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Singers Services / opportunities

Pro-quality community choir forming in the Bronx

I have a DMA in Conducting Performance and Pedagogy and more than 10 years successful international conducting experience. I am forming a professional-quality auditioned community choir in the Bronx, with a view to going all professional eventually. I am hoping to recruit between 16 and 24 singers, SATB, with beautiful voices, who can sight sing, to record and perform mostly unaccompanied choral music that is commercially viable. Resumes may be sent to desmond@valumuzik.com.
Posted 12/8/2016. Expires 2/8/2017.

Hickory Tree Chorus offers free a cappella singing lesson series

The Hickory Tree Chorus chapter of Sweet Adelines International invites women singers to register for its free "Sing A Cappella Series" of vocal workshops. Women will learn to sing chord-ringing, fun-filled, four-part a cappella music, Wednesdays, 7:15 PM, January 4, 11, 18 and 25 at The Shrine of St. Joseph, 1050 Long Hill Road, Stirling, NJ. The series kicks off with a "Happy Half Hour Mixer" at 7:15 PM on January 4. For more info or to register, e-mail info@hickorytreechorus.org or call 973-980-8466.
Posted 12/7/2016. Expires 1/25/2017.

Short notice opportunity for Nasty Women's Choir

Here is an interesting opportunity for anyone (men or women) who is interested! Must be able to read music and have experience in an a cappella group!

This holiday season, NOW-NYC and McCann Health are thinking about what the ladies on your list really need...and it’s not another sweater. Now more than ever, women need a voice to speak up on behalf of their reproductive rights. So we thought, why not make that voice beautiful--angelic even? That’s why we’re gathering the finest talent we know to join our "Nasty Women’s Choir." We’ll be traveling around NYC spreading holiday cheer (and maybe a few jeers) with custom carols like Hark! The Nasty Women Sing and Donald Trump is Coming to Town.

Details: Rehearsal at McCann: Wednesday, December 7; evening video shoot at McCann: Thursday, December 8; evening NOW event at The New School: Saturday, December 10, 5-7 PM; traveling choir: Saturday, December 17, day.

For more information, contact Jessica.yin@mccann.com or Benjamin.Greenberg@mccann.com.
Posted 12/7/2016. Expires 12/17/2016.

Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshops 2017

Three workshops, 19-30 July, 2017

  • 21 July: Simon Carrington: A Personal Approach to Choral Score Preparation: Examining the Essentials and the Extras -- "An intensive one full day session studying the scores of the workshop repertoire."
  • 19-20 July" Bronislawa Falinska: Canto Evolutivo: "An in-depth intensive 2-day (15-hour) workshop for singers, teachers and anyone wishing to explore deeper aspects of making sound and music, freeing blocks and overcoming fear, so often an issue for singers."
  • 22-30 July: Musica Sacra Conducting Session-- A Collaborative Experience in Sarteano (Tuscany), Italy with Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and Brian O'Connell
This exhilarating and collaborative workshop has been designed for choral conductors and music educators who are interested in rehearsing and performing chamber choral music. Come join conductors from all over the world and leave inspired and refreshed. Also, we heartily welcome qualified singers who are interested in attending the workshop in a non-conducting capacity; that love to sing in a chamber group environment and/or are specifically looking to learn rehearsal and conducting techniques.

There are three possible tiers of participation: Full Conductor, Conducting Auditor and Singer. Up to two graduate credits are available through The Boston Conservatory.

Full Conductors: Daily podium time to conduct your assigned piece in Simon Carrington’s daily 4.5 hour Master Class.

Conducting Auditors: You will have a private filmed lesson with Simon and rehearse/conduct in the morning session. Over the course of the week, our Conducting Auditors work in strong collaboration to prepare two pieces for performance; two Conducting Auditors are chosen to conduct both in the final concert, along with the Full Conductors.

EVERYONE sings. The master class uses the entire workshop ensemble as its laboratory, so everyone receives the benefits of each day's master class with Simon.

Each day, the afternoon Musica Sacra session will consist entirely of Master Classes with Simon. This year we are again delighted to offer a Q&A/Dialogue session with Simon. Bronis will also offer plainchant singing, in this authentic setting. We are now accepting applications for all three workshop sessions!

Come celebrate the 13th consecutive year of Simon, Broni and I working together in Sarteano! For a detailed description of the workshop, testimonials from our alumni and an online application form, please visit our website at www.sarteanochoralworkshop.com. Contact: Gail Leicher +1 781-652-0158.
Posted 11/30/2016. Expires 5/31/2017.

Choristers sought for Pirates of Penzance

The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island is seeking men and women to join the ensemble of our upcoming production of The Pirates of Penzance. No previous stage experience necessary, just a love of singing! Please call 516-229-1427 for more information.
Posted 11/30/2016. Expires 1/30/2017.

Auditions for HMS Pinafore in Stamford

Troupers Light Opera, now in its 72nd year, announces auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore on December 5 and 7, 2016 at Union Memorial Church in Stamford, CT, 7-10 PM. The shows are April 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2017 at the new Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, CT.

To sign up for auditions, go to our web site, trouperslightopera.org, and click on the Auditions Tab. All parts are open. If enough singers audition, we may be doing Victor Herbert's The Magic Knight as a curtain raiser, as well. We perform with full orchestra, sets and costumers. For further information, contact info@trouperslightopera.org.
Posted 11/21/2016. Expires 12/8/2016.

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Ardsley, NY is looking for a bass/baritone for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church, starting in September 2016. One rehearsal and service at 8:45 and 10:00 AM, respectively, on Sunday, plus additional services at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. We seek someone who has strong sight reading and vocal skills and is responsible in learning parts and attendance. Ardsley is 20 miles from Manhattan, an easy drive or trip on Metro-North. Compensation is $100/week which includes rehearsal and service. (Special services extra.) Contact: Larry Wolf, Minister of Music, at larrywolf95@gmail.com or 914-450-8467.
Posted 11/18/2016. Expires 1/18/2017.

Choir sought for December 18 concert with Cristina Fontanelli

Adult or young persons' choir (must sound professional even if the members include "amateurs") needed for annual "Christmas in Italy®" concert starring award-winning singer/PBS-TV host Cristina Fontanelli. Other opportunities for spring concert as well. Sunday, December 18 from 3 to 5:30 PM, with day-of brief run-thru/soundcheck on stage in space before the concert. (Some flexibility if these hours present a problem.) Washington Irving (Landmark) Theater, 40 Irving Place (between 16th and 17th Streets in Gramercy Park).

Flexible requirements musically but must be popular favorites or extraordinarily beautiful. Traditionally these are the pieces. First half: "Va Pensiero," the "Brindisi" from La Traviata; Second half: "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night" with the soloist. If they have the time to learn or already know it, it’s wonderful if the choir can join onstage for the encore of "O sole mio." Send e-mail to info@cristinafontanelli.com or call 212-217-6181.
Posted 11/15/2016. Expires 12/18/2016.

Vocal Soulstice seeks singers

Vocal Soulstice is looking for a few more soulful singers to join our musical family. We are particularly interested in tenors, basses, vocal percussionists and someone to take on the Musical Director role, however all voice parts are welcome to audition. We rehearse on Thursdays in Manhattan, 8-10 PM and do both paid gigs and community service events.

Please fill out this form: goo.gl/forms/itoomVA1UEMtpUKB3 and then submit a current audio or video recording of you singing a verse and a chorus of a song of your choice, without accompaniment, to VocalSoulsticeNYC@gmail.com. We will then contact to let you know if you have made it to the next step, an in-person audition. Reach out to us at VocalSoulsticeNYC@gmail.com with any questions and check out our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/vocalsoulstice.
Posted 11/6/2016. Expires 1/6/2017.

Cerddorion's fifth annual Emerging Composers Competition

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce its fifth annual Emerging Composers Competition, designed to foster the creation and performance of new choral music. We invite composers in the early stages of their professional careers (without substantial publishing credit, national awards, or commissions) to submit unpublished, unperformed works for mixed chorus a cappella. The competition is open to composers anywhere in the world, and there is no age limit.

The competition awards a $300 cash prize. Cerddorion also will premiere the winning work in June 2017 as part of a program titled "Reverent Cadence and Subtle Psalm," the third concert of Cerddorion’s current season. Consistent with this theme, the text of submitted works should be sacred; psalm settings are encouraged but not required. One or more runners-up may also be selected for performance.

Judges for the 2016-2017 competition are Kim Sherman, Nancy Wertsch and James John, Cerddorion’s Artistic Director. Past winners include: Antonio Somma and Kyle Pederson (2016); Craig Bakalian and Francisco José Carbonell (2015); Steven Serpa, Joshua Fishbein and Theo Popov (2014); and Dominick DiOrio (2013). The application fee is $25, and submissions must be received by January 15, 2017.

For full details, and to download an application form, visit cerddorion.org/emerging-composers-competition-2017/.
Posted 10/31/2016. Expires 1/15/2017.

VOICES Chorale seeks music director

VOICES, Inc. seeks a new music director with experience conducting skilled adult singers in a variety of musical styles and genres, both with and without orchestra. The ideal music director is committed to increasing the singers’ enjoyment and knowledge of outstanding choral literature, from Monteverdi to Britten to first performances. He or she is an articulate, inspiring musician and teacher with exacting musical standards. The ideal music director sings well and can model phrasing and diction subtleties as well as healthy vocal production.

The VOICES Chorale is an auditioned chorus of volunteer singers, many with strong backgrounds in music. VOICES employs a pianist and 6-8 Choral Scholars, excellent professional singers who support and lead the sections, as well as an assistant conductor. VOICES is governed by an 11 member Board of Trustees and managed by an Executive Director.

Many concerts are performed with professional soloists and instrumentalists or with a chamber orchestra. VOICES also sponsors the Young Composers’ Project for children ages 5 to 12 and performs outreach concerts for communities with special needs. For more information visit www.voiceschorale.org. Deadline for applications: December 30, 2016. Position begins online/phone contacts to plan concerts, select repertoire and assist in the development of publicity for new season in May 2017. Rehearsals begin in September in Hopewell, NJ. Competitive salary currently paid as a 10-month season.
Posted 10/27/2016. Expires 12/30/2016.

Jubilee Chorus seeks music director

Jubilee Chorus (a branch of Jubilee World) is looking for a Music Director for its 2016-2017 season. This is a part-time position. The Jubilee Chorus is a choral music ministry committed to glorifying and serving God and His people through music. Jubilee unites singers of all ages and backgrounds to deliver a message of hope and healing, bringing the light of Christ to all communities.

A successful candidate will possess the necessary interpersonal and musical skills to lead this program. Must be available Tuesday nights 7-9 PM for rehearsal and mid-December (tentatively December 17, 2016) for the Christmas concert. The candidate will be given a stipend of $50 per week and an additional stipend of $100 for each concert. This position reports directly to the manager of Jubilee Chorus.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and coordinate programs for Christmas concert, community outreach, and other productions.
  • Schedule, attend and lead weekly rehearsals for the choir every Tuesday 7-9 PM.
  • Work within the budget established by managerial staff and attend monthly meetings with them.
  • Be responsible for special music presentations at gatherings of Jubilee World ministries.
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
  • Demonstrated skills in choral directing and working in diverse genres of music .
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, direct, and administer programs.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with singers across all levels and diversities.
  • Dependable, responsible, self-motivated, creative, energetic and flexible.
  • Required education: Bachelor’s degree in programs related to music.
Position available immediately. To apply please send your CV by e-mail to jubileenewyork153@gmail.com.
Posted 10/15/2016. Expires 12/15/2016.

Announcing the first King’s Singers Summer School in the U.S.

Double Grammy® Award-winning vocal sextet The King’s Singers have announced their first Summer School in the United States, scheduled for June 13-19, 2017. Are you an individual looking to experience and learn the art of singing in a group? Are you an established vocal group or choir striving for excellence? Are you seeking the opportunity to enhance and refine your ensemble singing skills, whilst sharing experiences and making new friends? This is a unique opportunity to work with one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

The KS will work one-on-one with singers through personalised group sessions, identifying specific targets and aims, honing vocal and performing skills and helping participants enjoy a lifetime of ensemble singing at the highest level. Hone existing musical skills and gain a deeper level of artistry to become the best ensemble singer possible.

This inaugural School in the U.S. will be hosted on campus at DePauw University, Indiana. The thriving music department is deeply committed to reshaping modern music education, which is reflected in the facilities it offers. One of the first Schools of Music in the United States, in June 2015 the campus was host to the first-ever Global Musician Workshop, led by the phenomenal cellist Yo Yo Ma and members of his renowned Silk Road Ensemble.

The group will be joined by Bob Chilcott, former King’s Singer tenor and world-renowned composer, credited for the a cappella-world’s most-loved vocal arrangements, including And so it Goes, Penny Lane, Greensleeves, The Gift to be Simple and Good Vibrations. Bob will be leading workshop sessions on choral direction and the interpretation of his music, as well as sharing his experiences as a King’s Singer and how the group’s approach has helped to shape his musical life.

Housed in the School of Music on DePauw's beautiful campus, you will have full access to all of its cutting-edge facilities and performance spaces. Fees include all tuition and sheet music, meals and housing, a camp welcome pack and the best-seats-in-the-house for the KS public concert.

Ahead of the first U.S. School, Mark McCoy, Dean, DePauw University School of Music says, "We are thrilled to partner with one of the world's best and most-loved musical groups for this unforgettable, life-changing experience. If you love singing, this is the place to be!"

Register your application and audition online today at www.kingssingers.com/summer-school/.
Posted 9/18/2016. Expires 3/18/2017.

Cantate Chamber Singers Young Composers Competition

Cantate Chamber Singers announces its Eleventh Biennial Young Composers Competition, with a $1000 award. The competition is open to residents of the US and Canada, 35 years old or younger as of June 30, 2017. The submission deadline is June 30, 2017. This year's entries must be scored for SATB choir (4 to 8-parts); a cappella or with piano accompaniment; a setting of the Bert Ifill poem, "The Rest is Silence"; no more than eight minutes long; never previously performed. The Application Form, which must accompany submissions, and Guidelines are available at cantate.org/ycc-2017/. Questions? Please contact ycc@cantate.org.
Posted 9/15/2016. Expires 3/15/2017.