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NYC barbershop chorus seeks new director
Sirens of Gotham, an award-winning Manhattan-based chorus specializing in the barbershop style, is seeking an Artistic Director. The person in this position will be responsible for developing and leading the musical and artistic performance of Sirens of Gotham in collaboration with our existing leadership, in a way that is consistent with our mission and core values of joy, ambition and authenticity. This is a paid, part-time position with possible reimbursement for travel.

The Artistic Director’s musical knowledge and directorial skills greatly influence the growth and the quality of the Sirens of Gotham musical program. Responsibilities include:
  • Developing a yearly musical vision with goals for the chorus in consultation with the Music Team and Board
  • Selecting repertoire, in collaboration with the Music Team, that is in line with the Sirens' mission and core values
  • Planning and executing weekly chorus rehearsals, based on a four-month calendar developed with the Music Team
  • Managing the repertoire learning process and developing interp plans for new and existing repertoire
  • Selecting and training all Artistic Team members, and defining their leadership roles
  • Developing a direction plan for all public performances of Sirens of Gotham, incorporating both Under Their Own Direction and conducting as necessary
  • Establishing and attending all Music Team meetings and relevant Board meetings
  • Collaborating with the Music Team on audition protocols, including material and rubric, and overseeing the process
  • Evaluating and working with individual voices in the chorus annually, along with the Music Team, through PVIs (Personal Voice Instruction) and additional private help when needed
  • Seeking to further their skills as a director through appropriate learning opportunities
  • Utilizing the talents and skills of all members of Sirens of Gotham to continuously bring the chorus to new levels
More information and instructions on how to apply can be found at www.sirensofgotham.org/artistic-director-search. Please submit your application by Thursday, December 15, 2022. Please reach out to us at sirensdirectorsearch2022@gmail.com with any questions.
Posted 11/28/2022. Expires 12/15/2022.
Ardsley church seeks tenor for Christmas Eve
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY is looking for a tenor for Christmas Eve at 5 PM. (Call will be 3:30 PM.) There will be one additional rehearsal, date/time TBD. Compensation is $100/call, for a total of $200. At this point the repertoire is Kirk Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas. There will also be hymns and mass settings. Contact Larry Wolf, Minister of Music, at larrywolf95@gmail.com or 914-450-8467; please send voice sample.
Posted 11/17/2022. Expires 12/17/2022.
Slots still open for Avshalomov Water Songs consortium
There is still time for more choruses to join the commissioning consortium for Three Water Songs by David Avshalomov, co-sponsored by Deborah Simpkin King (Project:Encore, Ember). Deadline is December 15. Suitable for advanced high school to professional choruses; fees on a sliding scale by type ($100 to $250).

First two poems:

ALL DAY I HEAR THE NOISE OF WATERS by James Joyce
All day I hear the noise of waters making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is when, going forth alone,
He hears the winds cry to the water's monotone.
The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters far below.
All day, all night, I hear them flowing to and fro.

WATERFALL AT LU-SHAN by Li Po
Sunlight streams on the river stones.
From high above, the river steadily plunges--
three thousand feet of sparkling water--
the Milky Way pouring down from heaven.

Third text: Avshalomov's own rant/chant text about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Avshalomov update: "I have finished the first setting; the second is in draft. I encourage choruses to jump in now." A full description of the plan for each piece, the text of the third piece, and the first version of the first piece can be seen at drive.google.com/…/1fur2x6mFGD0g8GZAlGPpnz9zcbg. His choral catalog is at www.davidavshalomov.com/musical-works/chorus/. Contact the composer directly at davshalomov@earthlink.net to join.
Posted 11/16/2022. Expires 12/15/2022.
LMCC’s 2023 Arts Center Residency and SU-CASA now open for applications
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is thrilled to announce the open call for the 2023 Arts Center Residency and 2023 SU-CASA.
  • The Arts Center Residency offers 4-month residency on Governors Island to New York City-based artists currently in need of studio space and interested in short-term residencies focused on experimentation, ongoing development, and being in dialogue with fellow residents. Process-based and self-directed artists and creative practitioners are well-suited to apply!
  • SU-CASA offers community arts engagement and places individual artists at senior centers across Manhattan. Artists interested in facilitating community-based arts learning sharing arts experiences with older adults are welcome to apply. Applicants comfortable in leading projects in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese are highly encouraged!
Applicants are welcome to apply to both programs, if eligible. Application deadline for both programs: Tuesday, December 13, by 5 PM EST.

Questions? Visit lmcc.net/resources/artist-residencies/ or e-mail us at ArtRes@lmcc.net. Join us at Virtual Drop-in Hour on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 3 PM EST. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide clarity for both programs. Sign up at bit.ly/3Tyy59m.
Posted 11/14/2022. Expires 12/13/2022.
NYST presents "What is Jazz Singing Anyway" on December 4
New York Singing Teachers Association presents "What is Jazz Singing Anyway" on Sunday, December 4, 2022 6:30-8:30 PM. The presenter is Fay Victor--singer, composer, educator//faculty of The New School--School of Jazz. It's a Zoom presentation, free and open to all. Visit www.nyst.org/live-events to register and for more information
Posted 11/14/2022. Expires 12/4/2022.
Soldiers' Chorus seeks alto and tenor vocalists
The Soldiers' Chorus of The United States Army Field Band is hiring alto and tenor vocalists that "own the stage" in a variety of genres! Represent the Army and the nation for audiences around the world. Audition travel and lodging expenses are paid by the US Army for qualified applicants. Visit armyfieldband.com/vacancy for complete details and audition requirements:

SALARY & BENEFITS
  • Starting salary $64,000-$70,000 annually
  • 30 days paid vacation annually
  • Full medical and dental care, plus full medical care for immediate family members
  • Permanent assignment at Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Money for an additional degree or education in virtually any discipline
JOB DESCRIPTION
  • Perform as a vocal soloist and singer in the Soldiers' Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band
  • Tour approximately 100-120 days per year in the U.S. and abroad
  • Perform in small ensembles
  • Present programs in schools across the nation
  • Refine and learn new skills that support the outreach mission
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Professional performance experience preferred
  • Exceptional stage presence as a soloist and ensemble vocalist for live and virtual audiences
  • Meet Army height/weight standards and maintain a trim appearance
  • Civilian applicants must be 17-34 years of age
  • U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder)
Learn more at armyfieldband.com/vacancy Questions should be sent to usarmyfieldbandauditions@mail.mil or call (301) 677-2455.

The Grammy-winning United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, is considered by music critics to be one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world. Founded in 1946, it has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. Tours have taken the band throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Far East and India. Its members, selected by highly-competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than six decades as the military's most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."

Founded in 1957, the Soldiers' Chorus is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band. The mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the Concert Band. The chorus has performed in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, India, the Far East and throughout Europe, entertaining audiences of all ages in a wide variety of musical genres.
Posted 11/8/2022. Expires 1/8/2023.
Manhattan Choral Ensemble composer competition
The Manhattan Choral Ensemble seeks submissions from composers living within 50 miles of New York City to submit a short (2.5-3 minutes) a cappella work for SATB chorus that evokes life in New York City. The work should be a new composition that has not yet been premiered. Works should require approximately three hours of rehearsal to prepare for performance, and should not contain individual solos. Click here for examples of the level of difficulty of previous compositions. We welcome using texts written by living writers. It is the responsibility of the composer to secure permission to use any texts not in the public domain. Previous winners are ineligible.

Three winners will be chosen by a committee comprising MCE Director Thomas Cunningham and Artistic Advisors George Andoniadis and Rich Campbell. Each winner will receive a $750 award and a performance by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble at its March 11, 2023, concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Prior to the performance, the composers will be asked to attend a rehearsal to discuss their piece with the choir. Additionally, one work will be voted on by the audience for an additional award on the night of the performance. The composer of the chosen work will receive an additional $750. Submissions must be received by December 15, 2022. Electronic submissions are acceptable. There is no fee to apply. Submissions should be e-mailed to info@mce.nyc or (if not possible to send electronically) mailed to Manhattan Choral Ensemble, PO Box 3852, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-3852.
Posted 11/4/2022. Expires 12/15/2022.
RenChorNY seeks part-time director for post-Christmas program
RenChorNY seeks a part-time director for a post-Christmas program of a great but unknown c.1500 German master (mass, 2-3 motets--a cappella). Experience in musicology, voice and in using administrative tools to clarify assignments for non-specialist singers. Some may need audition. Our first program since 2019. Upper Manhattan rehearsals, mainly Mondays 7-9 PM, but starting 10/19. We normally do 2-3 iterations of program, a possible service. Please contact Sig Rosen, 212-740-4050. Resume/CV to SigRosen@Earthlink.net.
Posted 10/6/2022. Expires 12/6/2022.
Orpheus Club Men's Chorus of Ridgewood seeks new director
The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus of Ridgewood, NJ (OCMC), founded in 1909, has begun the process of hiring a new Choral Director. Our current director of 33 years will be retiring after our spring concert in 2023. Our plan is to identify a new director in late 2022 / early 2023 and use our spring 2023 concert to facilitate the transition from our current director to our incoming director.

The Orpheus Club was founded in 1909 by eight men at a home on Cottage Street in Ridgewood. The club performed its first formal concert (an invitation only event) on June 22 1910 on the grounds of that Cottage Street home. Concerts were soon open to the public and performed at the several Ridgewood locations, including the Ridgewood Opera House. By 1913, membership in the club had grown to thirty-five.

Variety of repertoire is a hallmark of Orpheus Club concerts. A typical program from our annual concerts (presented in April and December) might include a classical piece of Bach or Mozart, the rousing Welsh battle song Men of Harlech, Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo, a choral arrangement of Sondheim’s Not While I’m Around, Sinatra’s hit Come Fly with Me and Bruno Mars’s Just The Way You Are.

OCMC has a rich history of community service to Ridgewood and Bergen County and beyond. Some examples are: 1918 performance at Camp Merritt in Cresskill for 2,000 soldiers embarking to France, participation in the George Washington Bicentennial Concert in NYC in 1932, performance at the dedication of the Kasschau Bandshell in Ridgewood in 1958 (OCMC was one of the leaders of the private funding efforts to construct the bandshell).

The tradition continues today with multiple performances at the Veterans Home in Paramus as well as several concerts at local Senior residences. Our ongoing presence in Ridgewood includes: Memorial Day celebration, July 4th parade, Carols at Winterfest, and an outdoor concert at ‘Welcome Back Ridgewood “ to benefit the business re-opening after the Covid lockdown. In addition, each year OCMC awards a $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior who plans to continue the study of music. See our website www.ridgewoodorpheusclub.org for more information about the club.

We seek candidates who have the following capabilities and experience:
  • Has prior conducting experience with documented successes. There are typically 14 rehearsals for each of our two concert series.
  • Is an educated, cultivated and multi-faceted musician, possessing knowledge of different styles/languages.
  • Has proficient vocal and piano skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.
  • Keeps abreast of current and new music, helping to ensure that Orpheus stays "relevant."
  • Creative and innovative with respect to selecting musical repertoire.
  • Skilled in the use of music software such as Sibelius, Finale
  • Has prepared voice-part practice media for each concert piece.
  • Has a savvy sense of modern publicity resources, such as social media. And, in coordination with the OCMC’s publicity director, leverages these resources to publicize OCMC performances and community service engagements and to attract new members.
  • Respects and values OCMC’s history and traditions and is committed to preserving and perpetuating them.
Please reply by e-mail with your CV along with any additional information that expresses your interest and showcases your abilities to ocmc.ridgewood@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed as received. We expect our application review process to run from mid-October through mid-November.
Posted 10/4/2022. Expires 12/4/2022.
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. AT lessons can improve your breathing, poise and freedom of expression. It can also calm performance anxiety. Thorough virus safety precautions are in place to protect both client and teacher -- vaccination required. For more information, visit www.betteratbeing.com or call Elizabeth Hurwitt at 646-981-9330.
Posted 6/22/2022. Expires 12/22/2022.
Rosenbaum offers coaching for conductors and singers
Maestro Harold Rosenbaum, conductor of the all-professional New York Virtuoso Singers (nyvirtuoso.org) and The Canticum Novum Singers (canticumnovum.org) wants to help conductors improve their technique, composers improve their scores, and singers express themselves better. Lessons can be held by Zoom. His next five-day live workshop will be in July of 2023. You can e-mail him at haroldrosenbaum@gmail.com.
Posted 6/15/2022. Expires 12/15/2022.