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Hudson Sound A Cappella seeking tenors and basses

Hudson Sound, the JCC Manhattan’s 20s and 30s a cappella group, is holding auditions for tenors and basses. Please send a video of yourself singing a verse and chorus of any song that showcases your range (except musical theatre) to hudsonsoundacappella@gmail.com by Saturday, June 16. Callbacks will be held at the JCC on Tuesday, June 26 from 7 to 9 PM. An e-mail will be sent to reserve a callback time slot. Please e-mail us with any questions!
Posted 5/25/2018. Expires 6/26/2018.

Ardsley church choir seeks alto and bass/baritone

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, New York is looking for a pro alto and a pro bass/baritone for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church, starting mid-September 2018. One Sunday rehearsal and service at 8:45 and 10:00 AM, respectively, plus additional services at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. We seek someone who has strong sight reading and vocal skills, is responsible in learning parts and attendance, and has a voice that blends well. Ardsley is 20 miles from Manhattan, an easy drive or trip on Metro-North. 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 5/23/2018. Expires 7/23/2018.

St. George's Summer Choral Festival

Beginning Tuesday, June 5, St. George's Choral Society will host a two-week choral intensive, with two rehearsals a week, culminating in a performance of Bach's Lobet den Herrn, all Heiden, BWV 230 and Schubert's Mass in C on Saturday, June 16 at 7:00 PM.

Participation costs $175 for those who apply early and are accepted and pay by May 22, and $225 for those who apply and are accepted and pay after that date. In certain instances, financial aid may be available. The Festival includes four rehearsals with professional section leaders; one dress rehearsal; one concert with professional soloists. Refreshments at each rehearsal. Rehearsals will be held at the Church of the Incarnation (Madison Avenue at 35th Street) on Tuesday, June 5, 7:00-9:30 PM; Thursday, June 7, 7:00-9:30 PM; Tuesday, June 12, 7:00-9:30 PM; Thursday, June 14, 7:00-9:30 PM; Saturday, June 16, Dress Rehearsal 2:00-5:00 PM, Concert 7:00 PM.

Visit the Summer Choral Festival page on our website at www.stgeorgeschoralsociety.org/summer-choral-festival/.
Posted 5/9/2018. Expires 6/16/2018.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington seeks part-time music director starting August 1

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington is a liberal religious congregation of around 300 adults, youth and children, which was founded in 1947 on the North Shore of Long Island and is a part of the international Unitarian Universalist Association. UUs are people of many backgrounds who have different beliefs but shared common values. Our spirituality draws from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient traditions. We promote intergenerational religious exploration, strive to be a visible force for social justice in the Huntington community and beyond, and build bridges with people of different faiths and ethnicities, joining forces for the common good. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and around the world.

UUFH has built a strong and cherished musical program under the guidance of our current Music Director, who will be retiring this June after 21 years at the Fellowship. We are seeking a Music Director who will continue and help us expand upon this tradition, someone who will bring musical skills, programmatic creativity, sensitivity to UU beliefs, and an enthusiastic appreciation for diverse musical presentations that still respect and honor the cultural contexts from which they originate.

The Music Director will have responsibility for the full spectrum of musical offerings at UUFH. He or she will, among other responsibilities:

  • Lead the Fellowship Choir:
    • in consultation with the worship leader, select music appropriate for Sunday worship themes
    • rehearse the choir weekly on a weekday evening from September through June, as well as just before Sunday morning services, and
    • conduct the choir on Sunday mornings and other occasions (e.g. Christmas Eve, the community Thanksgiving Service, the MLK Jr. Commemoration)
  • Support other occasional vocal ensembles, such as trios or quartets, and explore the possibility of a select ensemble and a youth choir
  • Help the ministry team select appropriate music (including for lay-led Sunday services), including the possibility of guest musicians
  • Encourage and support singing among the congregation during services
  • Assemble and prepare the multigenerational orchestra for Christmas Eve and other services
  • Coordinate with the current piano accompanist for non-choir Sundays
  • Source talented volunteer musicians from the congregation to take part in services
  • Participate in regular meetings and other consultations with the minister and other UUFH staff
  • Prepare and manage the annual music budget, order new music, oversee the music library, and collaborate with the volunteer music librarian
  • Arrange for routine maintenance of the piano
  • Prepare a year-end report.
The Music Director generally is only required to be on premises from late August through late June for weekly rehearsals, 40 Sunday services as described above, and weekly worship planning meetings. Salary is $20,000 per year, with a 10% retirement contribution after 1000 hours of service per year.

Requirements
  • A high level of choral conducting skills (prior experience in a congregational setting valued but not required)
  • A suitable level of keyboard ability (or other musical skills) in order to facilitate learning at rehearsals and provide accompaniment for the choir, other singers, and hymns, and occasional solo performance, as needed
  • Composition or arranging skills to adapt music for presentation would be helpful
  • The ability to select and implement a diverse and creative music program, with music appropriate to and consistent with UU beliefs and values, from both sacred and secular music to multicultural and contemporary pieces
  • The ability to work well with people with varying levels of musical talent in order to encourage new participants to the music program and new congregants to UUFH.
To apply: We expect to begin our interviewing process around mid-May 2018, and applications will be accepted until a candidate is chosen. Please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in and suitability for this position, along with a resume, to minister@uufh.org.
Posted 5/8/2018. Expires 7/8/2018.

Register for CONCORA's 2018 Summer Festival

Registration has opened for the 2018 Summer Festival!

Now in its 20th season, CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers adult and select high school and college singers from the community an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform great choral music with CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists).

The Festival offers a week of exceptional music-making, uplifting repertoire, and high artistic standards in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of opportunities for socializing, renewing friendships, and making new friends. In evening and weekend sessions, participants rehearse with Artistic Director Chris Shepard and an ensemble of CONCORA’s professional singers, enjoying several social events during Festival week, which concludes with a public concert on Saturday, August 4 at 4:00 PM.

As 2018 marks the 20th Summer Festival and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, Artistic Director Chris Shepard has chosen a celebratory all-Bernstein program, with selections from West Side Story, Mass, Peter Pan, Candide and Wonderful Town.

Visit the Summer Festival page at CONCORA's website for application materials and Festival details, including schedule, tuition, social events, music, and more: www.concora.org/summer-festival.html.

New for 2018! We're taking advantage of the 20th anniversary occasion to move to online registration and communications. Please review the information at the Summer Festival web page on CONCORA's website before beginning the application process. We've designed the application to be very easy; the whole process should take just 2 or 3 minutes. Key Festival registration dates: May 20--Last date to submit applications; May 22--Last date to submit scholarship applications; May 22--Last date to submit recommendations (all new singers); May 30--Notification of acceptance.
Posted 4/24/2018. Expires 5/30/2018.

Russian Chamber Chorus seeks low bass for spring program

Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, a 28-member semi-professional ensemble, is looking for a low bass. "Muses of the Night" is an exciting program that explores emotions of the nighttime, and features a wide variety of works by prominent Russian composers from the Romantic period, as well as contemporary compositions from Latvia, Hungary and Poland. Evening rehearsals from May 2 through June 2 at the Interchurch Center on UWS, on Wednesdays, one Monday (5/21) and Saturday afternoon (6/2). Concerts in Manhattan on May 31 ( 8 PM) and June 3 (4 PM). Must have resonant low register, have section leader skills, excellent reading/intonation and be very reliable. Contact Tamara at tamara@rccny.org with resume and questions.
Posted 4/5/2018. Expires 6/5/2018.

Zappateers need two basses, one alto, two sopranos

A very unusual choir, primarily dedicated to singing the music of Frank Zappa and related composers, arranged and conducted by Lee Tomboulian, needs the above to complete its staffing. We have just begun but we are already looking at performances into next year, and recording.

Required: some ability to read, blend; the music is a wide mix of classical, jazz and theater, as well as some fun improv sections. Humor and outgoing personality a must. Contact Lee Tomboulian at lee.tomboulian@gmail.com.
Posted 4/5/2018. Expires 6/5/2018.