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Kidz Bop auditions for kids 9 to 12

We are looking for boys and girls ages 9 to 12 of all ethnicities to become a member of the Kidz Bop Kids! If you think your child's got what it takes, e-mail Rachel@TRUEmodel.net to learn the details! All video auditions must be submitted by 9 AM on Monday, September 24. We look forward to watching your child's audition. If your child can also play an instrument let us know! Please reference the Kidz Bop commercials, music videos and live tour videos online to see the caliber of talent we are looking for and the style of music and dancing that should be featured in the audition video. Audition video is for casting purposes only and will not be shared.
Posted 9/21/2018. Expires 9/24/2018.

New pop/Broadway choir in Long Island City seeks singers

New pop/Broadway choir is forming in Long Island City, NY. Seeking talent for a new community choir focusing on pop classics, contemporary hits and Broadway. We will be rehearsing one weeknight a week beginning the first week of October, with our first concert to be held in mid-December. To audition, please send a video clip of yourself singing a pop song/showtune you feel shows off your range/style, along with a message about any relevant choir experience you've had. Contact Molly at letusponder@aol.com.
Posted 9/21/2018. Expires 11/21/2018.

Gregorian Chant – A Treasure for All People

The New York Gregorian Chant Project presents "Gregorian Chant – A Treasure for All People" -- free-admission, lively and engaging workshops for singers, choir leaders and all lovers of this ancient and deeply spiritual music. With 100 minutes of singing Gregorian chants that give rise to lessons on singing with style and grace, conducting techniques, reading chant notation, solving Latin challenges, and the history behind the chant, followed by questions and answers over a glass of wine in the garden courtyard of St. John’s in the Village. Given by Lawrence Harris.

Upcoming schedule:

  • Monday, September 24, 7:30 PM: Gregorian Chant – A Treasure for All People
    Discovering the fundamentals of Gregorian chant performance by singing several of the most evocative melodies in the chant repertoire.
  • Monday, October 15, 7:30 PM: Chanting Like the Monks
    Singing in a sublime arc. The lightness and natural flow of the Latin text.
  • Monday, November 19, 7:30 PM: Chants of the Angels
    Breathing new life into the much-loved Mass of the Angels, and how to correct commonly entrenched habits!
Workshops take place at St. John’s in the Village, 218 West 11th Street (just off 7th Avenue). No admission charge. Please give us your contact info when you arrive. Pre-registration not required. Contact ChantProject@stjvny.org.
Posted 9/21/2018. Expires 11/19/2018.

Announcing The New York Gregorian Chant Project

The New York Gregorian Chant Project offers the following:

  1. Workshops for Singers and Choir Leaders
    A series of lively and engaging Monday-evening sessions for singers and choir leaders, taking place monthly at St. John’s in the Village (11 Street near 7th Avenue, Manhattan). Free admission. First workshop: Monday, September 24, 7:30 PM.
  2. Gregorian Chant Concert Choir
    We are gradually building a 30-voice choir to bring the repertoire of Gregorian Chant to life at the highest possible level of excellence. We invite you to participate! The choir will enable people throughout the general public to experience this ancient and deeply spiritual music through concerts, recordings and special events. The choir will sing an extensive and varied Gregorian chant repertoire, plus occasional mixed-voice (SATB) compositions related to the chant. Open to experienced singers with music-reading skills; possibility of joining the specialist schola (mini-choir). Flexible rehearsal options; does not conflict with Sunday morning activities. We will teach you how to read the chant notation, how to pronounce the Latin texts, and the stylistic nuances of this sublime medieval repertoire. Open to people of all backgrounds, based solely on your musical ability and your willingness to follow direction regarding the interpretation of the music. It is not necessary to submit a CV.
  3. Concerts and Public Events
    Concerts/recitals of Gregorian chant and related choral music, taking place at St. John’s in the Village (Manhattan) and elsewhere. "Chant Fest" Gregorian Chant Sing-Alongs for the general public and singers who might not be available to participate in the concert choir. Recordings for broadcast, internet and compact disc.
  4. Friends of the New York Gregorian Chant Project
    You could do us a great favour by helping us reach out to people who might like to know about the various aspects of the New York Gregorian Chant Project. Please consider forwarding our invitations and announcements to your network of colleagues and friends. If you might be able to help us in other ways with publicity or other support, or if you have questions, please be in touch with us at ChantProject@stjvny.org.
Director Lawrence Harris has an extensive background in Gregorian chant performance and pedagogy. He has been a clinician on Gregorian chant for the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians and various professional and amateur ensembles, and a visiting professor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh and the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Posted 9/20/2018. Expires 1/20/2019.

Chelsea Community Church seeks singers for Candlelight Carol Service December 16

Chelsea Community Church is looking for singers, tenors and basses in particular, for its 44th Candlelight Carol Service that will take place on Sunday, December 16 at 6 PM at historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea. There are no auditions. This is a very well attended "Lessons and Carols" service with seven choir anthems plus congregational singing. Under the direction of Larry J. Long, we will sing both a cappella and with the accompaniment of a string quartet and/or organ. The music will range from Renaissance to contemporary in a variety of styles. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 starting on October 31, 2018. (No rehearsal Thanksgiving week.)

Larry J. Long is Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Epiphany in New York City. Chelsea Community Church is an independent, non-denominational, lay led Christian church that welcomes people of all faiths and of uncertain faith. Please contact Paul Bodden at bodden.ccc@icloud.com.
Posted 9/20/2018. Expires 11/15/2018.

San Diego church seeks bass section leader

Our Mother of Confidence Church in San Diego, CA is looking for a bass section leader. We will pay a fixed salary of $550 a month for five events a week. Three Sunday Masses: 9:00 AM (contemporary), 11:00 AM (classic choir) and 5:30 PM (youth contemporary). Two rehearsals a week: 7:00 PM on Wednesday and 7:00 PM on Thursdays. All choirs are off during August and the leader will continue to get paid. Contact Glenn D’Abreo at 858-736-4128 or gdabreo@omcsandiego.org.
Posted 9/15/2018. Expires 11/15/2018.

New York Lyric Opera Theatre auditions

New York Lyric Opera Theatre announces auditions for the 2018-19 season, featuring performances at Carnegie Hal, Lincoln Center and the National Opera Center. Live auditions will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 6 to 10 PM and on Wednesday, September 26 from 6 to 9 PM at the National Opera Center, MacKay Studio, 330 Seventh Avenue. Singers may also audition by recording. Recorded audition deadline is Wednesday, September 26. For more info on how to audition live or by recording, e-mail info@newyorklyricopera.org or call (646) 755-8043.
Posted 9/15/2018. Expires 9/26/2018.

Western Wind Fall Foliage Workshop October 5-8

Join The Western Wind for an autumn a cappella revel in beautiful Woodstock, VT, featuring medieval and Renaissance, Early American, romantic, folk, jazz and contemporary songs. For details, visit www.westernwind.org/fallfoliage.html.
Posted 9/15/2018. Expires 10/8/2018.

Greenwich church seeks long-term substitute tenor

Long-term substitute tenor soloist/section leader needed at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich, Connecticut. Position is for second tenor in a professional octet with volunteer choir. Position available immediately through Christmas. Must be excellent sight reader with strong voice. Traditional repertoire. Thursday rehearsal 7:15-9:00 and Sunday warmup and service 9:00-11:15. Extra services Christmas Eve. Occasional concerts. Pay is $100 per rehearsal or service, additional for concerts. 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 Randall Atcheson, Minister of Music and Organist, at randallatcheson@aol.com.
Posted 9/12/2018. Expires 11/12/2018.

New audition dates for Verismo Opera and opportunities for supernumeraries

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces new dates have been added to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus. The company is also casting supernumeraries to appear in Vincenzo Bellini's Norma.

Professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers are invited to apply and join this growing chorus. Auditions will be held for singers on Saturdays, September 8, 15, and 22 from 6:30 to 7:00 PM and on Wednesdays, September 12 and 19 from 1:30 to 2:00 PM. All auditions take place at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 357 North Farview Avenue in Paramus, New Jersey.

Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Adult applicants require a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus and must read music and have some prior vocal experience singing with a school, choir or another performing group or organization. Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable, but are not a necessity. Preference is given to applicants with these skills and experiences.

During the audition process, a pitch matching and range exercise assesses each singer's appropriate placement within the chorus. Applicants may bring a short song to perform for the audition. Vocalists accepted to the Verismo Opera Chorus stay for the rehearsal as a trial basis. Singers invited to join the chorus pay a nominal fee of $60 to cover costs for the production's musical score, costumes and related expenses.

For all auditions, singers must make an appointment in advance by contacting (201) 886-0561 or info@verismopera.org. Applicants complete and submit an application located at verismopera.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Verismo-Opera-Chorus-Application.pdf.

This fall, supernumeraries share the stage with principal singers in the company's new production. Male adults, standing 5' 6' and above, are needed for nonsinging, nonspeaking parts as soldiers, guards and townspeople. Six young women, ages 15 to 17, are needed to appear as acolytes. Applicants attend the first rehearsal on Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 PM at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 357 North Farview Avenue in Paramus, New Jersey. For further information and the rehearsal schedule, contact Ria Hawks at riagrace@hotmail.com.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera performs the new production of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma on October 28, 2018. The company presents this dramatic work at 3 PM at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. The chorus and supernumeraries appear on the stage in full costume in the production, and they are recognized in the production's Stagebill.
Posted 9/7/2018. Expires 9/24/2018.

Setauket Presbyterian Church seeks bass-baritone section leader

Setauket Presbyterian Church (SPC), an historic, open and affirming church (located on the North Shore of Long Island near Stony Brook University) is seeking a baritone or bass section leader for the coming season. You would be one of four professional section leaders leading a small ensemble of dedicated volunteers. There is a weekly rehearsal on Thursdays from 7 to 9 PM and a weekly worship service (lasting approximately one hour) on Sundays at 9:30 AM (rehearsal begins at 8:30 AM). Competitive pay. Singer should be a capable soloist with the ability to lead his section with confidence. Please e-mail the Director of Music, Noby Ishida, at nobyishida@yahoo.com for details and to arrange an audition.
Posted 8/20/2018. Expires 10/20/2018.

Music of Rogier and Gombert: A Choral Workshop

We are pleased to announce, after the success of our first choral workshop, Polyhymnia will again join forces with international guest artist and early music and choral specialist JanJoost van Elburg to offer a weekend workshop focusing on the magnificent music composed by Philippe Rogier and Nicolas Gombert. The workshop will be held on Friday, October 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch, 552 West End Avenue, New York.

The centerpiece will be Rogier's Missa Ego sum qui sum, composed during the reign of Phillip II of Spain on a motet by Nicolas Gombert, who worked for Phillp's father, Charles V.

Polyhymnia will be performing the same repertoire on our November concert and the workshop will provide a unique opportunity to gather New York’s choral community together, crossing the usual stylistic lines to explore and discover this rarely performed repertoire.

The workshop is open to all choral singers who can read music. Tuition is $50; for students and seniors, it's $30. Music will be provided for download in advance of the event. If you wish, you are welcome to view samples of the music. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/music-of-rogier-and-gombert-a-choral-workshop-registration-46982714564. If you have questions please feel free to contact us at info@polyhymnia-nyc.org.
Posted 8/9/2018. Expires 10/6/2018.

Voice lessons and repertory coaching with Richard Slade

"Sing Like You!" Voice lessons and repertory coaching with Richard Slade. Classical and music theater. With decades of experience in choral and ensemble groups in addition to solo work I know how to help singers negotiate and balance a wide range of styles. Info at Richardtheteacher.com.
Posted 8/6/2018. Expires 11/6/2018.

Willan Academy of Music starts a children's chorus in Midtown

Willan Academy of Music will be starting a chorus group for children this fall in Midtown. All children who love singing are welcome to join the choir. Although no previous musical training is necessary, an audition is required to join in the choir. Auditions will be held on September 17 at 520 8th Avenue. Children must be age 6 or older. To sign up for the audition, please visit the Willan Academy of Music website. The choir rehearses at 6 PM on Mondays at the rehearsal location.

Willan Academy believes that children learn best when they have fun and the choir classes are designed for children to enjoy every step of the learning experience. Over the course of the rehearsals, students will learn vocal technique, music theory and score reading through fun activities, games and singing practices. In December, the choir will have a performance.

For more information, please visit www.willanacademy.com/children-choir-manhattan/.
Posted 7/30/2018. Expires 9/30/2018.

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.