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Verismo Opera Open House January 10

Celebrate the beginning of the New Year at the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) annual Open House. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), kicks off its 26th season with the annual Open House and a silent auction fundraiser on January 10, 2015 at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey at 2:00 PM A snow date is scheduled for January 17 at the same location and time.

Artistic Director and Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara invites the public to attend the free event and learn more about the grand opera company's new season. The program will feature vocalists performing solos from Verismo Opera's 2015 and past productions. Opportunities will be discussed to get involved in the nonprofit opera company as supernumeraries acting in non-speaking and non-singing roles, volunteers working behind-the-scenes, and singers performing in the Verismo Opera Chorus. Exhibits will display memorabilia, costumes, and photos from Verismo Opera's 26 years of producing grand operas, sponsoring an annual international vocal competition, presenting concerts, holding master classes, giving operalogues, and training the stars of tomorrow.

To continue the grand opera company's work, a silent auction will feature a range of fine items available for purchase. Among the products available to bid upon will be opera CDs and records; ivory, alabaster collectible opera plates by Italian master Franco Ingargiola; prints; and several other fine items.

The Open House site is handicapped accessible. A parking lot has a designated handicapped parking space. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring its programs and services are accessible to all. Members of the public requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs may call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the event. For further information about the program or Verismo Opera, call (201) 886-0561 or send an e-mail to info@verismopera.org.
Posted 12/15/2014. Expires 1/10/2015.

MTV's Say Say It In Song now casting

Do you have a big moment or milestone coming up that you’d like to share with an important person to you, in a special way? Are you planning a crazy surprise or prank for a loved one, coworker, or frenemy? Do you have a message you want to get across to a specific person in your life? What is the most creative way you can think of to get your message across or tell them something with the use of your creativity, resources, and maybe a little bit of music…

If you have a creative idea for expressing your thoughts/heartache/love/dreams/prank/anger/hope/opinion/thankfulness/fun message to someone in your life, we want to hear from you! If you're between the ages of 16 and 35 and located in NYC or the surrounding areas, please e-mail a recent picture, your age, location and a brief description of your message and the way you want to say it to nate.johnson@digallc.com.
Posted 12/15/2014. Expires 2/15/2015.

Verismo Opera Chorus auditions in January

If you enjoy singing and want to perform on the stage in professional productions, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), invites you to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired professional male and female vocalists of all ages may audition for the chorus on January 14, 21 and 28, 2015, beginning at 6:15 PM. An audition appointment is required and must be made in advance.

Auditions for the chorus will be held at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. An accompanist will be provided. The building is handicapped accessible and designated handicapped parking is available in the lot. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs may call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the audition.

During the company's 26th season, choristers will perform in the company’s productions of George Bizet's Carmen on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Both operas will be presented at 3 PM at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. Male choristers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Applicants should have a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. An application may be downloaded at www.verismopera.org. For information or to schedule an appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561.

Under Chorus Director Mara Waldman, vocalists will sing in Italian and perform live at bergenPAC. The operas will be fully staged and performed in costume accompanied by an orchestra under internationally renowned Principal Conductor/Music Director Anthony Morss.
Posted 12/12/2014. Expires 1/28/2015.

Choir in Valley Stream seeks tenors for December 21 concert

Seeking tenors for a concert on Sunday, December 21 at 11 o'clock. It will take place at Unity Church of Christianity in Valley Stream at 14 East Mineola. We rehearse on Monday night, December 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. In addition, we have a rehearsal this Sunday, December 14 from 12:30 to 2 o'clock and possibly Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6 PM. The name of the piece is Were you there on that Christmas Night. All interested singers (or teacher with students that might be interested) can reach out to David Mitchell, choir director, at dmandmm1@aol.com.
Posted 12/11/2014. Expires 12/21/2014.

Join Oratorio Society of New York Choral Heritage Trip to Germany in August

Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York will be traveling from August 17 to 24, 2015 to Halle/Leipzig, home of Handel and Bach, as a Choral Heritage Trip. This will also be a grand celebration of Kent’s and David Rosenmeyer's 10th Anniversary with OSNY. Singers will be accepted on the basis of their recent choral experience; non-singing partners and friends are eligible to join. Cost is approximately $3,000 per person, LAND ONLY, double room, including, local transportation and some meals. Airfare is additional. A Berlin 3-day extension is available for $450, double. Program will include a cappella works in local venues and two concerts featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem. For more details, please send a brief resume of musical experience and your contact information to Janet Plucknett at jfplucknett@aol.com.
Posted 12/5/2014. Expires 2/15/2015.

Montclair, NJ church seeks tenor section leader

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Montclair, NJ, is seeking a tenor section leader for the parish Chancel Choir. Position available on January 4, 2015. The magnificent Romanesque church is home to the concert series MUSIC AT IMMACULATE which includes many annual events and is one of the finest buildings for choral singing in northern NJ. The Chancel Choir is a 30-voice ensemble of mostly volunteer musicians who sing a variety of music from deVicoria and Lotti to Gjeilo and Lauridsen. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings and Mass is Sunday mornings at 11 AM. Stipend is $40/call, with greater stipends for holidays and special events. Please contact Preston Dibble, Director of Music, if you are interested in becoming part of the ensemble at music@mtcimmaculate.org.
Posted 12/4/2014. Expires 1/31/2015.

Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop January 5-9

The first 2015 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop will be held at Columbia University in New York, New York from Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9, 2015. This five-day event is open to choral conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers, expand their contacts and have an intensive experience with 2014 Ditson Conductor's Award winner Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, one of the world's leading choral conductors. The HRCCI includes rehearsal and performance conducting opportunities, one-on-one instruction and individual guidance.

Rosenbaum has conducted over 1,600 concerts during his 40+ year career. He has conducted and taught at the Juilliard School, Queens College and Adelphi University, and is currently Associate Professor and Director of Choirs at the University at Buffalo.

The Institute is limiting enrollment to 12 conductors so each participant will receive close attention and hands-on guidance. Each attendee will receive a private lesson, plus opportunities to rehearse the choir comprised of the participants and others, with constructive feedback by Rosenbaum. For complete details, including workshop brochure and application form, please visit www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml. Questions can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at jamesarts@att.net.
Posted 11/28/2014. Expires 1/5/2015.

Usdan open house on December 14

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp that for almost 50 years has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 children, announces an Open House for its 48th, 2015 season on Sunday, December 14 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Usdan features a full program of choruses, both Junior and Senior, as well as specialized ensembles including jazz singing and chamber music. No audition needed for most choruses. There will be a $100 "Early Bird" enrollment discount through January 31, 2015.

The free Open House will be at the Center’s 200-acre woodland campus, at 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights (Huntington), New York 11798. For information and reservations, call (631) 643-7900, write to info@usdan.com, or visit www.usdan.com.

NEW: A second session of Usdan's special and successful 3-week season will launch in 2015. The new session will begin as Usdan’s season opens on June 29, while the second 3-week session will begin on July 27. These options are in addition to Usdan’s traditional 7-week and 4-week sessions. The sessions will include choral music classes as well as a variety of other options.

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. For an appointment, call 631-643-7900 (Visitors must be 21 years of age or accompanied by a parent). Families who cannot attend an Open House may make individual appointments for visits on weekends or weekdays throughout the Fall and Winter.
Posted 11/20/2014. Expires 2/20/2015.

Russian Chamber Chorus seeks soprano and bass for January concerts

Russian Chamber Chorus of New York (www.rccny.org), an elite group, is seeking to hire a soprano and bass for the concerts on January 15 and 18, 2015 (see rccny.org/ConcertSchedule.html). Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays. The program includes Rachmaninoff's Liturgy (selections), Bortnyansky sacred double concerto (baroque style) and contemporary music by Kancheli Amao Omi (Senseless War) for choir and saxophone quartet as well as the Benevolence choral cycle with harmonic singing by conductor Nikolai Kachanov.
We are looking for excellent readers: soprano with clear, warm tone and impeccable intonation and a low bass (low D). A stipend is offered. To schedule an audition, please send demo and resume to auditions@rccny.org.
Posted 11/10/2014. Expires 12/31/2014.

Westfield, NJ church choir seeks mezzo

Our choir of 8 professionals and 30 volunteers has an opening for a mezzo. Compensation is $50 per appearance. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:30; Sunday morning warm-up at 9:10 with a 10:00 AM service. High quality music. St. Pauls Episcopal Church is located at 414 East Broad Street in Westfield, NJ. Contact Charles at 908-451-5082 or cbnj123@verizon.net.
Posted 11/7/2014. Expires 1/7/2015.

University of Manitoba Women's Chorus seeks opportunities for New York tour

The University of Manitoba Women's Chorus, from Winnipeg, Canada is coming to New York City! We are looking for performance/collaboration/clinic opportunities with ensembles and conductors in the New York choral community. We will be in your wonderful city between 14-20 February 2015. Any ideas, offers, contacts welcome. Please e-mail Geung Lee at umleeg0@myumanitoba.ca. Looking forward to hearing from you!

The University of Manitoba Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Geung Lee, is comprised of singers from the Desautels Faculty of Music, the wider university campus, and the surrounding community. This choir was founded in 1990 by Dr. Henry Engbrecht, and enjoys collaborating in performances with various arts organizations including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Voices, Canzona, Musik Barock and the WSO New Music Festival. They had the honour of singing at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, and they recently performed the Canadian premiere of From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez by Abbie Betinis, recorded and broadcast by CBC. The U of M Women’s Chorus has performed across Canada, and most recently travelled to Iceland for their first overseas tour.
Posted 11/7/2014. Expires 2/7/2015.

Tenor section leader sought for Englewood, NJ church

Tenor soloist/section leader position is now open at First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, NJ. Ability to sight-read is a must. The choir is accomplished and sings a large amount of repertoire covering all the major classical periods. The church is located five minutes from the George Washington Bridge and carpooling is available from UWS. There is no mid-week rehearsal. Sunday schedule is 9:30 rehearsal; 11:00 service; 12:30-1:00 rehearsal. Stipend $120/week. Please contact David Macfarlane on Facebook or at music@englewoodpres.org for more information and to arrange an audition.
Posted 11/5/2014. Expires 1/5/2015.

Harmonium's 18th Annual New Jersey High School Student Choral Composition Contest

Harmonium Choral Society offers high school students an exciting opportunity to participate in its 18th Annual New Jersey High School Student Choral Composition Contest. Interested students are encouraged to view the official guidelines, selected texts, eligibility requirements and additional contest materials at www.harmonium.org/contest.shtml or contact contest coordinator George Moser at ccc@harmonium.org. The Grand Prize is $1,000 with a Runner-Up Prize of $250. Students must submit their original choral compositions to Harmonium on or before February 16, 2015.

Compositions must be five minutes or less in length with text from the selected works by Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost or a passage from the biblical Book of Revelation (see www.harmonium.org/contexts2015.pdf). A panel of judges consisting of professional musicians, composers and music educators will select the winning composition which will be performed and recorded live during the Harmonium spring concert "Apocalypse Now" on June 6 and 7, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, NJ.

The contest is open to all students enrolled in grades nine through twelve in any public or private school in the State of New Jersey. It is also open to all students who are legal residents of New Jersey participating in home schooling at the high school level. Every contestant will receive personal comments and advice about their submission from a professional musician and composer. Visit YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOUYUsUVzqw) to hear Fraser Weist, Grand Prize Recipient 2013 and 2014, and Henry Joseph Mathusek, Runner Up 2014, discuss how the student composition contest has inspired them to continue to pursue a passion for musical creativity and exploration. Harmonium seeks sponsors to support this innovative program. Please see www.harmonium.org or send contributions by mail to Harmonium Choral Society, P.O. Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317. For more information, call 973-538-6969.
Posted 10/31/2014. Expires 2/16/2015.

Choir in Verona seeks choir partner in US for tour exchange

My name is Fabio Pace. I'm president of the men's choir Voci del Baldo Città di Verona (Italy), www.corovocidelbaldo.com. I would like to introduce you our project. Verona is a beautiful city in northern Italy, World Heritage Site, and is one hour from the Alps (Dolomites) and Venice. Our choir consists of about 35 men ranging in age between 20 and 70 years old. We've made numerous records, won several competitions, held concerts throughout Europe and once in the United States with great success. In 2015 we will celebrate the (first) 60 years of choral activity and we were thinking of a tour....

We are looking for a prestigious choir willing to make an exchange based on real reciprocity (number of: days, hotel, people, meals, transfers, guided tours, concerts). It does not important matter who starts the with the exchange. We have had several experiences, all very positive. The last group that we hosted was the King's Voices Choir of Cambridge University (UK). If you know a chorus of good level that would be interested in such an exchange, please contact me at fabio_pace@alice.it.
Posted 10/28/2014. Expires 1/28/2015.

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.

Summer choir tour to Vienna with Harold Rosenbaum

I, Harold Rosenbaum, am excited to announce next summer's choir tour to Vienna, Austria. This is open to you and yours, singers and non-singers alike. You will join singers from Europe in Haydn's The Creation under the direction of Gerald Wirth, the conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir, in Haydn's own church!

I will train you before departing on this magical adventure. But there is much more! I will conduct you in another Vienna church, and we will tour Vienna and other nearby cultural and musical landmarks. All details can be found by clicking on the two links below, where you can also sign up. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at haroldrosenbaum@gmail.com. For itinerary questions and sign-up information, click on the pages below or visit Encore Tours at www.acis.com. Sign-up information can be found at www.encoretours.com/register/index.cfm. The leader ID Number is 87349 and the leader name is Rosenbaum.

Please note that the down payment is due on October 15. Although participants can sign up as late as the spring, Encore Tours must begin reserving seats on the plane and hotel soon. If you have decided to sign up, please send in your first deposit by October 15.
Posted 10/9/2014. Expires 1/9/2015.

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.

Announcing ChoralFest USA, a Celebration of American Choral Music, June 14, 2015 at Symphony Space

ChoralFest USA was created by its Artistic Director 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...and you can be part of it! This event, to be held on June 14, 2015 at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City, will feature dozens of 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. Towards the conclusion of each concert, The New York Virtuoso Singers, ChoralFest USA's resident professional choir founded and conducted by Artistic Director Harold Rosenbaum, will perform. The final performance will include the audience and choirs in a sing-along of Randall Thompson’s most popular work, Alleluia.

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.

To participate, please visit http://choralfestusa.org/img/Application%20Form.pdf and fill in the informational form to apply for participation in the June 14, 2015 event. 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. For more information visit choralfestusa.org/.
Posted 9/30/2014. Expires 3/30/2015.

Alison Bolshoi offers voice classes

Alison Bolshoi, a working international opera singer of world renown, has been teaching out of her private voice studio in Bloomfield, NJ (as well as the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, and the Times Square Arts Building in NYC) and has added a voice class which is not yet full. See her website at www.BolshoiMusic.com. One of Ms. Bolshoi's students was just cast as Nala, the lead female role in The Lion King, on Broadway, and she has adult singers with similar successes. Ms. Bolshoi is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Association of Teachers of Singing, United Kingdom (AOTOS), the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) and is a Trustee on the Board of the new and exciting company Opera Theatre of Montclair.
Posted 9/21/2014. Expires 12/21/2014.

Vocal coaching with Maxine Feldman

Maxine Feldman is an experienced and encouraging vocal coach and an expert in the Dalcroze Method of sight-singing who will help you devise a personalized plan to reach your goals. Your joy in singing will increase as you attain higher levels of confidence and skill. Ms. Feldman has served on the music faculties of New York University, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Hebrew Union College's School of Sacred Music. She also has served as chorus master/vocal coach/pianist for the Regina Opera Company for over 30 years. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ms. Feldman has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The Danny Kay Playhouse and the United Nations. Contact 718-490-7556 or maxmusicmf@gmail.com. Group and private lessons are available in Manhattan and Brooklyn. You're sure to have fun and be inspired.
Posted 9/19/2014. Expires 12/19/2014.

33rd International Choral Festival of Preveza, Greece 2 - 5 July 2015

We invite you to participate in the 33rd International Choral Festival of Preveza, Greece to be held in Preveza on 2 - 5 July 2015. Preveza opens its gates and invites choirs to its charming centre in the summer. We are inviting choirs from all over the world; your songs and performances will contribute to a truly festive atmosphere in Preveza. The International Choral Festival of Preveza counts 32 interesting and exciting years of high quality choral music, challenged by excellent choirs which are continuously raising its standards and a great variety of intercultural experiences with participants from all over the world.

The Festival includes numerous concerts given at idyllic locations of the area like the seaside fortress of Preveza and the historic Ancient Auditorium of Nicopolis "Odeon". The other part of the Festival is the prestigious competition for which through the years we have been honoured to have internationally been acclaimed experts of the field overseas.

For visiting choirs, Preveza provides an opportunity not only to perform; but also to experience some of the world’s best choral music, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the mingling, singing and fun, and explore the picturesque city of Preveza and its surrounds. The festival will be managed by the Choral Society "Armonia" of Preveza, under the patronage of the city of Preveza. Choirs are eligible to join the festival either as non-competitive choirs participating in all the performances of the festival, or as competitive choirs. For further information, please visit us at prevezafest.blogspot.gr.
Posted 8/15/2014. Expires 2/15/2015.