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Singers Services / opportunities

Hudson Chorale seeks baritone section leader
The Hudson Chorale, which rehearses Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45 at the First Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, is searching for a baritone section leader. Our January concert includes Haydn: Paukenmesse, Beethoven: Mass in C and Mozart: Ave Verum. The renumeration is $40 an hour ($100 per rehearsal, no travel reimbursement) and more for concerts as you would be paid from the call time. Preference is given to those who live near Pleasantville although it is only a 50-minute train ride from Grand Central. Requirements: excellent sight reading, ability to work well with dedicated amateur singers, baritone voices with good solid low F. If you think you fit the bill, please e-mail Ira Spaulding at iraspaulding@gmail.com to arrange an audition time. Our first rehearsal is Monday 9 September, dress rehearsal Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 6 PM. Two concerts Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January at 3 PM (call at 1:30 PM).
Posted 8/16/2019. Expires 9/4/2019.
Greenwich church seeks seeks tenor soloist / section leader
Tenor soloist / section leader needed at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, Connecticut. Position is for a 2nd tenor in a professional octet with volunteer choir. Must be excellent sight reader with very strong voice. Traditional repertoire. Thursday rehearsals begin September 5 from 7:15 to 9:00. Sunday warmups are promptly at 9:00-9:30, with service from 10:00 to 11:15. Pay is $100 per appearance. Appropriate attire required. Church is 15-minute walk from Greenwich Metro-North stop. Please submit resume or biography indicating training, repertoire and performing experience, as well as sound files, videos or links to same, to Minister of Music Randall Atcheson at randallatcheson@aol.com.
Posted 8/15/2019. Expires 9/15/2019.
Experiment with Vocal Ensemble Laboratory!
The Vocal Ensemble Laboratory invites amateur, semi-professional and professional singers and other musicians to try out choral endeavors in a supportive, low-stakes environment. Come practice small ensemble singing, sight-singing, conducting, or workshop a choral composition with us.

Follow us on Facebook or Meetup to connect to other musicians in Westchester, NY and surrounding areas who enjoy learning from doing!
Posted 8/12/2019. Expires 11/12/2019.
Greenwich church seeks substitute bass section leader
Substitute bass section leader / soloist needed at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, Connecticut on a month-to-month basis beginning right after Labor Day. Position is for a second bass in a professional octet with volunteer choir. Must be excellent sight reader with very strong voice. Traditional repertoire. Thursday rehearsals begin September 5 from 7:15 to 9:00. Sunday warmups are promptly at 9:00-9:30, with service from 10:00 to 11:15. Pay is $100 per appearance. Appropriate attire required. Church is 15-minute walk from Greenwich Metro-North stop. Please submit resume or biography indicating training, repertoire and performing experience, as well as sound files, videos or links to same, to Robert Mobsby at rjmobsby@netscape.net.
Posted 8/12/2019. Expires 9/12/2019.
KHORIKOS seeks new music from composers worldwide
KHORIKOS, one of NYC's premier vocal ensembles, is accepting a cappella score submissions for our 4th ORTUS International New Music Competition. Send us your best work for mixed a cappella choir! Previously unperformed pieces are welcome, but not required; premieres are not the focus of this competition.

Details:
  • One submission per composer. No age limits. Only submissions made by the composers themselves will be considered.
  • Submission deadline is October 1, 2019.
  • 15 minutes maximum duration. Shorter works are, of course, welcome.
  • Your submission must include an audio representation of your score in some form (please see below for details).
  • KHORIKOS is a balanced choir of 30 SATB voices.
  • Any level of technical difficulty welcome, from the simple and beautiful to the complex and dazzling--your imagination is the limit.
  • Winning compositions will be announced around the new year.
  • We will confirm receipt of your submission once the deadline has passed.
  • Previous winners are ineligible.
We will select 15-30 finalists from the pool of submissions (depending on the duration of the pieces), and the singers of KHORIKOS will select the winning compositions from among those finalists.

If selected, your music will be given meaningful aesthetic attention during a thorough rehearsal cycle--not just a clean reading by a group of professionals. The winning compositions will be performed in our beautiful home space, The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, in New York City’s historic SOHO, on Saturday, April 4, 2020. We hope to live-stream this performance, making your music accessible worldwide. Previous ORTUS concerts have drawn thousands of online viewers.

Sending an audio file along with the score is necessary in order to streamline the selection process. This could be a MIDI realization, a rehearsal/performance recording, or a recording of a piano/instrumental reduction. There’s nothing wrong with using MIDI, and the quality of the recording you send will not reflect on your submission as long as the audio sufficiently represents the score. Please submit your scores and audio realizations via e-mail to ORTUS2020@dorianartists.com and include "new music for Khorikos" in the subject. Attachments or direct links to downloadable files are preferred, and please make sure any download links remain active until November 1, 2019. Please do not link to a streaming platform.

Lastly, whether or not you’re submitting, please help us share this post with music communities and composers around the world. Like us on Facebook to receive updates on the competition, profiles of the winning composers and more. Thank you for your music!
Posted 8/5/2019. Expires 10/1/2019.
Sing with New York Holiday Singers
Seeking diverse singers from all backgrounds for the 2019 holiday season with New York Holiday Singers, Inc., the company behind the a cappella groups New York Holiday Choristers and Men Singing Carols.

New York Holiday Choristers: Seeking sopranos, altos, 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 1s, tenor 2s and basses 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.

Singers 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. Having a great feel for jazz and groove is a huge plus!

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 be held by appointment only on August 24 in NYC from 11 AM to 5 PM. Callbacks will be held August 25. To request an appointment, apply online at newyorkholidaysingers.com/auditions/. NO video auditions will be accepted. Rehearsals begin in September in NYC. For more information, visit newyorkholidaysingers.com. New York Holiday Singers, Inc. Jen Arvay, executive director; Greg Kefalas, musical director; Jeff Funaro, marketing director.
Posted 7/29/2019. Expires 8/25/2019.
Singers needed for opera about Warsaw Ghetto uprising
SATB singers needed for new tonal opera about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The chorus is featured in almost every number. Rehearsals in September and October in Brooklyn and performance Sunday, October 27 at 3 PM in Brooklyn. The music is very tonal and easy to learn. Pay is $100. Call Maxine Feldman at 718-490-7556.
Posted 7/21/2019. Expires 9/21/2019.
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 to 2 PM). See www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute for registration information and more about this and his other upcoming 5-day workshops.
Posted 7/15/2019. Expires 8/19/2019.
William Warfield Scholarship Fund Classical Vocal Competition for African American High School Students
African Americans have long been under-represented in the field of classical music, especially in the field of classical vocal performance. The William Warfield Scholarship Fund has initiated a classical vocal competition to help address this.

The first William Warfield Scholarship Fund Classical Vocal Competition for African American High School Students will be held on October 19, 2019, in Rochester, NY. This event will provide selected students with cash support for formal training, audition preparation, music and practice time, etc. Five finalists will compete before national-level artists, receive coaching, and become connected to teachers and resources to help them sustain their progress. Awards will be paid directly to winners.

Electronic audition submissions may be submitted starting May 1, 2019. They are due no later than September 1, 2019. E-mail audio files or links to auditions@williamwarfield.org. No late entries will be considered. There is no cost to apply. For further details, visit www.williamwarfield.org.
Posted 7/15/2019. Expires 9/1/2019.
Free introductory lesson in Alexander Technique
Contact Elizabeth Hurwitt at elizabeth@betteratbeing.com for a free introduction to this dynamic mind-body method. Alexander Technique can help you improve your vocal production and breathing, along with your postural support and ease of movement. Alexander Technique has been a favorite of vocal professionals and amateurs for over 150 years, providing singers and speakers with the freedom to communicate more freely and effectively. Elizabeth's teaching is certified by the American Society of Alexander Teachers (AmSAT). Start with a free introductory lesson. Thereafter, continued lessons are affordable and negotiable. For further information, visit www.betteratbeing.com.
Posted 7/11/2019. Expires 10/11/2019.
Take part in The Gauntlet at Rockefeller Plaza August 3
Take part in National Sawdust Project’s immersive choral work, The Gauntlet, at Rockefeller Center Plaza on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

The Gauntlet is an intimate experience that bathes audiences in waves of harmony, poetry, and gesture, as they are led through musical corridors of sonic architecture created by the human voice. On August 3, 2019, Rockefeller Center and National Sawdust Projects will present a newly commissioned version of The Gauntlet, by composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol, sung by hundreds of people from across the five boroughs of New York. Read more about the project and watch a short film from a recent performance at the Sydney Opera House.

We are looking for experienced, strong singers to take part, who need to:
  • Be able to learn music by rote
  • Sing confidently holding their own melody or harmony
  • Be able to sing on pitch
  • Have strong aural skills
  • Hear an octave up or down and transpose to their own register confidently
  • Able-bodied singers will be asked to stand outdoors on a small stool for up to one hour and will be asked to move freely around a busy performance space
To take part, singers will need to attend on Saturday, August 3: 10 AM dress rehearsal; 4 PM performance; 7 PM performance. Two rehearsals at Rockefeller Center, from 7 to 9 PM on either Monday July 22 and Monday July 29; or Tuesday July 23 and Tuesday July 30; or Wednesday July 24 and Wednesday July 31. If you’d like to be involved, please e-mail the following information by Monday, July 8 to gauntlet@nationalsawdust.org: full name, e-mail address, voice part, detail on your singing experience, whether you are a member of a choir and which rehearsal option you’d like to attend.Thank you for passing this opportunity on to singers in your choirs and networks! If you have questions, please e-mail gauntlet@nationalsawdust.org.

Notes for singers: There is nothing to prepare in advance or between rehearsals. Refreshments will be provided on the performance day.
Posted 7/3/2019. Expires 9/3/2019.
Downtown Brooklyn church seeks soprano and alto
Paid soprano and alto choir/cantor positions available at major church music program at Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church in Downtown Brooklyn (109 Willoughby Street), conducted by Benjamin Niemczyk. By audition only. Sunday rehearsal and mass with extra calls for Christmas and Holy Week.

Recent repertoire includes works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Schönberg, Messiaen, Nystedt, Corigliano, Ives, Stravinsky, Duruflé, Tallis, Palestrina, Copland, Bernstein, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Williams and much more. Reading ability and straight-tone singing required. Write bonifacechoir@gmail.com to schedule an audition.
Posted 6/28/2019. Expires 8/28/2019.
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.
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.
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.