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Singers Services / opportunities

Choir of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin seeks singers

The Choir of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, under the direction of Music Director and Organist Dr. David Hurd, is seeking professional singers to expand its roster of substitute choiristers as well as possible members of the regular choir.The Choir, consisting of nine voices, sings regularly Sundays and feast days October through June at the historic church located on West 46th Street in Manhattan. The repertoire ranges in style from Early Music through Contemporary. There is no midweek rehearsal; the choir meets Sunday mornings at 9 AM for an 11 AM service. Seeking exceptional musicians with a blendable tone and excellent reading skills. If interested in auditioning for Dr. Hurd, please send a cover letter/resume to chowatt@stmvnyc.org or call 212-869-5830 x10.
Posted 5/23/2017. Expires 8/23/2017.

Auditions for Tosca

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites soloists in all vocal categories to audition for solo roles in the professional opera company’s 2017 production of Tosca. New Jersey residents are encouraged to apply.

Open auditions will be held on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30 to 10:00 PM and Thursday, June 15 from 6:30 to 10:00 PM at Megremis Studio in the Epic Building located at 2067 Broadway in New York City. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey, presents Tosca on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the theatre. The company will perform this grand opera fully staged with the cast in costume, featuring a live orchestra under Maestra Lucy Arner and the Verismo Opera Chorus led by Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg. "Verismo Opera welcomes amateur, professional and retired vocalists of all ages to audition. It's all about great singing! Many roles require a more mature artist. This is also a great opportunity for any promising, young artist to prepare for a role in a professional setting before being engaged by a major opera company," said Ms. Amara.

Auditions will be held for these roles in Tosca: Floria Tosca, Mario Cavaradossi, Baron Scarpia, Cesare Angelotti, a Sacristan, Spoletta, Sciarrone, a Jailer and a Shepherd boy. All applicants must have previous experience in a fully staged production and the necessary vocal training to perform leading or supporting roles. The application deadline to audition is June 6. Although an accompanist will be provided, applicants may bring his or her own. For an audition appointment, call 201-886-0561or send an e-mail to info@verismopera.org. Applicants must submit a bio listing current or past performances and roles sung, a resume, photo and an audio file, preferably in an MP3 format or on a CD, by the application deadline to Verismo Opera Inc., PO Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024 or to info@verismopera.org. Vocalists should prepare to perform three arias of which one must be from Tosca or an opera with a similar song. A refundable $25 deposit must be submitted with all applications to secure an audition time. The deposit will be refunded at the audition time. Checks should be made out to Verismo Opera. The selected vocalists will receive free coaching from professionals in the field, including Artistic Director Lucine Amara, a Met Opera legend, and General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif. Professional photos and a DVD of the production will be available to use for future engagements and performances.
Posted 5/22/2017. Expires 6/9/2017.

Unitarian Society of East Brunswick seeks Music Leader

The Unitarian Society of East Brunswick, NJ, a small and energetic Unitarian Universalist congregation, is seeking a Music Leader to provide instrumental music for Sunday morning worship services. The Music Leader will lead the musical portion of Sunday services all Sundays, with one Sunday off per month, and will also play on Christmas Eve. General dependability and timely communication with the minister and relevant committees are key to helping Sunday services be successful, joyful and engaging. This position is approximately equivalent to quarter-time. Piano is our primary instrument (with harpsichord also available). We welcome other appropriate instruments, as well as a mix of music styles, including classical, jazz, folk and contemporary.

Skills/qualities needed: understand the role of music in worship service; ability to work within the congregational music budget; responsive to communications (e-mail, phone) from minister and committees, bringing a collaborative approach to the work. Preferred: familiarity with the commonly used hymnals of UUA; understand and appreciate Unitarian Universalist values; availability for memorial services and weddings (additional private pay for these opportunities).

For more information about The Unitarian Society, go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Unitarian-Society-a-Unitarian-Universalist- Congregation-162468840441863/ or our web site at www.unitariansociety.org/. Accepting resumes and cover letters now until the position is filled. More detailed job description available mid-late May. Preferred start date: September 4, 2017, with first playing date: September 10, 2017. Compensation: competitive. E-mail address for cover letter and resumé: uueastbrunswick.jobs@gmail.com.
Posted 5/15/2017. Expires 7/15/2017.

Seeking choirs for the Lamiya Consortium Commission

The My Name is Lamiya: Don’t Call Me ‘Refugee’ Choral Consortium Commission is a go, and we are actively seeking additional choirs. The major commissioning choir is the Omaha Children’s Choir of Omaha, Nebraska. Already joined are the The American International School of Muscat, Oman; PIM Arts High School of Minneapolis, MN; and The Silver Chords Chorus of Smithtown, NY. Questions about joining? Please contact Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, composer, at (516) 729-0970 or ListenAfresh@gmail.com. Visit mbqstudio.com/refugee-choral-commission/.
Posted 5/15/2017. Expires 7/15/2017.

CONCORA Summer Festival 2017: July 30-August 5 in Berlin, CT

Registration is now open for CONCORA's 18th Summer Festival!

Now in its 18th season, CONCORA’s Summer Festival offers amateur singers an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform with CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), the region’s oldest and best-known professional choir. In evening and weekend sessions, participants rehearse with Artistic Director Chris Shepard and an ensemble of CONCORA’s professional singers, enjoying three festive social events along the way. The Festival culminates in a public concert on Saturday, August 5, at 4:00 PM.

The 2017 Summer Festival features excerpts from favorite choral masterworks by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Fauré and others. CONCORA’s Artistic Director Chris Shepard will direct the CONCORA Summer Festival Choir, which typically numbers about 100 singers from across Connecticut, with some coming from nearby states. Qualified high school and college-age students may apply to attend the Festival on full scholarship as Choral Scholars.

Festival details and registration information may be found in the Festival application form. A PDF copy of the form is posted on the "Education & Outreach" page at CONCORA's website. Visit www.concora.org/education--outreach.html for general information, or go directly to the application form. You may also contact the CONCORA office (details below) to request an application. (NOTE: Legal sized paper is required to print the application form.) The application deadline is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Tickets for the August 5 Festival concert go on sale June 1. Bethany Covenant Church is fully accessible and air-conditioned, with ample free, off-street parking. Questions? Need more information? Contact Christine Laird in the CONCORA office at claird@concora.org or 860-293-0567.
Posted 5/15/2017. Expires 6/15/2017.

Echo A Cappella seeks soprano/alto

We will be holding auditions for a new girl (soprano and/or alto 1) to join Echo! Please send us a video of you singing a verse and chorus of a pop song of your choice, preferably one that shows off your solo voice (no show tunes, please). Also, tell us a little about yourself (i.e. occupation, music experience and any fun facts or tidbits). Send videos to echo.acappella@gmail.com, please! Videos are due Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at around 8:00 PM. Please make sure you are available for callbacks before submitting. We can't wait to hear you! Good luck! Video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVGVQB8MqZ4.
Posted 5/3/2017. Expires 5/23/2017.

Cantigas Women's Choir seeks Artistic Director

Cantigas Women's Choir, Hoboken NJ, seeks an experienced, visionary and energetic choral conductor to become the Artistic Director in September 2017.

Cantigas is a 30+ member ensemble of professional women and students who hail from many countries. We perform classic Western repertoire and world music, with a recent focus on traditional songs from the Middle East and Latin America. The choir rehearses weekly. We give two formal concerts a year and also participate in smaller outreach performances. We often collaborate with other choirs!

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hoboken is located 15 minutes from New York City. Potential candidates should send a letter of interest and CV and if possible, a short segment of a video clip of a rehearsal or concert to joanlitman@gmail.com.
Posted 5/1/2017. Expires 7/1/2017.

Blind singer needed for feature film shoot

We are looking for an older man to perform on camera for an independent film shooting in NYC. If you know of anyone, please ask them to e-mail avykaufman@gmail.com.
Posted 4/26/2017. Expires 6/26/2017.

St. Ignatius of Loyola Children's Choir seeks intern

The Children's Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is seeking a music education student or new vocal music teacher to intern with our program for our 2017-2018 season. The Church is located on Park Avenue between 83rd and 84th streets in Manhattan. There are three choirs in our children's choir program, and we are looking for a student who can help us during rehearsals for our two youngest choirs. These singers range in age from 6 through 11, and they rehearse on Wednesday afternoons (3:15-4:15 and 4:30-5:20). St. Ignatius has a formidable music program which included 16 concerts in the present season. The children perform on 2 of these with professional orchestra, as well as on Sundays once/month. The intern's commitment is solely on Wednesday afternoons.

Assistance is needed with attendance keeping, music distribution, music reading, music marking, bathroom breaks and some other artistic, hands-on, and housekeeping items. Ability to accompany the choir is not a requirement, nor is being of the Catholic faith. If the student were able and willing, warming up the children and/or directing during rehearsal would be possible. We pay a stipend of $1,800.00 to an undergraduate (vocal) music education major, and $2,300 for a graduate student or current teacher. This is for the entire season.

Please reply with a letter of introduction to Maureen Haley, Director of Children’s Choirs, at haleym@saintignatiusloyola.org. For your reference, here is the link to the Church's music staff. From there you can find out about us: www.stignatiusloyola.org/index.php/music/music_staff. Find out about the children's choir program at www.stignatiusloyola.org/index.php/music/join_our_choirs#children.
Posted 4/13/2017. Expires 7/13/2017.

Sing with the King's Singers at Carnegie Hall in April 2018

Join the King’s Singers for an exclusive weekend choral residency in New York City. This intensive workshop will culminate with a performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, April 22, 2018 produced by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), with Bob Chilcott and Simon Carrington as guest conductors. For more information, visit pub.s7.exacttarget.com/1a0u542dmdf.
Posted 4/6/2017. Expires 7/6/2017.

Harold Rosenbaum choral conducting workshop July 17-21

The second 2017 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute 5-Day Workshop, open to conductors as well as observers, will be held at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York from Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21.

As an observer, you will have a unique opportunity to witness how Dr. Rosenbaum trains other conductors. As a conductor, this enlightening workshop will help you focus on establishing a standard and effective physical technique which includes proper posture, various styles most appropriate to the music at hand, different forms of cuing, expressive phrasing, effective use of the left arm, and much more. Specific works will be discussed with copies handed out for everyone to view. Participants can bring their own works and ask questions about how to handle problem spots. In addition, general choral concerns will be discussed. Singers come for free and are welcome on days 3-5. For details, e-mail Harold at haroldrosenbaum@gmail.com.
Posted 3/31/2017. Expires 7/17/2017.

Canadian police choir seeks networking opportunity with New York choi

I am a member of the Hamilton Police Female Choir in Ontario, Canada. The choir was formed in 2001 and has 25 members comprised of Sworn Police Officers, Civilian and Volunteer personnel. We perform under the direction of a musical director and accompanied by a pianist. We are an SSA amateur choir and our style includes music from the 40s to contemporary, show tunes and memorial music. We are planning a trip to NYC in late June 2018 and hoping to meet a NYC choir that we can network with and perhaps join in a concert together! If a choir is interested in this venture, please contact me, Sabrina Feser, at 98traveller@gmail.com.
Posted 3/22/2017. Expires 6/22/2017.

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 2/28/2017. Expires 6/30/2017.

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.

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.