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Singers Services / opportunities

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY is looking for a bass/baritone section leader/soloist for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church. 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 8/21/2017. Expires 10/21/2017.

Music director and stage director sought for Patience

The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island is soliciting candidates for Music Director and Stage Director for our upcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience. Rehearsals will generally occur Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings at locations in Nassau County, NY, with performances that will run May through July, 2018. A stipend will be provided as well as bonuses for achieving certain goals.

Please e-mail resume to michael.economos@snickersnee.com by August 31, 2017. Interviews will be held between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, September 12 at a location in Nassau County (TBA).
Posted 8/15/2017. Expires 9/12/2017.

Auditions for the Verismo Opera Chorus

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Auditions take place on Wednesdays, August 23 and 30 and September 13 from 6:30 to 7:00 PM. The auditions are held at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. For all auditions, an appointment is required and must be made in advance. To schedule an audition appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact info@verismopera.org.

During the company’s 2017-2018 season, choristers will perform in the company’s productions of Giacomo Puccini's dramatic works, Tosca on October 15, 2017 and Turandot on April 22, 2018. Both operas will be presented at 3 PM at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. Vocalists will perform live and sing in Italian. "The chorus is for anyone interested in singing, as well as being involved with a massively immersive theater experience. You not only get to act; you are encouraged to do so! This is a great way to get on stage with other people with similar interests," said Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg.

Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning the music and detailed staging. The operas will be fully staged and performed in costume accompanied by an orchestra led by the company's Principal Conductor/Music Director, Maestra Lucy Arner.

Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Adult applicants should have a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus and must read music and have some prior vocal experience singing with a school, choir, or another performing group or organization. Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable, but are not a necessity. Applicants who have these skills and experiences will be given preference. The audition consists of singing five-note scales. During the audition process, each singer's range and vocal category will be determined. Applicants do not need to bring a song or music to the audition. An application may be downloaded at verismopera.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/chorus.pdf. For information or to schedule an appointment to audition for the chorus, call (201) 886-0561 or contact info@verismopera.org.
Posted 8/13/2017. Expires 9/13/2017.

Stamford Chorale seeks bass section leader

The Stamford Chorale is looking for a bass section leader for the semester beginning September 12. Excellent sight-reading skills are required for this paid position. The starting date is flexible. The community chorus, which sings classical to contemporary music, rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Atria, 77 Third Street, Stamford. A winter concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 17, with the dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 16.

If you’re interested or know someone who may be, please e-mail the music director at David@davidgomezmusic.com. Outline your singing background and send some audio/video clips and a resume.
Posted 8/10/2017. Expires 10/10/2017.

Canticum Novum Youth Choir seeks new members

Harold and Edie Rosenbaum are seeking new members for their Canticum Novum Youth Choir. Composed of girls from age 8 to 18, the youth choir has in recent years performed in Carnegie Hall, Radio City, The United Nations and Symphony Space. This season the choir will perform with Dr. Rosenbaum’s adult choirs, The New York Virtuoso Singers (www.nyvirtuoso.org) and The Canticum Novum Singers (www.canticumnovum.org) in NYC and in Katonah, NY.

The girls will learn a varied and fun repertoire of classical music while experiencing musical growth under the guidance of Edie, a professional singer, and then with Harold when concerts approach.

Rehearsals take place every Tuesday from 4:45 to 6 PM in the home of the Rosenbaums in South Salem, NY. If you would like your child to have a wonderful learning and performing experience, please call Edie at 914 582-3912 or e-mail her at cnssoprano@gmail.com.
Posted 8/2/2017. Expires 10/2/2017.

Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop August 21-25 in Buffalo

The fifth 2017 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop will be held from August 21 to 25 at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY. This five-day event is open to conductors, composers, organists, music education students, etc. 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 1,700 concerts during his 40+ year career. He has conducted and taught at the Juilliard School, Queens College and Adelphi University, and is Emeritus Professor at the University at Buffalo.

The Institute is limiting enrollment to 12 participants for each five-day workshop, so each 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 brochures and application forms, please visit www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml. Questions can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at jamesarts@att.net.
Posted 7/31/2017. Expires 8/25/2017.

Briarcliff Manor church seeks tenor soloist/section leader

I am in need of a tenor soloist/section leader for the choir of Scarborough Presbyterian Church in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Good sightreading and vocal skill required as you would be the only tenor. We are easily reachable by Metro-North. No midweek. Sunday rehearsal 9:30, service 10:30. Choir year runs from Sunday after Labor Day through mid-June. Gorgeous church with stunning acoustics. See it by going to my FB page. Choir of eleven. Traditional literature. There is a possibility of sharing the job with my current tenor who has increased responsibilities that make every week non-doable. Pay is $100 per service. Resume to kgpotter300@gmail.com. Kenneth Potter, organist/choir director.
Posted 7/31/2017. Expires 9/30/2017.

New a cappella group seeks singers

Instrumental Break, New York's newest a cappella group, is now auditioning for all voice parts. We're a group with a strong choral background who enjoy arranging and singing intricate arrangements of popular music. We're looking for talented musicians to sing beautiful harmonies with us! We rehearse on Thursday nights in Brooklyn. Auditions will be August 19, Reach out to learn more, share a little bit about yourself and reserve your audition slot. Contact Rose Kory at rose.m.kory@gmail.com. Listen at soundcloud.com/thejoust/black-hole-sun-choral-arrangement and soundcloud.com/thejoust/when-doves-cry-choral-arrangement-prince.
Posted 7/26/2017. Expires 8/23/2017.

Manhattan Choral Ensemble seeks assistant conductor

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble (MCE) seeks an Assistant Conductor for the 2017-2018 season.

Responsibilities: he Assistant Conductor will work with Conductor Thomas Cunningham on the preparation of the choir in the repertoire for the 2017-2018 season during regular rehearsals (Thursday evenings in Manhattan -- Midtown West). The Assistant Conductor will be expected at the request of the Conductor to lead the group in warm ups, to lead sectional rehearsals, to lead occasional full rehearsals, and to conduct the group in a portion of a performance. The Assistant Conductor will also be expected to support the work of the Conductor in working with orchestral contractors, coordinating with commissioned composers, and working closely with the General Manager of the MCE in preparing for rehearsals and concerts. The Conductor will provide support and coaching for the Assistant Conductor in all of these areas of responsibility, and it will be the responsibility of the Assistant Conductor to schedule regular coaching sessions with the Conductor. This position is an opportunity for a qualified candidate to acquire professional experience with an established chorus in all areas of chorus organization and preparation while receiving active mentorship from the group’s founder and director.

Desired Qualifications: The successful applicant will have at least a year of conducting experience in an academic or professional environment and will demonstrate the capacity to lead a rehearsal in the Conductor’s absence. A master’s degree in choral conducting is strongly preferred, but commensurate experience will be considered.

Compensation and Benefits: The Assistant Conductor will receive a fee of $3,000, to be paid in two installments of $1,500 each in December, 2017 and in May, 2018.

Application Procedure: Please send a letter of interest and a resume to General Manager David Erbach at info@mce.nyc.
Posted 7/25/2017. Expires 9/25/2017.

Psycho-Chor from Germany seeks cooperative opportunites with New York area choirs

Psycho-Chor is a collegiate a cappella choir from Jena, Germany, with about 70 singers that sings mainly modern pop and film music. With this musical direction we are unique in the state of Thuringia. On Facebook we are among the top five most visited choirs in Germany, and on YouTube we are with almost two million views at the top of the list. In March 2018 we will take the stage at Lincoln Center in New York with Deke Sharon, the musical brain behind the Pitch Perfect franchise and one of the most renowned arrangers of choral pop music worldwide.

Besides the project with Deke Sharon, it would be phenomenal if we could share our love for music by performing and working with American choirs! This is why we are looking for musical partners in the New York area to organize activities such as collaborative concerts, workshops or anything other musically related. This cultural exchange would also lead to the possibility of government-provided support and funding for our project as well as extended media coverage and recognition that could be profitable for you, too.

Here is how you could benefit from this collaboration. We could host musical workshops for singers or conductors. Our choir director, Maximilian Lörzer, is the head of the youth organization of our state’s choir association. He also has a lot of experience in working with youth choirs and coaching conductors as well as giving lectures on behalf of the Thuringian choir association. Besides holding a degree in music he has tremendous experience being a choir singer himself, having performed all over the world as a member of the internationally renowned Chamber Choir of the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. Another option would be a joint concert with our choir and one or more choirs from your state. If for example we were to host it in a church, we would gladly leave all the collection money to you!

Of course we are open to any other suggestions you might have and are looking forward to hearing your ideas. Please let us know if we have piqued your interest. Contact Vanessa Ludwig and Christian Bloszies, Psycho-Chor Board of Directors, at psychochor.vorstand@gmail.com.
Posted 7/21/2017. Expires 11/21/2017.

Dobbs Ferry church seeks music director

A progressive Presbyterian congregation in Dobbs Ferry, NY is seeking a music director and supple musician capable of coaxing the best out of our well maintained and updated 1898 Austin Organ, playing our Steinway piano and conducting our volunteer choir(s). Historically, our music styles have been very eclectic ranging from the expected (Bach, Handel, Fauré, Rutter, Hopson, etc.), to global music (South African justice songs, South American liberation theology songs, Taize and more), to traditional hymnody, to the somewhat unexpected (Hank Williams, U2, Randy Newman, the Sherman Brothers, etc.). Periodically, there are opportunities to collaborate with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra string players, other instrumentalists and solo vocalists.

Currently the choir rehearses at 8:30 AM every Sunday before the 10 AM service. There are extra rehearsals added in the weeks leading up to Christmas and Easter (generally, Saturdays 4-5:30 PM). There is also a musically centered Christmas Eve service and a Maundy Thursday service.

The music director can expect to play a prelude, two hymns, a smattering of responses, the Offertory and a postlude. The minister generally choses the hymns and responses, but the pre-/postludes and the music for the choir are left to the music director’s creative discretion. The church year begins in mid-September and continues through Fathers’ Day in June. You will not be expected to work on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year, nor Memorial Day weekend (although you may opt to work).

Please submit your résumé, a cover letter and a recording of some of your work (video is good, but audio only is fine) to Susan Lauer, Director Personnel, at sllauermpa@optonline.net.
Posted 7/20/2017. Expires 9/20/2017.

Forest Hills church seeks tenor section leader

St Luke's Episcopal Church, Forest Hills, New York, seeks a tenor section leader for the parish choir. The choir sings weekly at the 10:30 AM Sunday liturgy with a rehearsal before at 9 AM. Festive liturgical events with additional music occur on Christmas Eve, at an annual Evensong usually in February and during Holy Week and Easter. The choir sings from September through early June. Occasional conducting opportunities are available for someone with a choral background. The church is located approximately ten minutes from the LIRR and the E, F and R subway lines.

We are a chamber ensemble of some fourteen volunteer singers and two professionals and the person we seek will be comfortable performing with a chamber choir in a liturgical setting and enjoy ensemble singing. Solo opportunities are possible from time to time but this is primarily a choral position. The repertoire is classically based from the historic periods and also includes works by contemporary choral composers.

Please contact William Stokes, choir director, at Williamjnyc@aol.com or by cell phone, 917-686-9046. The church phone is 917-268-9021.
Posted 7/19/2017. Expires 9/15/2017.

Coro Latinoamericano de New York

Seeking singers in all sections (SATB). The choir will be performing choral versions of folk music from the Americas, mainly in Spanish. Music director and conductor: Mo. Guillermo Vaisman.

Admission by audition. Auditions will consist of sight-reading, vocal exercises and an optional prepared piece. Singers will be expected to have sight-reading ability and recent choral experience. To schedule an audition, please contact guillermovaisman@gmail.com. Rehearsals: every Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street).
Posted 7/18/2017. Expires 9/18/2017.

Harmonium seeks Community Involvement Coordinator

Harmonium Choral Society, one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations, seeks a part-time Community Involvement Coordinator. The primary functions of The Community Involvement Coordinator are to plan and implement fundraising efforts, assist in the development of new donors, raise awareness of Harmonium in the community and coordinate volunteers to accomplish these tasks. Reports to Board President and Artistic Director. Initially 200 hours per year with growth potential.

Responsibilities:

Fundraising and donor developement

  • Develop comprehensive member, friend, and donor lists and work with web managers, the Chorus Manager, and volunteers to contact and maintain relationships with potential donors.
  • Work with the Board, committees and members to seek out local businesses, foundations or individuals to sponsor Harmonium activities or provide grants.
Coordination of public relations and marketing
  • Identify time lines of functions for publicity, communications and related tasks prior to Harmonium events and coordinate with volunteers, PR/Marketing Committee, Artistic Director and Chorus Manager to implement.
  • Explore new areas and means of publicity for concerts and other activities.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, Access and other computer applications. Previous experience with Groupanizer a plus.
  • Proficient with many forms of social media (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
  • Love and understanding of choral music
  • Experience in volunteer coordination
Log onto Harmonium.org for more information about Harmonium and its performances and activities. Position to start in September 2017. Please e-mail resume, cover letter and references to treasurer@harmonium.org.
Posted 7/10/2017. Expires 9/10/2017.

Christ & Saint Stephen's Church seeks professional tenor for choir

Christ & Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church seeks a tenor to join the professional choir. The weekly routine involves a rehearsal at 9:15 AM, followed by a service at 11 AM every Sunday. Pay is $140 per Sunday. Choir season runs from September 3 to late May, and there are opportunities for cantor work in the summer. Substitute and absence policy is fairly flexible and amenable. Experience in an Episcopal (or Anglican) setting is preferable, but not required, but familiarity with Anglican Chant is really essential. In addition, applicants should feel comfortable singing music one-to-a-part as it is a choir of six (SSATBarB), and should expect to sightread and prepare some examples of 16th century polyphony in the audition. If are you are interested, please reach out to me, Parker Ramsay, at wdp.ramsay@gmail.com and I'll happily arrange an audition time for you at the church!
Posted 7/9/2017. Expires 9/9/2017.

Auditions for Light Opera of New Jersey

Light Opera of New Jersey will be holding open auditions for their upcoming season on Sunday, August 20, 1-4 PM and Wednesday, August 23, 7-10 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ. Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please e-mail info@LONJ.org with your headshot and resume for consideration. Productions for 2017-18 include Gilbert & Sullivan's Pattermania and Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment (in English). For more information, vist lightoperaofnewjersey.org.
Posted 7/9/2017. Expires 8/23/2017.

Music Director for the Forest Hills Choir

The Forest Hills Choir is a well-established, successful SATB community choir of 30-50 members rehearsing and performing in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. The founder of the choir is taking leave of absence of at least two years to pursue a course of studies. The choir seeks a music director to serve on a rolling annual basis.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings and concerts are performed each November-December and May-June, with an additional fund-raising cabaret in March. The repertoire is eclectic and broadly classical. Applicants should be ready to attend an interview during August, an audition on September 12 or 19, and to start as musical director from September 26 if selected.

The choir values a welcoming, informal, non-threatening environment, while maintaining challenging standards. A rehearsal accompanist is retained. The stipend offered, subject to commensurate experience, is $100 per two-hour rehearsal, $350 per concert and $175 for the fund-raiser. A typical season includes 26-28 rehearsals, including 2 dress rehearsals. Preparation and travel are not generally reimbursed. The choir can be heard performing at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8EDBiss4Y86bt_xl28FyAbpPJhiBpXNf. A document describing values and operating principles and a list of recent repertoire will be provided to those expressing interest to FHCMDSearch@gmail.com and we will be happy to answer questions via e-mail or by phone to Graham on 347-721-7452.
Posted 6/26/2017. Expires 9/26/2017.

Verismo Opera's 29th Annual International Vocal Competition

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply now to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) 29th Annual International Vocal Competition. The early bird registration deadline is July 31, 2017. Preliminary auditions will take place on November 1, 3, 6 and 8, 2017 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Final auditions will be held on December 6, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The preliminary and final auditions will be held at The Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87 Street in New York City in the United States of America. The application deadline is October 31, 2017.

At the preliminary auditions, a luminary panel of judges will officiate, including Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara; Maestra Lucy Arner, Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; and Evelyn La Quaif, General Manager and Stage Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Upon request, the judges' comments will be sent to all preliminary participants and finalists. A professional accompanist will be provided to all vocalists participating in the preliminary and final auditions. A free master class will be offered to all applicants accepted to sing in the preliminary auditions, and finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition will be invited to attend three four-hour free master classes. During the master classes led by Amara and La Quaif, artists will learn deportment, language, style and presentation at auditions.

Finalists will be given feedback; extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation; and the opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera's fully staged upcoming productions. Winners will receive cash awards totaling $3,500 ($2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize). The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, 2017, changing to $75 on August 1, 2017. Payment may be made securely online at verismopera.org/donate-2/ located at the bottom of the page or by check made out and sent to Verismo Opera, PO Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024.

All applicants are required to send a resume, bio, a MP3 file or a CD containing at least three arias, an 8 x 10 black and white photo, and the application fee. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the competition. An application may be downloaded at verismopera.org/causes/vocal-competition/. For further information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact info@verismopera.org or call (201) 886-0561.
Posted 5/24/2017. Expires 10/31/2017.

Choir of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin seeks singers

The Choir of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, under the direction of Music Director and Organist Dr. David Hurd, is seeking professional singers to expand its roster of substitute choiristers as well as possible members of the regular choir.The Choir, consisting of nine voices, sings regularly Sundays and feast days October through June at the historic church located on West 46th Street in Manhattan. The repertoire ranges in style from Early Music through Contemporary. There is no midweek rehearsal; the choir meets Sunday mornings at 9 AM for an 11 AM service. Seeking exceptional musicians with a blendable tone and excellent reading skills. If interested in auditioning for Dr. Hurd, please send a cover letter/resume to chowatt@stmvnyc.org or call 212-869-5830 x10.
Posted 5/23/2017. Expires 8/23/2017.