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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 email@example.com 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.
Soprano needed at Christ & St. Stephen's
A soprano is needed for the professional choir at Christ & St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on West 69th Street in Manhattan starting in October 2015. Members of this professional octet are responsible for learning their parts thoroughly in advance of the Sunday morning rehearsal. Considering the small size of the vocal ensemble, members should be prepared to take a proactive role in preparing music as if to sing independently in a vocal ensemble, and not in a large church choir. There is no midweek rehearsal, and as such members are expected to cope with tight demands on rehearsal time each and every Sunday morning. Repertoire consists of traditional music ranging from the 16th-20th centuries, both in the Latin and Anglican traditions. Excellence is expected and appreciated at all times, but serves as the base standard upon which rehearsals are built. The successful candidate must have the following: significant experience singing in the Episcopal and/or Anglican tradition, solid and healthy vocal technique, excellent sight-reading ability, the ability to sing with straight-tone or vibrato, the capacity to blend, as well knowledge and experience of Plainsong and Anglican Chant.
The season begins in September and runs thru June. Quartet/cantor work is available during the summer months. Pay is $105 per appearance, with higher fees for some special/additional services, concerts, etc. The Sunday rehearsal begins at 9:15 sharp, with the service at 11 AM. Absences are arranged in consultation and approval (substitutes are chosen) by the Organist & Choirmaster. Please submit expression of interest, with a resume showing significant church choral experience, by e-mail to Parker Ramsay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will be reviewed between August 30 and September 6 and a shortlist will be contacted shortly after for auditions in mid-late September.
Posted 8/26/2015. Expires 9/10/2015.
Manhattan Choral Ensemble seeks Assistant Conductor
The Manhattan Choral Ensemble seeks an Assistant Conductor for the 2015-2016 season.
Responsibilities: The Assistant Conductor will work with Director Thomas Cunningham on the preparation of the choir in the repertoire for the 2015-2016 season during regular rehearsals on Thursday evenings. The Assistant Conductor will be expected at the request of the Director to lead the group in warm-ups, to lead sectional rehearsals, to lead occasional full rehearsals and to conduct the group in a portion of a performance. The Assistant Conductor will also be expected to support the work of the Director in working with orchestral contractors, coordinating with commissioned composers, and working closely with the General Manager of the MCE in preparing for rehearsals and concerts. The Director will provide support and coaching for the Assistant Conductor in all of these areas of responsibility. This position is an opportunity for a qualified candidate to acquire professional experience with an established chorus in all areas of chorus organization and preparation while receiving active mentorship from the group’s founder and director.
Desired qualifications: The successful applicant will have at least a year of conducting experience in an academic or professional environment and will demonstrate the capacity to lead a rehearsal in the Director's absence. A master's degree in choral conducting is strongly preferred, but commensurate experience will be considered. Fee: The Assistant Conductor will receive a fee of $3,000, to be paid in two installments of $1,500 each in December, 2015 and in May, 2106.
The Manhattan Choral Ensemble is an exciting, 40-voice, independent choir dedicated to the passionate performance of an international and historically varied repertoire. In celebration of New York City's rich and diverse heritage, the MCE performs in historic New York spaces and creates concert events in partnership with the city’s cultural organizations. The MCE also fosters the musical life of the city through its innovative commissioning project -- New Music for New York -- focused on New York City composers. To apply, or for more information, please contact General Manager Dave Erbach at email@example.com.
Posted 8/19/2015. Expires 11/19/2015.
Englewood church seeks bass section leader
Bass soloist/section leader position is now open at First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, NJ. Ability to sight-read is a must. The choir is accomplished and sings a large amount of repertoire covering all the major classical periods. The church is located 5 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and carpooling is available from UWS. There is no mid-week rehearsal. Sunday schedule is 9:30 rehearsal; 11:00 service; 12:30-1:00 rehearsal. Stipend $120/week. Please contact David Macfarlane on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to arrange an audition.
Posted 8/15/2015. Expires 10/15/2015.
Music on the Hill seeks singers for Festival Chorus
Music on the Hill invites singers to join their Festival Chorus to sing Handel's Israel in Egypt with Baroque orchestra and soloists. Dr. Edward Thompson will conduct. Rehearsals begin September 8 and continue on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm at WEPCO church complex, 48 New Canaan Road in Wilton, CT. There will be two Saturday rehearsals on October 10 and 17 from 10 to 12 noon at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road in Westport. Final dress rehearsal will be Friday, October 23 at Norwalk Concert Hall. The concert will take place Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Concert Hall. Singers must register to be in the Festival Chorus. New singers are welcome! Please e-mail email@example.com to register.
Music on the Hill is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging high-quality music performance and education for all ages. Under the leadership of its artistic directors, Ellen Dickinson and David H. Connell, Music on the Hill offers workshops, concerts and four performing ensembles. These include a community handbell choir, the Jubilate Ringers, and two choral groups in addition to the Summer Chorus, the 16-voice professional Chamber Chorus and the Festival Chorus. These groups perform, in rotation, seven to nine concerts each year, primarily in Weston, Westport and Wilton.
Posted 8/14/2015. Expires 9/30/2015.
Church of the Holy Apostles seeks SATB section leaders
The Church of the Holy Apostles (9th Avenue at 28th Street, Manhattan) seeks soprano, alto, tenor and bass section leaders for its choir. The choir sings weekly at Sunday 11 AM services, with rehearsals at 9:15 AM, late September through May. Additional services throughout the year include Holy Week, Christmas, and other feast days.
We are looking for singers who will be strong leaders to our volunteers, are exceptional sight readers, and are comfortable singing straight-tone as required. Pay is $120/Sunday, with additional compensation for extra services. Please contact Christopher Houlihan, Director of Music & Organist, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition.
Posted 8/12/2015. Expires 9/27/2015.
Audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus
Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera), invites singers to apply to the Verismo Opera Chorus. Open auditions will be held on Wednesdays, September 9 and 16 beginning at 6:15 PM at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. Auditions will also be held on September 12 at the organization's Open House and Silent Auction after the program. The Open House and Silent Auction will be held at 2:00 PM at the Performing Arts School at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 1 Depot Square in Englewood, New Jersey.
Male and female vocalists -- amateur, professional, and retired -- are invited to audition and learn more about the opportunity to sing in the Verismo Opera Chorus. Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Teenagers, ages 15 and up, who have a musical background and/or are studying voice, taking instrumental lessons, or other musical instruction are invited to apply and schedule an audition. Auditions will not be held for the Children's Chorus. Auditions for children to sing in the Verismo Opera Children's Chorus will be held, as needed, in 2016.
Choristers will perform in the company’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. Applicants interested in learning more about Verismo Opera and the Verismo Opera Chorus are invited to attend the organization's Open House on Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 PM at The Performing Arts School of the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Under Chorus Director and Associate Conductor Mara Waldman, singers will explore grand opera in a live performance. Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in the original language to be performed, vocal warm-ups, drilling of the music and detailed staging. The production will be fully staged, with the cast performing in costume accompanied by a live orchestra directed by renowned conductor Maestro Anthony Morss.
Applicants should have a working ability to read music and experience singing. The audition consists of singing five note scales. During the audition process, Waldman will determine each singer's range and vocal category. Applicants do not need to bring a song or music to the audition. Download an application at bit.ly/1pzVVyW or send a request to email@example.com. For information or to schedule a mandatory appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561. The audition site is handicapped accessible. Designated handicapped parking is available. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation should call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks before the audition.
Posted 8/12/2015. Expires 9/16/2015.
Audition for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Choral Scholar Program
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Choral Scholar Program is designed to provide professional level training and performance opportunities through a liturgical context for young and emerging professionals in New York City. Successful applicants will work weekly with Director of Music, Kent Tritle and his team of musicians. Scholars are paid and will also learn a wide range of repertoire spanning three centuries. Choral scholars participate in all aspects of the Cathedral Chorale. For a full description and audition requirements please e-mail Malcolm J. Merriweather, firstname.lastname@example.org. Audition: Wednesday September 2 by appointment. Cathedral Choir Room, St. John the Divine, Amsterdam at West 112th Street.
Posted 8/10/2015. Expires 9/2/2015.
Pro tenor needed for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, New York, is looking for a tenor soloist and section leader 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. Compensation is $100/week which includes rehearsal and service. (Special services extra.) Contact: Larry Wolf, Minister of Music, at email@example.com or 914-450-8467.
Posted 7/28/2015. Expires 10/28/2015.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call (201) 886-0561.
Posted 5/21/2015. Expires 10/31/2015.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. To apply, go to cantussings.org/audition.
Posted 10/9/2014. Expires 12/1/2015.