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Singers Services / opportunities

Audition for Die Fledermaus with LONJ
Auditions for Light Opera of New Jersey's upcoming February 2020 production of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, to be sung in English. Producer: William Corson. Stage Director: Reegan McKenzie. Music Director and Conductor: Jason Tramm. Audition dates: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7-9:30 PM; Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10 AM-12:30 PM. Auditions are BY REGISTRATION ONLY. E-mail info@LONJ.org to register for one of the above dates. Please include your head-shot, resume and home town. Auditions will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Accompanist will be provided. Performances and rehearsals will be in Basking Ridge, NJ. All positions paid. Performance sates: February 21, 22, 27 and 29, 2020. For more information, visit lightoperaofnewjersey.org/auditions/.
Posted 9/7/2019. Expires 10/26/2019.
Sing in Sicily with Serenades Choral Travel
Serenades Choral Travel is now accepting applications from choral singers, both amateur and professional levels, for the program’s special 15th anniversary edition that will take place in Southeastern Sicily, in the heart of the Sicilian Baroque, from June 27 to July 8, 2020. The program will be based for eight days in Noto, move onto Ragusa Ibla for two nights, and one night in Catania. Four-star accommodations and all transportation included. Ensemble performances are set up in beautiful venues in Noto, Ortigia Island (Siracusa), and Ragusa Ibla. The program also includes guided walking tours, eight special meals with wine, three of which are at prominent Sicilian wineries in Noto, Ragusa and Mount Etna areas, a chocolate tasting and demonstration in Modica, and a boat tour around Ortigia Island. Guest conductor for the program will be David Hayes (Mannes, Curtis and director of NYChoral). Karen La Rosa of La RosaWorks is our cultural coordinator.

For more detailed information regarding pricing, repertoire, application process, videos, photos, please visit www.serenadeschoral.com or contact founder and artistic director Paulo Faustino at serenadeschoraltravel@gmail.com or text/call (267) 259-0575. Application deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019.
Posted 9/6/2019. Expires 12/6/2019.
Ember (NYC midtown) seeks two low basses and one tenor
Ember (EmberEnsemble.org) is a mix of professional and experienced avocational singers, and we are still shy two low basses and one tenor for our upcoming concerts on November 9 and 10 entitled “Civil Discourse.” First rehearsal is on Tuesday evening, September 10. To attend the rehearsal and audition on that night, or to inquire about other dates, please send an e-mail to Auditions@EmberEnsemble.org.
Posted 9/5/2019. Expires 10/5/2019.
Downtown Brooklyn church choir seeks alto
Paid alto choir/cantor position available at major church music program in Downtown Brooklyn, conducted by Benjamin Niemczyk. By audition only. Sunday rehearsal and mass with extra calls for Christmas and Holy Week.

Recent repertoire includes works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Schönberg, Messiaen, Nystedt, Corigliano, Ives, Stravinsky, Duruflé, Tallis, Palestrina, Copland, Bernstein, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Williams, Mealor, Muhly, Koppin and much more. Reading ability and straight-tone singing required. Write bonifacechoir@gmail.com to schedule an audition. Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 109 Willoughby, Brooklyn. Q,R,F,A,C,2,3 trains.
Posted 8/30/2019. Expires 10/30/2019.
New Zealand tour with Jonathan Griffith
Travel with the Jonathan Griffith Singers to beautiful New Zealand for a Special Performance Tour including the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Sir Karl Jenkins's work The Armed Man, conducted by Jonathan Griffith.

From July 12 to 24, 2020, the JG Singers will tour four of New Zealand's most famous cities: Rotura, Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland, including a visit to Hobbiton, the filming location for The Lord of the Rings movies! For more information, visit www.dciny.org/jgsingersnz/, e-mail Diane@DCINY.org or call (212) 707-8566 x320. Limited slots available per voice section.
Posted 8/28/2019. Expires 10/28/2019.
Greenwich church seeks long-term substitute bass section leader
Substitute bass section leader / soloist needed at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, Connecticut on a month-to-month basis beginning right after Labor Day. Position is expected to last at least two months and very possibly longer. Position is for a 2nd bass in a professional octet with volunteer choir. Must be excellent sight reader with very strong voice. Traditional repertoire. Thursday rehearsals begin September 5 from 7:15 to 9:00. Sunday warmups are promptly at 9:00-9:30, with service from 10:00 to 11:15. Pay is $100 per appearance. Appropriate attire required. Church is 15-minute walk from Greenwich Metro-North stop. Please submit resume or biography indicating training, repertoire and performing experience, as well as sound files, videos or links to same, to Robert Mobsby at rjmobsby@netscape.net.
Posted 8/26/2019. Expires 9/26/2019.
EnsembleNYC offers a Musical Theatre Workshop September 16
EnsembleNYC offers a Musical Theatre Workshop on September 16, 2019, 1:00-5:00 PM at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue.

This intensive 4-hour workshop is directed at those musical theatre artists actively conducting and/or playing. Audit-only is available for those interested in pursuing this profession. There will be a maximum of 5-8 participants accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Topics include: refining conducting gesture, developing and refining rehearsal techniques, and addressing concerns and challenges associated with conducting from the keyboard, and a Q&A, addressing specific challenges of Conductors/Music Directors. The teaching artists are Laura Bergquist, musical director, conductor, pianist; Vanessa May-lok Lee, Faculty Pianist, Manhattan School of Music; Ronnie Oliver, Artistic Director of EnsembleNYC; Associate Director of Choral Activities, Manhattan School of Music. Fee: $150 for conductors; $75 for auditors. Application deadline: September 3, 2019. Cancellations: Full refund no later than 2 weeks in advance; no refund within 2 weeks prior to event. For more information, e-mail us contact@ensemblenyc.us or visit ensemblenyc.us/workshops/2019-16-09-musical-theatre/.
Posted 8/22/2019. Expires 9/16/2019.
Experiment with Vocal Ensemble Laboratory!
The Vocal Ensemble Laboratory invites amateur, semi-professional and professional singers and other musicians to try out choral endeavors in a supportive, low-stakes environment. Come practice small ensemble singing, sight-singing, conducting, or workshop a choral composition with us.

Follow us on Facebook or Meetup to connect to other musicians in Westchester, NY and surrounding areas who enjoy learning from doing!
Posted 8/12/2019. Expires 11/12/2019.
KHORIKOS seeks new music from composers worldwide
KHORIKOS, one of NYC's premier vocal ensembles, is accepting a cappella score submissions for our 4th ORTUS International New Music Competition. Send us your best work for mixed a cappella choir! Previously unperformed pieces are welcome, but not required; premieres are not the focus of this competition.

Details:
  • One submission per composer. No age limits. Only submissions made by the composers themselves will be considered.
  • Submission deadline is October 1, 2019.
  • 15 minutes maximum duration. Shorter works are, of course, welcome.
  • Your submission must include an audio representation of your score in some form (please see below for details).
  • KHORIKOS is a balanced choir of 30 SATB voices.
  • Any level of technical difficulty welcome, from the simple and beautiful to the complex and dazzling--your imagination is the limit.
  • Winning compositions will be announced around the new year.
  • We will confirm receipt of your submission once the deadline has passed.
  • Previous winners are ineligible.
We will select 15-30 finalists from the pool of submissions (depending on the duration of the pieces), and the singers of KHORIKOS will select the winning compositions from among those finalists.

If selected, your music will be given meaningful aesthetic attention during a thorough rehearsal cycle--not just a clean reading by a group of professionals. The winning compositions will be performed in our beautiful home space, The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, in New York City’s historic SOHO, on Saturday, April 4, 2020. We hope to live-stream this performance, making your music accessible worldwide. Previous ORTUS concerts have drawn thousands of online viewers.

Sending an audio file along with the score is necessary in order to streamline the selection process. This could be a MIDI realization, a rehearsal/performance recording, or a recording of a piano/instrumental reduction. There’s nothing wrong with using MIDI, and the quality of the recording you send will not reflect on your submission as long as the audio sufficiently represents the score. Please submit your scores and audio realizations via e-mail to ORTUS2020@dorianartists.com and include "new music for Khorikos" in the subject. Attachments or direct links to downloadable files are preferred, and please make sure any download links remain active until November 1, 2019. Please do not link to a streaming platform.

Lastly, whether or not you’re submitting, please help us share this post with music communities and composers around the world. Like us on Facebook to receive updates on the competition, profiles of the winning composers and more. Thank you for your music!
Posted 8/5/2019. Expires 10/1/2019.
Singers needed for opera about Warsaw Ghetto uprising
SATB singers needed for new tonal opera about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The chorus is featured in almost every number. Rehearsals in September and October in Brooklyn and performance Sunday, October 27 at 3 PM in Brooklyn. The music is very tonal and easy to learn. Pay is $100. Call Maxine Feldman at 718-490-7556.
Posted 7/21/2019. Expires 9/21/2019.
Free introductory lesson in Alexander Technique
Contact Elizabeth Hurwitt at elizabeth@betteratbeing.com for a free introduction to this dynamic mind-body method. Alexander Technique can help you improve your vocal production and breathing, along with your postural support and ease of movement. Alexander Technique has been a favorite of vocal professionals and amateurs for over 150 years, providing singers and speakers with the freedom to communicate more freely and effectively. Elizabeth's teaching is certified by the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT). Start with a free introductory lesson. Thereafter, continued lessons are affordable and negotiable. For further information, visit www.betteratbeing.com.
Posted 7/11/2019. Expires 10/11/2019.
Westport church seeks tenor and bass section leaders
Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Westport, CT seeks tenor and bass section leaders for 25-voice Parish Choir. Excellent quality music in the Anglican tradition sung in a lively suburban parish of 500 members. Sunday service, 9:30 AM; Thursday rehearsal, 7:45-9:45 PM. Additional responsibilities: Choral Evensong, Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil. Salary: $80.00/call with additional pay for holy days, Evensongs, etc. Contact Michael Burnette at mburnette@chtwestport.org or (203) 227-0827 x107. Position begins September 5, 2019.
Posted 6/15/2019. Expires 9/15/2019.
Encore Creativity for Older Adults seeks conductors
Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral program for adults 55+, is searching for conductors to lead various Encore choral ensembles. Conductors accompany their own rehearsals and lead from the piano. These programs consist of 15 weekly rehearsals throughout Fall and Spring semesters. There are no auditions for Encore programs, rehearsals occur during daytime hours, and singers are permitted to sit during rehearsal and performances according to their needs. Encore ensembles within each type below all learn the same repertoire, allowing for various different locations to combine for concerts and touring.

Currently, Encore has 23 ensembles throughout Maryland, Virginia, DC and New York City. Encore offers three different types of choral ensembles as follows:
  • Encore CHORALE: A more traditional SATB choral experience, with repertoire ranging from classical to spirituals to songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. All repertoire selections are made by Artistic Director and Founder, Jeanne Kelly. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
  • Encore ROCKS: As suggested in the title, these ensembles sing SATB arrangements of “rock-n-roll” repertoire that includes popular music from the 1950s through the 2000s. All repertoire selections are made by ROCKS Director, Jeffrey Dokken. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
  • Sentimental Journey Singers: Encore’s newest program is focused on providing our signature choral experience to those who suffer from early to early/moderate Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments, as well as their care partners. This will include a variety of standard repertoire, mostly arranged for three parts. All repertoire selections are made by the Director of the Sentimental Journey Singers program, Mary Ann East. Note that for this program a rehearsal accompanist will be provided. Candidates must have a basic understanding of dementia and how it can affect people; a basic understanding of how to interact with persons diagnosed with dementia; and preferably, experience working with people diagnosed with dementia. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
Expectations and qualifications of Encore conductors include the following:
  • 10+ years of choral conducting experience
  • Strong and supportive piano skills for rehearsals
  • Approach rehearsals with energy, enthusiasm, passion and respect for older singers
  • Believe that older adult singers can achieve excellence and be able to recognize when they have reached their potential
  • Deep understanding of vocal technique and the ability to solve problems in older adult voices
  • Positive and patient personality and approach to conducting
  • Excellent musicianship
  • Ability to prepare singers with utmost precision and discipline and desire to avoid sloppiness
  • Interpretive skills and the ability to draw passion and emotion from older adult singers
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • Team player with dedication to Encore program and singers
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • Ability to understand the difficulties of aging
Current conductor openings for the Fall Semester (September through December) and following include:
  • DC ROCKS: Currently scheduled for Thursday evening rehearsals in downtown Washington (DC).
  • MIDTOWN ENCORE CHORALE: Currently scheduled for Monday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan (NY), however day of week is subject to change.
  • MIDTOWN ROCKS: Currently scheduled on Monday afternoons in Midtown Manhattan (NY), however day of week is subject to change.
In addition, we anticipate offering a Sentimental Journey Singers and additional Chorales and ROCKS ensembles in New York City within the next 12-18 months.

As Encore continues to expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally, we are developing our roster of Encore conductors. Specifically, we are eager to identify interested conductors in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and New York City who are interested in joining the Encore team and conducting one or more of our ensembles.

Conductor duties
  • Conduct a minimum of fifteen 90-minute rehearsals from September through December and January through May
  • Conductors are expected to lead from the piano, accompanying their own rehearsals
  • Prepare music for rehearsals and performance venues including the Kennedy Center
  • Conduct concerts of your ensembles and others when requested
  • Help promote Encore’s mission, attract new participants and endorse fundraising efforts
  • Facilitate social break (for Sentimental Journey Singers ONLY)
If you have the qualifications stated above, we would like to hear from you. Please forward a detailed cover letter stating your interest in these particular programs along with your resume to Robert Rund, Executive Director, ED@encorecreativity.org. To learn more about Encore, visit www.encorecreativity.org. Encore Creativity for Older Adults is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization. Encore Creativity does not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
Posted 6/15/2019. Expires 10/15/2019.