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The Vocal Area Network Info Exchange is the place to, well, exchange information. If you're a group looking for singers, or a singer looking for a group, or if you have services or opportunities to offer the vocal ensemble community, (via e-mail) with your information and we'll post it here.

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Singers Services / opportunities

Ogontz Choral Workshop August 4-10 in Lyman, NH
It's not too late to register for the Ogontz Choral Workshop, held August 4-10 in Lyman, NH, in the foothills of the White Mountains. It's a unique opportunity for singers, choral conductors and church musicians to explore repertoire with some of the world's leading choral directors. My husband and I have attended every year since 1991 and refer to it as our "annual once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Sir David Willcocks led the singing for the first 20 years, until his health no longer allowed at age 91! We've been in excellent hands lately with David Hill of London's Bach Choir and Yale University's Schola Cantorum. You can read his bio and learn lots more about the one-week event at ogontzarts.com. Full-time college students are eligible for discounted tuition.

Paula Rockwell, mezzo-soprano from Nova Scotia, complements David's work by leading master classes, warm-ups and instruction in vocal technique, and also presents a not-to-be missed solo recital. She gets rave reviews from participants every year on her teaching and performance skills as well as her personal qualities.

In addition to the fabulous musical experience, Ogontz Camp is renowned for its superb food, stunning natural setting, and fine recreational opportunities. Unlike most summer choral experiences, we do not prepare a final performance, giving us the freedom to explore more repertoire in depth, but without the pressure of perfecting it. This year's program includes a "deep dive" into Delius's Sea Drift, based on text by Walt Whitman, whose bicentennial we celebrate this year, and a new volume in Oxford's series edited by John Rutter, Sacred Choruses, featuring 28 exceptional oratorio choruses, complete short choral works and movements from masses or requiems from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

For more info, visit the web site or contact Claire Mead at claire@ogontzarts.com.
Posted 6/23/2019. Expires 8/4/2019.
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church seeks baritone
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church is now receiving applications for a baritone position in the professional choir to start in September. We rehearse Sunday mornings before the 11 AM service and the pay is $150/week. The choir also performs six concerts per season, which adds additional rehearsal and concert fees at competitive rates. We are seeking an exceptional ensemble singer with solid sight reading skills, a superb sense of pitch, and the flexibility to perform in a variety of styles. The ability to sing comfortably without vibrato is essential. Check out this clip from a recent concert to get a better sense of our sound: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVjgyqir3zU. To be considered for a live audition, please send your resume and a sound clip to fapcmusic@gmail.com.
Posted 6/19/2019. Expires 8/19/2019.
Mott Haven Reformed Church seeks music director
The Consistory of the Mott Haven Reformed Church is seeking a music director. Strong organ and piano skills, sight-reading skills and exemplary rehearsal etiquette required. Knowledge of Reformed liturgy and music helpful, but not necessary. A strong relationship with Jesus Christ is mandatory. Sunday morning rehearsal runs from 8.30 to 9.30 AM, and Sunday Service runs from 10 AM to 12 noon. Choir rehearsal times can be negotiated. The position calls for 10 hours of work per week, including preparation time, rehearsals and music ministry on Sunday. This is a part-time position. Location is the South Bronx, 5 minutes walk from the 2/5 train at 149th Street. If interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter (including two references) to George Francois at gsfrancois@gmail.com.
Posted 6/19/2019. Expires 8/19/2019.
Northesast Men's Summer Chorus tour August 15-17
Tenors, baritones, basses: sign up for Northesast Men's Summer Chorus (NMSC) 2019 tour August 15-17.

Join us for an inexpensive singing vacation in southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Audition not required. NMSC will present three concerts (Thursday-Friday-Saturday) in West Brattleboro and Chester, Vermont, and Charlestown, New Hampshire. We will perform 16 pieces -- Romantic to modern -- classical to doo-wop -- including spirituals, folk, patriotic, musical theater and the American Songbook. Performances will be led by conductors from New York City choruses and there will be piano accompaniment.  Concerts are free and open to the public.

Spend the evenings in camaraderie and song and your days exploring the lovely New England countryside. Bring along family and friends. NMSC staff will help you secure reasonably priced lodging and transportation. Registration fee: $30 (includes MP3 files and sheet music). An application and more information is available at www.singingvacation.org or contact Marty Edelman at 917-456-6558 or singingvacation@gmail.com., Conductors are Elmer Joerg and Gene Wisoff. Accompanist is E. Judy Robinson.

Schedule: Rehearsal Thursday, August 15, 1-4 PM. First concert Thursday, August 15, 7 PM. Second concert Friday, August 16, 7 PM. Final concert Saturday, August 17, 7 PM.
Posted 6/15/2019. Expires 8/15/2019.
Westport church seeks tenor and bass section leaders
Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Westport, CT seeks tenor and bass section leaders for 25-voice Parish Choir. Excellent quality music in the Anglican tradition sung in a lively suburban parish of 500 members. Sunday service, 9:30 AM; Thursday rehearsal, 7:45-9:45 PM. Additional responsibilities: Choral Evensong, Lessons & Carols, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil. Salary: $80.00/call with additional pay for holy days, Evensongs, etc. Contact Michael Burnette at mburnette@chtwestport.org or (203) 227-0827 x107. Position begins September 5, 2019.
Posted 6/15/2019. Expires 9/15/2019.
Encore Creativity for Older Adults seeks conductors
Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral program for adults 55+, is searching for conductors to lead various Encore choral ensembles. Conductors accompany their own rehearsals and lead from the piano. These programs consist of 15 weekly rehearsals throughout Fall and Spring semesters. There are no auditions for Encore programs, rehearsals occur during daytime hours, and singers are permitted to sit during rehearsal and performances according to their needs. Encore ensembles within each type below all learn the same repertoire, allowing for various different locations to combine for concerts and touring.

Currently, Encore has 23 ensembles throughout Maryland, Virginia, DC and New York City. Encore offers three different types of choral ensembles as follows:
  • Encore CHORALE: A more traditional SATB choral experience, with repertoire ranging from classical to spirituals to songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. All repertoire selections are made by Artistic Director and Founder, Jeanne Kelly. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
  • Encore ROCKS: As suggested in the title, these ensembles sing SATB arrangements of “rock-n-roll” repertoire that includes popular music from the 1950s through the 2000s. All repertoire selections are made by ROCKS Director, Jeffrey Dokken. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
  • Sentimental Journey Singers: Encore’s newest program is focused on providing our signature choral experience to those who suffer from early to early/moderate Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments, as well as their care partners. This will include a variety of standard repertoire, mostly arranged for three parts. All repertoire selections are made by the Director of the Sentimental Journey Singers program, Mary Ann East. Note that for this program a rehearsal accompanist will be provided. Candidates must have a basic understanding of dementia and how it can affect people; a basic understanding of how to interact with persons diagnosed with dementia; and preferably, experience working with people diagnosed with dementia. Repertoire suggestions from conductors are welcomed.
Expectations and qualifications of Encore conductors include the following:
  • 10+ years of choral conducting experience
  • Strong and supportive piano skills for rehearsals
  • Approach rehearsals with energy, enthusiasm, passion and respect for older singers
  • Believe that older adult singers can achieve excellence and be able to recognize when they have reached their potential
  • Deep understanding of vocal technique and the ability to solve problems in older adult voices
  • Positive and patient personality and approach to conducting
  • Excellent musicianship
  • Ability to prepare singers with utmost precision and discipline and desire to avoid sloppiness
  • Interpretive skills and the ability to draw passion and emotion from older adult singers
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • Team player with dedication to Encore program and singers
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • Ability to understand the difficulties of aging
Current conductor openings for the Fall Semester (September through December) and following include:
  • DC ROCKS: Currently scheduled for Thursday evening rehearsals in downtown Washington (DC).
  • MIDTOWN ENCORE CHORALE: Currently scheduled for Monday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan (NY), however day of week is subject to change.
  • MIDTOWN ROCKS: Currently scheduled on Monday afternoons in Midtown Manhattan (NY), however day of week is subject to change.
In addition, we anticipate offering a Sentimental Journey Singers and additional Chorales and ROCKS ensembles in New York City within the next 12-18 months.

As Encore continues to expand throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally, we are developing our roster of Encore conductors. Specifically, we are eager to identify interested conductors in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and New York City who are interested in joining the Encore team and conducting one or more of our ensembles.

Conductor duties
  • Conduct a minimum of fifteen 90-minute rehearsals from September through December and January through May
  • Conductors are expected to lead from the piano, accompanying their own rehearsals
  • Prepare music for rehearsals and performance venues including the Kennedy Center
  • Conduct concerts of your ensembles and others when requested
  • Help promote Encore’s mission, attract new participants and endorse fundraising efforts
  • Facilitate social break (for Sentimental Journey Singers ONLY)
If you have the qualifications stated above, we would like to hear from you. Please forward a detailed cover letter stating your interest in these particular programs along with your resume to Robert Rund, Executive Director, ED@encorecreativity.org. To learn more about Encore, visit www.encorecreativity.org. Encore Creativity for Older Adults is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization. Encore Creativity does not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
Posted 6/15/2019. Expires 10/15/2019.
Marble Choir seeks professional choral singers for 2019-20
The Marble Choir, the highly acclaimed 24-voice professional choir of New York City’s Marble Collegiate Church under the direction of Kenneth Dake, is now auditioning experienced professional choral singers for the 2019-2020 season. Must be a strong sight-reader, demonstrate the ability to sing without vibrato, and have an understanding and appreciation of choral repertoire touching on everything from the western classical tradition to American folk, world music and contemporary styles. (To hear samples of The Marble Choir’s recordings please visit iTunes.) If interested, please send your resume and a brief bio to music@marblechurch.org.
Posted 6/4/2019. Expires 8/4/2019.
Harold Rosenbaum conducting workshop August 19-23
Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, author of the critically-acclaimed A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting, published by Routledge, will present his annual conducting workshop at New York University from August 19 through 23. If you'd like to have your technique improved studying and working directly with one of the world's leading choral conductors, sign up for this marvelous 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-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 6/1/2019. Expires 8/20/2019.
Sing Dvorak with Music on the Hill's Summer Chorus
Join experienced singers in CT's Fairfield County region to sing Dvorak's Te Deum and Mass in D, presented by Music on the Hill's Summer Chorus, now in its 17th season. This is a 50+ person chorus of volunteer singers from across the region who come together Tuesdays and Thursdays in July to prepare for the July 25 concert in Wilton, CT. No auditions required. A great way to get to know fellow choristers in a relaxed yet highly professional setting. The music is lovely and not frequently presented: works Dvorak wrote in the early 1890s in anticipation of his moving to NYC. To register, contact Artistic Co-Director and Conductor Ellen Dickinson at ellen@musiconthehillCT.org by June 30. For more info and to subscribe see www.musiconthehillCT.org and www.facebook.com/musiconthehillCT.
Posted 5/28/2019. Expires 6/30/2019.
Collectio Musicorum seeks singers
Collectio Musicorum, Inc. is seeking singers of all voice ranges for its upcoming season. Primarily an early music ensemble, Collectio performs music of all periods. Singers should be excellent sightreaders and able to read complex rhythms. All positions are paid. Please send resumes to the director at jdailey@gts.edu. For more about Collectio, visit collectio-musicorum.blogspot.com/.
Posted 5/21/2019. Expires 7/21/2019.
Baritone / second tenor seeks choir doing specific repertoire
I know the typical Info Exchange ad is placed by a choir that's doing this or that work and would like to acquire some extra tenors. I'm in the opposite situation: although I like my "regular" choir fine, there are types of works that they never do and won't do, and so rather than jump ship and join a different choir, I'd like to know if and when any choir in the region is doing some of the specific pieces that I'd really like to sing (or sing again). Let me know if your ensemble is contemplating doing any of the following pieces and could perhaps use a baritone / second tenor voice for it:
  • Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo
  • Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium
  • J. Berger: Brazilian Hymn or Magnificat
  • K. Nystedt: All the Ways of a Man or The Path of the Just
  • Vaughan Williams: arrangement of the Wassail Song (Christmas)
Contact Allan Hunter at ahunter3@earthlink.net.
Posted 5/8/2019. Expires 7/8/2019.
Western Wind seeks two singers
Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, a professional six-member Grammy-nominated a cappella group, is holding auditions for two positions to be filled immediately: a countertenor or mezzo/alto; and a bass.

The Western Wind is equally devoted to musical excellence, entertainment of its audiences and education of its workshop and in-school participants. The group entertains audiences across America, singing concert repertoire that ranges from Medieval to jazz and Billy Joel. The ensemble conducts four or more single-day to week-long workshops each year for adult amateur-to-semiprofessional singers. The Western Wind provides multiple in-school residencies in the NYC area each year. For additional information about the group, visit www.westernwind.org.

Only singers with excellent pitch and sight-reading skills who enjoy singing in a variety of musical styles should apply. Applicants should have the ability to both solo and blend. All ethnicities and sexual/gender orientations are welcome in both positions. Compensation is per-service. Out-of-town obligations include provided lodging and per diem.

To audition, please e-mail the following to WesternWindAuditions@gmail.com: your resume with contact information; a current headshot or photo; and an mp3 of your solo singing in any style. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule a live audition.
Posted 5/3/2019. Expires 7/3/2019.
Charis Chamber Voices seeks artistic director
Charis Chamber Voices seeks applicants for the position of Artistic Director. Charis is an ensemble of approximately 40 dedicated avocational and professional singers based in Westchester County, New York. We are known for our high-quality performances of diverse and challenging choral repertoire from all periods. Charis performs three pairs of concerts each season in Westchester and Fairfield County, Connecticut, including a Christmas concert the first weekend of December. Recent concerts have included Handel’s Dixit Dominus and other Baroque works with period instruments and a program of music by Pärt, Brahms, Bruckner and Rheinberger, along with a world premiere. We rehearse weekly in Katonah, NY from September to May.

We seek an Artistic Director who will sustain the high musical standards achieved over our 25 seasons, most recently by our retiring Artistic Director, Arthur Sjögren. The successful candidate will be focused, organized, and hardworking, with broad repertoire interests and curiosity about new music. He or she will be both demanding and congenial and enthusiastic about engaging with audience members and supporters.

For more information about Charis go to www.charisvocals.com/. Please submit a cover letter and resume to charisvocals@yahoo.com.
Posted 4/29/2019. Expires 6/29/2019.
Music intern sought for St. Ignatius Loyola Children's Choir
The Children's Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is seeking a music education student or new teacher to intern with our program for the 2019-2020 season. The Church is located on Park Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets. There are three choirs in our children's choir program, and we are looking for an Intern 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 4:30-5:30). St. Ignatius has a formidable music program which includes 18 concerts our current season. The children perform on two of these with professional orchestra, as well as on Sundays once/month. The intern's commitment is on Wednesday afternoons from September through the beginning of June, as well as assistance at the Christmas concerts. Sunday attendance is not required of our interns.

Assistance is needed with attendance keeping, music distribution, music reading, music marking, bathroom breaks, and other artistic, housekeeping, and hands on tasks. Ability to accompany the choir is not a requirement, nor is being of the Catholic faith. If the student is able and willing, warming up the children and/or directing during rehearsal will be possible.

We pay a stipend of $1,800.00 to an undergraduate (vocal) music education major, and $2,300 for a graduate student. This is for the entire season. Please contact Maureen Haley at haleym@saintignatiusloyola.org. For info about the Church's music staff, visit www.stignatiusloyola.org/index.php/music/music_staff.
Posted 4/25/2019. Expires 6/25/2019.
Cathedral Choirs England residency in August
Join the Cathedral Choirs of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on a 10-day performance residency at two of England’s most renown cathedrals, St. Paul’s Cathedral-London and Canterbury Cathedral--Mother Church of the Anglican Communion! In addition to enjoying the privilege of singing a rich repertoire of music in these historic and captivating cathedrals, there will also be visits to Oxford, Dover Castle and time available to enjoy the many sights of London and Canterbury. Led by the cathedral choirmasters Kent Tritle, Bryan Zaros and cathedral organist Raymond Nagem, the tour promises to be an unforgettable experience!

The residency runs from Wednesday, August 14 to Saturday, August 24, 2019. Rehearsals at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine the week prior. For more information, please contact Cathedral Associate Choirmaster Bryan Zaros at bzaros@stjohndivine.org.
Posted 3/18/2019. Expires 7/18/2019.