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Echo a cappella seeks singers
We are seeking high sopranos, tenors, bases and beatboxers to join New York's award-winning a cappella group, Echo. Submit an a cappella video to email@example.com of you singing a verse and chorus of a pop song of your choice that shows off your solo voice (no musical theatre). In your video, also tell casting personnel a little about yourself (i.e., occupation, music experience and any fun facts or tidbits). Videos are due by July 12. Callbacks will be held the following week.
Posted 6/14/2021. Expires 7/12/2021.
Sing for Gold--The World Choral Cup, May 2022 in Spain
We are thrilled to announce a brand new event to our 2022 Choral Calendar: SING FOR GOLD -- The World Choral Cup, May 14-22, 2022 in Calella/Barcelona, Spain.
The grand premiere will bring together non-professional choirs from all over the world to compete for Bronze, Silver or Gold Medals, or for the ultimate highlight of the event – the World Choral Cup, awarded for the first time.
The competition offers ten categories, including Musica Sacra a cappella or with accompaniment; Gospel, Spiritual, Music of Spirit & Faith; Pop, Jazz, Show; and Folklore a cappella or with accompaniment. For the non-competitive souls out there, the event also offers Evaluation Performances, Individual Coaching sessions and Friendship Concerts.
SING FOR GOLD will take place in the beautiful sunny spots of Calella and Barcelona, two popular touristic destinations known for their sandy beaches, hospitality, Catalan roots and special Spanish flair. The event follows a decade-long story of success on the Spanish coast so much loved by choirs from all over the world.
Discover more details and opportunities for your choir by visiting interkultur.com/calella2022.
Posted 6/14/2021. Expires 10/14/2021.
Virtual choral conducting workshop with Harold Rosenbaum in August
After six successful seasons of in-person choral conducting workshops, I have decided to play it safe this year by offering a virtual workshop from August 16 to August 20, 2021. Without leaving your home, you'll still receive insights into the art of conducting, based on my 50 years of experience. More about it and sign-up information at www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you online in August!
Posted 6/14/2021. Expires 8/16/2021.
William Warfield Scholarship Fund Classical Vocal Competition for African-American High School Students
The William Warfield Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for its 3rd Annual Classical Vocal Competition for African-American High School Students until October 1, 2021.
Submissions consist of an online application, one letter of recommendation from a teacher describing musical aptitude and potential, and a YouTube or Vimeo link to a video including one selection (maximum 5 minutes). There is no cost to apply. Five finalists will be selected to receive coaching in a virtual masterclass, and submit a video for final judging on October 30. All finalists will receive cash awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 to support their musical careers. Artistic merit and financial need are considered in the adjudication process.
Visit www.williamwarfield.org for more contest details, a suggested repertoire list and online application form.
After the example of its namesake, the great American bass-baritone, educator and mentor, the William Warfield Scholarship Fund supports African-American classical vocalists in their careers through high school, college and beyond. The fund celebrates the contributions of African-Americans past, present and future to the field of classical vocal performance.
Posted 6/14/2021. Expires 10/1/2021.
Choir openings at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Downtown Brooklyn
Audition for the choir of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface (Benjamin Niemczyk, Director of Music; Tucker Wheatley, Organist) in Downtown Brooklyn, NY.
The Oratory Choir is a blended, professional ensemble. Repertoire has included works by Stravinsky, Schönberg, Gibbons, Burleigh, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Ligeti, Tallis, Palestrina, Copland, Bernstein, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Bach, Händel, Haydn, Brahms, Bruckner, Proulx, Beethoven, Mozart, Vaughan-Williams, Victoria, Ravel, Mendelssohn and much more. The Oratory Choir collaborates with the St. Boniface Baroque Orchestra, an ensemble composed of the finest early music players in the city.
Fee is $150 per call (paid at the end of the month in total by check). There are approximately 44 calls per season with potential for additional work (September-May/June). Cantor positions are also available in addition to choir responsibilities ($50 extra per call). There may also be solo opportunities performing alongside the beautifully-restored 1929 Steinway M grand piano.
Sunday morning consists of 9:00 AM Rehearsal (rehearsal is Sunday morning only) and 11:15 AM Mass (over approximately 12:45 PM). Paid positions are two soprano; one alto; one tenor; two bass. Audition is by Zoom and consists solely of sight reading material supplied at the time of the audition. Send audition requests to email@example.com.
Posted 6/7/2021. Expires 8/7/2021.
Outdoor Summer Choral Intensive July 19-22 in Yorktown
Calling all singers! Can't wait to get back to singing in person, without a mask? Join us for an Outdoor Summer Choral Intensive. Sing some great music and hone your skills at this one-time-only event! Monday, July 19 through Thursday, July 22, 2021 in
Yorktown, NY -- outdoors under an open-sided tent. Benjamin Gruder, conductor.
Expect to rehearse and perform some great music, including:
- Randall Thompson: Last Words of David
- Handel: choruses from Judas Maccabeus
- Josquin Des Pres: El Grillo
- And a few other delightful surprises!
- 10 AM-noon rehearsal #1
- Catered lunch (All lunches will be either kosher or vegetarian; we can accommodate most other dietary needs with advance notice.)
- 1:30-3:30 PM rehearsal #2
- 3:30-4:30 PM possible optional sectionals, auditions, etc. as needed
- Thursday morning we will perform for friends and/or a recording, then finish with a celebratory luncheon.
- All participants must be able to show proof of vaccination.
- We will NOT require masks or social distancing, though individuals may do so if they choose.
- All rehearsals will be outdoors under an open-sided tent, with access to an indoor restroom. (Indoor shelter will be made available in the event of severe weather.)
Posted 6/7/2021. Expires 8/7/2021.
Washington, CT church seeks organist and choir master
St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington, CT, seeks an Organist & Choir Master. Duties and responsibilities include the following:
- Collaborate with the Priest in designing music for congregational worship.
- Creatively choose, teach and lead appropriate music for worship.
- Be proficient in playing the St. John’s pipe organ, a Wicks, 3 manual 47 ranks, built in 1999, and piano for rehearsals in the Music Room.
- Select and oversee four paid section leaders to aid in worship.
- Lead, teach and motivate a volunteer adult mixed voice choir.
- Lead, teach and motivate congregational participation in the joy of music.
- Collaborate in creative music planning with the Priest and parishioners through a Music Committee.
- Manage administrative responsibilities including budgeting expenditures within music line items, arranging for maintenance of all parish instruments, (organ and piano), maintenance of the music library including new purchases, and obtaining music copyright permission as appropriate and needed.
- Other music ministry-related tasks as needed.
- This part time position will typically involve fifteen to twenty hours per week and will include:
- Attendance at the weekly all-staff meeting is expected.
- Planning and leading weekly adult choir rehearsals from late August through early June; including anthem preparation.
- Potential planning and leading a future children’s/youth choir rehearsal.
- Conducting choirs while providing organ or piano accompaniment on Sundays and other days during the church year including Ash Wednesday, Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Eve Vigil), Lessons and Carols, and Christmas Eve, as well as occasional musical offerings open to the community.
- Recommending worship hymns and service music, for approval of the Priest; providing final music selection to the Parish Administrator for weekly and special service bulletins in a timely fashion, and assisting in reviewing bulletins prior to printing.
- Practice and research.
The term of the Agreement with the OCM shall be from September 1, 2021 through September 1, 2022. The Agreement shall be renewable for one or more one-year terms upon the agreement of the OCM and the Priest (or the wardens, in the absence of a priest). This Agreement shall be extended automatically for additional one-year terms unless one party hereto notifies the other in writing (which may be via e-mail) of its desire not to extend this Agreement for an additional period, at least 30-days prior to the commencement of the respective extension term. The OCM may resign at any time, upon providing the Priest with 90-days advance written notice. The Priest may terminate the Agreement at any time, by written notice (which may be via e-mail) if the OCM is not performing their duties and responsibilities under the Agreement in an adequate manner, as determined by the Priest, in their sole discretion.
For more information, contact The Reverend Dr. Geoffrey M. Hahneman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-615-3088.
Posted 6/3/2021. Expires 8/3/2021.
Harmonium presents workshop for music educators
Harmonium Choral Society, in collaboration with the American Choral Directors Association NJ ACDA, is pleased to present "Beyond Song Selection: An Intro to Decolonizing and Antiracist Approaches in the Music Classroom." This workshop, which is appropriate for all teachers of song in all classrooms and choirs, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM via Zoom. The cost per screen is $20 and professional development certificates are being offered.
The workshop is presented by Brandi Waller-Pace, who is the founder and executive director of Decolonizing the Music Room, a nonprofit organization that centers on BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian) voices, knowledge and experience to challenge the historical dominance of white, Western European and American music, narratives and practices. Attendees will learn vocabulary foundational to decolonizing and antiracist approaches in order to develop common language, as well as explore identity and positionality as it relates to their practice. Teachers will learn how to use a culturally responsive approach to engage, empower and educate without tokenism or cultural appropriation.
To register for this workshop, please visit harmonium.yapsody.com by June 28.
Posted 5/31/2021. Expires 6/29/2021.
Memorial concert--20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
You are invited to sing the Mozart Requiem with professional orchestra and soloists, Frances C. Roberts, conductor, in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The performance will begin at 8:46 AM on Saturday, September 11, 2021, the time the first building was struck. You may remember singing at the first anniversary Rolling Requiem, as the world responded in grief with the majesty of Mozart. It was a most meaningful and healing hour. The place: Hilton Long Island, Broadhollow Road (Route 110) -- the Savoy room. THERE IS NO FEE. Bring your own score -- Bärenreiter is preferred, but any will do except Maunder.
Register at www.francescroberts.com/programs.html to indicate which voice part and whether you will want to purchase food, either before or after. CDC guidelines at the time and the hotel's requirements will allow chairs to be arranged with the distances you are comfortable with. We will cut off registration when occupancy limits are reached, so please register ASAP. There has been no singing for the last year and a half! We are all looking forward to getting back to our choruses in the fall, and this will be a great way to remember how much we need music, and to remember all who lost their lives as a result of the attack. We are doing this in cooperation with the Tunnel2Towers Foundation and with support from the Hilton Long Island and the Musicians Performance Trust Fund. We are grateful for their support.
Posted 5/26/2021. Expires 9/11/2021.
Tenor section leader/soloist at The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook, NJ
Bound Brook Presbyterian is an inclusive faith community in Central NJ with an active and enthusiastic music program. The building is historic and its wood floors and vaulted ceilings are acoustically wonderful for the voice. There is an Austin organ and a Steinway piano in the sanctuary, and a designated room for choral rehearsals with a Young Chang piano. The choir has around 20 members of various musical abilities and they are looking forward to returning to in-person worship and rehearsals after a long season of social distancing. We are looking for a responsible and compassionate person who is a strong choral leader with excellent musicianship and sightreading skills.
The position of tenor section leader/soloist will be engaged from September, 2021, and constitutes the following responsibilities:
- Choir rehearsal – Thursday evenings (September-June), 7:30-9:30 PM
- Arrive early and musically prepared for each rehearsal
- Support and lead the tenor section
- Occasionally sing and rehearse solos, to be chosen with the Music Director and rehearsed at a separate and mutually agreeable time.
- Support and lead the tenor section during choral anthems, introits and offertories
- Sing hymns with the congregation, including at times in harmony
Posted 5/17/2021. Expires 7/17/2021.
All Souls Unitarian and Musica Viva NY seek three soloists
All Souls Unitarian Church and Musica Viva NY have three soloist vacancies! Auditions will be held via Zoom on May 19 and May 26. The choir is a mix of professional singers and skilled volunteers. We sing Sunday mornings as part of the All Souls music program, and three times a year on the Musica Viva NY concert series. We'll hear auditions for the following voice types: soprano 1, alto 1, alto 2. All other voice types are welcome to submit materials for upcoming sub list auditions to be announced at a later date. Please submit the following by Sunday, May 16 to Bryan McNamara at email@example.com: two recordings of you performing pieces in contrasting styles (accompaniment welcome but not required) -- one piece should be in a language other than English; resume with choral experience; your availability Wednesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 26 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Audition call sheet located here.
Recording quality should be high enough that it accurately represents your musicianship. We do not expect studio-level recordings (though those are acceptable). No preference or bias will be held based on recording quality. Zoom audition will include: vocalizing upon request; we may ask to hear excerpts of either or both pre-screening selections. These excerpts do not need to be performed with accompaniment. Job includes: once-weekly evening rehearsal; Sunday morning rehearsal; two services 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM; concerts with Musica Viva NY (contracted separately). Pay is competitive with all NYC churches. Sunday services are expected to resume in September, pending the state of the pandemic. Services may be livestreamed, and may be held in front of congregational members. Strict safety precautions will be followed for all present, including masks, distanced singing, temperature checks and isolated areas for singers to rest in between services. Remote recording projects may be assigned, again depending on the pandemic. More information about each program at www.allsouls-nyc.org/#music and www.musicaviva.org. Hear the choir: We Shall Overcome, ft. James Dargan: youtu.be/Zp5H4Pygc-Y?t=20; Anton Bruckner, Os Justi: vimeo.com/545061604/5146073e18. All Souls and MVNY are equal opportunity employers. We welcome submissions from applicants regardless of race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other non-merit factor.
Please e-mail Bryan McNamara (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, including the recording requirements. We look forward to hearing you!
Posted 5/11/2021. Expires 7/11/2021.
Virtual choral conducting workshop with Harold Rosenbaum in August
Dr. Harold Rosenbaum established his Choral Conducting Institute in 2014 to provide choral conductors with positive and supportive feedback, a deeper understanding of their art and an opportunity to grow under the guidance of a world-renowned maestro.
After six successful seasons of choral conducting workshops, we have decided to play it safe this year by offering a virtual workshop from August 16 to August 20, 2021. Without leaving your home, you still will receive Maestro Rosenbaum's profound insights into the art of conducting.
The workshop is open to choral conductors of all ages, church musicians, music educators, and musicians from around the world. Individuals who wish to expand their careers and professional networks will benefit from Dr. Rosenbaum's intensive experience. The course is limited to twelve active participants so that each may receive individual attention, constructive feedback and the opportunity to conduct a choral work. For full details, visit www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml.
Posted 4/30/2021. Expires 8/16/2021.
Long Island Choral Soceity seeks conductor
The Long Island Choral Society (LICS) is the oldest continuously performing musical group on Long Island. Dr. Maurice Garabrant founded it in 1929. In 1979, Meredith Baker became the fourth conductor/music director and has decided to retire after 41 harmonious seasons. LICS is made up of all-volunteer singers who perform with professional soloists and orchestras.
Some LICS specifics: Monday night rehearsals, 8-10 PM (not flexible); pre-COVID, rehearsals have been at Rockville Centre Middle School; concerts are November, December (traditionally Handel’s Messiah, Part I), and April/May; concerts are always on a Sunday afternoon, with the dress rehearsal in the morning the day before; our season runs from the first Monday after Labor Day through the last concert in the spring, usually the end of April or beginning of May (usually depending how Easter falls); our annual dinner is always one or two Mondays following the last concert (as per our bylaws).
The director position is a non-voting board member (allowed to vote as a tie breaker). Board meetings (which the conductor is expected to attend) generally occur in January, March, June and October. We offer Summer Sings, one in July and one in August, usually on Sunday afternoons, just to get together and sing during the off season. Summer Sings are open to everyone, not just LICS. Salary TBD.
LICS conductor expectations:
- Demonstrable conducting experience
- Extensive vocal training, with knowledge of choral and solo repertoire
- Experience working with orchestral instruments and understanding instrumental technique
- Ability to read and conduct from full orchestral score, understand instrument transposition
- Comfortable working with both amateur and professional singers as well as professional instrumentalists
- Expect to devote 3.5 hours on rehearsal nights – auditions, or extra rehearsals before the regular two-hour rehearsal
- Must prepare choral and orchestral parts
- Expect to spend additional time on dress rehearsal days to meet with soloists, review rehearsal tapes, etc.
- On average, expect to devote 5 hours per week
- Responsible for selecting and hiring paid soloists/orchestral players/contractors
Posted 4/22/2021. Expires 6/22/2021.
New York City Master Chorale seeks artistic director
The New York City Master Chorale (NYCMC) seeks to fill the part-time position of Artistic Director. The mission of the New York City Master Chorale is to connect people through choral music by presenting high-quality concerts inspired by the distinct energy, diversity and talent of New York City. NYCMC is a choral community dedicated not only to an inclusive, social atmosphere but also to performances of the highest caliber. For more information and to apply, please visit www.nycmasterchorale.org/artistic-director-job-description/.
Posted 4/22/2021. Expires 6/22/2021.
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.