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All Souls Unitarian and Musica Viva NY seek three soloists
All Souls Unitarian Church and Musica Viva NY have three soloist vacancies! Auditions will be held via Zoom on May 19 and May 26. The choir is a mix of professional singers and skilled volunteers. We sing Sunday mornings as part of the All Souls music program, and three times a year on the Musica Viva NY concert series. We'll hear auditions for the following voice types: soprano 1, alto 1, alto 2. All other voice types are welcome to submit materials for upcoming sub list auditions to be announced at a later date. Please submit the following by Sunday, May 16 to Bryan McNamara at bryan@allsoulsnyc.org: two recordings of you performing pieces in contrasting styles (accompaniment welcome but not required) -- one piece should be in a language other than English; resume with choral experience; your availability Wednesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 26 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Audition call sheet located here.

Recording quality should be high enough that it accurately represents your musicianship. We do not expect studio-level recordings (though those are acceptable). No preference or bias will be held based on recording quality. Zoom audition will include: vocalizing upon request; we may ask to hear excerpts of either or both pre-screening selections. These excerpts do not need to be performed with accompaniment. Job includes: once-weekly evening rehearsal; Sunday morning rehearsal; two services 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM; concerts with Musica Viva NY (contracted separately). Pay is competitive with all NYC churches. Sunday services are expected to resume in September, pending the state of the pandemic. Services may be livestreamed, and may be held in front of congregational members. Strict safety precautions will be followed for all present, including masks, distanced singing, temperature checks and isolated areas for singers to rest in between services. Remote recording projects may be assigned, again depending on the pandemic. More information about each program at www.allsouls-nyc.org/#music and www.musicaviva.org. Hear the choir: We Shall Overcome, ft. James Dargan: youtu.be/Zp5H4Pygc-Y?t=20; Anton Bruckner, Os Justi: vimeo.com/545061604/5146073e18. All Souls and MVNY are equal opportunity employers. We welcome submissions from applicants regardless of race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other non-merit factor.

Please e-mail Bryan McNamara (bryan@allsoulsnyc.org) with any questions, including the recording requirements. We look forward to hearing you!
Posted 5/11/2021. Expires 7/11/2021.
Virtual choral conducting workshop with Harold Rosenbaum in August
Dr. Harold Rosenbaum established his Choral Conducting Institute in 2014 to provide choral conductors with positive and supportive feedback, a deeper understanding of their art and an opportunity to grow under the guidance of a world-renowned maestro.

After six successful seasons of choral conducting workshops, we have decided to play it safe this year by offering a virtual workshop from August 16 to August 20, 2021. Without leaving your home, you still will receive Maestro Rosenbaum's profound insights into the art of conducting.

The workshop is open to choral conductors of all ages, church musicians, music educators, and musicians from around the world. Individuals who wish to expand their careers and professional networks will benefit from Dr. Rosenbaum's intensive experience. The course is limited to twelve active participants so that each may receive individual attention, constructive feedback and the opportunity to conduct a choral work. For full details, visit www.haroldrosenbaum.com/institute.shtml.
Posted 4/30/2021. Expires 8/16/2021.
Long Island Choral Soceity seeks conductor
The Long Island Choral Society (LICS) is the oldest continuously performing musical group on Long Island. Dr. Maurice Garabrant founded it in 1929. In 1979, Meredith Baker became the fourth conductor/music director and has decided to retire after 41 harmonious seasons. LICS is made up of all-volunteer singers who perform with professional soloists and orchestras.

Some LICS specifics: Monday night rehearsals, 8-10 PM (not flexible); pre-COVID, rehearsals have been at Rockville Centre Middle School; concerts are November, December (traditionally Handel’s Messiah, Part I), and April/May; concerts are always on a Sunday afternoon, with the dress rehearsal in the morning the day before; our season runs from the first Monday after Labor Day through the last concert in the spring, usually the end of April or beginning of May (usually depending how Easter falls); our annual dinner is always one or two Mondays following the last concert (as per our bylaws).

The director position is a non-voting board member (allowed to vote as a tie breaker). Board meetings (which the conductor is expected to attend) generally occur in January, March, June and October. We offer Summer Sings, one in July and one in August, usually on Sunday afternoons, just to get together and sing during the off season. Summer Sings are open to everyone, not just LICS. Salary TBD.

LICS conductor expectations:
  • Demonstrable conducting experience
  • Extensive vocal training, with knowledge of choral and solo repertoire
  • Experience working with orchestral instruments and understanding instrumental technique
  • Ability to read and conduct from full orchestral score, understand instrument transposition
  • Comfortable working with both amateur and professional singers as well as professional instrumentalists
  • Expect to devote 3.5 hours on rehearsal nights – auditions, or extra rehearsals before the regular two-hour rehearsal
  • Must prepare choral and orchestral parts
  • Expect to spend additional time on dress rehearsal days to meet with soloists, review rehearsal tapes, etc.
  • On average, expect to devote 5 hours per week
  • Responsible for selecting and hiring paid soloists/orchestral players/contractors
LICS seeks and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Applicants should submit a resume to Tracey Rosen, President of the Board of Directors, at blueyes1811@yahoo.com at your earliest convenience.
Posted 4/22/2021. Expires 6/22/2021.
New York City Master Chorale seeks artistic director
The New York City Master Chorale (NYCMC) seeks to fill the part-time position of Artistic Director. The mission of the New York City Master Chorale is to connect people through choral music by presenting high-quality concerts inspired by the distinct energy, diversity and talent of New York City. NYCMC is a choral community dedicated not only to an inclusive, social atmosphere but also to performances of the highest caliber. For more information and to apply, please visit www.nycmasterchorale.org/artistic-director-job-description/.
Posted 4/22/2021. Expires 6/22/2021.
Classical Movements' Choral Escapes
Introducing Classical Movements’ Choral Escapes, a brand-new touring program for lovers of choral music. Escape to one of four beautiful locations around the United States and spend a week working with a renowned choral conductor on a hand-picked program of music, including several world premieres. With special and close attention to COVID safety, these programs de-emphasize formal performance and are meant to be enjoyed by music lovers as a safe, beautiful, and relaxing way to start singing again. Come join us! Visit www.classicalmovements.com/choralescapes. Maximum 50 people per program. Spots are filling up – register today! Click here for more information and registration: classicalmovements.wufoo.com/forms/choral-escapes-by-classical-movements-registration/. Read here about our COVID safety measures: www.classicalmovements.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/NEW-Classical-Movements-Guidelines-for-Tour-Health-and-Safety-Choral-Escapes.pdf.

Pioneers, Poets and Mystics
Women Composers for Treble Voices, with Kathy Saltzman Romey
July 18-24, 2021: Burlington, Vermont and Lake Placid, New York

Retreat to the peaceful New England lakes with a program of music entirely for soprano and alto voices, with a special emphasis on women composers. Led by Kathy Saltzman Romey, of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Chorale, and Oregon Bach Festival, this program brings history and current events together. Repertoire spans over the centuries honoring women from all walks of life, including two world premieres.

Songs for Our Time:
Music for Social Justice, with Anton Armstrong
August 1-7, 2021: Charleston, South Carolina

Travel down south to the elegant coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina, and challenge the status quo with a bold and exciting program, conducted by the legendary Anton Armstrong of the St. Olaf Choir. Featuring passionate, cutting-edge works on themes of equity, justice and strength, this program will challenge, uplift and move you.

Singing from Loss into Hope:
New & Historic Works, with Jeffrey Douma
August 8-14, 2021: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Journey to the culturally rich American Southwest and the iconic city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Find yourself transported to colonial Latin America with a monumental Requiem Mass by José Maurício Nunes Garcia, a renowned Afro-Brazilian composer of the Classical era, whose piece is often compared to Mozart’s Requiem in its scope and skill. Led by Jeffrey Douma of Yale University, and paired with works by Beethoven, Arianne Abela and Andrea Ramsey, Nunes Garcia’s work forms the centerpiece of an inspiring program.

Broadway Goes to the Caribbean:
Classics of the Great American Songbook, with Jeanne Kelly
October 24-30, 2021: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Make your Caribbean escape to the breathtaking city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Swing into a jazzy great time with a program of the greatest hits of Broadway and the Great American Songbook like George Gershwin and Cole Porter, led by the inimitable Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Artistic Director of Encore Creativity. Let the easy island breezes relax and refresh you, and enjoy the chance to celebrate live music again.
Posted 4/2/2021. Expires 8/2/2021.
PlayScore 2 plays scores from photos or PDFs
PlayScore 2 is the ideal choir practice app.

Using the latest techniques in Optical Music Recognition (OCR for music), PlayScore 2 lets you play a score from a photo or a regular PDF with amazing realism. Simply take a snap of your music and PlayScore 2 will play back your music as it should sound. You can also import scores from IMSLP, and export to score editors such as MuseScore or Finale. PlayScore 2 is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Using PlayScore 2, singers can hear scores at home as they should sound. PlayScore 2 lets you learn your part in any choral score. Listen to a single part or any combination of parts in a song with PlayScore 2. Any score once built is free for other choir members to play. For more information, please go to playscore.co. Download the PlayScore 2 app today!
Posted 2/15/2021. Expires 6/15/2021.