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Singers Services / opportunities

Ardsley church seeks pro alto

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, New York is looking for a pro alto for a small choir in a very friendly Episcopal church, starting January 13, 2019. 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, although own transport is preferred. 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 11/17/2018. Expires 1/17/2019.

Sing the Verdi Requiem with Taconic Opera

Taconic Opera invites experienced choral singers to collaborate on an upcoming performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Taconic Opera chorus and orchestra. Applications will be accepted during the months of November and December 2018. Those who have performed this masterpiece before don’t need to be told how powerful an experience it is; those who haven’t won’t want to miss the opportunity. The program will be conducted by the company’s General Director, Dan Montez, an experienced conductor and composer. Performance dates/locations are: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 3 PM, Ossining United Methodist Church; and, Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3 PM, White Plains Presbyterian Church.

Only singers with solid choral experience and able to read music are requested to consider this invitation. No membership fees are required, but singers must acquire their own score (Schirmer version). If requested, assistance in securing a score will be provided. All voice parts are welcome, particularly men.

Rehearsal schedule: Starting Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 7:00-9:00. Future rehearsals are on Saturdays from 3 to 5 PM and Wednesdays from 7 to 9 PM. Because of the complexity of the piece, overall attendance is required (a few missed rehearsals may be acceptable and can be discussed in advance). Mandatory dress rehearsal with orchestra: Friday, March 29, 2019, 7 PM in Ossining. In addition to rehearsals, chorus members will need to spend some time on their own working on the music. Rehearsals take place at the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts, 24 Old Albany Post Road/Route 9, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Anyone with interest in pursuing this opportunity or who has additional questions can contact Mary Corda at divamaryc@aol.com or by calling (914) 649-1826. Complete information about Taconic Opera can be found on its website, www.TaconicOpera.org.
Posted 11/15/2018. Expires 1/15/2019.

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.

Jewish repertoire chorus seeks signt-reading tenor for December gigs

Seeking a tenor who can blend in a small Jewish repertoire chorus (25) and is also a quick study. Hebrew transliteration, Yiddish, English. Choral/ensemble experience, ability to follow the conductor and excellent reading skills (a cappella) an absolute MUST, fairly challenging material. Set is approximately an hour. Performance: Sunday, Decmber 16 at JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Call time around 9:30 AM; concert is at 11:30 AM. Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 5, 7:15-9:30 PM, JCC on Hudson. $250 for the above dates. More if you can also make a second performance on Sunday, December 9 in Peekskill;, call time around 1:00 PM; concert at 3:00 PM, mostly the same material. If you live in Manhattan, we may be able to get you a ride from Riverdale. Please contact Benjamin Gruder at benjamingruder@gmail.com or call 201-264-8111.
Posted 11/7/2018. Expires 12/5/2018.

Harold Rosenbaum offers free group conducting lesson November 18

Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, author of A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting, published by Routledge, is presenting a unique opportunity. If you live in the New York area and have never studied choral conducting with Dr. Rosenbaum, here's your opportunity. Join him in Manhattan on November 18 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM for a free group choral conducting lesson. Reservations are required and limited seating is still available, so sign up today at canticorumv@gmail.com. If you'd like to have your technique improved by one of the world's leading choral conductors, sign up for this event. Upon confirmation of attendance, the address will be e-mailed to you. See www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute for more about his other upcoming 5-day workshops, including the Monday, January 7, through Friday, January 11, 2019 event at NYC's Columbia University.
Posted 11/7/2018. Expires 11/18/2018.

Western Wind one-day workshop January 19

Sign up for The Western Wind's Big Apple One-Day Workshop on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 647 Columbus Avenue (at 92nd Street), NYC. Featuring medieval, Renaissance, early American, contemporary, pop, jazz. Tuition: $95 (if enrolled by January 5; $120 after January 5); 10% discount for first-time participants. Workshop veterans, bring a friend and share the discount! For info, visit www.westernwind.org.
Posted 10/26/2018. Expires 1/19/2019.

Auditions for The Gondoliers

The Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island will be holding principal auditions for their 2019 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. All roles are open. Please prepare a song or aria in English; G&S preferred. Audition dates are November 13, 2018 from 7:30 to 9:45 PM at Chatterton Elementary School, 108 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566; November 20, 2018 from 7:30 to 10 PM at East Meadow United Methodist Church, 470 East Meadow Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554. For any questions please e-mail tamara.shyngle@snickersnee.com.
Posted 10/21/2018. Expires 11/21/2018.

St. Paul's Englewood seeks soprano section leader

St Paul's in Englewood has an opening for a soprano section leader beginning December 1. Usual holy days, Thursday 7:30-9:30 PM rehearsal. Sunday call is 9:30 for a 10:30 service, and the choir has one Sunday off per month, September through beginning of June. Numerous solo opportunities are also available. Pay is $60/call ($120/week). Excellent sight reading skills are a must, and we sing a wide variety of literature, including works with orchestra. We are easily accessible via NJ Transit bus from the George Washington Bridge, and we are located at 113 Engle Street in Englewood, NJ. A listing of recent repertoire may be found at welcome.stpaulsenglewood.org/music. For more information, and to audition, contact Mark Trautman at 201-568-3276 or e-mail mtrautman@stpaulsenglewood.org.
Posted 10/21/2018. Expires 12/21/2018.

Seeking choir of any size for Cristina Fontanelli Christmas show December 9

Seeking a choir for Cristina Fontanelli’s 15th annual "Christmas in Italy®" show on Sunday, December 9 at 3 PM at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. Honorarium paid ( t/b/a) plus comp tickets. For details, contact info@cristinafontanelli.com or visit www.CristinaFontanelli.com.
Posted 10/18/2018. Expires 11/30/2018.

Friends of Sacred Music: A Choir Pilgrimage to Rome, Vatican City and Amalfi Coast

Join the Choirs of Immaculate Conception Parish, Tuckahoe, NY, and St. Joseph’s Church, Somers NY, to sing Holy Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican for the Solemn Vigil and Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, on a ten day trip to Rome, Capri and the Amalfi Coast, June 26-July 5, 2019. Highlights include concerts in Rome, Papal Mass, special private masses, a Master Class and Concertina at Saint Ignatius Church in Rome, sightseeing, five star hotels, airfare and transfers. Pilgrimage directed by the Reverend Dr. Anthony D. Sorgie, Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, Tuckahoe, and Mr. Joseph J. Nigro, Director of Sacred Music, Saint Joseph’s Church, Somers. All choristers, families, friends, pilgrims and guests are invited. A detailed brochure is available at www.petersway.com or www.stjosephsomers.com. For more information e-mail SJCSMusic95@gmail.com.
Posted 10/12/2018. Expires 2/12/2019.

Join Harold Rosenbaum's choir tour to Ireland in June

Please join me for my 30th European Choir Tour, this time to the wonderful land of Ireland. Dates: June 23-July 1, 2019. We will perform Fauré’s Requiem in two performances (plus movements from it during a Sunday morning mass) and Irish folk songs. Singers as well as non-singers are welcome. Rehearsals will be held during the week right before we leave. More detailed information about that, plus obtaining the music at a small cost, will be given after you sign up. I have been working diligently with Michael Gray of Music Travel Consultants on all aspects of this venture: the best places to visit, ideal performing venues, wonderful hotels, etc. He has gotten a great airfare. For details on how to secure your spot on the tour, please visit www.haroldrosenbaum.com/_art/IrelandInclusions.pdf.
Posted 10/12/2018. Expires 2/12/2019.

Nikolai Kachanov Singers seeks pro singers

Nikolai Kachanov Singers (NKS), a 16-member professional ensemble, artists-in-residence at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, is looking for experienced choral singers with excellent vocal skills. 2018-2019 repertoire includes a newly commissioned piece by Moscow composer Efrem Podgaits for voices, cello and flute (December 1); "Tchaikovsky and His Contemporaries" program (February 21 and 24); and Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel (June 6 and 9). Mostly Monday evenings at the Nicholas Roerich Museum (Upper West Side). Hear our sound: youtube.com/ channel/UCjEUG3cM80CoQSHYjfJLz-w. Send your resume, voice demo and any questions you might have to kachsingers@gmail.com.
Posted 10/8/2018. Expires 12/8/2018.

Community Choir of St. Stephen and St. Martin's Episcopal Church seeks singers for December 8 concert

The Community Choir of St. Stephen and St. Martin's Episcopal Church is looking for volunteer singers (especially tenors and basses) for its Annual Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 8 at 4 PM in our brand-new building at the corner of Jefferson and Patchen in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. There are no auditions. This is a well-attended annual concert by the church members and the community. Under the direction of Dr. Jeremy Rafal, this year's concert will feature the Vivaldi Gloria along with other Christmas music. The choir will be singing with a chamber orchestra and the newly-renovated pipe organ. Rehearsals are ongoing on Saturday afternoons and additional Sunday afternoon rehearsals will be added as we get closer to the concert. For more information, please contact Dr. Jeremy Rafal at musicstsstm@gmail.com.
Posted 10/3/2018. Expires 12/1/2018.

Dutchess County doowop group seeks first tenor

Cherished Memories is an a cappella group that sings 50s and 60s doowop. We are losing our first tenor and are looking for someone to replace him. Must be able to harmonize and do some leads. Our ages run from mid-50s to 73. We are four guys that love to sing. If you go to our Facebook page you can hear some of the tunes we do. Also on YouTube. We all live in Dutchess County, NY. If you're interested, contact John Torzilli at 914-584-5004 or jetorzilli@aol.com.
Posted 10/2/2018. Expires 12/2/2018.

Harold Rosenbaum conducting workshop January 7-11, 2019

Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, author of the critically-acclaimed A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting, published by Routledge, will present his first 2019 conducting workshop from January 7 through 11 at Columbia University in Manhattan. If you wish to have your technique improved by one of the world's leading choral conductors, sign up for this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited, so please reserve your spot today. The workshop will take place each day from 10 AM to 4 PM (except Friday 10 AM to 2 PM).

See www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute for registration information and more about this and his other upcoming 5-day workshops. See his online conducting lesson at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1vwOPFDJ0I.
Posted 9/30/2018. Expires 1/11/2019.

Libero Canto workshop in February

Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési offer a three-day workshop that includes individual singing lessons, musical work, and sessions in listening to historical and contemporary vocal recordings. The workshop is designed to give professional and amateur choral singers a thorough introduction to the Libero Canto approach. The workshop will be held February 15-17, 2019 at a Manhattan location to be determined. Cost: $200. Repertoire: Early Italian arias and ensemble pieces.

Libero Canto is a way of teaching singing that leads to freedom of vocal expression. It is not a method or specialized technique, but rather a path, a process, and an attitude toward singing and music making. A central idea of Libero Canto is that the release of excess physical tension and force allows the body to respond freely to the singer’s musical feeling and imagination, thereby giving singing the spontaneity and vitality of true expression. The name Libero Canto comes from “la via al libero canto,” the path to free singing. This approach was originated by Lajos Szamosi in Budapest before the Second World War. For more information, please visit www.liberocanto.org.

To apply, please contact us at info@liberocanto.org. You will be asked to write a short statement about your musical background and why you are interested in the workshop. You will also be asked to provide a recording. We can accept up to 8 singers. All voice types welcome! Applications for the February workshop will be accepted until January 15.

Sample schedule:
Friday, February 15
2:30-6:00 Introduction to the approach and listening session.
Saturday, February 16
10:00-1:00 Individual lessons (45 minutes). Auditing is encouraged.
2:30-6:30 Musical work and listening session. All present.
Sunday, February 17
12:00-3:00 Individual lessons (45 minutes). Auditing is encouraged.
4:30-7:30 Musical work and final circle.
Posted 9/28/2018. Expires 1/31/2019.

New pop/Broadway choir in Long Island City seeks singers

New pop/Broadway choir is forming in Long Island City, NY. Seeking talent for a new community choir focusing on pop classics, contemporary hits and Broadway. We will be rehearsing one weeknight a week beginning the first week of October, with our first concert to be held in mid-December. To audition, please send a video clip of yourself singing a pop song/showtune you feel shows off your range/style, along with a message about any relevant choir experience you've had. Contact Molly at letusponder@aol.com.
Posted 9/21/2018. Expires 11/21/2018.

Gregorian Chant – A Treasure for All People

The New York Gregorian Chant Project presents "Gregorian Chant – A Treasure for All People" -- free-admission, lively and engaging workshops for singers, choir leaders and all lovers of this ancient and deeply spiritual music. With 100 minutes of singing Gregorian chants that give rise to lessons on singing with style and grace, conducting techniques, reading chant notation, solving Latin challenges, and the history behind the chant, followed by questions and answers over a glass of wine in the garden courtyard of St. John’s in the Village. Given by Lawrence Harris.

Upcoming schedule:

  • Monday, September 24, 7:30 PM: Gregorian Chant – A Treasure for All People
    Discovering the fundamentals of Gregorian chant performance by singing several of the most evocative melodies in the chant repertoire.
  • Monday, October 15, 7:30 PM: Chanting Like the Monks
    Singing in a sublime arc. The lightness and natural flow of the Latin text.
  • Monday, November 19, 7:30 PM: Chants of the Angels
    Breathing new life into the much-loved Mass of the Angels, and how to correct commonly entrenched habits!
Workshops take place at St. John’s in the Village, 218 West 11th Street (just off 7th Avenue). No admission charge. Please give us your contact info when you arrive. Pre-registration not required. Contact ChantProject@stjvny.org.
Posted 9/21/2018. Expires 11/19/2018.

Announcing The New York Gregorian Chant Project

The New York Gregorian Chant Project offers the following:

  1. Workshops for Singers and Choir Leaders
    A series of lively and engaging Monday-evening sessions for singers and choir leaders, taking place monthly at St. John’s in the Village (11 Street near 7th Avenue, Manhattan). Free admission. First workshop: Monday, September 24, 7:30 PM.
  2. Gregorian Chant Concert Choir
    We are gradually building a 30-voice choir to bring the repertoire of Gregorian Chant to life at the highest possible level of excellence. We invite you to participate! The choir will enable people throughout the general public to experience this ancient and deeply spiritual music through concerts, recordings and special events. The choir will sing an extensive and varied Gregorian chant repertoire, plus occasional mixed-voice (SATB) compositions related to the chant. Open to experienced singers with music-reading skills; possibility of joining the specialist schola (mini-choir). Flexible rehearsal options; does not conflict with Sunday morning activities. We will teach you how to read the chant notation, how to pronounce the Latin texts, and the stylistic nuances of this sublime medieval repertoire. Open to people of all backgrounds, based solely on your musical ability and your willingness to follow direction regarding the interpretation of the music. It is not necessary to submit a CV.
  3. Concerts and Public Events
    Concerts/recitals of Gregorian chant and related choral music, taking place at St. John’s in the Village (Manhattan) and elsewhere. "Chant Fest" Gregorian Chant Sing-Alongs for the general public and singers who might not be available to participate in the concert choir. Recordings for broadcast, internet and compact disc.
  4. Friends of the New York Gregorian Chant Project
    You could do us a great favour by helping us reach out to people who might like to know about the various aspects of the New York Gregorian Chant Project. Please consider forwarding our invitations and announcements to your network of colleagues and friends. If you might be able to help us in other ways with publicity or other support, or if you have questions, please be in touch with us at ChantProject@stjvny.org.
Director Lawrence Harris has an extensive background in Gregorian chant performance and pedagogy. He has been a clinician on Gregorian chant for the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians and various professional and amateur ensembles, and a visiting professor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh and the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Posted 9/20/2018. Expires 1/20/2019.