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Harmonium Choral Society hosts its annual Spring Choral Musicianship Workshop Series for singers, teachers, students and interested listeners. The workshops are designed to provide an excellent opportunity for participants of all ages to enjoy an afternoon expanding their skills in music theory, reading and singing. New Jersey-certified teachers can earn professional development credits by attending one or both of the workshops.
Judith Nicosia, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, will lead the first workshop on the topic "HYSIWYG" (How You Sing is What You Get). The workshop will take place 2:00-5:00 PM. Sunday, April 27, 2014, Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ. Judith will apply ideas and exercises from the solo vocal realm to choral singing. She will present methods for easier straight tone singing (using vibrato as needed), as well as other topics including resonance and breath management techniques. At Rutgers University Judith teaches voice, voice pedagogy and vocal literature classes. She is Secretary for ACDA Eastern Division and President-Elect for the New York Singing Teachers Association.
The second workshop "Introduction to Music Mind Games" will be presented by Elizabeth Cunha, a certified Music Mind Games teacher-trainer. Elizabeth will present an entertaining and exciting workshop for music lovers of all ages (PreK-Adult) filled with games to help students read music and understand music theory. The workshop will take place 2:00-5:00 PM Sunday, May 4, 2014, Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music and Music Education/Violin from The Catholic University and attended The University of Maryland for her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Suzuki String Pedagogy. In addition to Music Mind Games and Suzuki training, Elizabeth also teaches General Music and Orchestra at the Stone Ridge Middle School in Bethesda, MD.
Advance registration is recommended. The workshops sell out quickly, and participants are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible. The registration fee, which includes light refreshments, is $35 per workshop or $60 for both workshops. To register online, visit www.harmonium.org/paypal.shtml. To register by mail, send a check payable to Harmonium Choral Society in an envelope addressed to Harmonium Workshops, PO Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317. Please include name and contact information.
Posted 4/22/2014. Expires 5/4/2014.
We are coordinating the NYC music tour for the Osaka Japan Gospel Choir, and will be in need of rehearsal space on Saturday, March 14, 2015 sometime in the early afternoon. The group is about 80 total, male and female adults. Prefer Manhattan location, risers, piano. We have our own accompaniment. Contact Fran Ventura at 212-726-3088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 4/19/2014. Expires 7/19/2014.
The Cecilia Chorus of New York offers a Master Class in Choral Conducting, Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128.
In this unique mix of master class and summer sing (a choral music reading session), The Cecilia Chorus of New York Music Director Mark Shapiro, a noted teacher of conducting, will work with emerging conductors as they lead an audience-chorus in a performance of Mozart's Requiem. In the first half of the program, Maestro Shapiro will provide feedback on the podium; in the second half of the program, he will lead a full-read through of the work. Maestro Shapiro will meet separately with participating conductors before the event.
Interested conductors should apply by May 23 by sending applications to email@example.com. In the application, please provide a resume, repertoire list, and three current recommendations from teachers or colleagues who can comment on your conducting ability and musicianship. The fee for the master class is $100. For more information, please visit www.ceciliachorusny.org.
Posted 4/17/2014. Expires 6/23/2014.
Beginning Tuesday, June 3, St. George's Choral Society will host a two-week choral intensive, with two rehearsals a week, culminating in a performance of Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle on Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 PM. Rehearsals and performance will be held at the Church of the Incarnation, Madison Avenue at 35th Street. For more info go to
http://www.stgeorgeschoralsociety.org/summer_festival.html. Participation is $195 for those who apply by April 19 and $225 for those who apply by May 24. In certain instances, financial aid may be available. Apply online.
Posted 4/9/2014. Expires 7/9/2014.
World of Harmony, a classical professional choir that records, performs and promote classical choral music that has the potential for commercial success, is currently raising capital to record and promote an album. We are looking for new repertoire. So if you are a composer, please contact us. We are also recruiting singers so if you are a good singer and sight-reader, please contact us. We are currently based in Midwood, Brooklyn, NYC but would be open to relocating to a more central rehearsal venue in the city. Contact Desmond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 4/7/2014. Expires 7/7/2014.
32nd International Choral Festival of Preveza and the 20th International Choral Competition of Sacred Music organized by Choral Society Armonia of Preveza,
Preveza, Greece 3-6 July 2014. Join our festival. You will meet choirs from all around the world. Sing and compete in the amazing city of Preveza. For details, visit prevezafest.blogspot.com.
Posted 3/28/2014. Expires 6/28/2014.
The Brooklyn Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is searching for a new director
We are a small women's chorus singing four-part barbershop a cappella harmony. We are committed to growing the chorus and improving our vocal and performance skills. We meet on Monday nights year-round in Brooklyn. We are seeking a director to inspire and work with us to achieve our musical goals.
Brooklyn Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the women's barbershop harmony organization. See www.sweetadelineintl.org. If you are interested or know of anyone who would be interested in applying, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Posted 3/25/2014. Expires 6/25/2014.
The Tuscany Project: VOICE - BODY - SOUL, June 29-July 7, 2014. For full details: www.TuscanyProject.com.
Join us! Each year we have the joy meeting and working with people of all ages, nationalities and skill levels. The only prerequisites are an open mind, a desire to sing, and the courage to take risks. Make yourself and your voice a priority and join us for the 22nd Annual Tuscany Project as we focus on Gospel. This year we will explore the power of choral singing with Dr. Phillip Woods. An acclaimed pianist, arranger, and choir director for church, community and theater groups for 30 years, Phillip's extraordinary talent is known throughout the U.S.A. and abroad. Whether the song style is Gospel, R&B, Broadway, Eastern European or African music, his spirited teaching, depth of passion and commitment to the music consistently move singers.
2014 Workshop Option 1: Group Singing
Each day starts with a morning movement class followed by group singing with Phillip. Afternoons are free to relax. Dive into the infinity pool overlooking the green hills of Umbria. Hike the surrounding Umbrian countryside, nap, read, practice or visit the neighboring villages and hill towns (you will need to arrange for your own transportation).
2014 Workshop Option 2: Group Singing +"Making a Song My Own" (limited to 16 participants)
Each day starts with a morning movement class followed by group singing with Phillip. Participants choosing this option will dedicate afternoons to "the art of making a song your own." We will work on vocal and acting technique, finding a personal connection to the material, bringing forth the story in a song, making an authentic connection with an audience, musicality and musical style. At the end of the workshop, these participants will share their songs at a final celebration.
Posted 3/25/2014. Expires 6/25/2014.
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, a local composer and assistant conductor of the Long Island Symphonic Choral Association from 2009-2011, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to professionally record his 9/11 Dies Magna choral work. Dies Magna was written to honor the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives while rushing into the burning towers to save others. This choral work was performed both in 2010 and in 2011 by a group of volunteer singers called Long Island Voices under the direction of Bussewitz-Quarm, leading to the local Beacon Record newspaper naming Bussewitz-Quarm the 2010 Person of the Year in the Arts.
Once the campaign goal for the choral album is reached, additional contributions will go to a concert benefiting our local veterans in need. This concert will be presented Saturday, September 13 at St. James RCC in Setauket. It will feature Johannes Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, performed by Long Island Voices and Sound Symphony, under the direction of Mr. Bussewitz-Quarm. All ticket sales, as in 2010 and 2011, will go directly to 9-1-1 Veterans, a local non-profit assisting Long Island veterans in times of need. If you’d like to contribute to Mr. Bussewitz-Quarm's crowdfunding campaign, go to igg.me/at/I-am-a-Voice.
The campaign runs through April 20. Once the goal has been reached, rehearsing and recording the choral album begins. In June, the volunteers of Long Island Voices will begin rehearsing Brahms's German Requiem for the September 13 performance.
Contribution levels to this campaign range from $5 to $5,000. All contributors will receive updates from Bussewitz-Quarm as the recording process progresses and then the Long Island Voices prepare for the concert. Donors at the $10 level and higher will receive a digital download of "Kyrie" from Dies Magna. 5% of all donations $10 and over goes to 9-1-1 Veterans, a local non-profit working tirelessly to help veterans in need. Those contributing at the $40 level will also receive a copy of the Dies Magna CD. Donors at the $75 and higher will appear in the Long Island Voices program and those contributing at the $250 level and higher will also have their name appear in the CD cover.
For any questions, please visit the campaign page at igg.me/at/I-am-a-Voice or contact Mr. Bussewitz-Quarm at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (631) 403-0890.
Posted 3/23/2014. Expires 6/23/2014.
St. George's Choral Society Summer Choral Festival: A two-week choral intensive culminating in a performance of Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle on Saturday, June 14 at 7 PM. All parts welcome. Rehearsals from 7:00-9:30 PM on 6/3, 6/5, 6/10, 6/12. Rehearsals and performance will be held at Church of the Incarnation on Madison Avenue and 35th Street, NYC. Fee is $195 for those who apply by April 19 and $225 after that. This fee includes scores and tickets and refreshments during each rehearsal. Please visit www.stgeorgeschoralsociety.org/summer_festival.html to schedule your audition.
Posted 3/11/2014. Expires 6/14/2014.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cheshire, CT, seeks a dynamic Director of Music and Organist to creatively build upon its 10-year tradition of vibrant, multigenerational chorister and choir programs. The music and liturgy that these musical ministers and leaders contribute are an essential part of St. Peters community life and its many diverse ministries.
The musicians in the St. Peter's choral and chorister music programs are highly motivated, all volunteer adults, youth and children who have helped to build a culture of excellent music making, with twice weekly rehearsals in addition to Sunday morning rehearsals and a strong commitment to expand their musical skills and education. Choristers and choirs also participate regularly in special services and concerts. Choristers attend a yearly week-long music retreat, a summer drama camp, and performance tours (such as their recent trips to Montreal and Florida). The Director of Music receives committed, highly engaged support and assistance from the Rector as well as parish leaders and members who have helped to build our vibrant choral and music education tradition.
The ideal Music Director/Organist will have a passion for working with all age groups from the youngest choristers to experienced adult musicians. He or she will have an open, creative approach to musical repertoire based on traditional forms and supplemented with contemporary, global, and contemplative musical expressions that fit a variety of settings, inside and outside the church. This candidate will also combine a well-grounded liturgical understanding with a desire to create and lead collaboratively – and will possess a passionate understanding of the transformative power of music and worship.
The Music Director/Organist position is currently a ¾ time role with salary and benefits commensurate with AGO guidelines. Applicants must have a degree in music, good communication, teaching and collaboration skills, and should be able to demonstrate mastery of organ, keyboard, and conducting skills.
The St. Peter's parish community is located in the heart of Cheshire, Connecticut, a wonderful place to raise a family. Cheshire is well known for the high quality of its schools and its many opportunities for children and youth to grow and develop. Its schools and the local community deeply respect the arts, including drama and music, and the town is in close proximity to numerous colleges, universities and urban centers where the arts and education are highly valued. Cheshire appreciates its green spaces and hiking trails, as well as its nearby farms and orchards, and retains links with its farming heritage as a center of the bedding plant industry.
The Music Director/Organist position would be ideal for someone who seeks to create, collaborate and grow as a musician and teacher, as well as a parish community leader. The current program is vibrant and healthy and seeks to build upon its strong, highly creative foundation. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement outlining why this position is of interest to them at this stage in their career. All applications must be submitted by May 15. Please contact the Rev. Sandra Stayner, Rector, at email@example.com with questions, requests for further information, or to apply.
Posted 3/10/2014. Expires 5/15/2014.
Choral Chameleon proudly announces The 2014 CC Institute, June 13-20, 2014.
For composers and conductors, the Choral Chameleon Institute offers an unparalleled eight day think tank in which works of many styles and levels of difficulty are cultivated, promoted, and recorded by our stellar professional singers. There is simply nothing else like it. These are our favorite eight days of the year. Won't you join us?
Not a composer or conductor and don't want to be? Not a problem. Try our concurrent Intensive Ear Training workshop, designed to unlock the power of fixed-do solfège, graphic reading, and detailed rhythm work and make you a better sight reader in eight days - guaranteed!
For information, visit www.choralchameleon.com/institute.html.
Posted 3/10/2014. Expires 6/13/2014.
Greater New Haven Community Chorus will present a series of choral workshops to take place from April through July. The series of four workshops will feature leading choral conductors from Connecticut, and award-winning composer Jake Runestad.
The first workshop on Wednesday, April 2, "Ritmica: A Unique Approach to Rhythm," led by Chelsea Tinsler, will encourage participants to develop a deeper concept of rhythm as a musical and choral element. Ms. Tinsler has a wide variety of musical interests, having studied classical percussion, and contemporary and chamber music. She has performed with the New Britain Symphony, Nutmeg Symphony, Valley Swing Shift Big Band, musical theater pit orchestras, and steel drum bands. She has played at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Ms. Tinsler is currently completing her B.M. in percussion performance and music education at The Hartt School, University of Hartford as a student of Benjamin Toth.
The second workshop, "Reading Session: An Evening with Award-winning composer Jake Runestad featuring his work I Will Lift Mine Eyes" will take place on Wednesday, May 28. Participants will have the opportunity to strengthen sight reading skills with a conductor who has worked with student, volunteer, and professional ensembles across the U.S.A. An advocate of new music, he has conducted the premiere of several of his own works. Mr. Runestad is noted for his versatility and wide range of expressive capabilities with music driven by soaring melodies, driving rhythms, and lush textures. Mr. Runestad has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and organizations including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Seraphic Fire vocal ensemble. He has been commissioned by Greater New Haven Community Chorus to compose a choral work to be performed at its spring concert in May to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Mr. Runestad travels extensively to work with musicians of all levels and often gives master classes on composing and the music business.
On Tuesday, June 28, "Sing-In: Masterwork Sing with Gabriel Löfvall ~ Haydn's Missa Brevis in B-flat" will take place. Participants will have the opportunity to work with one of Connecticut’s finest conductors. Mr. Löfvall is a conductor, pianist, and tenor who holds two Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School (University of Hartford) in piano performance under Luiz de Moura Castro, and in Choral Conducting under Dr. Edward Bolkovac. He is presently a doctoral candidate there.
The final workshop, "Real Men Sing: A choral workshop for male singers, with Noah Blocker-Glynn" will take place on Tuesday, July 22. Led by GNHCC's artistic Director, Noah Blocker-Glynn, male participants will be encouraged to discover and hone some of basic skills in tone production, vowel formation and listening for tuning.
For more details on workshop leaders, registration information, workshop locations, fees and discount packages, please visit www.gnhcc.org. All workshops in this series will require pre-registration.
Posted 2/28/2014. Expires 6/28/2014.
The Mel-O-Chords of the Montclair Operetta Club is seeking an experienced choral director / accompanist for our non-profit, SATB chorus. Our repertoire includes musical theatre, American standards, and contemporary compositions. Rehearsals are Monday nights in Montclair. Concerts and performances are throughout the year. The applicant needs to be proficient in piano. Love of musical theater a plus. If interested in an interview and audition, please contact Crista Murphy at . For more information about the Mel-O-Chords, please visit www.melochords.org.
Posted 2/23/2014. Expires 5/23/2014.
Cantor position at Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Hoboken, NJ.
Qualifications: Good pitch and clear tone with an ability to project; basic music reading ability; willingness to work with and take direction from parish music director; ability to create a good rapport with the congregation; energetic with a positive attitude; basic knowledge of Catholic liturgy and practices, as well as familiarity with congregational responses and prayers recited during a Catholic Mass; Catholic education and religious background is helpful, but not required.
Requirements: Rehearsal attendance with parish music director as needed; individual preparation outside of rehearsal may be required; commitment to availability for at least one mass per weekend (Mass schedule: Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 10:30 AM, 12:00 and 7:00 PM); commitment to availability for additional liturgies during the Holy Week, Easter and Christmas seasons; must come prepared to each liturgy where they are serving as cantor, requiring little or no rehearsal before the liturgy begins; certification with "Protecting God's Children" (required of all employees in the Archdiocese of Newark who are on payroll with a Catholic institution).
Compensation: $100.00 per Mass/funeral; $150.00 per wedding. Please submit a resume with work and performance experience, references, recording attachments or links, and website links. Applicants meeting the above criteria would be invited to attend an informal audition which would require two prepared pieces, preferably music of liturgical nature, contemporary and traditional in styles. Sight reading is also required. This position will be filled as soon as possible. Contact Matthew Sill, Director of Music, at (201) 659-2276 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.spphoboken.com.
Posted 2/3/2014. Expires 5/3/2014.
Announcing the premiere of the Manhattan School of Music Choral Festival, June 23-28, 2014. As part of the MSM Summer Voice Festival, in the heart of New York City, Maestro Kent Tritle, Director of the Oratorio Society of New York and Musica Sacra, will lead the participants through an intense period of learning, exploring, studying, and performing two great choral works. Singers will study vocal technique, Alexander technique, music history, choral conducting, and "Empowering Your Presentation" seminars. The week will culminate with a final performance of Vivaldi Gloria and Haydn Lord Nelson Mass with full orchestra in St. John the Divine Cathedral, where Maestro Tritle is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist. Participants will be able to take advantage of the rich cultural life in New York City and at Manhattan School of Music. For more information, visit summer.msmnyc.edu/2014Season/ChoralFestival.aspx.
Posted 1/22/2014. Expires 6/22/2014.
St. George's Choral Society announces its 2nd Annual Summer Choral Festival featuring the Rossini Petite Messe solennelle for chorus, piano and harmonium.
Festival auditions are open to all choral singers. There will be four rehearsals (6/3; 6/5; 6/10; 6/12, 7:00-9:30 PM), one dress rehearsal (6/14, 2:00-5:00 PM) and one concert (6/14, 7 PM). All rehearsals and performance will include paid section leaders. Refreshments provided at all rehearsals. All rehearsals and performance will be held at Church of the Incarnation, Madison Avenue and 35th Street, New York, NY. Cost is $195, $225 after 5/24. This includes the festival fee, music (which you keep) and five tickets at $20 each which you can resell. For information and to sign up, visit www.stgeorgeschoralsociety.org/summer_festival.html.
Posted 1/19/2014. Expires 6/14/2014.
The Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop is celebrating its 11th year in beautiful Tuscany. If you want to meet fellow conductors from all over the globe, work with Simon Carrington on your rehearsal techniques in his daily 4.5 hour master classes, sing new repertoire from all eras and discover a new depth to your voice with Bronislawa Falinska, then you should join us in Italy this summer, from July 26 to August 2. We are an exciting and collaborative music workshop for conductors, music educators and singers, who are interested in rehearsal techniques and love singing in a chamber choral setting.
This intensive and collaborative conducting workshop is geared for 26-30 choral conductors and music educators with strong vocal ability who are interested in rehearsing and performing chamber choral music. We HEARTILY welcome qualified singers who are interested in attending the workshop in a non-conducting capacity; who love to sing in a chamber group environment and/or are very specifically looking to learn rehearsal and conducting techniques. Up to two graduate credits are available through The Boston Conservatory.
There are three possible tiers of participation: Full Conductor, Conducting Auditor, Singer. The afternoon session will consist solely of daily conducting master classes with Simon Carrington. Enrollment is limited to 10 Full Conductors. Each Full Conductor will conduct in every Master Class. EVERYONE sings -- the master class uses the entire workshop ensemble as its laboratory, so everyone receives the benefits of each day's 4.5 hour master class with Simon. Conducting Auditors will have an assigned time to conduct the ensemble, and are also scheduled for a private videoed conducting session with Simon. Over the course of the week, two Conducting Auditors are also chosen to rehearse the ensemble and conduct a piece in the final concert from the CA's morning repertoire.
The two-part morning sessions will consist of Vocal Pedagogy ensemble work with Bronislawa Falinska utilizing the Rohmert Method of Functional Voicetraining, a vocal technique not commonly found in the USA, and clinics on developing a vital chamber choir, with Brian O'Connell. We are also delighted to again offer a Q&A/dialogue interest session with Simon.
For a detailed description of the workshop and an online application please visit www.sarteanochoralworkshop.com. Contact Gail Leicher, +1 781-652-0158, or email@example.com.
Posted 1/8/2014. Expires 6/8/2014.
Camp Vocal Jazz with Kris Adams in Italy, June 11-15, 2014. Jazz singing workshop--learn jazz in a wonderful farmhouse in the heart of Umbria, Italy. This workshop is open to anyone who wants to learn how to sing jazz or how to improve their jazz singing. This course is suitable for those who can already sing with some confidence but with no previous jazz experience.
You will be introduced to the subject with a brief history of jazz; listen analytically to some examples of various singers of the genre and have help identifying the various techniques they're using; learn vocal techniques used in jazz singing; introduction to the voice and how it's produced; vocal exercises; demonstrations of singing and performing jazz. Focus on vocal technique, basic theory, ear training, vocal effects, improvisational ideas, singing through chord progressions, communicating with the band, finding the right keys to songs and arranging ideas to perform songs. Students will have an opportunity to practice singing with an accompanist for part of the course, learn vocal interpretation and improvisation (scat), develop performance and microphone skills, and learn how to lead the accompaniment--all while activating the creative process. Through structured exercises, students apply what they have learned, culminating in a dinner-concert.
Course requirements: portable equipment for recording the sessions for practice outside of class during the week; access to sheet music -- songs will be determined as part of the class; textbook: none. There will be reading lists and repertoire lists as part of the course materials. Workshop timetable: Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, June 9, from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 2 PM to 3:30 PM. Location: The workshop will be in Umbria ( Itay) in the farmhouse "la volpe e l'uva" (www.agriturismovolpeuva.it), 4 km from Perugia. It is possible to have accommodation in the apartments of the farmhouse with very special rates! Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. See also Umbriain Canto.
Posted 12/17/2013. Expires 5/17/2014.
My name is Liz and I'm producing a broadcast for Reddit.com that'll be airing on Black Friday. We are working with Joel Hodgson, creator and star of "Mystery Science Theater 3000", and he wants to find a group to perform the Patrick Swayze Christmas song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=icLXx69ydZ4. Please let me know if your group members would be interested in being a part of this. This piece would be pre-recorded in the next two weeks, and then broadcast during our live stream. We are looking at November 23 or November 24 for the shoot date. It'll also be put up on Reddit's Youtube channel afterwards. We would be more than happy to give banner ads on the website promoting any shows you have coming up. This video will also be urging viewers to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. We can also donate to a charity of your choice as well. Contact Liz at email@example.com.
Posted 11/14/2013. Expires 11/24/2014.