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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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
St. Michael's Church seeks alto section leader
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (at the corner of 99th and Amsterdam) seeks an alto section leader/soloist. Auditions are currently open, with the position beginning in mid-September, 2017.
The position calls for:
- Wednesday evening rehearsal 6:30-8:30, and 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.
- Occasional services such as Evensong or choral concerts are part of the regular choral offering.
Posted 7/12/2017. Expires 9/12/2017.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll happily arrange an audition time for you at the church!
Posted 7/9/2017. Expires 9/9/2017.
Irvington Presbyterian Church seeks part-time youth and children's choir director
Irvington Presbyterian Church (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY) seeks a quarter-time Director of Youth and Children’s Choirs. Responsibilities include conducting weekly rehearsals for both choirs (Youth Choir and Children’s Choir) on Sundays running September to June, conducting performances in services (approximately once per month), assisting the youth choirs with outreach performances approximately four times per year (such as Christmas caroling at local hospitals), and leading music in Children’s Chapel (once per month, usually the first Sunday of the month). Desired qualifications include previous experience with vocal pedagogy and children’s choirs, experience with and appreciation for traditional choral repertoire, and the readiness to collaborate with the Director of Music and Chancel Choir (adult choir). Piano accompanying skills and experience with styles such as Gospel music and various world music traditions are a plus. Time on site will ordinarily be on Sundays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Compensation will be $15,000-$20,000 annually commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please e-mail a cover letter and C.V. to email@example.com. Application deadline is July 28. Finalists will interview and give a demonstration rehearsal in August, with the goal of filling the position in September.
Posted 7/9/2017. Expires 8/1/2017.
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.
Kol Rinah seeks accompanist
Kol Rinah, the Jewish Chorale of Westchester, is seeking an accompanist/ collaborative pianist. We are a chorus of approximately 25 voices, men and women, who rehearse on Thursday evenings at the Shames JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY during the school year.
For more information or to set up an audition, interested experienced accompanists should see our website at www.kolrinahchorale.org, call Wendy Segal (co-manager) at (914) 243-9059 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 7/5/2017. Expires 9/5/2017.
Drew University seeks tenor or bass voice instructor
The Drew University Music Department is seeking a tenor or bass voice instructor beginning Fall 2017. The position is a part-time/adjunct appointment teaching weekly private voice lessons to undergraduate music majors and non-majors at Drew each semester (Fall and Spring) for academic credit. Private instructors at Drew are paid a fixed rate per student. Although the number of students does fluctuate, voice instructors at Drew have taught an average of 15 students per semester for the past five years. Other responsibilities include assessing end-of-semester juries for assigned students and supervising recitals as applicable. Bachelor's degree in music, music education, vocal performance/pedagogy or relevant field required, along with significant private teaching experience; master's degree preferred. If interested, please send CV to Jason Bishop, director of choral and vocal studies at Drew University, at email@example.com.
Posted 6/28/2017. Expires 8/28/2017.
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.
Sing with Long Island Voices in "A Concert for Peace"
My summer choir, Long Island Voices, will soon begin rehearsals for a summer benefit concert with rehearsals in the Bayport, NY and the concert at Saint Peter’s by-the-Sea in Bay Shore, NY. This is going to be a powerful concert, featuring my Requiem Dies Magna (in collaboration with Sound Symphony), but also a few new shorter pieces, My Name is Lamiya: Don’t Call Me ‘Refugee’ and Pay the Ferryman for David Aaron. The concert is called "A Concert for Peace" and will benefit F.I.S.T., www.familiesinsupportoftreatment.org (supporting families struggling with a loved ones drug addiction), as well as 911 Veterans, Inc. My Name is Lamiya: Don’t Call Me ‘Refugee' is part of the Child Refugee Awareness Choral Consortium I’ve organized. Pay the Ferryman for David Aaron is part of the Opioid Epidemic Awareness Choral Consortium. There will be some additional pieces, but those are the main highlights. And the Requiem will be premiering a new, powerful final movement, "Pacem Relinquo Vobis (Peace I Leave with You)," which is a cry for peace, which the world struggles to give.
I can’t wait to start rehearsals (Tuesday nights in Bayport from 7:15 to 9:15, starting 6/20). We are actively seeking more basses (we need to build up to 10 at a minimum) and tenors (we are currently at 6 but need a minimum of 10 as well). We still cheerfully welcome sopranos and altos, but are hoping to reach the minimums for the basses and altos so we can keep an appropriate balance. The concert is Sunday, September 17 but there are no rehearsals on Tuesday evenings in September, as all my members will be returning back to their regular season choirs that month.
For additional info, visit mbqstudio.com/life/long-island-voices/. Please contact me, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, at Hello@MBQStudio.com to join us in making a difference!
Posted 6/12/2017. Expires 8/12/2017.
Seeking soprano and alto singers for Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir.
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is an internationally renowned radical performance company in residence at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater with upcoming shows at Celebrate Brooklyn, Dublin Live Art Festival and more. We are not religious. We make politically charged, activist music. We are an ethnically, sexually and economically diverse 35-voice group, with opportunities for soloists and choral singers alike. Regular ongoing rehearsals Sundays evenings (5-8 PM) in the East Village, NYC; regular performances ongoing locally, with some touring. This is a mostly volunteer choir but sometimes there is pay. Music director is Nehemiah Luckett. You can listen to the music here: soundcloud.com/revbilly.
We have performed on stages all over the city, St. John the Divine, Brooklyn Folk Festival, Creative Time and opened for Neil Young on his National Rebel Content Tour. Morgan Spurlock made a documentary about our work called What Would Jesus Buy and we have been on national news and featured in international news many times. We have won an Obie Award, The Alpert Award and The Edwin Booth award. Check out revbilly.com for more information. Interested applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 347-693-8857.
Posted 6/8/2017. Expires 8/8/2017.
Taconic Opera invites choral singers to participate in the world premiere of a new opera
For choral singers who are interested in something new and exciting, Taconic Opera invites you to participate in a truly unique experience: the world premiere of a new comedic opera, In Bocca al Lupo (Into the Mouth of the Wolf), opera’s equivalent of theatre’s "break a leg") by the company’s founder and General Manager and Artistic Director, Dan Montez. In addition to heading Taconic Opera for the last 20 years and directing all of its productions, Montez’s career includes lead tenor in over 50 productions, composing six oratorios and numerous other works, teacher, author, concert pianist, and conductor of oratorios and other concert performances around the world.
An Italian opera within an English opera, the work will be performed in both English and Italian with English supertitles above the stage. This comedy about a buffoon trying to run an opera company takes us on a hysterical journey through the audition process, musical coaching, stage directing, backstage disasters during a performance, running the opera office, holding a fundraiser and finally presenting the show.
All voice parts are welcome, particularly men. Membership for experienced choristers will not require an audition. There are no dues to sing with the chorus, however members are required to secure their own music. There will be three performances of the production at the Yorktown Stage in Yorktown Heights, NY: Thursday, October 19 at 10:00 AM for schools; Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 PM; and Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 PM.
Requests to participate in the chorus will be accepted until June 24, 2017. New members may be accepted after June 24 based on their experience and musical abilities. Singers who have a conflict with the complete rehearsal schedule may likewise be accepted based on experience and ability. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, beginning on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Attendance at all rehearsals is not strictly required but highly recommended. In addition to rehearsals, chorus members will need to spend some time on their own working on the music. Rehearsals take place at the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts, 24 Old Albany Post Road/Route 9, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Anyone with interest in pursuing this opportunity or who has additional questions can contact Mary Corda at email@example.com or by calling (914) 649-1826. Complete information about Taconic Opera can be found on its website, www.TaconicOpera.org.
Posted 6/8/2017. Expires 8/8/2017.
Yankee Male Chorus concerts in Vermont and New Hampshire in August
Men from 16 male choruses throughout New England and New York have been meeting for over 60 years in southern Vermont and New Hampshire to rehearse songs and present four evening concerts in four different towns. We will be rehearsing at 1PM on Wednesday, August 9 in West Brattleboro VT in the First Congregational Church. Songs include: The Gift of Song, You Raise Me Up, America the Beautiful, Steal Away, Unchained Melody, September Song, Ride the Chariot, Lida Rose, The Sound of Music, Let There Be Peace on earth and River in Judea. Our lead conductor is Michael Wright. All concerts are at 7:30 PM August 9-12 in West Brattleboro, VT; Acworth, NH; Westminster, VT; and Chester, VT. Admission to the concerts is by free-will offering. For more information, contact Marty Edelman at 212-249-3038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 6/2/2017. Expires 8/12/2017.
Sing with Music on the Hill's Summer Chorus
Music on the Hill invites singers to join the 15th annual Summer Chorus to rehearse and perform the Schubert Mass in E-Flat. This is one of Schubert's last major works, rarely performed but filled with the lyrical beauty for which he was admired. Artistic director Ellen Dickinson conducts. Students welcome!
Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 PM starting June 27 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT. Concert: Thursday, July 27 at 8 PM, also at St. Matthew's. No audition. Advance registration with voice part required to ellen@musiconthehillCT.org or 203-529-3133. Cost: suggested minimum contribution of $40; students $20. All singers are welcome! The Summer Chorus includes those who are already in a choir (high school, church, or community ensemble) as well as singers who are looking for a new place to sing or who haven't sung in a while.
The Summer Chorus is one of Music on the Hill's four performing ensembles. It draws singers from across the region to perform a major choral work each July. Learn more, and join the mailing list, at musiconthehillCT.org.
Posted 5/27/2017. Expires 7/27/2017.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-869-5830 x10.
Posted 5/23/2017. Expires 8/23/2017.
Maiori Choir Festival, Amalfi Coast, September 19-25, 2017
Learn more about the first Maiori Choir Festival, to be held on the Amalfi Coast in Italy September 19-25, 2017. Slots are available for a number of international choirs to participate in this non-competitive festival that features informal performances, workshops, singing tours and excursions. Visit www.rossoaranciomusic.org/maiorichoirfestival for details.
Posted 1/31/2017. Expires 7/31/2017.