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Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Amsterdam Avenue at 99th Street) is seeking a talented and energetic Director of Children’s Choirs for its vibrant and diverse choral program. The director is responsible for the musical direction and education of the children’s choral ensembles and will work closely with the Director of Music, St. Michael's clergy and lay leadership, parents and community members on programming, community outreach and Christian formation.
The free children’s choir program at St. Michael’s is a vital component of our music ministry. Currently the Cherub Choir (beginners PK and up), Angel Choir (intermediate), and the St. Cecilia Choir (advanced upper grades) sing a wide variety of repertoire, with choral training methods drawn from both the RSCM and Kodály.
The primary purpose of the choirs is to praise God, to support the worship of the church and to form our children and youth in the Christian faith. In doing so, the choirs offer teaching and training in excellent choral technique, developing a love of music in participants and a sense of belonging to the St. Michael’s community.
We actively recruit children and youth in our neighborhood, making our choirs an outreach to the surrounding community. Going forward, we seek to increase that recruitment. The Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs is a half-time position requiring 20 hours a week, which varies by season.
Duties of the position include but are not limited to:
- Conducting regular rehearsals with all of the children’s and youth choirs
- Directing choirs at 10:00 AM Sunday services and other special services and events;i>
- Musical leadership for the annual Christmas pageant
- Close collaboration with other staff in music and Christian formation
- Intentional recruitment through local schools and other community centers
- Regular communication with parents and with the congregation as a whole
- A bachelors degree in music with an emphasis in choral work
- Extensive experience working in music with children of all ages
- Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
- Ability and willingness to collaborate with other staff members
- A flexible and creative approach with a sense of humor
- An appreciation for liturgy, quality church music from a wide variety of traditions and an eagerness to further the mission and ministry of the church
- Graduate work and training in choral conducting
- Organ and/or keyboard skills
- Training and experience in RCSM and Kodály programs
- Anglican/Episcopal liturgical experience
This position is responsible to the Music Director for supervision, working closely with the Rector who has ultimate oversight of program and ministry. The children’s choir director also works with other staff, especially with the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries.
St. Michael’s seeks and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Applicants should submit a letter and resume to John Cantrell, Director of Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10.
Posted 4/19/2021. Expires 5/10/2021.
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.
PlayScore 2 plays scores from photos or PDFs
PlayScore 2 is the ideal choir practice app.
Using the latest techniques in Optical Music Recognition (OCR for music), PlayScore 2 lets you play a score from a photo or a regular PDF with amazing realism. Simply take a snap of your music and PlayScore 2 will play back your music as it should sound. You can also import scores from IMSLP, and export to score editors such as MuseScore or Finale. PlayScore 2 is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Using PlayScore 2, singers can hear scores at home as they should sound. PlayScore 2 lets you learn your part in any choral score. Listen to a single part or any combination of parts in a song with PlayScore 2. Any score once built is free for other choir members to play. For more information, please go to playscore.co. Download the PlayScore 2 app today!
Posted 2/15/2021. Expires 6/15/2021.