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Verismo Opera 30th Annual International Vocal Competition

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces a new location and audition dates for the organization's 30th Annual International Vocal Competition. Artistic Director Lucine Amara reminds vocalists of all ages and vocal fachs worldwide to apply to the vocal competition and take advantage of the early bird registration deadline of July 31, 2018. The final application deadline is October 18, 2018. "The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 30th Annual International Vocal Competition is open to singers of all ages and vocal fachs. Applicants may sing in any category -- verismo or another," said Amara, who performed at the Metropolitan Opera for 41 years with opera houses and symphonies throughout the world.

The preliminary auditions take place at Shetler Studios, located at 244 West 54th Street in New York City. In 2018, the preliminary audition dates and times are now November 1, 9 and 16 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and November 3 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. The final auditions are held on December 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. A professional accompanist is provided to all vocalists participating in the preliminary and final auditions. Applicants may also bring their own accompanist.

At the preliminary auditions, a luminary panel of judges officiates, including Metropolitan Opera legend Lucine Amara; Maestra Lucy Arner, Music Director/Principal Conductor, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera; and Evelyn La Quaif, General Manager and Stage Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Upon request, the judges' comments are sent to all the preliminary participants and finalists.

A free master class is offered to all applicants accepted to participate in the preliminary auditions. Finalists selected to perform in the vocal competition may attend three four-hour free master classes. During the master classes led by Amara and La Quaif, artists learn deportment, language, style and presentation at auditions. The free master class for applicants accepted to the preliminary auditions is offered on November 19 and November 21, 2018 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. These classes take place at Yeoryia Studios in the Otello Room on the fifth floor, located at 2067 Broadway, between 71st and 72nd Streets, in New York.

Finalists are given feedback; extensive free coaching on language, style and presentation; and the opportunity to perform in Verismo Opera's fully staged upcoming productions. Winners receive cash awards totaling $3,500 ($2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize).

All applicants are required to send an application, a resume, a bio, an MP3 file or a CD containing an aria recording, an 8 x 10 black and white photo, and the application fee. An application may be downloaded at bit.ly/NJAVO2018VCApplication. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the competition. The early bird registration fee, $55, is in effect through July 31, 2018, changing to $75 on August 1, 2018. Payment may be made securely online at verismopera.org/donate-2/ located at the bottom of the page or by check made out and sent to Verismo Opera, P.O. Box 3024, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024-9024.

Verismo Opera, the Bergen Performing Arts Center's (bergenPAC) house opera company, is recognized for providing opportunities for artists to learn and perform in a professional environment with a live orchestra. Vocal competition winners and finalists perform in several of Verismo Opera's productions. The 28th and 29th Annual International Vocal Competition's first prize winners, sopranos Zhanna Alkhazova and Yulan Piao, performed in Verismo Opera's debut of Turandot. For further information or to schedule an audition appointment, contact info@verismopera.org or call (201) 886-0561.
Posted 7/17/2018. Expires 10/18/2018.

Audition for the New York Holiday Singers

Seeking singers for the 2018 holiday season with New York Holiday Singers, Inc., the company behind the a cappella groups New York Holiday Choristers, Men Singing Carols and the Winter Graces.

New York Holiday Choristers: Seeking sopranos, tenors and basses for a wide variety of holiday music for public and private events. Music features challenging contemporary styles, with some traditional styling as well. Four-part harmony.

Men Singing Carols: Seeking tenor 2s to sing fun new jazz- and swing-influenced arrangements of holiday and popular tunes for private and public events. Mustaches and/or beards optional. Three-part harmony.

Winter Graces: Seeking sopranos for all-new blues and folk arrangements of holiday and pop songs inspired by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Adele, etc. Three-part harmony.

Singers for all groups must be proficient sight-readers or quick studies, excellent with contemporary styling, blending and tight harmonies, willing to learn and memorize a large amount of new arrangements on their own, and willing to work during the holiday season at public and private events. Expect challenging and exciting musical arrangements for all voice parts. Rehearsals begin in September in NYC. Performances in NYC and surrounding area between Thanksgiving and Christmas. All rehearsals are unpaid. Professional pay for performances.

Auditions will take place on August 4 in Manhattan. Callbacks will be held August 5. To schedule an appointment, send pix and resumes to info@newyorkholidaysingers.com. Specify your voice part and which group interests you most. Submissions which do not note voice parts will not be considered. No video auditions will be accepted. Rehearsals begin in September in NYC. For more information, visit newyorkholidaysingers.com. Jen Arvay, executive director; Greg Kefalas, musical director; Jeff Funaro, sales director.
Posted 7/17/2018. Expires 8/5/2018.

Florilegium Chamber Choir seeks new music director

The Florilegium Chamber Choir, a forty-year-old chorus of auditioned avocational singers, seeks applicants for the position of Music Director. This is a part-time position. We sing a challenging and eclectic repertoire, ranging from masters of the Italian Renaissance through contemporary music as well as commissioned works. We sing a cappella as well as accompanied by piano, organ, and chamber orchestra. Please visit our website, florilegiumchamberchoir.org, to learn more about us. Our roughly thirty members, several of whom have been professional musicians, are drawn from the greater New York metropolitan area. We rehearse on the Upper West Side on Monday evenings and perform on Sunday afternoons in mid-November, early March, and late May. The music director position begins in January 2019, when we will start preparing for our March concert.

We invite experienced choral conductors to apply by emailing a statement of interest and a current resume to info@florilegiumchamberchoir.org. In addition to your educational and conducting background, we’d also like to know about the repertoire you would like to present as well as your other current commitments and constraints. We ask that all applications be received by August 31, 2018, after which we will follow up with more detailed information about Florilegium and about the position. From mid-October to mid-November, we will conduct in-person interviews with selected applicants. On November 26 and December 3, final candidates will lead the full choir in a one-hour rehearsal of compositions they have chosen for a potential next concert.
Posted 7/16/2018. Expires 8/31/2018.

Ardsley church choir seeks 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 mid-September 2018. 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. 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 7/5/2018. Expires 9/5/2018.

Yankee Male Chorus Vermont tour August 8-11

This is the last opportunity to join the YMC Tour 2018, our 65th and last tour, in southern Vermont on August 8-11. Reservations are due by July 7. We expect 40-50 singers. The cost is a donation of $25 to $50, and group dinners are available for only $10. This is an inexpensive mini-vacation as you will have each day to explore beautiful, GREEN, Vermont. Travel is on your own. Our repertoire will include: Bless This House, Old Man River, Over the Rainbow, The Creation, Steal Away, Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful, and River in Judea. We meet on Wednesday, August 8 at 1 PM in West Brattleboro to rehearse for 3 hours. We then sing our concert that evening in West Brattleboro, followed by concerts on the following evenings in South Londonderry, Bellows Falls and Chester, VT. To receive a reservation form please e-mail mpe1217@gmail.com. Become a brother-in-song.
Posted 6/27/2018. Expires 8/8/2018.

Call for singers: Music on the Hill Summer Chorus starts July 10

Music on the Hill invites new and returning singers for the 16th annual Summer Chorus, performing Frostiana by Randall Thompson and other settings of American poetry with guest conductor Kaitlin Lazere. Students welcome! Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10 - August 31, 7 to 9 PM. Concert is Thursday, August 2 at 8 PM. Location: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wilton, CT, 48 New Canaan Road.

No audition; simply register in advance at musiconthehillCT.org. Suggested minimum contribution: $40; $20 for students.

Singers unable to commit to July rehearsals are invited to join in for August Summer Sings on Tuesday evenings starting August 7. Each week, a different piece led by a different conductor -- the audience is the chorus! Come to one or to all. To receive notice of all events, subscribe to the mailing list by visiting the website.

The Summer Chorus of 50-60 voices meets each July to rehearse and perform a major work from the classical choral repertoire. It is one of Music on the Hill's four performing ensembles -- along with Festival Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and Jubilate Ringers handbell choir -- all under the leadership of artistic directors David H. Connell and Ellen Dickinson. Ensembles are project-based: participants join for one music project at a time, one concert/rehearsal cycle lasting four to six weeks. New participants are always welcome. Music on the Hill is an independent non-profit organization.
Posted 6/26/2018. Expires 8/31/2018.

Two Bridges Neighborhood Council offers summer choral groups

Sing in a choral group this summer 2018 at Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, in lower Manhattan near the Manhattan Bridge. Call (646) 355-8397 for info and sign-up.

Kids Group: Summer Session: June 29-Aug 17, 2018--weekly 60-minute rehearsals coached by a professional singer on Fridays 4:30-5:30 PM, for ages 7-16, Tuition for 8 weeks: $60 single child; $90 family price (up to 4 siblings).

Adult Group: June 29-Aug 17, 2018--on Fridays 6:15-7:45 PM; $110 for 8 weeks; no prior experience required.

Also available at Two Bridges Music: private lessons on piano, voice, cello and composition; classical and jazz. For more information, visit ttwobridges.org/two-bridges-tower-community-programs/two-bridges-music/, phone (646) 355-8397 or e-mail music@twobridges.org.
Posted 6/20/2018. Expires 8/1/2018.

Fort Washington Collegiate Church offers Vocal Scholars Program

Fort Washington Collegiate Church's Ministry of Music is delighted to announce a new Vocal Scholars Program beginning in Fall of 2018 for the academic year. The program is open to high school and college-enrolled vocalists who maintain a permanent or current residence in Washington Heights or Inwood. This is a paid internship that requires Thursday evening and Sunday morning availability.

The FWCC Vocal Scholars Program provides hands-on professional training in vocal performance and musicianship for music students residing in Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan with the objective of further developing well-rounded musicians for careers in performance, ministry, education, and arts management.

Under the direction of Fort Washington’s Music Director, Vocal Scholars will engage in a broad course of study, widening their knowledge of contemporary and traditional vocal styles, and performing with FWCC’s Joyful Voices ensemble. Scholars will focus on widening their knowledge of contemporary vocal styles, including pop, gospel, musical theater, jazz and more. Scholars will also receive training in traditional hymnody, foreign languages, and choral technique. In addition to vocal study, Scholars will elect a course of study to consist of one or more of the following (guided independent study and one-on-one instruction on Thursday evenings):

  • Harmony and keyboard skills
  • Composition and arranging
  • Conducting
  • Jazz improvisation
  • Theory and analysis
Advanced high school students and students enrolled in undergraduate programs of study are eligible to apply. Students must be either current or permanent residents of Washington Heights or Inwood. The program is open to students of all faith/non-faith backgrounds, however, students should be comfortable engaging with a faith community and musical repertoire that often promotes progressive Christian values. Students will agree to conduct themselves professional manner in line with the values of FWCC.

Schedule: 10-month internship beginning September 2018. Semester 1: September 6, 2018 - December 23, 2018. Semester 2: January 8, 2019 - June 23, 2019. Weekly time consists of Thursdays 5:30 PM-9:30 PM and Sundays 9:00 AM-12:30 PM; generally 3 out of 4 weeks each month.

Vocal Scholars will receive a stipend of $150 per week for a total of 28 weeks through the Fall and Spring semesters. Students may be offered additional paid opportunities and services as they arise. For more information, visit www.fortwashingtonchurch.org/vocalscholars.
Posted 6/12/2018. Expires 8/12/2018.

Choral Chameleon Ear Training Bootcamp -- August 2017

The traditional methods and secrets of the Paris Conservatories have long proven themselves as enablers and guarantors of musical success. However, in today’s tech-driven world, we can sometimes inadvertently divorce tradition and elbow grease from our desire for efficiency and effectiveness.

Out of these conservatory traditions, Choral Chameleon has forged a simple and effective way of meeting musicians of all levels where they are and harnessing musical intuition and skills they already possess. In this intensive boot camp style workshop, highly experienced teachers of these methods will lead you through adaptive practice routines you can continue on your own long after these first weeks. They will help you to change the way you listen, the way you process musical information, the way you read music -- even out of key context, and the way you perceive your musical self in just a short amount of time. Heavy concentration on rhythm and singing, in tandem with listening analysis, greatly bolsters personal musicianship skills, while increasing enjoyment of music-making alone or with others, and making the practice of these skills fun and more efficient.

The workshop will be held at Regis High School, 55 East 84th Street, New York, NY 10028 from Thursday, August 16 to Thursday, August 23; no class on Saturday, August 18. Hours: weekdays 6.30 PM to 9 PM; Sunday 2 PM to 5 PM. Cost: $350.

You get

  • all materials provided
  • patient and highly skilled faculty
  • time tested and effective international conservatory approach
  • adaptable assignments to meet any level of musicianship
  • gain more tonal and rhythmic independence
  • decrease fear of mistakes and stage fright
  • remove the ego from music making!
  • have fun in a supportive and fast-paced environment
We will assess each registered student in advance of the session to group the classes accordingly at the appropriate levels:

Beginner
Those with little or no prior experience in reading music. We will cover the basics of rhythm, pitch, harmony, and the process of synthesis: translating information you see into audiation, and then into performance. Focus will be on simple meter rhythms, melodies with stepwise motion and some leaps in treble clef and bass clef, and oral dictation with rhythm and pitch identifications.

Intermediate
If you already know the basics of rhythm and pitch, the next step will cover more complex rhythms and melodies including compound meter and more leaps and rudimentary chromaticism. Your personal sense of audiation and synthesis will tighten up and become a faster, more intuitive process.

Advanced
Not for the faint of heart, the volume is turned up, covering complex rhythmic constructions including shifts between simple and compound meter with either beat or division constant, melodies outside of diatonic tonality, and multi-voice written dictations. Emphasis will be placed on musical multi-tasking: processing 2 or more musical lines at the same time in listening and performance settings, as well as building strong tonal and rhythmic independence.

For more information, visit www.choralchameleon.com/ear-training-bootcamp.html.
Posted 6/5/2018. Expires 8/18/2018.

The Turtles Mass

The Turtles Mass is a quirky, contemporary cantata anchored in the classical tradition. It is not for all churches. With “cheeky folk overtones,” the Turtles Mass raises questions such as: “Hey God, are you there? What should I wear?” It sings songs of life to Bach melodies and answers questions of life after death to the tune of a swinging Zulu harmony. The lyrics poke fun at the absurdities, realities, and beauties of modern life. About 45 minutes long, The Turtles Mass is recited and sung in four-part harmony by a choral ensemble with several solos.

Sample lyrics:
"There’ll be time enough to sleep when we are dead,
And long leisure then to rest your head,
But now what good’s a life hedged in by childish fears
And fantasies that haunt a sleepless bed?"
(song, Act 1)

"In the name of the former and of the later
And the holey toast, All men, ah men"
(recitative, Act 3)

"O god of taxes, and god of death,
What can we do to please you? From wise men comes this holey truth
Life is a cheese! What else can we do?"
(chorale, Act 2)

Musical samples:
Holiday Today (chorale); Time Enough (song); Oh What a Foolish World (song); Sad When the Horns Blow (song); Morituri Te Salutamus (recitative); Praise Alan (recitative); Expecto Non Resurectum Mortuorium (recitative).

Swim with the turtles! For more information, contact mail@greeneagle.org.
Posted 5/29/2018. Expires 8/29/2018.

Experienced musicians invited to audition for GMChorale’s Alchemy chamber ensemble

Experienced musicians are invited to apply to audition for Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale.

Established in 2016, Alchemy maintains a roster of about 30 singers, from which a 24-voice performing ensemble is selected for each concert or concert series. The ensemble rehearses and performs a select repertoire of choral and vocal chamber music. All singers are required to master Alchemy’s entire body of current repertoire so as to be prepared to join the ensemble at any time.

“Though Alchemy is primarily a vocal chamber ensemble, we welcome experienced musicians from a variety of backgrounds,” said Joseph D’Eugenio, the ensemble’s founder and Artistic Director. “Alchemy is a company of singers composed of music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble and avocational singers, including some skilled instrumentalists who happen to have great voices. Our focus is on preparing and presenting musical programs of the highest artistic quality.”

Alchemy’s season includes six to eight concerts by the chamber ensemble on its own, plus additional collaborations and outreach programs in communities across the state of Connecticut. The Alchemy singers are also members of the 80-voice GMChorale, which offers two major concerts each season, as well as other projects and collaborations.

Interested musicians are asked to submit a professional resume or summary of musical background, with details on musical experiences as soloist, ensemble singer, music educator, avocational singer, etc. Those invited to audition will be asked to sing two solo selections, such as an art song, an aria from an opera or oratorio, or a classical arrangement of a folk song or hymn. One of the solos must be sung in German, French or Italian. Each singer will also be asked to sing the appropriate vocal part from three choral works (the music of which will be supplied in advance), and to demonstrate sight-reading and rhythm skills.

Auditions last about 30 minutes, and are heard by Alchemy’s Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio and principal Alchemy vocal coach Margaret Tyler. The Artistic Director will accompany the audition.

For more information on the audition process and requirements, and to schedule an audition, contact Alchemy manager Lorie Martin at lorie.martin@gmchorale.org or 610-207-5145.

Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, is a company of musicians comprised of music educators, professional soloists and performers, and skilled ensemble singers and instrumentalists. Alchemy’s mission is to advance and support the GMChorale's vision of “Singing for a Lifetime” through concert tours, collaborations, musical leadership, education, and community engagement. Led by founding Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the ensemble, known for its ability to adapt its sound to a broad variety of repertoire, took the name “Alchemy” in recognition of the ancient, mystical art of creating gold through a process of transformation and refinement. Established in 2016 and already recognized for its vocal beauty, richness and subtlety, this ensemble brings a touch of gold to concerts and collaborations of the highest musical quality. The musicians of Alchemy are also members of the 80-voice Chorale, which performs a wide range of choral music from several centuries, from beloved masterworks to newly commissioned pieces.
Posted 5/29/2018. Expires 7/29/2018.