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Singers Services / opportunities

Uncommon Chord seeks director
Uncommon Chord, a small mixed-voice jazz/pop ensemble of talented amateur singers, is seeking a director. We primarily perform standards from the Great American Songbook, with an emphasis on fresh arrangements (both accompanied and a cappella) in the style of contemporary vocal groups like New York Voices and The Real Group. We typically prepare two 60-minute sets a year (December and June), hosted in cabaret venues such as the Triad Theater, as well as occasional paid or pro bono gigs when they arise. We rehearse from 7:30 to 9:30 PM Tuesdays on the west side of Manhattan.

Candidate should:
  • Be a kind, capable and enthusiastic leader
  • Have a passion for jazz and the chops to match
  • Have extensive experience teaching vocal technique, style and blend to advanced adults
  • Have experience with the performance and staging practices of contemporary vocal ensembles
And ideally would:
  • Be comfortable rehearsing at the piano
  • Perform our accompanied numbers -- using keyboard alone at informal gigs, and anchoring a 2-3 piece rhythm section at our fully staged shows
  • Arrange charts for our singers’ unique voices
If interested, please send a brief statement describing your interest in the position and what you'd bring to Uncommon Chord, along with resume and compensation requirements to zinmanp@gmail.com.

Finalists will be invited to lead a 60-minute rehearsal. The audition will include (1) rehearsing a song that UC knows well; and (2) teaching a new selection of your choice to UC. The latter can be an original arrangement, an adaptation or a published work that well illustrates your knowledge and taste -- either accompanied or a cappella.

Auditions start March 5.
Posted 2/27/2024. Expires 4/27/2024.
Harmonium offers musicianship workshop on April 17
Harmonium Choral Society presents a musicianship workshop: Singing Words, an Afternoon with Mark Miller for music students, singers, composers and teachers alike on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30 to 6 PM. Learn how a composer interacts with the words of a poem. There will be lots of singing, insights from Mark and time for questions. Preregistration is required. The event will be held at the Bethel Church, 59 Spring Street, Morristown, NJ. There is ample off-street parking on Bishop Nazery Way (across from the church).

Mark Andrew Miller has been composer-in-residence for Harmonium since 1998. He serves as professor of church music at Drew Theological School and is a lecturer in the practice of sacred music at Yale University. He is also the minister of music at Christ Church in Summit. Since 1999, Mark has led music for United Methodists and others around the country, including directing music for the 2008 General Conference. His choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and Choristers Guild, and his hymns are widely published. Mark received a B.A. in music from Yale University and a M.M. in organ performance from Juilliard.

Co-sponsored by New Jersey ACDA, the workshop offers 1.5 hours of professional development credits for New Jersey teachers. Pre-registration is required. The suggested donation for the workshop is $20 and $5 for students. Bethel Church in Morristown has ample parking. The ADA entrance from the parking lot is located at the side door entrance with the ramp marked handicap entrance. For more information visit www.harmonium.org or call 973-528-6969.

Please register in advance at www.harmonium.org/gettickets.
Posted 2/27/2024. Expires 4/17/2024.
Bayside church seeks volunteer singers
St Josaphat's Catholic Church in Bayside, Queens, is seeking volunteer singers for Sunday 9:30 AM Latin Mass and 7 PM Latin Mass for various important Feast Days throughout the year. Rehearsals are generally held on Wednesday evenings, but there is flexibility if it allows us to find the voices needed! The repertoire includes chant, vernacular hymns and polyphonic Mass settings or motets ranging from Victoria to Elgar and everything in between. The church has a parking lot and is also conveniently located a short walk from the Bayside LIRR station.

For more information, please contact Daniel Golden via FB Messenger or 929-350-8510 or josaphatschola@gmail.com.
Posted 2/23/2024. Expires 5/23/2024.
Social Media 202: Making Social Media Work for You -- April 14
A free online seminar sponsored by New Jersey Choral Consortium Sunday, April 14, 2024, at 3 PM. Registration link at www.njchoralconsortium.org/events/.

Presented by Kenny Litvack, Marketing Manager – Princeton Pro Musica; Chorus Management Specialist – Chorus Connection; Freelance Arts Consultant. Mr. Litvack will discuss how cultivating your social media presence, strategy, and content can help accomplish a variety of organizational goals from recruitment to audience development. This isn’t Facebook 101!

Attendees can look forward to an in-depth discussion about what a social media strategy is, how to implement it, and why part of your budget should be dedicated to paying for social media advertising. Come with your burning social media questions ready to go; we’ll be sure to leave time for a Q&A session toward the end of the session.
Posted 2/21/2024. Expires 4/14/2024.
Summit, NJ church seeks tenor and bass section leaders
Looking to fill new tenor and bass section leader/staff singer positions ASAP at St. John's Lutheran Church, Summit, NJ. Singers who can sing straight-tone and who are excellent sight-readers are preferred. Regular calls are Wednesday 7:30-9 PM. Rehearsal Sunday 10:00-11:45 AM. $70/call ($140/week). Energetic choir of talented volunteers (25 singers); warm, supportive musical community. Extra calls for holy days, concerts and vespers as announced. E-mail charlowjennings@stjohnssummit.org to schedule an audition.
Posted 2/16/2024. Expires 4/16/2024.
Choral Art Society of New Jersey seeks music director
Choral Art Society of New Jersey (CAS), a ~50-voice community chorus based in Westfield, NJ seeks an energetic, experienced and ambitious choral conductor and vocal educator to serve as its next music director to carry on its legacy of great choral performance. CAS is in its 64th year of music-making, performing two concerts each year, often with full orchestra and professional soloists. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 10 PM at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. This is a part-time, paid position which starts September 2024.

The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of choral music across multiple styles and proven experience conducting a volunteer chorus and professional orchestra. He/she will have outstanding conducting, teaching and vocal pedagogy skills, with the ability to consistently take the chorus to a high level of artistry and achievement. As Music Director, He/she will work in a collaborative environment with CAS’s Board of Directors. The successful candidate will also have the ability to positively interact and connect with chorus members and with CAS’s audience (through, for example, pre-concert lectures). The Music Director will make CAS a high-priority professional commitment, although it is understood that CAS may not be the Music Director’s only professional activity.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provide overall artistic leadership and vision for the future and growth of the organization.
  • Direct the chorus in all rehearsals and performances. Weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 10 PM are required; the chorus performs a minimum of two concerts each performance season, with additional dress rehearsals required; Additional performances such as outreach may be planned year-to-year as schedules allow.
  • Attend monthly board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 before regular rehearsal.
  • Plan rehearsals including sectionals in coordination with the accompanist.
  • Select repertoire for each concert season to submit for board approval.
  • Plan the following aspects of concert performances:
    • securing dress rehearsal and concert dates with performance venues;
    • Contracting soloists and instrumentalists as required;
    • Providing a season schedule proposal each Spring to the Board for approval.
  • Maintain an active presence in the area’s choral and musical landscape by participating in concert events, guest conducting, adjudication and other professional activities that support recruitment efforts.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and a video sample of rehearsal and/or performance to joanneeroth@me.com by March 15, 2024. Interviews will take place in March/early April. Finalists will be invited to lead the chorus in rehearsal in mid-April, with a decision announced early in May.
Posted 2/15/2024. Expires 3/15/2024.
Ardsley, NY church seeks alto
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY, is looking for an alto soloist/section leader for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church, starting February 25, continuing through May. This could turn into a permanent position in September ’24. One rehearsal (8:45 AM Sunday) followed by the service (10:00 AM Sunday), plus additional services at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. Compensation is $110/week which includes rehearsal and service. (Special services extra.) We seek someone who has strong sight reading skills, strong vocal skills and is responsible in learning parts and in attendance. Contact Larry Wolf, Minister of Music, at larrywolf95@gmail.com or 914-450-8467.
Posted 2/14/2024. Expires 4/14/2024.
Short-run choral events in NYC/Westchester and surrounding areas
Sign up at forms.gle/1MVHGBDqRZfHCPDm7 to be informed of short-run events (workshops and choirs looking for extra singers) in NYC/Westchester and surrounding areas. Service provided by Vocal Ensemble Laboratory.
Posted 2/12/2024. Expires 8/12/2024.
Sightreading Workshop February 28 in New Rochelle
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 7:30-9:30 PM at Trinity St. Paul's, 311 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY. Suggested donation of $20. Participants will sing choral pieces a cappella, with guidance and strategies provided by Richard Slade. This format affords singers the unique opportunity to develop ensemble-singing and sight reading skills in a safe environment, where risks can be taken and mistakes can be made without fear of "ruining" a rehearsal or performance. Sign up at forms.gle/v3BrDXXHeXrr2gEV8 or e-mail valeriesamn@gmail.com for more information.
Posted 2/12/2024. Expires 2/28/2024.
Angel Choir Singing Social, Sunday, February 18, Greenwich, CT
The Angel Choir celebrates the joy of choral singing, bringing together singers of all talents for one-afternoon events (about 3 per year) to learn/rehearse choral pieces from a wide variety of genres for two hours, perform for an hour, then socializing and snacks after. This will be the first event after a hiatus due to Covid. $20 cover charge. Sign up at forms.gle/DEowptCncCckVvet6, or e-mail info@angelchoir.org for more information.
Posted 2/12/2024. Expires 4/18/2024.
New Larchmont ensemble seeks strong sight readers
A small ensemble is forming in Larchmont, NY, to sight read Renaissance music and other classical a cappella music, with the potential to perform. E-mail larchmont.madrigals@gmail.com.
Posted 2/12/2024. Expires 4/12/2024.
Bordentown, NJ church seeks soprano and bass
The Choir of Christ Church, Bordentown, NJ is currently holding auditions for both a soprano and bass staff singer. The fee is $100 per appearance. Strong musicianship and excellent sight-reading skills are required for these positions. The parish choir is a small professional ensemble specializing in Renaissance music. A knowledge of traditional Anglican repertoire is important. There is no weeknight rehearsal commitment, as the choir rehearses every Sunday following mass. Extra services/masses include Evensong (2-3 times per year), Holy Week, Christmas Eve and other Holy Days as appointed.

These positions are available immediately. All interested applicants should contact Timothy Smith (tenor, assistant to the choirmaster, choir admin) to schedule an audition at tsmith@voxfidelis.org.
Posted 1/27/2024. Expires 3/27/2024.
New a cappella chorus forming in Lake Carmel, NY
Arts on the Lake, a non-profit arts center in Lake Carmel, NY, is starting a new a cappella chorus. The chorus will participate in Barbershop Harmony Society events and will sing barbershop, jazz, rock and folk music. We are holding an information session this Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 6:30 PM, at Arts on the Lake, 640 NY-52, Carmel, NY 10512, and will be holding rehearsals every other Wednesday after that. All are welcome. For more information, contact Musical Director Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox at wgadkarwilcox@gmail.com or 732-501-2574 or contact founder Robert Bradley at rbradre@bestweb.net.
Posted 1/21/2024. Expires 3/21/2024.
Glen Ridge, NJ church seeks tenor and bass/baritone section leaders
Glen Ridge Congregational Church (UCC), Glen Ridge, New Jersey, is seeking one tenor and one bass/baritone to serve as professional soloists/section leaders beginning immediately. The choir is comprised of exceptional volunteers and five professionals. Repertoire includes challenging music of all styles and periods. Worship is traditional.

Musical requirements:
  • Excellent musicianship: good music reader, pitch sense and ensemble singer.
  • Strong sense of musical leadership; primary duty is to give volunteer singers a strong sense of musical security.
There are generally two calls per week from September through May. There is an annual All Saints’ Requiem each year, a Christmas Concert, additional services for Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, as well as a Spring Concert featuring major works with orchestra.

Remuneration is on a per-call basis, $75/call, (negotiable, depending on skill, talent and experience), with generous added premiums for concerts. Weekly rehearsals are on Thursday, 8-10 PM. Sunday call is 9:00 AM for a 10:00 AM service.

Please send your resume, recordings, online links and letter of interest to Tom Mustachio, Minister of Music, at tom.mustachio@glenridgecong.org.
Posted 1/20/2024. Expires 3/20/2024.
Study Alexander Technique -- for a lifetime of healthy singing
AT can help you to find your own authentic voice, and keep it healthy and vibrant throughout your performance, your career and your life. Hands-on AT lessons can improve your breathing, poise and freedom of expression. It can also calm performance anxiety. For more information, visit www.betteratbeing.com or call Elizabeth Hurwitt at 646-981-9330.
Posted 1/20/2024. Expires 4/20/2024.
Westchester Oratorio Society seeks conductor
The Westchester Oratorio Society is a mixed-voice choral group of about 35 members from the Northern Westchester area. We were founded twenty-five years ago as a community choir dedicated to performing masterworks of the classical repertoire supported by professional orchestra and professional soloists. We rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings, from September through May, and perform publicly twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. Our current Conductor and Artistic Director, Benjamin Niemczyk, has announced that he will retire from his position after our spring performance in May of 2024.

We are looking for an energetic new leader with artistic vision who can guide our group going forward. The primary duties of this competitively-compensated position include presiding over weekly rehearsals with the choir and conducting at our biannual performances. Our Board of Directors manages most logistics including scheduling of rehearsals, booking of venues, ordering music scores, managing the website, printing programs and fundraising. However, the Conductor must be prepared to work closely and cooperatively with the Board of Directors on all these matters.

Candidates can find more detailed information about this job posting on our website at www.westchesteroratorio.org. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume as soon as possible to vickimewsic@icloud.com.
Posted 1/19/2024. Expires 3/19/2024.
St. Michael's seeks bass II section leader
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (at the corner of 99th and Amsterdam), a warm, welcoming, diverse community, seeks a skilled bass II ensemble singer to join the professional octet that forms the core of the St. Michael’s Choir. The professional octet sings on its own at times but mostly serves to provide a solid foundation and sectional leadership for the 12-to-15 volunteer members of the choir. The combined professional and volunteer forces operate in an amiable atmosphere to deliver high-quality choral presentations that are appreciated by the congregation and the clergy—and are very satisfying for the singers. The choir sings a diverse repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary works—some a cappella, though most are accompanied by keyboard (including a von Beckerath pipe organ, Hammond organ and piano).

This is a part-time position, approximately 5-7 hours a week.
  • Wednesday evening rehearsals 7-9 PM.
  • Sunday morning Mass: 9 AM warm-up, 10 AM service, usually finished by 11:15.
  • Additional holiday services: Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, two Good Friday services, Holy Saturday and Easter (all are compensated).
  • Occasional events such as Evensong or choral concerts.
Audition requirements:
  • Please bring at least two contrasting works. I am happy to accompany the audition. As we sing many different styles of music, I ask my singers to adapt their sound to fit the needs of the music, e.g. vibrato for Romantic works, straighter tone for Renaissance, a blend of both for jazz, etc.
  • Sight-reading: I will provide at least three pieces representing different time periods for sight-reading. We’ll do several excerpt read-throughs. I’m interested in how you adapt with each read-through.
Because rehearsal time is limited (especially for pieces that the octet sings on its own), strong sight-reading, ensemble awareness and flexibility are vitally important—more so than solo skills. If you love ensemble singing in a warm, supportive environment, you’d be hard pressed to find a better gig than this one.

Compensation: The current rate is $80 for Wednesday evening rehearsals, and $120 for Sunday morning services.

To schedule an audition, e-mail choirmaster/organist John Cantrell at jcantrell@saintmichaelschurch.org or call/text 646-725-5000.
Posted 1/17/2024. Expires 2/28/2024.
Harmonium's Choral Composition Contest for NJ high school students
To encourage young composers and keep the choral arts vibrant, Harmonium Choral Society invites NJ high school students to submit a new choral work to its 27th annual Choral Composition Contest by the March 18, 2024 deadline.

Entrants must create an original four-part composition setting to music a poem on the theme of bravery choosing from a selection of texts provided on our website at the link below. The piece can be in any style or genre, a cappella or with piano accompaniment, expressing what “BE BRAVE” means to you.

Artistic Director Dr. Anne Matlack says, “I am excited to include seven poems written by Her Words students from the Morris School District as well as four poems in the public domain. The Her Words students wrote their own poems about what “BE BRAVE” meant to them. I hope they inspire you!”

Each entry will receive constructive feedback from a panel of judges. The winner earns a $1,000 prize and a premiere performance of their work by Harmonium in June. Over the years, students from 40 different NJ high schools and one home-schooled student have submitted entries. Nine juniors, two sophomores and last year, a freshman, have won the contest. Early contest submissions will receive feedback from composer-in-residence Martin Sedek, a former judge, with the opportunity to revise their piece before the final deadline.

Her Words is a creative arts and mentoring program offering free workshops in the arts, expressive writing and wellness for underserved teen girls and gender-expansive youth ages 11-16. They share their stories, shape their future and are empowered to create change in their lives and communities. Her Words is a partnership program between Morris Arts and Morris School District. Learn more about Her Words at www.morrisarts.org/her-words/.

Find contest details, registration, required text and tips from the judges at www.harmonium.org/choral-composition-contest.

Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Harmonium Choral Society

One of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations, the 100-voice chorus is directed by Dr. Anne Matlack and based in Morris County. Harmonium is widely recognized for its eclectic programming, choral excellence, and community spirit. To advance the choral arts, Harmonium has commissioned new works and has sponsored a high school composition contest for more than twenty-five years. This innovative program won the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. A subset of the chorus performs in schools and senior living facilities. Learn more at Harmonium.org.
Posted 1/17/2024. Expires 3/18/2024.
Harold Rosenbaum's 2024 choral conducting workshops
Harold Rosenbaum established his Choral Conducting Institute in 2014 to provide choral conductors with positive and supportive feedback, a deeper understanding of their art and an opportunity to grow under the guidance of a world-renowned maestro.

The workshops are open to choral conductors of all ages, church musicians, music educators and musicians from around the world. Individuals who wish to expand their careers and professional networks will benefit from Dr. Rosenbaum's intensive experience. The course is limited to twelve active participants so that each may receive individual attention, constructive feedback, and the opportunity to conduct a choral work.

Workshops for 2024 are scheduled for January 8-12 at Queens College and August 12-16 at the home of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

For full details, visit haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml.
Posted 9/8/2023. Expires 3/8/2024.