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Broadway Singing Workshop May 19 in Princeton Junction
Learn Broadway-style singing. Stibol Music is inspiring youths in the musical arts. Seeking talented singers for an intense two-hour Broadway Singing Workshop under the artistic direction of EllenRenee, our Broadway vocal professional. Participants come together developing the vocal skills and confidence necessary for stage through instruction culminating in a performance of Broadway tunes. The workshop will be held on May 19 from 2 to 4 PM at Stibol Music, 45 Everett Drive #110b, Princeton Junction, NJ. For more information, call 609-799-0900 or e-mail info@ellenreneeproductions.com.
Posted 3/18/2019. Expires 5/19/2019.
UN Symphony seeks singers for April project
UN Symphony Orchestra is looking for choral singers for a major new project.

El Cóndor Pasa -- Andean Hope is an original new musical written by the Peruvian composer Dante Váldez. It is based on the old indigenous story and the music is infused with the folklore of the Andes. The project involves UN Symphony Orchestra, augmented by several ethnic Andean instruments (zampoñas, quenas, charango, cajón), and will be produced in a semi-staged version. The 70-piece orchestra will be on stage, with the chorus behind it on the choral risers, with the soloists and dancers performing on the proscenium in full costume and under theatrical lighting.

The performances are scheduled for 24 and 25 April at the NYU Skirball auditorium. The project has been promoted in the programme for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will take place during the same week, at the UN. We are expecting many high-level delegations of various indigenous communities from around the world to attend our performances.

Singers who would like to join this exciting and unique project are invited to visit our sign-up page and provide their information here: goo.gl/forms/W1vRMuJ5mw3pkEH82.
Posted 3/8/2019. Expires 4/25/2019.
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 2/26/2019. Expires 5/26/2019.
Richmond Choral Society hosts Move to the Music workshop on April 6
On Saturday, April 6, Richmond Choral Society will be hosting Move to the Music, an innovative workshop led by Dr. William R. Bauer, Assistant Professor of Music at the College of Staten Island. This free-of-charge workshop, which includes lunch, will take place at Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Avenue in Staten Island from 10 AM to 3 PM.

The workshop, which will be moderated by RCS Music Director Marina Alexander, is designed for singers, conductors, music students and music educators who want to harness the spontaneous energy of rhythm in music. Move to the Music is based on a program developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, a Swiss composer and educator. It features interactive games and exercises led by Dr. Bauer that focus on the ways people use music to organize their actions, coordinate their interactions with others, express meaning, communicate ideas and feelings, and arrive at a deeper understanding of one another.

Walk-ins may be limited due to space and it is suggested that participants pre-register via e-mail to info@richmondchoral.com or by phone at 718-448-3656 by Saturday, March 30. For additional information please call 718-448-3656, visit our website at www.richmondchoralsociety.com or find us on Facebook@RichmondChoralSociety.
Posted 2/21/2019. Expires 4/6/2019.
Ask the Choral Doctor
Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, conductor, editor, recording artist, composer, lecturer and professor, is pleased to offer a new service designed to assist choral conductors as they prepare music to conduct, and to assist composers as they prepare their scores for publication and/or performance. For details, visit haroldrosenbaum.com/ask-the-choral-doctor.shtml.
Posted 2/21/2019. Expires 6/21/2019.
Spruce up for spring with Tuxedo by Sarno
Spruce up for spring!

Here at Tuxedo by Sarno, we’ve been dressing the northeast for over 78 years, and want to help your group look their best for the upcoming spring concert season. We have full dress tails, tuxedos and wonderful suits, both new and pre-worn, starting at $100 coat and pants! We also have separates: pants, shirts and a rainbow of vests and ties, pre-worn and new. Make sure to take full advantage of our group discounts plus free shipping on orders of 20 or more! When you’re ready to order, or if you have any questions, e-mail customercare@sarnotux.com and put Spring Sale in the subject line.
Posted 2/20/2019. Expires 6/20/2019.
Ardsley church seeks bass/baritone for Maundy Thursday and Easter
Bass/baritone needed for April 18 Maundy Thursday 7:30 PM evening service and 10 AM April 21 Easter Sunday service. (Rehearsal for each will be right before the service.) St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, NY (19 miles north of the city, on Metro-North). Friendly church and very small choir. $100 for each day. Contact Minister of Music Larry Wolf at 914-450-8467 or larrywolf95@gmail.com.
Posted 2/6/2019. Expires 4/6/2019.
Choral coaching services with Bill Heigen
Award-winning composer Bill Heigen is now offering choral coaching services for singers and choirs in the tri-state area. Private voice lessons made to address all of your choral needs such as blending, tuning, vibrato control, ear training, repertoire, sight-singing. Please visit www.choralcoach.art and get to know his services.
Posted 2/4/2019. Expires 6/4/2019.
Amore Opera seeks tenors and baritones
Amore Opera is seeking additional tenors and baritones for their March production of Meyerbeer's opera Dinorah, a beautiful opera that has not been produced in this country in nearly a century. Performance dates are March 19, 20 and two on March 23 at the Riverside Theater in Manhattan's Riverside Church. This is a volunteer position for choristers who want to sing in a fully staged production with costumes and a full orchestra. If you are interested, contact Janet at jjoperacat@gmail.com. Rehearsals have already begun, so contact us as soon as possible so that we can bring you up to speed.
Posted 2/4/2019. Expires 4/4/2019.
Civil Rights Choir Tour commemorating the centennial of the Red Summer of 1919 July 3-7, 2019
Grace Chorale of Brooklyn and Congressional Chorus of Washington, DC have partnered for a choir tour of significant sites related to the Civil Rights struggle in the United States and will perform concerts that give voice to those struggles in an effort to create change and cultivate a deeper understanding of race in the United States. Here are the trip highlights.
  • Atlanta: Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and perform at the Center for Civil and Human Rights on July 4.
  • Montgomery: Rosa Parks Museum, Alabama State Capitol (the birthplace of the Confederacy), the Civil Rights Memorial and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice honoring over 4,000 African-Americans who were lynched in the United State. Perform at Old Ship AME Church across the street from the Memorial.
  • Selma: Walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
  • Birmingham: The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (a civil rights landmark that was bombed by Klansmen in 1963 killing four girls) and Kelly Ingram Park. Perform evening concert at First Church Birmingham.
Why this trip in 2019? The year 2019 marks the centennial of the Red Summer of 1919 when a series of deadly racial conflicts and lynchings in more than 30 American cities led to hundreds of people, most of them black, being killed or lynched, thousands of African-American businesses being destroyed and tens of thousands being forced to flee their homes.

The Great Migration that began in 1910 involved the relocation of more than 6 million African-Americans who moved from the southern United States to the Midwest, West and Northeast over a 60-year period. Spurred by limited economic opportunities, Jim Crow segregation laws, and violence and lynchings by the KKK, African-Americans found employment in industrial cities that were experiencing labor shortages due to World War I. When soldiers returned from the war to major cities in the US, white workers in the North and Midwestern cities resented the African-Americans who were given jobs they once held in factories. In addition, African-American soldiers did not receive the same benefits as white soldiers who fought in the same war. Tensions reached a boiling point in May of 1919 when the first racially-motivated attacks began. The period from May to October of 1919 during which these racial conflicts occurred is referred to as the "Red Summer."

Fast forward a century. What progress have we made? The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 all led to reforms. Nonetheless, there remain daily parallels between the headlines of 1919 and those of today. This tour will provide insights to the long dark shadow of racism in the United States.

Please contact Jason Asbury at jasonaasbury@outlook.com to learn more about the trip or to sign up. The cost, including round-trip airfare from JFK, is approximately $1,448 for a double-occupancy room.
Posted 1/31/2019. Expires 3/31/2019.
Director of Music Ministry – First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, NY
Located in Yorktown, New York, just one hour north of New York City, the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown is the second oldest church in Westchester County. Our church was organized in 1730 by the initial settlers of the area -- people whose names are remembered on the gravestones in our cemetery, and on the streets and localities of our community. Our first meeting house was built in 1738, and was burned by the British during the American Revolution because the church was storing munitions for the rebels in the basement. (We were rebels for justice even back then!) The second building was constructed in 1783, and was replaced by our current sanctuary in 1838.

We are an active intergenerational congregation of 400 members. We are committed to compelling worship, life-long faith formation, intentional fellowship, inspirational stewardship and transformational mission under the umbrella of radical hospitality. While we cherish our past, we are fully focused on God’s call to be the church in the 21st century that connects with God, with one another, and the world. Our ministry welcomes all who are searching for their spiritual path, as well as those established in their faith. We are an inclusive church family that invites all, regardless of their faith background, race, gender, sexual orientation or financial status. We currently offer two Sunday morning worship services from September to June, and one service during the summer, and occasional special services.

Our music ministry is supported by a 22-member volunteer adult choir, two handbell choirs, a two-manual Austin pipe organ, a Steinway model ‘B’ grand piano, three rehearsal pianos, Roland Classic digital harpsichord and various percussion instruments. Our congregation includes a variety of instrumentalists, both amateur and professional. We enthusiastically embrace a variety of musical styles, from traditional classical European to World Music, from Gospel to Jazz, and from much-loved hymns to contemporary Christian music. We value diversity in excellent music that supports an experiential, relevant, and connectional worship. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.fpcyorktown.org.

Here’s what we know about our next Director of Music Ministry. Our next Director of Music Ministry will provide collaborative leadership in the music and worship life of our church. Our DMM will view the church and the church’s music as a true calling, cherish music makers of all ages and abilities, foster congregational participation, and not least, be an accomplished church musician, teacher and practitioner. While we believe we are looking for the traditional skilled organist, keyboardist and choral director combo working between 30 to 40 hours weekly, we are open to discussing other models with you. Our Director of Music Ministry will bring a passion to music in the service of worship, and will be an approachable, flexible and creative member of our worship design team.

Our Director of Music Ministry will be a familiar face around the church to members of our congregation--at worship services, fellowship time and special events and activities throughout the week--and a partner with church staff and leadership. The DMM will work closely with and report directly to the co-pastors. The DMM will also be a member of the Worship Design commission, which meets regularly to vision, design and coordinate worship themes and programs. The DMM will work with professionals and volunteers (children, youth and adults), serving as an encouraging resource to support, inspire, and coordinate the worship life of the church through congregational, choral, and instrumental music.

We expect that the Director of Music Ministry will:
  • Be a trained musician with a minimum of Bachelors in Music or equivalent
  • Have expertise in vocal technique and choral conducting
  • Have experience conducting handbells (or willingness to learn)
  • Direct choirs, provide music at worship services and schedule and conduct rehearsals
  • Identify and encourage persons who play musical instruments to participate in worship services and mentor congregational participation in the church’s musical life
  • Explore new and expanded musical ensembles and offer musical enrichment opportunities to the congregation
  • Develop relationships with the surrounding musical community, and extend the musical ministry of our church into the community
  • Hold regular office hours
  • Purchase music and maintain an organized music library
  • Administer the music budget
  • Oversee the use, care and maintenance of the church’s musical instruments
  • Recruit, hire and supervise outside musicians as needed
Most of all, we look forward to welcoming a dynamic Director of Music Ministry who will share our joy of music, and help us become a more faithful worshiping community. Please send letter of interest, resume and media samples (if available) to the Director of Music Ministry Search Committee at DMMsearch@fpcyorktown.org.
Posted 1/28/2019. Expires 3/28/2019.
Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony intensive June 10-14
Through the Eastman School of Music, I, Michael Anderson, am offering a one-week intensive course this summer on singing Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony this summer in New York City. It is designed for talented singers with interest in early music looking to advance their own knowledge. College credit and teaching development hours can also be earned through the institute. The workshop takes place June 10-14 at the Church of Notre Dame near Columbia University. For details, visit summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/singing-gregorian-chant-and-renaissance-polyphony-new-york-city/.
Posted 1/15/2019. Expires 6/10/2019.
Sing in Sicily with Umbrian Serenades
Umbrian Serenades offers a singing opportunity for the culturally inclined, discerning choral singers and their travel companions who enjoy travel, performing and life-transforming cultural experiences, in addition to savoring local foods and wines.

Umbrian Serenades is recruiting choral singers of all levels for its 12-day summer choral and cultural program, which will take place in the Sicilian baroque town of Noto, from June 23 to July 4, 2019. David Hayes (Curtis, Mannes and New York Choral Society) returns as guest conductor for a fourth summer, conducting the ensemble of participants with concerts in Noto, Siracusa and Ragusa. Cultural events include tours with local licensed guides at the Siracusa archeological park and the island of Ortigia Center, the town of Modica and a visit, tour and wine tasting lunch at a historic winery on the slopes of Mount Etna, in addition to other optional day trips. Umbrian Serenades has joined forces with Sicily travel specialist Karen La Rosa to create a fantastic, 4-star program, with hotel swimming pool and crystal clear water beaches nearby.

Contact Paulo Faustini at umbrianserenades@gmail.com or visit www.umbrianserenades.com. See the YouTube video about the program at youtu.be/p9hrs4s7jraa.
Posted 12/10/2018. Expires 4/10/2019.
Berkshire Choral International 2019 season
Sing to the World with Berkshire Choral International!
  • Sonoma, CA, June 9-16
    Craig Hella Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard
    Gary Thor Wedow, conductor
    Sonoma State University | Weill Hall
  • Boston, MA, June 23-30
    Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah
    Erin Freeman, conductor
    Tufts University, Medford | Boston Symphony Hall
  • Richmond, VA, July 7-14
    Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
    Benjamin Britten: Saint Nicolas
    Tom Hall, conductor
    University of Richmond | Carpenter Theater
  • Prague, Czech Republic, August 4-11
    Antonín Dvořák: Stabat Mater
    Heinz Ferlesch, conductor
    Hotel International | Žofín Palace
Now accepting applications for the 2019 season at www.berkshirechoral.org.
Posted 11/12/2018. Expires 5/12/2019.