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American Freedom Choral Society needs singers for the opera Masada

The American Freedom Choral Society needs singers for the opera Masada. Scheduled performances are Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM and Sunday, June 21 (two performances) at 2 PM and 5 PM. Singers will be paid for rehearsal time and performances. Contact Harry Bialor at 718-375-8669 or HarryBialor@optonline.net.
Posted 4/15/2015. Expires 6/21/2015.

Usdan Center open house April 19

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp, will hold a free Open House for its 2015 season on Sunday, April 19 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Usdan features a full program of choral arts for students ages 6 to 18, including Junior and Senior Choruses, a Jazz Vocal Ensemble, a Musical Theater Ensemble and special smaller groups. Its repertoire encompasses many types of music, including the rarely-performed children's opera Brundibar, Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service and Carmina Burana. Classes are held in state of the art studios on a 200-acre woodland campus. Students attend from New York City and throughout the Tri-state area, transported in season by air-conditioned buses. For more information, call (631) 643-7900, write to openhouse@usdan.com or visit www.usdan.com. The Center, which is now entering its 48th season, beginning June 29, has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 children.

In addition to the Center's frequent Open House dates, Usdan offers individual weekend guided tours available by appointment. Weekday self-guided walks are also available. For directions to the Center, visit www.usdan.com.
Posted 4/1/2015. Expires 4/19/2015.

Montefiore Medical Center offers free vocal screenings on World Voice Day

On April 16, in honor of World Voice Day, Montefiore Medical Center will host free vocal screenings. Participants will consult with a laryngologist and voice therapist to assess their vocal health and determine if any treatment or further evaluation is needed. Otolaryngologists at Montefiore will join head and neck surgeons and other voice health professionals worldwide to recognize World Voice Day (WVD), a day to encourage people of all ages to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.

This year's theme is Voice, the original social media. While we may spend hours curating our social media presence, it is our vocal image that plays a large role in how others perceive us. Getting a vocal health evaluation is the first step towards protecting our future voice. Each appointment will consist of:

  • A consultation with a laryngologist
  • A consultation with a voice therapist
  • A laryngoscopy
  • A picture of the patient’s voice and information about vocal health
  • An appointment to return for a full evaluation if needed
More than one in five adults will experience voice problems in their lifetime, as will nearly 60 percent of heavy voice users including: teachers, clergy, singers, lawyers, receptionists, customer service reps, telemarketers, salespeople, and smokers. Montefiore Medical Center is encouraging people to take charge of their vocal health by attending the free vocal screening at Montefiore's Hutchinson Campus, 1250 Waters Place, 10th floor, Bronx, New York, 10461. There is a free shuttle service to the Hutchinson Campus from the 6 train: http://bit.ly/1CdrapL. Screenings are on Thursday, April 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For a voice health screening appointment, please contact Christina Montanez at 718-920-8471.
Posted 3/31/2015. Expires 4/16/2015.

Vocal master class with Willie Anthony Waters at Hunter April 21

The Hunter College Music Department is thrilled to present a Vocal Master Class with distinguished opera conductor and coach Willie Anthony Waters on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM. The Master Class will feature talented vocal performance students from Hunter College and will take place in Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College North Building, 4th Floor, 695 Park Avenue, New York City, 10065. It is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. For more information, please contact Susan Gonzalez, Director of Vocal Studies, at 212-650-3566 or sugonzal@hunter.cuny.edu.
Posted 3/20/2015. Expires 4/21/2015.

Pianist needed for Jersey City-based community chorus

Piano accompanist needed for several dates this spring for Jersey City-based community chorus. Offering $40/hour. Please e-mail northriversing@gmail.com.
Posted 3/16/2015. Expires 4/16/2015.

I Can't Breathe, a grassroots activist choral music project by Josh Feintuch

I Can't Breathe, a 10-minute piece for tenor, bass-baritone and chorus, uses as lyrics Eric Garner's last words, beginning with "Get away/for what?" and concluding with repetitions of "I can't breathe."

After successfully completing a similar project planned around the People's Climate March, I would like to organize a grassroots choral ensemble to bring this piece to life. Artistic performance is a unique way to bring our message for justice to a wider audience. If you have sung choral music and have basic music reading ability (or are able to practice your part outside of rehearsal) I want you involved!

We will likely sing at several venues in NYC (specifics still under negotiation) with a target timeframe of April to May. For now, please sign up if you would like to be involved, with an understanding that you may not be able to attend all rehearsals/performances. For more info and to sign up, visit joshfeintuch.com/i-cant-breathe-chorus/.
Posted 3/9/2015. Expires 5/9/2015.

Elision chamber choir seeks singers

High-level amateur chamber choir, exploring a cappella literature, looking for good singers who can sight-sing: soprano 1, alto 2, tenor 2/baritone. Monday night rehearsals 7-9:30 PM, Upper West Side. Visit www.facebook.com/ElisionNYC.
Posted 3/6/2015. Expires 6/6/2015.

ChoralFest USA, June 14, 2015 at Symphony Space

ChoralFest USA, A Celebration of American Choral Music, was created by Harold Rosenbaum to delight and inspire audiences with performances of choral works written by American composers since the time of Aaron Copland, the dean of American composers. This annual event, to be held at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City, will feature choirs from the New York region and beyond, singing in a free marathon concert. Each choir selected through the application process will perform for 15 to 20 minutes. The final performance of the event will include the audience and choirs in a sing-along of Randall Thompson’s most popular work, Alleluia. Our hope and dream is to give choirs public exposure in an important New York City venue, to inspire choir directors to explore the vast repertoire of American choral music for future concerts, and to reinforce a love of American choral music in audience members.

The June 14, 2015 concert will be free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 PM. In the spirit of Symphony Space's legendary "Wall to Wall" events, audience members may come and go as they please, subject to seating availability, throughout the day.

We have selected all of our choirs for the June 14, 2015 event. For choirs wishing to perform at our June 4, 2016 event, please download and fill in the informational form. Applications must include a proposed repertoire of American music (15 to 20 minutes total, including pauses) and links to audio/visual samples of the choir in performance. There are no application fees or participation fees for choirs performing in ChoralFest USA. American composers are defined as composers born in the United States, or those who immigrated to the USA and whose creative life was/is focused primarily in the USA. Choirs may present a cappella music or music for choir and instruments. All ensembles using instruments other than a piano will provide their own players and instruments at their own expense. A piano will be available to choirs for the concert. Any questions? Visit choralfestusa.org/ or contact Edie Rosenbaum, Managing Director, at cnssoprano@gmail.com.
Posted 3/2/2015. Expires 6/14/2015.

Bass and tenor sought for The Kachanov Singers

The Kachanov Singers, a high-level professional ensemble of dedicated singers, is looking for a bass and tenor for alternate Tuesday evening rehearsals in Manhattan (7:00-9:30 PM). To apply, e-mail kachsingers@gmail.com.
Posted 2/23/2015. Expires 5/23/2015.

Calvary Episcopal in Summit seeks soprano section leader

Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit, NJ, seeks a soprano section leader for its semi-professional adult choir of 30 members. The choir sings Sundays at 10:30 AM and rehearses Wednesday evening 7:30-9:30 PM. They also sing occasional concerts (sometimes with orchestral accompaniment), Choral Evensong, and special feast days. Pay is $150/week (extra services are compensated proportionately). The ideal singer will have a positive attitude for working with volunteer singers, be a solid sight-reader, and have the ability to sing straight-tone as necessary. Please send an audio recording to Christopher Jennings, Organist & Choirmaster, at cbj@christopherjennings.me or call 203-676-9231 to set up an audition.
Posted 2/13/2015. Expires 5/13/2015.

Holistic Voice lessons in NYC

You are invited to study singing from a holistic perspective with Holistic Voice NYC. As VAN readers know well, singing can create powerful transformation. When you sing with a healthy, body and soul-connected technique, you tap into a deeper sense of well-being and peace that extends into the rest of your daily life, leaving you with a feeling of expansiveness, confidence and self-connection. This approach is great for the professional to the novice singer, as well as for non-singers who long to develop more confidence in their voice and in their body. Individual lessons, workshops and packages are available for all ages. Please visit holisticvoicenyc.com to learn more.
Posted 1/30/2015. Expires 4/30/2015.

For sale: WhisperRoom, Model MDL 102168 E

For sale: WhisperRoom, Model MDL 102168 E. For six blissful years, I have been teaching classical voice lessons, practicing and rehearsing my opera roles and running chamber music rehearsals at all hours of the day and night, never worrying about disturbing others or being disturbed. But now I must sell the miraculous, high-quality, freestanding structure, which made all of this possible.

Specifications: 8.5 feet x 14 feet, enhanced or double-walled version. Elements include: sound wave deflection panels (SDS 102168 HX10); 10' height extension (HX 102168E 10); one door with small window; two enhanced wall windows (WDO 2642E); air circulation system; caster plate (CP 102168). Original price: $31,475. Sales price: $9,000. Learn more about the WhisperRoom at www.whisperroom.com.

I personally -- and my neighbors! -- can attest to the results of this remarkable product's acoustical specs. Examples of its noise reduction capabilities (in decibels) include: 100 dB (e.g. a powerful opera singer) reduced to 25 dB (whisper level); 125 dB (e.g. a very loud rock band) reduced to 30 dB. Purchase of the WhisperRoom requires the buyer to handle and pay for the dismantling, transport and reinstallation at the new site. This responsibility includes providing the required insurance documents to the building manager at its current location.

To learn more about the WhisperRoom or to see it in person, please contact me, Christina Ascher, at ca@christina-ascher.com, 212- 304-0242 or 917-670-2148.
Posted 1/30/2015. Expires 4/30/2015.

Seeking jazz soprano for New York Holiday Singers

New York Holiday Singers, a premium a cappella holiday quintet, is seeking immediate jazz soprano replacement to help our group continue its recent successes. NYHS has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The Rachael Ray Show, WFUV, WQXR, Fox and Friends. Performance venues include The Friars Club, The Triad at Stage 72, The Celebration of Whimsy, Don’t Tell Mama, Singers Forum, Daniel and more. Current members have worked with each other for multiple years, and have a strong bond, professional work ethic, and great attitudes. Ideal candidates must possess:

  • Very strong musicality and vocal skill, both as a soloist and ensemble singer, with a solid jazz & soul sensibility. Improvisation skills & solid theory foundation a big plus!
  • Self-motivated learner with the ability to digest a large amount of complex music quickly; great sight-reading skill is highly beneficial.
  • Great performance skills and stage presence, both when on microphones and not.
  • A desire to become a part of a fantastic, fun and close-knit group that has a love of holiday music and a newly-released album, and help further the group's progress with a personal touch.
  • A willingness to make a long-term commitment to the group; permanent NYC-area residents preferred.
  • A flexible schedule for rehearsals, photo/video shoots, potential media appearances and performances.
  • The best candidate has all that, wrapped in a fun, positive and professional demeanor.
Auditions and interviews by appointment only. Interested candidates should submit headshots, resumes and demos (if available) ASAP to info@newyorkholidaysingers.com. For more information about the group, visit newyorkholidaysingers.com. Rehearsals unpaid. Professional pay for most performances (excluding charity or publicity events).
Posted 1/30/2015. Expires 4/30/2015.

The Singing Experience workshops

The Singing Experience was launched in 1977 by two-time MAC Award Winning Director Linda Amiel Burns for aspiring singers and anyone with a "song in their heart" to learn to conquer their fears, sing out with confidence in a non-competitive, nurturing, supportive and encouraging environment. You will learn all the techniques and communications skills necessary to be a "star" on the stage and in life. There have been nearly 500 completed workshops with 5,000+ graduates, and hundreds of cabaret acts and revues directed and booked over the years. These renowned life-changing workshops have been featured on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning and others including a story in The New York Times (www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/nyregion/01cabaret.html). The next workshop "Pick Yourself Up!" begins on February 10. For registration and more info, visit www.SingingExperience.com, e-mail Linda at Linda@SingingExperience.com or phone 212-315-3500. See hundreds of performers on www.youtube.com/singingexperience.
Posted 1/26/2015. Expires 5/26/2015.

Ars Musica Chorale seeks Chorus Manager

The Ars Musica Chorale seeks a Chorus Manager for our highly regarded choral organization. Working closely with the Board of Directors and the Music Director, the Chorus Manager will have primary responsibility for the timely submission of an annual grant application to the County of Bergen, NJ; will act as chief archivist and have responsibility for the maintenance and updating of key databases; and will assist several board members and chairpersons in areas including fundraising, marketing and publicity, mailings, and concert plans and arrangements.

The Ars Musica Board of Directors is a working board; therefore, the Chorus Manager will not be expected to take full responsibility for marketing, publicity, concert production and fundraising, but will assist the respective board members and committee chairs in these areas. The Chorus Manager is expected to be available 8-10 hours per week, including mandatory attendance at monthly board meetings, usually on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM, and some or all Tuesday night rehearsals, during which time recurring tasks might be completed. Experience with arts administration and a successful track record with grant writing and/or fundraising required. The candidate should be self-starting, personable, professional, articulate, and willing to work with an active, involved Board. Graphics design skills and the ability to seek out and apply for additional grant funding opportunities are bonuses we would value highly.

For more information about the position, e-mail info@arsmusica.org. For more about the group, visit www.arsmusica.org.
Posted 1/26/2015. Expires 4/26/2015.

Perform Beethoven 9th in inaugural performance of Ridgefield Symphony Chorus

Celebrating our 50th season in 2015, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra performs concerts of the highest artistic quality to large, appreciative audiences. Under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Jerry Steichen, the RSO is comprised of the finest in orchestral musicians from throughout the tri-state region.

As part of the orchestra's 50th Anniversary Celebration, we are forming the Ridgefield Symphony Chorus, Daniela Sikora, Chorus Master, to participate in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Ridgefield, CT. We invite all vocalists with considerable experience in choral singing to join us in this historic performance. Our intent is to put together an extremely high-quality ensemble of 80-100 that mirrors the professionalism and high artistic standards of our orchestra. Rehearsals will be Saturday mornings, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April 11 and 18, May 2 and 9. Additional orchestral rehearsals will be held the week of the performance.

Auditions will be held on February 8, 9 and 11 in Ridgefield. Additional March audition dates TBA. Electronic auditions via YouTube or video files will be accepted as well. For additional information, or to schedule an audition, visit our website at www.ridgefieldsymphony.org, e-mail email@ridgefieldsymphony.org or call 203-438-3889.
Posted 1/20/2015. Expires 4/20/2015.

Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany

The Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop is expanding. Due to the many conducting applicants each year that we are not able to accommodate with only one session, Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and Brian O'Connell are delighted to offer two sessions for this, our 12th summer in Sarteano (Tuscany). The first session (July 19-26) will be entirely devoted to sacred music. This session will culminate in a performance in Chiesa di San Francesco, a longstanding wish of Simon's that the final concert be held in one of Sarteano's beautiful churches. The second session (July 29-August 5) will consist of mixed repertoire, and will conclude with a final concert in Sarteano's architectural jewel, Il Teatro Comunale degli Arrischianti. Please visit our website at www.sarteanochoralworkshop.com/english/testimonials.html and read testimonials from our past participants, if you would like to learn more about joining us for this uniquely collaborative workshop experience.

Both sessions offer our participants the same time frames for conducting and singing, and in the Musica Sacra session, Bronislawa will offer plainchant singing, in an authentic setting. We are now accepting applications for both summer sessions! 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, two Conducting Auditors are chosen to conduct a piece in the final concert from the morning repertoire.
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. Each day, the afternoon session will consist of Master Classes with Simon. This year we are again delighted to offer a Q&A/Dialogue session with Simon. The first part of the morning session consists of group Vocal Pedagogy with Bronislawa Falinska (utilizing the Rohmert Method of Functional Voicetraining) where you will explore new and unique ways to create personal and ensemble sound. I look forward to working with you on developing a vital chamber choir, emphasizing effective rehearsal strategy and interpersonal ensemble cohesiveness, in the second part of our morning session.

Come celebrate the 11th consecutive year of Simon, Broni and I working together in Sarteano, and enjoy the opportunity to work within a collegial mix of international particpants. For a detailed description of the workshop, testimonials from our alumni, and an online application form, please visit our website:at www.sarteanochoralworkshop.com or contact: Gail Leicher +1 781-652-0158.
Posted 1/2/2015. Expires 7/2/2015.

Performance opportunities for choirs at the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is offering performance opportunities for choirs throughout the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. Performances will take place on the 80th floor and will have an audience of ticket holders on their way to the 86th floor Observation Deck. This will be a truly memorable experience for your clients. Here are a few specifics:

  • Performance on the 80th floor museum
  • Groups sizes limited to 80 singers
  • Applications required with DVD/MP3/YouTube recording
  • Choral risers and electric piano will be provided
  • Performances will take place on selected dates Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in October - December, 2014 and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in March - June, 2015
  • Performance times available daily between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM, except on Wednesdays -- 3 performance times 9:00 AM-12 noon
  • Performance length: 30 minutes
  • Audience: All tourists traveling to the top of the Empire State Building must pass by the performance area
  • Secular music only (no sacred, holiday or patriotic music allowed to be sung)
  • $28 performance/ticket required for all participants, purchased directly through the Empire State Building
  • Tour operator branding is available on forms and signage at The Empire State Building
More information found on our website at www.peakperformancetours.com/ESB. To learn more about the above program, call Bruce Rickert, Music Coordinator, at 800-220-0165.
Posted 10/16/2014. Expires 4/16/2015.

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 audition@cantussings.org for more info. To apply, go to cantussings.org/audition.
Posted 10/9/2014. Expires 12/1/2015.