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Professional bass needed for performance at St. Patrick's Cathedral December 3
I am conducting a performance of the religious cantata Song of Mary at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Tuesday, December 3. The work is written for SATB chorus, mezzo-soprano soloist, harp (André Tarantiles) and oboe (Dr. Mark Snyder). The choir is a mixture of UK and USA singers. I am looking for a professional bass (professional) for the chorus ensemble. A professional fee will apply according to experience. Rehearsals are Friday, November 29, 2:30 to 4:30 at 244 Studios on West 54th Street; Monday, December 2, 10:15 to 1:30 at 224 Studios on West 54th Street. Performance is Tuesday, December 3, 1.45 to 2.45 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Contact Kathleen Shanks at capitalarts@outlook.com.
Posted 11/13/2019. Expires 11/29/2019.
Troupers Light Opera announces additional auditions for The Gondoliers
We are still looking for a leading tenor and leading mezzo. Additional new chorus members sought as well -- lots of 4-part singing, dancing (easy!) and stage time.

An international intrigue, a kidnapping, a royal mix-up, two Gondoliers, three wives, six lovers, a browbeaten Duke, restoration of a joint king to one throne... it’s too much happiness! And too much fun!!!

Announcing auditions for Troupers' production of The Gondoliers, a joyous, witty and timeless Victorian musical comedy by Gilbert & Sullivan, the team that brought us The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore. Auditions by appointment. To sign up for an audition, please contact Marian Shulman at mcs9690@yahoo.com. To learn more about Troupers, visit trouperslightopera.org. Performances are April 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2020 at Saxe Middle School New Canaan.

Features: professionally conducted full orchestra; fully-staged production, professional stage director and choreographer; large principal cast, all parts are open! (details on the website); full sets and costumes.

We also welcome all choristers, adult and high school students, plus younger students when accompanied by a parent. Troupers is a non-profit, all volunteer, classic music theater organization, celebrating our 75th year in Fairfield County. More audition information: please bring a song or aria in English and sheet music for the accompanist. Come join the fun!
Posted 11/7/2019. Expires 12/7/2019.
12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland 11-18 July 2020
Twenty-four of the world’s best choirs, over 40 distinguished speakers on choral music and thousands of delegates will descend on Auckland, New Zealand 11-18 July 2020 for the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM2020).

One of the most anticipated events on the international choral calendar, the World Symposium on Choral Music is a major international arts festival which also serves as a global choral congress – a triennial opportunity for a significant proportion of the world’s choral music leaders and practitioners to meet, share ideas and be revitalised.

The WSCM programme offers a range of talks, masterclasses, workshops, demonstrations and performances for both choral music industry delegates and the wider public. Delegates usually include choristers, conductors, composers, music industry academics, singers, teachers and enthusiasts from all over the planet. The theme of New Zealand’s Symposium is "People and The Land \ He Tangata, He Whenua" – the connection and tensions between people and land, between urban life and the natural world.

This has inspired many of the presentations, which include such topics as indigenous music and "ownership," diversity and social empowerment, respectful collaboration with indigenous artists, singing as a haven for migrants and refugees, choral singing in prisons, welcoming transgender and non-binary singers, alongside cornerstone subjects such as conducting and vocal technique, articulation, rhythm, intonation, genre exploration, repertoire, movement and programming.

An international Artistic Committee reviewed the unprecedented number of 360 choir and presenter applications from more than 50 countries around the world to produce the final line-up of choirs and presenters for WSCM2020. The 12th World Symposium on Choral Music is supported by New Zealand Major Events and Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), and hosted by the NZ Choral Federation in tandem with the International Federation for Choral Music.

Sitting alongside the Symposium is the Surround Sounds programme, in which 20 more top international and NZ choirs will perform for delegates and the public. Performance venues for both festivals include the Auckland Town Hall, the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre and the rest of the Aotea Centre, St Matthew-in-the-City and St Patrick’s and Holy Trinity Cathedrals. Public concert tickets will be on sale from early 2020.

Attending choirs range from widely regarded ensembles such as NOTUS and Portland State Chamber Choir from the USA and Mexico’s Voz En Punto, to young performers such as the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Canada’s Hamilton Children’s Choir, Shenzhen Lily Choir from China, Australia’s Gondwana, the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley and the New Zealand Youth Choir, national indigenous choirs including Nairobi Chamber Chorus, and all-female ensembles such as Slovenia’s vocal theatre Carmina Slovenica, Canada’s Xara Choral Theatre and Ewha Chamber Choir from Korea.

Registrations for the Symposium are now open with hundreds of delegates from over 40 countries having already signed up ahead of the recent Earlybird deadline. Thousands of delegates attended the 11th World Symposium in Barcelona (2017) and the New Zealand event team is looking to have the same level of success. The next Advance Ticket deadline is 31 December 2019. Registrations are available online at wscm2020.com.
Posted 10/30/2019. Expires 4/30/2020.
Princeton-area a cappella group seeks members
Currently looking for members of all voice parts! Jersey Transit is a goofy group that is serious about making great music together. We have members ranging in age from late 20s to late 60s.

We rehearse once a week -- currently Wednesday -- and we rotate rehearsal locations among various members’ homes in and around the Princeton and Hopewell Valley areas. In addition to performing at public libraries and street fairs, we participate in a festival called Spring Sing every May. The event is hosted by one of the dozen or so groups in our umbrella organization, known as the American A Cappella Alliance. Attending the festival is a requirement of all Jersey Transit members. Next year's Spring Sing will be held in Connecticut!

To schedule an audition, or to receive more information about the group, contact us via our website at www.jerseytransit.org/contact-us/.
Posted 10/28/2019. Expires 12/28/2019.
Haitian Song and Movement Workshop
Sheila Anozier presents a six-week workshop where we explore traditional Folk and Vodou songs from Haiti. Participants will be encouraged to surrender to the organic sounds of the drum and tune into their own spirituality with basic movements from traditional dances associated with the songs. Workshop dates are 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 and 12/5. Workshop takes place at The Floor, 310 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Admission $20. For more informaiton, call 718-230-3445 or visit www.sheilaanozier.com/classes.
Posted 10/22/2019. Expires 12/5/2019.
Harold Rosenbaum conducting workshop January 6-10, 2020
Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, author of the critically-acclaimed A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting, published by Routledge, will present the first of his 2020 conducting workshop at Columbia University from January 6 through 10. 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 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1vwOPFDJ0I.
Posted 9/30/2019. Expires 11/30/2019.
Uncomon Chord seeks vocal jazz director
Uncommon Chord is a mixed-voice jazz/pop ensemble of 10 talented amateurs. We primarily perform standards from the Great American Songbook, with an emphasis on fresh arrangements in the style of contemporary vocal groups like New York Voices and The Real Group. Our repertoire is about 50/50 accompanied and a cappella. We typically prepare two one-hour sets a year (December and June), hosted in cabaret venues such as the Triad Theater, as well as informal / charity gigs when they arise. Our rehearsals are 7:30-9:30 PM each Wednesday on the west side of Manhattan.

Candidates should:
  • Be a kind, capable and enthusiastic leader
  • Have a passion for jazz and the chops to match
  • Have extensive experience teaching vocal technique, style and blend to advanced adults
  • Have experience with the performance and staging practices of contemporary vocal ensembles
  • Be comfortable rehearsing at the piano
And ideally could:
  • Perform our accompanied numbers — using keyboard alone at informal gigs, and anchoring a 2-3 piece rhythm section at our fully staged shows
  • Arrange charts for our singers’ unique voices
If interested, please send a brief statement describing your interest in the position and what you’d bring to Uncommon Chord, along with resume and salary requirements to music@richardberg.net. Finalists will be invited to lead a 90-minute rehearsal this fall. The audition will consist of (1) rehearsing a song that UC knows well (2) teaching a new selection of your choice to UC. The latter can be an original arrangement, an adaptation, or a published work that well illustrates your knowledge and taste — either accompanied or a cappella.
Posted 9/25/2019. Expires 11/25/2019.
Sing in Sicily with Serenades Choral Travel
Serenades Choral Travel is now accepting applications from choral singers, both amateur and professional levels, for the program’s special 15th anniversary edition that will take place in Southeastern Sicily, in the heart of the Sicilian Baroque, from June 27 to July 8, 2020. The program will be based for eight days in Noto, move onto Ragusa Ibla for two nights, and one night in Catania. Four-star accommodations and all transportation included. Ensemble performances are set up in beautiful venues in Noto, Ortigia Island (Siracusa), and Ragusa Ibla. The program also includes guided walking tours, eight special meals with wine, three of which are at prominent Sicilian wineries in Noto, Ragusa and Mount Etna areas, a chocolate tasting and demonstration in Modica, and a boat tour around Ortigia Island. Guest conductor for the program will be David Hayes (Mannes, Curtis and director of NYChoral). Karen La Rosa of La RosaWorks is our cultural coordinator.

For more detailed information regarding pricing, repertoire, application process, videos, photos, please visit www.serenadeschoral.com or contact founder and artistic director Paulo Faustino at serenadeschoraltravel@gmail.com or text/call (267) 259-0575. Application deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019.
Posted 9/6/2019. Expires 12/6/2019.