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Singers Services / opportunities

2021 Josquin Sing-in/Play-in
Calling all singers, instrumentalists and interested audience-members! Tickets are now on sale for the Josquin 2021 Sing-in/Play-in events on 14 Tuesdays from September 7 through December 7, 2021. Each sing-in/play-in features one mass and one or more motets and chansons. Location: Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, 164 West 100th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue), Manhattan. Sing/play all of Josquin's choral works in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Full details and tickets at gemsny.org/events/josquin2021/107-josquin-2021/664-josquin-tickets-downloads.
Posted 7/25/2021. Expires 12/7/2021.
St. Michael's seeks soprano II and alto II section leaders
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (at the corner of 99th and Amsterdam) has openings for a soprano II and an alto II section leader/soloist. Auditions are open during the month of August. A final round audition with the professional ensemble will take place the first week of September. The position begins mid September.

The position calls for:
  • Wednesday evening rehearsal 6:30-8:30, followed by a short Compline service lasting approximately 20 minutes.
  • Sunday morning Mass, 9 AM warm-up, 10 AM service, usually finished by 11:15.
  • Additional services for Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, two Good Friday services, Holy Saturday and Easter (all are compensated).
  • Occasional services such as Evensong or choral concerts are part of the regular choral offering.
Audition requirements:
  • Please bring at least two contrasting works. I am happy to accompany the audition.
  • Sight-reading: I will provide at least three pieces representing different time periods for sight-reading.
To me, tone and sight-reading are far more important than solo repertoire. To schedule an audition, e-mail choirmaster/organist John Cantrell at jcantrell@saintmichaelschurch.org or call/text 646-725-5000. The music program at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is considered one of the most diverse music programs in the city of New York.
Posted 7/23/2021. Expires 9/23/2021.
Encore Young Artists with Ars Musica Chorale, Ridgewood, NJ
Ars Musica Chorale's Encore Young Artist program is a paid one- or two-year Resident Artist position that affords selected participants a wide range of musical experience. Singers perform duties as section leaders for some Tuesday night rehearsals and in performances; in addition, they are provided solo opportunities on at least three out of four concerts each season. We encourage recent graduates, current graduate students, and emerging professional musicians to apply. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered.

For the 2021-2022 season, we will accept and consider applications on a rolling basis through Monday, August 9, 2021; please apply early to ensure consideration. We are seeking new young artists in all four voice parts. Rehearsals and most concerts are held in Ridgewood, NJ, which is easily accessible from NYC by public transit. To be considered, please fill out our Google Form at forms.gle/PuVyTFk69UoNGFyn9. Thank you; we look forward to receiving your applications!
Posted 7/22/2021. Expires 8/10/2021.
Bass 2 for the choir of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Brooklyn
Seeking a bass 2 with an aptitude for reading and straight-tone singing for the choir of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface (Benjamin Niemczyk, Director of Music; Tucker Wheatley, Organist) in Downtown Brooklyn, NY.

The Oratory Choir is a blended, professional ensemble. Repertoire has included works by Stravinsky, Schönberg, Gibbons, Burleigh, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Ligeti, Tallis, Palestrina, Copland, Bernstein, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Bach, Händel, Haydn, Brahms, Bruckner, Proulx, Beethoven, Mozart, Vaughan-Williams, Victoria, Ravel, Mendelssohn and much more. The Oratory Choir collaborates with the St Boniface Baroque Orchestra, an ensemble composed of the finest early music players in the city.

Fee is $150 per call, paid at the end of the month in total by check. There are approximately 44 calls per season with potential for additional work (September-May/June). Sunday morning consists of 9:00 AM rehearsal (rehearsal is Sunday morning only) and 11:15 AM Mass (over approximately 12:45 PM).

Audition is by Zoom and consists solely of sight reading material supplied at the time of the audition. Send audition requests to bonifacechoir@gmail.com.
Posted 7/18/2021. Expires 9/18/2021.
Pro alto for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, New York is looking for an alto for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church. One rehearsal (8:45 AM Sunday) and one service (10:00 AM Sunday), plus additional services at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. We seek someone who has strong sight reading skills, strong vocal skills and is responsible in learning parts and in attendance. 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 7/17/2021. Expires 9/17/2021.
Northeast Men's Summer Chorus August 12-14
The Northeast Men’s Summer Chorus management has confirmed that they are planning an in-person, not virtual, Tour 2021 August 12-14 in southern Vermont and New Hampshire. For info about this inexpensive mini-singing vacation, go to www.singingvacation.org, print out a Singer Application and e-mail it to Marty at mpe1217@gmail.com or call him at 917-456-6558. Sheet music and audio files for the 17 pieces of music will be sent to registrants a month before the Tour.
Posted 6/27/2021. Expires 8/12/2021.
Hackensack church choir seeks bass/baritone section leader
Second Reformed Church of Hackensack, NJ is seeking a bass/baritone soloist/section leader for September 2021-June 2022. One Sunday service ($80) and one Wednesday night rehearsal ($50) weekly plus Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday services. Good sight reading essential. Car necessary on Sunday mornings. Solo and sight reading audition required. Send resume to June Marano-Murray at pianoforte4me@verizon.net.
Posted 6/26/2021. Expires 8/26/2021.
Sing for Gold--The World Choral Cup, May 2022 in Spain
We are thrilled to announce a brand new event to our 2022 Choral Calendar: SING FOR GOLD -- The World Choral Cup, May 14-22, 2022 in Calella/Barcelona, Spain.

The grand premiere will bring together non-professional choirs from all over the world to compete for Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals, or for the ultimate highlight of the event – the World Choral Cup, awarded for the first time.

The competition offers ten categories, including Musica Sacra a cappella or with accompaniment; Gospel, Spiritual, Music of Spirit & Faith; Pop, Jazz, Show; and Folklore a cappella or with accompaniment. For the non-competitive souls out there, the event also offers Evaluation Performances, Individual Coaching sessions and Friendship Concerts.

SING FOR GOLD will take place in the beautiful sunny spots of Calella and Barcelona, two popular touristic destinations known for their sandy beaches, hospitality, Catalan roots and special Spanish flair. The event follows a decade-long story of success on the Spanish coast so much loved by choirs from all over the world.

Discover more details and opportunities for your choir by visiting interkultur.com/calella2022.
Posted 6/14/2021. Expires 10/14/2021.
Virtual choral conducting workshop with Harold Rosenbaum in August
After six successful seasons of in-person choral conducting workshops, I have decided to play it safe this year by offering a virtual workshop from August 16 to August 20, 2021. Without leaving your home, you'll still receive insights into the art of conducting, based on my 50 years of experience. More about it and sign-up information at www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml. For more information, contact me at haroldrosenbaum@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you online in August!
Posted 6/14/2021. Expires 8/16/2021.
William Warfield Scholarship Fund Classical Vocal Competition for African-American High School Students
The William Warfield Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for its 3rd Annual Classical Vocal Competition for African-American High School Students until October 1, 2021.

Submissions consist of an online application, one letter of recommendation from a teacher describing musical aptitude and potential, and a YouTube or Vimeo link to a video including one selection (maximum 5 minutes). There is no cost to apply. Five finalists will be selected to receive coaching in a virtual masterclass, and submit a video for final judging on October 30. All finalists will receive cash awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 to support their musical careers. Artistic merit and financial need are considered in the adjudication process.

Visit www.williamwarfield.org for more contest details, a suggested repertoire list and online application form.

After the example of its namesake, the great American bass-baritone, educator and mentor, the William Warfield Scholarship Fund supports African-American classical vocalists in their careers through high school, college and beyond. The fund celebrates the contributions of African-Americans past, present and future to the field of classical vocal performance.
Posted 6/14/2021. Expires 10/1/2021.
Outdoor Summer Choral Intensive July 19-22 in Yorktown
Calling all singers! Can't wait to get back to singing in person, without a mask? Join us for an Outdoor Summer Choral Intensive. Sing some great music and hone your skills at this one-time-only event! Monday, July 19 through Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Yorktown, NY -- outdoors under an open-sided tent. Benjamin Gruder, conductor. Expect to rehearse and perform some great music, including:
  • Randall Thompson: Last Words of David
  • Handel: choruses from Judas Maccabeus
  • Josquin Des Pres: El Grillo
  • And a few other delightful surprises!
Daily schedule (Monday - Wednesday):
  • 10 AM-noon rehearsal #1
  • Catered lunch (All lunches will be either kosher or vegetarian; we can accommodate most other dietary needs with advance notice.)
  • 1:30-3:30 PM rehearsal #2
  • 3:30-4:30 PM possible optional sectionals, auditions, etc. as needed
  • Thursday morning we will perform for friends and/or a recording, then finish with a celebratory luncheon.
COVID information:
  • All participants must be able to show proof of vaccination.
  • We will NOT require masks or social distancing, though individuals may do so if they choose.
  • All rehearsals will be outdoors under an open-sided tent, with access to an indoor restroom. (Indoor shelter will be made available in the event of severe weather.)
Cost: $250 per person to cover the conductor, accompanist, catering, tent rental and scores. To register: Reply to Deb May (Deborah.Jackson@cushwake.com) by June 18 to reserve your spot. Payment will be due on July 1. Questions? Can’t make every rehearsal but still want to come? Need more info? Talk to us: Deb May -- Deborah.Jackson@cushwake.com – 917-848-3764; Linda Kingsbury – fieldstreetfour@gmail.com – 914-736-7020.
Posted 6/7/2021. Expires 8/7/2021.
Washington, CT church seeks organist and choir master
St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington, CT, seeks an Organist & Choir Master. Duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Collaborate with the Priest in designing music for congregational worship.
  • Creatively choose, teach and lead appropriate music for worship.
  • Be proficient in playing the St. John’s pipe organ, a Wicks, 3 manual 47 ranks, built in 1999, and piano for rehearsals in the Music Room.
  • Select and oversee four paid section leaders to aid in worship.
  • Lead, teach and motivate a volunteer adult mixed voice choir.
  • Lead, teach and motivate congregational participation in the joy of music.
  • Collaborate in creative music planning with the Priest and parishioners through a Music Committee.
  • Manage administrative responsibilities including budgeting expenditures within music line items, arranging for maintenance of all parish instruments, (organ and piano), maintenance of the music library including new purchases, and obtaining music copyright permission as appropriate and needed.
  • Other music ministry-related tasks as needed.
Position type and expected hours of work
  • This part time position will typically involve fifteen to twenty hours per week and will include:
  • Attendance at the weekly all-staff meeting is expected.
  • Planning and leading weekly adult choir rehearsals from late August through early June; including anthem preparation.
  • Potential planning and leading a future children’s/youth choir rehearsal.
  • Conducting choirs while providing organ or piano accompaniment on Sundays and other days during the church year including Ash Wednesday, Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Eve Vigil), Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve, as well as occasional musical offerings open to the community.
  • Recommending worship hymns and service music, for approval of the Priest; providing final music selection to the Parish Administrator for weekly and special service bulletins in a timely fashion, and assisting in reviewing bulletins prior to printing.
  • Practice and research.
Compensation includes housing and a salary up to $20,000 (gross) annually depending upon experience and education, and paid in two-week increments, with four weeks paid vacation and one week paid for continuing education (to be taken during the summer when the Choir is not in session), scheduled in advance with the Priest. The OCM will be provided the Cottage at St. John’s as a residence, during the term of this Agreement. The OCM is responsible for all utilities at the Cottage. The OCM will also arrange for a substitute musician to cover for vacation absences and other occasions as arranged with the Priest. Other benefits are not currently provided.

The term of the Agreement with the OCM shall be from September 1, 2021 through September 1, 2022. The Agreement shall be renewable for one or more one-year terms upon the agreement of the OCM and the Priest (or the wardens, in the absence of a priest). This Agreement shall be extended automatically for additional one-year terms unless one party hereto notifies the other in writing (which may be via e-mail) of its desire not to extend this Agreement for an additional period, at least 30-days prior to the commencement of the respective extension term. The OCM may resign at any time, upon providing the Priest with 90-days advance written notice. The Priest may terminate the Agreement at any time, by written notice (which may be via e-mail) if the OCM is not performing their duties and responsibilities under the Agreement in an adequate manner, as determined by the Priest, in their sole discretion.

For more information, contact The Reverend Dr. Geoffrey M. Hahneman at ghahneman@sbcglobal.net or 203-615-3088.
Posted 6/3/2021. Expires 8/3/2021.
Memorial concert--20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
You are invited to sing the Mozart Requiem with professional orchestra and soloists, Frances C. Roberts, conductor, in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The performance will begin at 8:46 AM on Saturday, September 11, 2021, the time the first building was struck. You may remember singing at the first anniversary Rolling Requiem, as the world responded in grief with the majesty of Mozart. It was a most meaningful and healing hour. The place: Hilton Long Island, Broadhollow Road (Route 110) -- the Savoy room. THERE IS NO FEE. Bring your own score -- Bärenreiter is preferred, but any will do except Maunder.

Register at www.francescroberts.com/programs.html to indicate which voice part and whether you will want to purchase food, either before or after. CDC guidelines at the time and the hotel's requirements will allow chairs to be arranged with the distances you are comfortable with. We will cut off registration when occupancy limits are reached, so please register ASAP. There has been no singing for the last year and a half! We are all looking forward to getting back to our choruses in the fall, and this will be a great way to remember how much we need music, and to remember all who lost their lives as a result of the attack. We are doing this in cooperation with the Tunnel2Towers Foundation and with support from the Hilton Long Island and the Musicians Performance Trust Fund. We are grateful for their support.
Posted 5/26/2021. Expires 9/11/2021.
Virtual choral conducting workshop with Harold Rosenbaum in August
Dr. 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.

After six successful seasons of choral conducting workshops, we have decided to play it safe this year by offering a virtual workshop from August 16 to August 20, 2021. Without leaving your home, you still will receive Maestro Rosenbaum's profound insights into the art of conducting.

The workshop is 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. For full details, visit www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml.
Posted 4/30/2021. Expires 8/16/2021.
Classical Movements' Choral Escapes
Introducing Classical Movements’ Choral Escapes, a brand-new touring program for lovers of choral music. Escape to one of four beautiful locations around the United States and spend a week working with a renowned choral conductor on a hand-picked program of music, including several world premieres. With special and close attention to COVID safety, these programs de-emphasize formal performance and are meant to be enjoyed by music lovers as a safe, beautiful, and relaxing way to start singing again. Come join us! Visit www.classicalmovements.com/choralescapes. Maximum 50 people per program. Spots are filling up – register today! Click here for more information and registration: classicalmovements.wufoo.com/forms/choral-escapes-by-classical-movements-registration/. Read here about our COVID safety measures: www.classicalmovements.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/NEW-Classical-Movements-Guidelines-for-Tour-Health-and-Safety-Choral-Escapes.pdf.

Pioneers, Poets and Mystics
Women Composers for Treble Voices, with Kathy Saltzman Romey
July 18-24, 2021: Burlington, Vermont and Lake Placid, New York

Retreat to the peaceful New England lakes with a program of music entirely for soprano and alto voices, with a special emphasis on women composers. Led by Kathy Saltzman Romey, of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Chorale, and Oregon Bach Festival, this program brings history and current events together. Repertoire spans over the centuries honoring women from all walks of life, including two world premieres.

Songs for Our Time:
Music for Social Justice, with Anton Armstrong
August 1-7, 2021: Charleston, South Carolina

Travel down south to the elegant coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, and challenge the status quo with a bold and exciting program, conducted by the legendary Anton Armstrong of the St. Olaf Choir. Featuring passionate, cutting-edge works on themes of equity, justice and strength, this program will challenge, uplift and move you.

Singing from Loss into Hope:
New & Historic Works, with Jeffrey Douma
August 8-14, 2021: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Journey to the culturally rich American Southwest and the iconic city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Find yourself transported to colonial Latin America with a monumental Requiem Mass by José Maurício Nunes Garcia, a renowned Afro-Brazilian composer of the Classical era, whose piece is often compared to Mozart’s Requiem in its scope and skill. Led by Jeffrey Douma of Yale University, and paired with works by Beethoven, Arianne Abela and Andrea Ramsey, Nunes Garcia’s work forms the centerpiece of an inspiring program.

Broadway Goes to the Caribbean:
Classics of the Great American Songbook, with Jeanne Kelly
October 24-30, 2021: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Make your Caribbean escape to the breathtaking city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Swing into a jazzy great time with a program of the greatest hits of Broadway and the Great American Songbook like George Gershwin and Cole Porter, led by the inimitable Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Artistic Director of Encore Creativity. Let the easy island breezes relax and refresh you, and enjoy the chance to celebrate live music again.
Posted 4/2/2021. Expires 8/2/2021.