (vocal) music education major, and $2,000 for a graduate student or current teacher. This is for the entire season. Please reply to Maureen Haley at haleym@saintignatiusloyola.org (best), or call 212-288-3588 x614.

For your reference, here is the link to the Church's music staff. From there you can find out about us: www.stignatiusloyola.org/index.php/music/music_staff. Find out about the children's choir program here: www.stignatiusloyola.org/index.php/music/join_our_choirs#children.
Posted 5/9/2016. Expires 7/9/2016.

Tenors and basses needed for Prelude to Performance opera choruses

The Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance Program will be performing Puccini's La Bohème and Strauss's Die Fledermaus this summer and are looking to fill some remaining spots for male voices (tenors and baritones/basses) in our Ensemble. The program runs from May 31 to July 10, and musical rehearsals for the chorus begin in mid-May during the evenings. The Ensemble is a wonderful opportunity for excellent young singers and emerging professionals to perform professionally onstage in a nurturing but challenging environment. Singers receive a stipend for their work. If you are interested (or teachers/coaches, if you have any singers in your studios whom you believe may be interested) in this opportunity, please contact Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master Noby Ishida directly ASAP via e-mail at nobyishida@yahoo.com to arrange an audition. Mr. Ishida will be hearing singers until all spots are filled, so please send your materials right away for consideration. For more info on this incredible program, please visit www.martinaarroyofdn.org/preludetoperformance.html.
Posted 5/5/2016. Expires 7/5/2016.

Libero Canto to hold free demonstration singing lessons in June and July 2016

Libero Canto is a unique way of teaching singing that originated in Europe and has in recent years established a beachhead in New York. Kinga Cserjési, one of our teachers, will be holding a series of demonstration lessons in June and July to introduce the approach.

The Libero Canto approach is centered around the idea that the release of excess tension and undue force allows the body to become genuinely responsive to the student's musical feeling and imagination, thereby giving singing the spontaneity and vitality of true expression. Our lessons are far less prescriptive than typical singing instruction, aiming first and foremost to encourage greater freedom. We ask students to shed pre-conceived notions of how they ought to sound, and to suspend self-judgment. Through relaxation, experimentation, and gentle body work, students develop ever subtler kinesthetic awareness and a deeper connection to their true musical instincts.

The free demonstration sessions are open to anyone aged 16+. We teach professional and avocational singers of all levels and in all musical genres. The Libero Canto approach is also relevant to singing teachers, actors, public speakers, and music therapy practitioners. Auditors welcome.

Demonstration lessons will be 30 minutes in length, and both auditing and demonstration lessons will be free of charge. Attendees may choose to receive a demonstration lesson and/or observe any of the lessons given to others. Dates: Thursday, June 9, 2-6 PM; Monday, June 20, 2-6 PM; Saturday, July 9, 2-6 PM. Location: Opera America, 330 7th Avenue (at 29th Street), 7th floor.

To sign up for one or more of the demonstration sessions, please visit our website (www.liberocanto.org/demonstration), e-mail liberocantosinging@gmail.com or call Kinga at 646-378-8784. Please indicate whether you are interested in receiving a lesson, auditing or both.
Posted 5/5/2016. Expires 7/9/2016.

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.

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.