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BVS Women's Choir seeks new artistic director
BVS Women’s Choir, a 501c(3) choir based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, seeks a new artistic director for the 2019-2020 season, for a one-year contract, subject to renewal. The artistic director provides the artistic vision of the choir and is responsible for the leadership and direction of its performances. This position reports to the board of directors.
BVS meets on Monday nights, 7-9 PM in Park Slope. The choir has regularly scheduled performances in Brooklyn, at the end of each semester (in December and in mid April) plus other performances as they arise. BVS holds auditions twice per year, in September and January. The artistic director position is part-time, including weekly rehearsals and preparatory time for rehearsals and concerts, September to early-mid December and January to early-mid April.
BVS Women’s Choir is a 45-member multigenerational group dedicated to excellence in choral singing. Our mission is to enrich our members and audiences by performing a diverse repertoire, with an emphasis on female and contemporary choral composers. Throughout its 18-year history, BVS Women’s Choir has become a musical community of its own.
- Provide overall artistic leadership and direction to the choir.
- Supervise all artistic aspects in the choice of repertoire and selection of venues.
- Supervise all rehearsals and concerts.
- Work with the choir, the board, and volunteers to promote a positive atmosphere of community within the organization.
- Network with other arts organizations, music directors, and community groups to increase the visibility of the Chorus and to encourage collaboration.
- Conduct auditions twice annually.
- Select and acquire scores for chorus, soloists and guest instrumentalists.
- Provide practice tracks for choir members.
- Write program notes for each concert.
- Solicit run-out concerts.
- Attend all board meetings and report to the board members regarding the status of the artistic programs and projects; participate in strategic planning; collaborate with committees and board in developing marketing campaigns and publicity for BVS.
- Develop annually a comprehensive artistic plan in collaboration with the board that provides the basis for the annual budget.
- Participate in fundraising activities; collaborate in the preparation of grant applications.
- Serve as the official spokesperson for BVS.
- Participate in musical and professional organizations.
- BA or advanced degree in music with an emphasis in choral conducting or equivalent conducting experience (minimum 4 years preferred).
- Experience conducting or working with a community-based chorus and with singers of various musical skills and experience.
- Ability to foster community with a well-developed sense of humor.
- Interest in and commitment to embracing the mission of BVS.
- Ability to offer strong leadership skills as well as to balance work within a team setting.
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
Posted 2/12/2019. Expires 3/15/2019.
Free Harold Rosenbaum conducting lesson February 24
Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, author of A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting, published by Routledge, is presenting a unique opportunity. If you live in the New York area and have never studied choral conducting with Dr. Rosenbaum, here's your opportunity. Join him in Manhattan on February 24 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM for a free group choral conducting lesson. Reservations are required and limited seating is available, so sign up today at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to have your technique improved by one of the world's leading choral conductors, sign up for this event. Upon confirmation of attendance, the address will be emailed to you.
See www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute for more about his other upcoming 5-day workshops. He's available for private lessons at his studio in Westchester, NY, or by Skype, as well as for workshops and clinics across the country. Rosenbaum is also available for choral composition consulting.
Posted 2/6/2019. Expires 2/28/2019.
Ardsley church seeks bass/baritone for Maundy Thursday and Easter
Bass/baritone needed for April 18 Maundy Thursday 7:30 PM evening service and 10 AM April 21 Easter Sunday service. (Rehearsal for each will be right before the service.) St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY (19 miles north of the city, on Metro-North). Friendly church and very small choir. $100 for each day. Contact Minister of Music Larry Wolf at 914-450-8467 or email@example.com.
Posted 2/6/2019. Expires 4/6/2019.
Habitat: Home: call for NYC artists and performers
Habitat: Home is a nationwide project addressing current civic unrest through collaborative art-making across cultural and geographic lines. Local artists create music, poetry, theater, video/light sculpture, and/or dance that reflects their perspectives and conversations exploring the concept of 'home’; the resulting multi-disciplinary pieces are shared in full-length, free programs performed in collaboration with local ensembles. The ultimate goals of Habitat: Home are to highlight underrepresented voices and build empathy across America.
Two kickoff Habitat: Home events are scheduled in New York City for October 19 and 20, 2019, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on the Upper West Side and The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. In anticipation of the performances, collaborators will meet at least five times between March 1 and September 30, 2019, operating not only as individual cultural producers from diverse backgrounds but also as a newly-formed community where issues of identity, belonging, and human responsibility can be discussed safely and expressed freely through art:
- In initial workshops, we will learn about collaborative principles and styles, set expectations for treating each other with respect and trust, and explore the assumptions, motivations, and goals each artist brings to the project. We will examine and agree on ways to highlight personal narratives while promoting cooperative goals, and decide on teams and creative plans which may incorporate non-artistic sources like ethnographic family interviews, historical documentation, or current news.
- Throughout March-September, artists will work in teams of 2-4, collaborating to create pieces to premiere at the performance. Check-in meetings with the full group will provide space for requested feedback and support on obstacles.
Habitat: Home is not a prize competition, but we do want to address the lack of paid opportunities and wage inequality often present for arts professionals, especially those from marginalized populations. Therefore, with the help of grants and crowdfunding TBD, we very much hope to pay each artist an honorarium at the conclusion of the project. Compensation is not guaranteed at the time of this posting, but is a highly prioritized goal for the project.
Artists/performers will have access to free workshops on collaboration, free meeting space throughout the project, free performance space with event administration taken care of for the October 19 and 20 events, and free, high-quality documentation of their work from the performance(s), eliminating the financial obstacles of expensive equipment and professional services to building a credible portfolio.
For further information and to apply, visit habitathome.us/HabitatHome_OpenCall_Feb2019.pdf. Submit your awesome application by February 15, 2019! Artists will be notified of selections by March 15, 2019. Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 2/5/2019. Expires 2/16/2019.
Choral coaching services with Bill Heigen
Award-winning composer Bill Heigen is now offering choral coaching services for singers and choirs in the tri-state area. Private voice lessons made to address all of your choral needs such as blending, tuning, vibrato control, ear training, repertoire, sight-singing. Please visit www.choralcoach.art and get to know his services.
Posted 2/4/2019. Expires 6/4/2019.
Amore Opera seeks tenors and baritones
Amore Opera is seeking additional tenors and baritones for their March production of Meyerbeer's opera Dinorah, a beautiful opera that has not been produced in this country in nearly a century. Performance dates are March 19, 20 and two on March 23 at the Riverside Theater in Manhattan's Riverside Church. This is a volunteer position for choristers who want to sing in a fully staged production with costumes and a full orchestra. If you are interested, contact Janet at email@example.com. Rehearsals have already begun, so contact us as soon as possible so that we can bring you up to speed.
Posted 2/4/2019. Expires 4/4/2019.
Civil Rights Choir Tour commemorating the centennial of the Red Summer of 1919 July 3-7, 2019
Grace Chorale of Brooklyn and Congressional Chorus of Washington, DC have partnered for a choir tour of significant sites related to the Civil Rights struggle in the United States and will perform concerts that give voice to those struggles in an effort to create change and cultivate a deeper understanding of race in the United States. Here are the trip highlights.
- Atlanta: Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and perform at the Center for Civil and Human Rights on July 4.
- Montgomery: Rosa Parks Museum, Alabama State Capitol (the birthplace of the Confederacy), the Civil Rights Memorial and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice honoring over 4,000 African-Americans who were lynched in the United State. Perform at Old Ship AME Church across the street from the Memorial.
- Selma: Walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
- Birmingham: The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (a civil rights landmark that was bombed by Klansmen in 1963 killing four girls) and Kelly Ingram Park. Perform evening concert at First Church Birmingham.
The Great Migration that began in 1910 involved the relocation of more than 6 million African-Americans who moved from the southern United States to the Midwest, West and Northeast over a 60-year period. Spurred by limited economic opportunities, Jim Crow segregation laws, and violence and lynchings by the KKK, African-Americans found employment in industrial cities that were experiencing labor shortages due to World War I. When soldiers returned from the war to major cities in the US, white workers in the North and Midwestern cities resented the African-Americans who were given jobs they once held in factories. In addition, African-American soldiers did not receive the same benefits as white soldiers who fought in the same war. Tensions reached a boiling point in May of 1919 when the first racially-motivated attacks began. The period from May to October of 1919 during which these racial conflicts occurred is referred to as the "Red Summer."
Fast forward a century. What progress have we made? The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 all led to reforms. Nonetheless, there remain daily parallels between the headlines of 1919 and those of today. This tour will provide insights to the long dark shadow of racism in the United States.
Please contact Jason Asbury at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the trip or to sign up. The cost, including round-trip airfare from JFK, is approximately $1,448 for a double-occupancy room.
Posted 1/31/2019. Expires 3/31/2019.
Director of Music Ministry – First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, NY
Located in Yorktown, New York, just one hour north of New York City, the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown is the second oldest church in Westchester County. Our church was organized in 1730 by the initial settlers of the area -- people whose names are remembered on the gravestones in our cemetery, and on the streets and localities of our community. Our first meeting house was built in 1738, and was burned by the British during the American Revolution because the church was storing munitions for the rebels in the basement. (We were rebels for justice even back then!) The second building was constructed in 1783, and was replaced by our current sanctuary in 1838.
We are an active intergenerational congregation of 400 members. We are committed to compelling worship, life-long faith formation, intentional fellowship, inspirational stewardship and transformational mission under the umbrella of radical hospitality. While we cherish our past, we are fully focused on God’s call to be the church in the 21st century that connects with God, with one another, and the world. Our ministry welcomes all who are searching for their spiritual path, as well as those established in their faith. We are an inclusive church family that invites all, regardless of their faith background, race, gender, sexual orientation or financial status. We currently offer two Sunday morning worship services from September to June, and one service during the summer, and occasional special services.
Our music ministry is supported by a 22-member volunteer adult choir, two handbell choirs, a two-manual Austin pipe organ, a Steinway model ‘B’ grand piano, three rehearsal pianos, Roland Classic digital harpsichord and various percussion instruments. Our congregation includes a variety of instrumentalists, both amateur and professional. We enthusiastically embrace a variety of musical styles, from traditional classical European to World Music, from Gospel to Jazz, and from much-loved hymns to contemporary Christian music. We value diversity in excellent music that supports an experiential, relevant, and connectional worship. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.fpcyorktown.org.
Here’s what we know about our next Director of Music Ministry. Our next Director of Music Ministry will provide collaborative leadership in the music and worship life of our church. Our DMM will view the church and the church’s music as a true calling, cherish music makers of all ages and abilities, foster congregational participation, and not least, be an accomplished church musician, teacher and practitioner. While we believe we are looking for the traditional skilled organist, keyboardist and choral director combo working between 30 to 40 hours weekly, we are open to discussing other models with you. Our Director of Music Ministry will bring a passion to music in the service of worship, and will be an approachable, flexible and creative member of our worship design team.
Our Director of Music Ministry will be a familiar face around the church to members of our congregation--at worship services, fellowship time and special events and activities throughout the week--and a partner with church staff and leadership. The DMM will work closely with and report directly to the co-pastors. The DMM will also be a member of the Worship Design commission, which meets regularly to vision, design and coordinate worship themes and programs. The DMM will work with professionals and volunteers (children, youth and adults), serving as an encouraging resource to support, inspire, and coordinate the worship life of the church through congregational, choral, and instrumental music.
We expect that the Director of Music Ministry will:
- Be a trained musician with a minimum of Bachelors in Music or equivalent
- Have expertise in vocal technique and choral conducting
- Have experience conducting handbells (or willingness to learn)
- Direct choirs, provide music at worship services and schedule and conduct rehearsals
- Identify and encourage persons who play musical instruments to participate in worship services and mentor congregational participation in the church’s musical life
- Explore new and expanded musical ensembles and offer musical enrichment opportunities to the congregation
- Develop relationships with the surrounding musical community, and extend the musical ministry of our church into the community
- Hold regular office hours
- Purchase music and maintain an organized music library
- Administer the music budget
- Oversee the use, care and maintenance of the church’s musical instruments
- Recruit, hire and supervise outside musicians as needed
Posted 1/28/2019. Expires 3/28/2019.
Cerddorion's Seventh Annual Emerging Composers Competition
As you know, nurturing choral music as a living, evolving art is central to Cerddorion’s mission. Since our launch in 1995, we have commissioned more than two dozen works by living composers, including Lisa Bielawa, David Lang, Elliot Z. Levine, Paul Moravec, David Schober and David Stern.
To foster the continued creation and performance of new choral works, in 2012 we launched our annual Emerging Composers Competition. The contest invites composers in the early stages of their careers to submit unpublished, unperformed works for mixed chorus a cappella. The competition awards a $300 cash prize, archival live recording and premiere concert performances by Cerddorion, this year, on May 31 in Brooklyn and on June 2 in Manhattan.
Joining Artistic Director James John as competition judges this year are Sidney Boquiren, composer and Chair of the Music Department of Adelphi University; and New York composer Susan Kander.
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019, and the winner will be notified by April 1, 2019. For details, visit cerddorion.org/emerging-composers-competition/.
Posted 1/15/2019. Expires 3/1/2019.
Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony intensive June 10-14
Through the Eastman School of Music, I, Michael Anderson, am offering a one-week intensive course this summer on singing Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony this summer in New York City. It is designed for talented singers with interest in early music looking to advance their own knowledge. College credit and teaching development hours can also be earned through the institute. The workshop takes place June 10-14 at the Church of Notre Dame near Columbia University. For details, visit summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/singing-gregorian-chant-and-renaissance-polyphony-new-york-city/.
Posted 1/15/2019. Expires 6/10/2019.
Sing and learn while working--Berkshire Choral apprentice program
Berkshire Choral International offers a competitive apprentice program for professional-track undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an opportunity for singers, accompanists and choral conductors (all must sing) to intensively study and rehearse major orchestral works with eminent conductors.
- Five hours of choral rehearsals each day
- Classes taught by our professional music staff
- Private lessons and coaching
- Master classes
- Group recital
- Participation in Saturday night concert
As an apprentice, you’ll receive room and board, a travel stipend and all the vocal scores. In return, you’ll be required to assist in various ways, including facilitating rehearsals and assisting staff on registration days.
Application deadline: February 15, 2019. Please submit the following: cover letter indicating the venue for which you are applying (you may apply for more than one venue); resume that includes date of birth, musical and educational accomplishments, information about general interests, and computer competency level; letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach; MP3 file or CD of three contrasting art songs or arias, sung in two languages; conductors and accompanists must also submit visual and aural representations of their work.
For more information and how to apply, visit www.berkshirechoral.org/sing-with-us/apprentice-program/.
Posted 1/11/2019. Expires 2/15/2019.
New edition of Berlioz Requiem available
Anyone who has been involved in or contemplating performances of the Grande Messe des Morts by Hector Berlioz, is likely aware that the vocal score does not contain an alto part, as was common practice in early 19th century French choral music. There is now an edition that includes an alto line, drawn from the second soprano and first tenor lines, that solves the complicated problem of providing directions for the chorus altos for performances. This edition has been used in recent performances by the San Francisco, Seattle and Virginia Symphonies, among others, and is now being made available in PDF form, gratis, by editor Adrian G. Horn. He adds that the work has been a labor of love for him, and that he would rather give it away than see it underutilized. To receive a PDF of the score, e-mail Adrian at email@example.com.
Posted 1/9/2019. Expires 3/9/2019.
Improve your vocal production with Alexander Technique
Lessons with Elizabeth Hurwitt will help you improve your vocal production and breathing, along with your postural support and ease of movement. Alexander Technique has been helping vocal professionals and amateurs for over 125 years to provide singers and speakers with the freedom to communicate more freely and effectively. Elizabeth's teaching is certified by the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT) whose members go through 3 years of training and meet the highest international standards. Fees are affordable and negotiable. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.betteratbeing.com.
Posted 1/2/2019. Expires 3/2/2019.
Russian Church seeks lead soprano and low bass
We've got job openings for a lead soprano and low bass for a small, mixed a cappella choir at a Russian Church on the Upper East Side. The choir sings on Sunday mornings (9:30 AM-12:30 PM) as well as other ad hoc services throughout the year (a schedule of these services is provided in advance for the year). The applicant must possess excellent musicianship and sight-reading skills since we don't have many rehearsals; it is imperative that the candidate is able to read Russian. Compensation is $75/service. Interested applicants should contact Irene Gan at email@example.com.
Posted 12/26/2018. Expires 2/26/2019.
New pro a cappella group seeks founding members
Opportunity to become a founding member of a NYC a cappella group! Brand new young professional a cappella group seeks basses, tenors and altos. The group will focus on a variety of repertoire including pop/radio hits, classics and barbershop. Rehearsals are once a week with gigs continuously throughout the year. If interested please e-mail a brief video audition (verse and chorus) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Basic sight reading skills required.
Posted 12/17/2018. Expires 2/17/2019.
Sing in Sicily with Umbrian Serenades
Umbrian Serenades offers a singing opportunity for the culturally inclined, discerning choral singers and their travel companions who enjoy travel, performing and life-transforming cultural experiences, in addition to savoring local foods and wines.
Umbrian Serenades is recruiting choral singers of all levels for its 12-day summer choral and cultural program, which will take place in the Sicilian baroque town of Noto, from June 23 to July 4, 2019. David Hayes (Curtis, Mannes and New York Choral Society) returns as guest conductor for a fourth summer, conducting the ensemble of participants with concerts in Noto, Siracusa and Ragusa. Cultural events include tours with local licensed guides at the Siracusa archeological park and the island of Ortigia Center, the town of Modica and a visit, tour and wine tasting lunch at a historic winery on the slopes of Mount Etna, in addition to other optional day trips. Umbrian Serenades has joined forces with Sicily travel specialist Karen La Rosa to create a fantastic, 4-star program, with hotel swimming pool and crystal clear water beaches nearby.
Contact Paulo Faustini at email@example.com or visit www.umbrianserenades.com. See the YouTube video about the program at youtu.be/p9hrs4s7jraa.
Posted 12/10/2018. Expires 4/10/2019.
Berkshire Choral International 2019 season
Sing to the World with Berkshire Choral International!
- Sonoma, CA, June 9-16
Craig Hella Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard
Gary Thor Wedow, conductor
Sonoma State University | Weill Hall
- Boston, MA, June 23-30
Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah
Erin Freeman, conductor
Tufts University, Medford | Boston Symphony Hall
- Richmond, VA, July 7-14
Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Benjamin Britten: Saint Nicolas
Tom Hall, conductor
University of Richmond | Carpenter Theater
Prague, Czech Republic, August 4-11
Antonín Dvořák: Stabat Mater
Heinz Ferlesch, conductor
Hotel International | Žofín Palace
Posted 11/12/2018. Expires 5/12/2019.