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New a cappella group holds auditions

A new co-ed a cappella group in NYC is auditioning low altos, baritones and basses (bonus points if you can arrange and/or VP). We are currently 6 members (looking to be 10-11) and rehearse on Monday nights in midtown. The group vibe is equally hard-working and fun! We are looking for members in their 20s and 30s who live/work in Manhattan and can commit to weekly rehearsals. You should have a cappella experience and/or choral/musical theater experience.

The first round of our audition process is virtual: simply e-mail a video or recording that exemplifies your soloing ability to jmena122@gmail.com and we will send you an audition questionnaire to complete. In-person callbacks are held on an as-needed basis.
Posted 2/16/2017. Expires 4/16/2017.

Vocal Improvisation Retreat with Rhiannon: Vocal River, March 16-19, 2017, The Garrison Institute

For singers who have studied with Rhiannon or who are experienced in improvisation. This gathering is limited to 20 experienced improvisers -- strong, committed singers and vocal teachers who want to be more engaged in improvisation. Using these exercises you will deepen your improvisational vocabulary and intuitive skills inventing personal and ensemble music including physical movement, solo work, song form, small ensemble exercises and group collaborations from Rhiannon's book Vocal River: The Skill and Spirit of Improvisation. 18 hours of workshop sessions, food and lodging. Learn more and register at rhiannonmusic.com/garrison-institute.
Posted 2/7/2017. Expires 3/16/2017.

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.

Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Workshop on February 19

The third 2017 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Workshop will be held at Nola Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 11th floor, studio D in New York City, on Sunday, February 19 from 2 to 5 PM.

Dr. Rosenbaum will bring multiple copies of pieces, and will discuss the conducting challenges in each. Then, the participants will do the actual conducting gestures of those spots. Participants are welcome to bring their own scores with questions they have. Tuition for the February 19 workshop is $50. For registration, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2843220. For more information, e-mail Harold at haroldrosenbaum@gmail.com. See www.haroldrosenbaum.com/ for information about his upcoming 5-day workshops.
Posted 1/27/2017. Expires 2/19/2017.

Stiletta seeks female tenor for May performances

Stiletta, an all-female professional pop and dance a cappella sextet and currently reigning National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, is seeking a female tenor (lady bass) for rehearsals and one performance date in 2017. Opportunity to remain on sub roster for future performances. Applicants MUST be able to sing down to a low A2. Age range: 21-40.

Rehearses with group one night/week from February to May; rehearsals will be held at locations in Hell's Kitchen and the Fashion District (days/times are scheduled according to all members' schedules) in NYC; performance dates: May 19-21 in California; transportation and lodging for performance dates will be provided. More information about Stiletta at www.stiletta.net.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Record a video of yourself singing:
    • one solo song (verse and chorus) a cappella that shows off your vocal personality
    • scales on "Ah" using your favorite vocal exercise going up and down the scale to showcase your highest and lowest notes
  2. Save the video as an unfiled YouTube video
  3. Fill out an application form at www.stiletta.net/auditions.php and paste the video link into form where indicated

Posted 1/16/2017. Expires 3/16/2017.

Auditions for Berkshire Opera Festival

Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) announces auditions for the Berkshire Opera Festival Chorus for BOF's summer 2017 concert, "Gods & Monsters." Auditions will be held for sopranos, altos, tenors and baritone/basses. Successful applicants will be added to the Berkshire Opera Festival Chorus roster.

Concurrently, auditions will be held for the following comprimario ("bit") roles in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos: Servant (baritone or bass), Wigmaker (baritone), and Officer (tenor).

All auditions will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Great Barrington, MA. Candidates must prepare two arias or art songs, at least one of which must be in Italian. To apply, send a one-page resume, or a list of previous choral experience, to BOF's Artistic Director Brian Garman at bgarman@berkshireoperafestival.org before March 13. You will be notified of your exact audition time and location no later than March 15.

All choristers are paid. Singers chosen for roles will receive a separate, per-performance fee. All rehearsals and performances will take place during the month of August 2017. For more information, visit www.berkshireoperafestival.org.
Posted 1/15/2017. Expires 3/15/2017.

Khorikos invites score submissions

Khorikos, one of NYC's top a cappella choirs, is accepting a cappella score submissions for our 3rd ORTUS International New Music Competition.

Send us your best work for mixed a cappella choir! A premiere is welcome, but not necessary. One submission per composer. Must be a living composer, otherwise no age limits. The winning compositions will be announced in June 2017. Khorikos is a balanced choir of 32 SATB voices. 15 minutes maximum duration. Shorter works are, of course, welcome. Submission deadline is April 1, 2017.

Your submission must include an audio representation of your score in some form (please see below for details). Any level of technical difficulty welcome. From the simple and beautiful to the complex and dazzling, your imagination is the limit. If selected, your music will be performed with meaningful aesthetic attention -- not just a simple 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.

We will select 20-30 works from the pool of submissions (depending on the duration of the pieces), and the members of Khorikos will select the winning compositions from there. Sending an audio file with the score is necessary in order to streamline the selection process for the singers -- this can include a MIDI realization, rehearsal/performance recording or a recording of a piano/instrumental reduction. The quality of this recording doesn’t matter as long as it sufficiently represents your score. The 10 winning compositions will be announced in June 2017 and performed at The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua in NYC on September 23, 2017. We will live stream our performance of the winning compositions, in order to make your music accessible to an international audience. Previous ORTUS competitions have drawn thousands of online viewers!

Please submit your scores via e-mail to scores@dorianartists.com and include "new music for Khorikos" in the subject.
Posted 1/13/2017. Expires 4/1/2017.

Auditions for the Verismo Opera Chorus

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus on Wednesdays, January 25 and February 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 6:30 PM. Auditions will also be held on Saturday, January 14 at the organization's annual Open House after the program. Vocalists are invited to learn more about the grand opera company's 28th season and attend the Open House at 2:00 PM. The auditions and the Open House will take place at 44 Armory Street in Englewood, New Jersey. For all auditions, an appointment is required and must be made in advance. To schedule an audition appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact info@verismopera.org.

This spring, the Verismo Opera Chorus will sing in Italian and perform live under the company's new Chorus Director, Michael Wittenburg, in Giuseppe Verdi's magnificent opera Aida on April 23, 2017. The production will be presented at 3 PM at bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. Preparation for the Verismo Opera includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning the music and detailed staging. The opera will be fully staged and performed with the cast in costume under the direction of Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif. A live orchestra will accompany this resplendent opera led by Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner.
Posted 1/11/2017. Expires 2/25/2017.

Vocal Soulstice seeks singers

Vocal Soulstice is looking for a few more soulful singers to join our musical family. We are particularly interested in tenors, basses, vocal percussionists and someone to take on the Musical Director role, however all voice parts are welcome to audition. We rehearse on Thursdays in Manhattan, 8-10 PM and do both paid gigs and community service events.

Please fill out this form: goo.gl/forms/itoomVA1UEMtpUKB3 and then submit a current audio or video recording of you singing a verse and a chorus of a song of your choice, without accompaniment, to VocalSoulsticeNYC@gmail.com. We will then contact to let you know if you have made it to the next step, an in-person audition. Reach out to us at VocalSoulsticeNYC@gmail.com with any questions and check out our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/vocalsoulstice.
Posted 1/6/2017. Expires 3/6/2017.

Musical volunteers needed at Sing for Hope

Sing for Hope, an arts access nonprofit in Midtown Manhattan, transforms and uplifts individuals and communities by mobilizing artists in volunteer service programs, bringing the power of the arts to those who need it most. Since 2006, Sing for Hope’s arts outreach programs have brought concerts and performances to thousands of individuals in under-resourced schools, public hospitals, hospices, veterans’ centers, after-school programs, neighborhood centers, nursing homes and disability networks. To date, Sing for Hope has partnered with over 220 nonprofit organizations, involved over 3,500 artists in community volunteerism, and donated over 180 pianos to local community-based organizations.

We are looking for passionate and talented New Yorkers who are looking for a unique way to give back using their talents! Our volunteer host sites exist in every borough except Staten Island, and we have dozens of varied opportunities to volunteer every month. We welcome individuals or groups of people, and we encourage collaborations and solos -- whatever each artist prefers works for us! And because we know our Artist Volunteers are busy, volunteers can also give as little or as much time as they can manage.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Sing for Hope family, visit our website at www.singforhope.org/what-you-can-do/volunteer/. And feel free to contact Emi Ormsbee at e.ormsbee@singforhope.org or 212-966-5955.
Posted 1/6/2017. Expires 5/6/2017.

Christ Church Bordentown seeks professional alto

A professional alto chorister position is available at Christ Church Parish in Bordentown, NJ. Christ Church is an Anglo-Catholic parish in the Diocese of New Jersey with a strong commitment and history to its music program. Commitment is for Sunday only (service and rehearsal) as well as occasional evensongs in addition to Holy Week. Stipend is competitive based upon experience. Please contact Stephen Bearse, Organist & Choirmaster, for additional details at sbearse@ccbtown.com or 201-321-3364.
Posted 1/3/2017. Expires 3/3/2017.

Established co-ed NYC a cappella group looking for singers

Auditions are now open for Valence, a co-ed a cappella group based in New York City. Our group focuses mainly on musical theatre arrangements and contemporary hits. We're a highly selective group, but two spots have recently opened up and we're on the hunt for new talent. We're looking to fill two slots: one female (alto or soprano) and one male (tenor, baritone or bass) and we're especially eager to hear from anyone who can arrange or music direct. This is a rare opportunity for anyone who misses singing post-college and aspiring NYC talent.

Interested talent should e-mail us directly at valenceacappella@gmail.com or visit valencenyc.com for more details/videos.
Posted 12/28/2016. Expires 4/28/2017.

New a cappella group in Soho seeks singers

New SATB a cappella group forming in NYC. This group will be different from your traditional a cappella ensemble as we’ll perform a mix of genres, including Broadway, pop and others. Nothing is left off the table. Practices will be four times per month, (excluding the holidays) in the Soho area from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesdays.

Singers are expected to have moderate to strong sight-reading skills, ability to match pitch, sing back a sequence of notes, be comfortable on stage and understand the basics of arranging music. Singers are also expected to come to practice with their parts already memorized. Practice time will be used for blending, dynamics and stage-presence. We will not be drilling notes. Prior a cappella experience is preferred, but choral background is sufficient. Please contact Lauren at Lauren917x@gmail.com for the audition form and more information.
Posted 12/19/2016. Expires 2/19/2017.

Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshops 2017

Three workshops, 19-30 July, 2017

  • 21 July: Simon Carrington: A Personal Approach to Choral Score Preparation: Examining the Essentials and the Extras -- "An intensive one full day session studying the scores of the workshop repertoire."
  • 19-20 July" Bronislawa Falinska: Canto Evolutivo: "An in-depth intensive 2-day (15-hour) workshop for singers, teachers and anyone wishing to explore deeper aspects of making sound and music, freeing blocks and overcoming fear, so often an issue for singers."
  • 22-30 July: Musica Sacra Conducting Session-- A Collaborative Experience in Sarteano (Tuscany), Italy with Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and Brian O'Connell
This exhilarating and collaborative workshop has been designed for choral conductors and music educators who are interested in rehearsing and performing chamber choral music. Come join conductors from all over the world and leave inspired and refreshed. Also, we heartily welcome qualified singers who are interested in attending the workshop in a non-conducting capacity; that love to sing in a chamber group environment and/or are specifically looking to learn rehearsal and conducting techniques.

There are three possible tiers of participation: Full Conductor, Conducting Auditor and Singer. Up to two graduate credits are available through The Boston Conservatory.

Full Conductors: Daily podium time to conduct your assigned piece in Simon Carrington’s daily 4.5 hour Master Class.

Conducting Auditors: You will have a private filmed lesson with Simon and rehearse/conduct in the morning session. Over the course of the week, our Conducting Auditors work in strong collaboration to prepare two pieces for performance; two Conducting Auditors are chosen to conduct both in the final concert, along with the Full Conductors.

EVERYONE sings. The master class uses the entire workshop ensemble as its laboratory, so everyone receives the benefits of each day's master class with Simon.

Each day, the afternoon Musica Sacra session will consist entirely of Master Classes with Simon. This year we are again delighted to offer a Q&A/Dialogue session with Simon. Bronis will also offer plainchant singing, in this authentic setting. We are now accepting applications for all three workshop sessions!

Come celebrate the 13th consecutive year of Simon, Broni and I working together in Sarteano! For a detailed description of the workshop, testimonials from our alumni and an online application form, please visit our website at www.sarteanochoralworkshop.com. Contact: Gail Leicher +1 781-652-0158.
Posted 11/30/2016. Expires 5/31/2017.

Announcing the first King’s Singers Summer School in the U.S.

Double Grammy® Award-winning vocal sextet The King’s Singers have announced their first Summer School in the United States, scheduled for June 13-19, 2017. Are you an individual looking to experience and learn the art of singing in a group? Are you an established vocal group or choir striving for excellence? Are you seeking the opportunity to enhance and refine your ensemble singing skills, whilst sharing experiences and making new friends? This is a unique opportunity to work with one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

The KS will work one-on-one with singers through personalised group sessions, identifying specific targets and aims, honing vocal and performing skills and helping participants enjoy a lifetime of ensemble singing at the highest level. Hone existing musical skills and gain a deeper level of artistry to become the best ensemble singer possible.

This inaugural School in the U.S. will be hosted on campus at DePauw University, Indiana. The thriving music department is deeply committed to reshaping modern music education, which is reflected in the facilities it offers. One of the first Schools of Music in the United States, in June 2015 the campus was host to the first-ever Global Musician Workshop, led by the phenomenal cellist Yo Yo Ma and members of his renowned Silk Road Ensemble.

The group will be joined by Bob Chilcott, former King’s Singer tenor and world-renowned composer, credited for the a cappella-world’s most-loved vocal arrangements, including And so it Goes, Penny Lane, Greensleeves, The Gift to be Simple and Good Vibrations. Bob will be leading workshop sessions on choral direction and the interpretation of his music, as well as sharing his experiences as a King’s Singer and how the group’s approach has helped to shape his musical life.

Housed in the School of Music on DePauw's beautiful campus, you will have full access to all of its cutting-edge facilities and performance spaces. Fees include all tuition and sheet music, meals and housing, a camp welcome pack and the best-seats-in-the-house for the KS public concert.

Ahead of the first U.S. School, Mark McCoy, Dean, DePauw University School of Music says, "We are thrilled to partner with one of the world's best and most-loved musical groups for this unforgettable, life-changing experience. If you love singing, this is the place to be!"

Register your application and audition online today at www.kingssingers.com/summer-school/.
Posted 9/18/2016. Expires 3/18/2017.

Cantate Chamber Singers Young Composers Competition

Cantate Chamber Singers announces its Eleventh Biennial Young Composers Competition, with a $1000 award. The competition is open to residents of the US and Canada, 35 years old or younger as of June 30, 2017. The submission deadline is June 30, 2017. This year's entries must be scored for SATB choir (4 to 8-parts); a cappella or with piano accompaniment; a setting of the Bert Ifill poem, "The Rest is Silence"; no more than eight minutes long; never previously performed. The Application Form, which must accompany submissions, and Guidelines are available at cantate.org/ycc-2017/. Questions? Please contact ycc@cantate.org.
Posted 9/15/2016. Expires 3/15/2017.