ChoralNet - Subscriptions for Archive User Your subscriptions on ChoralNet. To change your subscription options, go to ad: Director of Music Ministry Chris Young, %29 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000 First United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, MS, has an opening for a full-time director of music ministry.  The primary job responsibilities include adult choir, handbells, and a graded choir program.  Salary will be commensurate with education and years of experience.  Insurance benefits are available.
Philadelphia First UMC is a 800 member congregation that averages around 200 in worship, and the service is on television and radio.  We also have a 95 child full-time daycare along with active ministries for all age groups.

For more information or to express interest, please contact Rev. Chris Young at 601-656-1376 or
Classified ad: Assistant Conductor & Accompanist adrien finlay, %29 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000
Music Worcester, Inc. is pleased to announce a new position under the auspices of The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester – Assistant Conductor & Accompanist.  Please read below for further information on the scope of the opportunity, full position description, and instructions on applying.
Assistant Conductor & Accompanist
For the first time in its 157-year history, The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester seeks an assistant conductor to join the ensemble starting with the 2015-2016 season.  This position, reporting to the Artistic Director, Dr. Chris Shepard, will also serve as the Chorus’ accompanist, playing a critical role in the ensemble’s weekly rehearsals, regular concerts, and special performances. 
The Assistant Conductor will lead services in the absence of the Artistic Director, and may be engaged to play keyboard for the Chorus’ performances with orchestra.  The exact breakdown of services (accompanying versus conducting, rehearsal versus performance, sectionals versus full ensemble, etc.) will be dependent upon repertoire, experience, and training of the Assistant Conductor, and will be determined by Dr. Shepard prior to each season.
Compensation will be competitive and reflective of the scope of operations of The Worcester Chorus, its annual operating budget, and its weekly rehearsal needs. Review of candidates will begin in early July.  The exact interview/audition process will be presented to qualified candidates.
Skills & Characteristics
The ideal candidate will be a pianist and accompanist of the highest caliber, capable of supporting the Chorus and Dr. Shepard in the rehearsal and presentation of repertoire from across all centuries and across a wide range of styles.  Key skills include:
  • Ability to lead both sectionals and full Chorus rehearsals;
  • Ability to follow, support, and take direction from the Artistic Director;
  • Ability to engage with and mentor the membership of a volunteer-based ensemble.
Expected/preferred prior experience includes:
  • Demonstrable recent work with vocal ensembles and/or choruses;
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate studies (completed or in process) in the field of accompanying, collaborative piano, conducting, or a related area.
How To Apply
Please submit cover letter and résumé/CV to  Word or PDF files preferred.  Candidates are encouraged, but not required, to send links to any audio and/or video files that they wish to share with the search committee.
About The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester
Established in 1858 as part of Music Worcester, and integral to the annual concert and outreach activities of the parent organization since its founding, The Worcester Chorus exists as a 100+ member community chorus in Central MA.  Annually presenting choral-symphonic repertoire and occasionally mounting special concerts featuring Broadway and pops programming, The Chorus draws its membership mainly from Central MA, but reaches into nearby CT and RI.
Recent seasons have seen the Chorus bring Handel’s Messiah (an annual December presentation), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass to the stage of Mechanics Hall.  Upcoming seasons will include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Verdi’s Requiem
Dr. Chris Shepard was appointed Artistic Director of the Worcester Chorus in 2009 and has recently received additional directorships at CONCORA in Hartford, CT and at the New Jersey Masterwork Chorus.
About Music Worcester
A performing arts presenter annually bringing a diverse series of concerts, events, and educational programs to the greater Worcester region, Music Worcester was founded in 1858 to be the concert presenter at Mechanics Hall.  Recent seasons have included concerts featuring orchestras from around the world, noted chamber music ensembles, world music presentations, renowned jazz musicians, and select dance companies.  Far-reaching educational programs, both instrumental and vocal, allow thousands of area students and families to experience Music Worcester’s events and to interact with its visiting artists each year. 
Please visit for full information on the organization.
Announcement: Announcing New Choral and Organ Releases from Paraclete Press - Advent and Christmas Music included! Josh Kanaga, %29 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000
Paraclete Press' New Releases are now available! Our new titles include works by Andrew Clarkson, Jason Overall, Paul Aitken, Robert Lehman, Bruce Saylor, David Ashley White, and others.
Please follow the links below or visit our website to view the music and listen to audio samples. ENJOY!
Several of our New Releases include:
      'Jacob's Ladder' by Andrew Clarkson              'Go, Go to Bethlehem' by Paul Aitken            'Prepare the Way, O Zion' by Jason Overall
Jacob's Ladder Go, Go to Bethlehem! Prepare the Way, O Zion
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - for SAB and Flute" by David Ashley White
"Christ the Apple Tree" by Aaron Doenges
"O Word Made Flesh Among Us" by Bonnie Duckworth
Give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions, or if you'd like to place an order. 
Look forward to hearing from you!
Paraclete Press
Josh Kanaga
Paraclete Press Sacred Music
800-451-5006 ext. 309/ 774-801-2020
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Classified ad: Paid choral scholar/soloist Lee G. Barrow, %29 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000 in Buford, Georgia (north metro Atlanta) seeking baritone. Wednesday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning service. Contact me for more information. ]]>Classified ad: Choir Director/Pianist available Elizabeth Christopher, %29 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000!  I am looking for a church job in the SoCal area (25 mile radius from Woodland Hills preferable).
Am willing to sub or interim, if needed.
My skills include, but are not limited to: directing, accompanying, piano, some organ, choral composition, adult or youth, musicals, etc.
Announcement: Summer Sing- Mozart Requiem in Toms River, NJ Josh Melson, %29 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church of Toms River, NJ will host a Summer Sing on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m.  All singers are welcome to come and read through Mozart's Requiem, conducted by Dr. Joshua Melson and accompanied by Karin Gargone.   The event is free of charge.  Scores and dessert will be provided.  For more information please call 732-349-1331 x228 or email  The church is located at 1070 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753. ]]>Borrowing request: Need to borrow or purchase Jason Whitson, %29 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000 Percussion parts - Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Peter Hallock
Starting: as soon as possible
For: Fall 2015
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Can not locate percussion parts from Walton (GIA) Music or JW Pepper.  The percussion parts are in the score, but Walton indicates that the instrumental was available at some point.
Thank you
Jason Whitson
Classified ad: Two Vocal Coaches for Reading Choral Society Susan Coughlin, %29 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%th 13JunGMT+0000 Reading Choral Society (PA) is looking for two Vocal Coaches.  We have a proud tradition of performing symphonic choral works and are entering our 140th season which will include Carmina Burana and The Creation.  This is a paid position with duties that include leading sectional rehearsals, and leading from within the section during regular Tuesday rehearsals from September to May.  There will be occasional solo performance opportunities. We seek singers with confident musicianship, leadership skills, and an understanding of healthy vocal technique.   Rehearsals are Tuesday nights in downtown Reading and major performances on Sunday afternoons.  Auditions begin in August and continue until the positions are filled.  Potential applicants should write to

Classified ad: Choral Director/Voice Teacher at arts magnet high school Amanda Weber, %29 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%th 13JunGMT+0000
Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (GHAA) High School
Seeking Director of Choral Program/Vocal Music Teacher
20 hours/week salaried position with benefits
The Academy of the Arts, an interdistrict arts magnet high school located in downtown Hartford, is seeking a vocal music teacher to start in August 2015.  From its beginning, the Academy aimed to focus on chamber music and solo work, but as the school began to grow, larger ensembles became a necessity.  The Academy Chorale is a 45-voice choir (mandatory for vocal majors) soon to be in its fourth year with hopes for continued growth.  We are looking for a skilled conductor and teacher who is energized by the idea of growing a choral music program in a very diverse arts school which has only just begun to see the power and potential of choir.  Vocal majors at the Academy study many genres, including classical, jazz, musical theater, pop, and gospel; this position seeks a teacher with a strong foundation in classical training.  Experience with other styles of singing is a plus. 
Teach M-F from 1-4:15pm (Chorale rehearses four days a week with another teacher as accompanist)
This position includes teaching music theory, conducting four ensembles (Chorale, Chamber Singers, Academy Singers, A Cappella), and working individually with vocalists.  There may be opportunities to design and teach other classes as well.
Attend monthly departmental and school-wide faculty meetings
Direct, manage, and expand the choral program, including coordinating annual concerts of your choosing
Attend and assist with school-wide performances (Fall Showcase, Winter Classics, Intermezzo, Spring Recital, etc)
Complete core duties to the department (such as helping with fundraising, communication, and other organizational needs)
Collaborate with other teachers and staff, including academic teachers through the Arts Infusion program
Bachelors degree in Music (Masters in Music Education or Choral Conducting preferred)
2 years teaching experience preferred
Strong vocal and piano skills
Strong classroom management and lesson planning skills
Effective communication and interpersonal skills
Effective time management and organizational skills
Knowledge of high school students’ interests, needs, and abilities with a commitment and dedication to students and education
Knowledge of various genres of music preferred
Application Procedure:
To apply, go to www dot crec dot org, click on Careers, then External Job Opportunities, then High School Teaching.  
Diane Retallack will conduct three performances with the Eugene International Concert Choir in Italy this week. The Chorus principally composed of American members also includes choral singers from Canada, Croatia and Italy. The Chamber Orchestra for Nepal from Croatia joins the Eugene Chorus together with soloists from the Rijeka Opera. The Vivaldi Gloria and Mozart Requiem will be performed.
The concerts take place on June 29th at the Basilica of San GiovannI E Paolo in Venizia; July 2nd at the Basilica Di Santo Spiritu in Firenze; and on July 3rd at the Basilica Di Sant ‘Ignazio in Roma.
The concert has been organized by Cesvi, an Italian charity with offices in Bergamo and throughout Italy and with Perform America International, a concert tour organization with offices in New York and Beijing.
To schedule an Interview with Ms. Retallack about these concerts, please call the mobile telephone number on this release.
Photos of the concerts will be available upon request.
Announcement: MassACDA 2015 Summer Conference: Do you conduct young female singers? catharine melhorn, %29 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%th 13JunGMT+0000 a recent interview, Dr. Lynne Gackle of Baylor University, headliner clinician for the MassACDA 2015 Summer Conference (July 19-22, Smith College, Northampton MA) recalls that as a middle school student she was not allowed to join her junior high school choir because her “voice was too breathy.” Author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice, Dr. Gackle expresses the hope “that we don’t have young girls thinking that there is something wrong with them when in fact what’s going on is completely normal and even predictable.  Actually, there is NOTHING at all wrong with these girls. Rather, certain things are going to happen when they go through voice change. And if we can help teachers and students understand what this is, they can deal with it better.”
One of Dr. Gackle’s sessions will feature a live demonstration of phases of vocal maturation and voice classification, with ten volunteers—ages 8 to 16—from two prominent Pioneer Valley children’s choirs: the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus and the Young Singers of Greater Westfield. Her other sessions will address vocal techniques, pedagogical strategies, and repertoire appropriate for young female singers.
Dr. Jerry Blackstone (University of Michigan), the Conference’s other headliner clinician, will complement Dr. Gackle’s expertise, offering sessions on male voices, building the conductor’s imagination, score study, rehearsal techniques and SATB & TTBB repertoire. The Young@Heart Chorus and Boston-based professional Lorelei Ensemble are also featured, along with Conductors Face2Face and twelve interest sessions—both practical and inspiring—presented by Nick Page, Wayne Abercrombie, Jim Marvin, Stephen Holmes, and other distinguished ACDA members.
Registration is still open. For more information, see
Announcement: Cork International Choral Festival 2016 - International syllabus now online! Leona Murphy, %29 %b %2015 %12:%Jun:%th 12JunGMT+0000 international syllabus for the 62nd Cork International Choral Festival is now online!
As one of Europe's premier international choral festivals, the prestigious the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition, as well as the non-competitive strand are opportunities for top amateur choirs to meet, sing, and compete in Ireland's second largest (and best!) city. Check out our website for more information on the festival, which in 2016 will take place from the 27th April - 1st May.
We can't wait to welcome you and your choir next year, in what will be Cork's biggest and best Choral Festival yet, so get applying!
Applications for 2016 will be accepted until the 1st October 2015. Click here to apply.
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Concert: CANTORIA HIPPONENSIS NEXT CONCERT: MOLTO ALLEGRO X Victor Duart-Belloque, %29 %b %2015 %09:%Jun:%th 9JunGMT+0000
Cantoria Hipponensis that was founded in 2005 accomplishes one decade of artistic life, this being the motivation to offer to his public in its X Molto Allegro Concert, a sample of what can be achieved when a group of women and men have authentic passion for the Music and more specifically for Coral Singing.
Masterly conducted by Inmaculada Buriel Montoro and under the generous auspices of Colegio Santo Tomás de Villanueva of the Augustinian Fathers of Valencia, Cantoría started a hard and laborious project - we could say that without a foreseeable destiny - along the route of Music. 
Today, 10 years elapsed, this trail is marked with the footprint of good work that will indicate the right path to future generations.
The Molto Allegro concert traditionally and happily celebrates the end of the coral course each year concluding the classes and rehearsals and showing the collected results in the form of a suggestive program.
In the first part, a bunch of 10 varied and multicolored pieces (one per year of existence) will be offered with the aim to please both the audience and the singers.
Second part will include choral pieces of Opera and Spanish Zarzuela, as a way to demonstrate the progression of the choir. 
Contrary to previous editions, in this 10th delivery, Cantoria Hipponensis has omitted of the orchestral and band arrangements traditionally accompanying the performance, reducing it to a single presence of our collaborator and friend Maestro Arturo Barba with the piano.
This way, we will appear in front of our audience, with a lightweight baggage, almost a Capella so that the union with the audience results as intimate as possible, Music being the only witness.
The Concert will take place next Wednesday July first at 8:00 pm at the El Palau de la Música concert hall of Valencia, Spain. Tickets are free and can be collected in the booking office at the concert hall since one hour prior to the concert
More infoirmation about Cantoria Hipponensis at
First part
1.- Verbum caro factum est...........................................Anónimo S.XVI
2.- Ave María..................................................... Tomás Luís de Victoria
3.- Locus Iste (Graduale).............................................. Antón Bruckner
4.- Nocturn del Castell......................................................... Luís Blanes
5.- La Gavina...................................................................Francesc Sirés
6.-Era una flor..................................................................Rafael Duyos
7.-Il Carnevale di Venezia..........................................Gioachino Rossini
8.-El Reloj..................................................................Roberto Cantoral
9.-Eres Tu............................................................Juan Carlos Calderón
10.-Te quiero........................................................................A. Favero
Second part
1.-Coro de barquilleros.  Agua Azucarillos y aguardiente........F. Chueca
2.-Coro de pajes. El Rey que rabió..................................Ruperto Chapí
3.- Coro de doctores. El Rey que rabió............................Ruperto Chapí
4.-Mazurca.El último Romántico.....................................José Tellaeche
5.-Seguidillas. La Verbena de la Paloma.........................Tomás Bretón
6.-Barcarolla. I due Foscari...........................................Giuseppe Verdi
7.-Coro de Gitanos. Il Trovatore...................................Giuseppe Verdi
8.-La Profezia. Nabucco...............................................Giuseppe Verdi
Piano: Arturo Barba Sevillano
Conductor: Inmaculada Burriel Montoro
Classified ad: Music Director Michele Lee, %29 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%th 1JunGMT+0000 Valley United Methodist Church

Music Ministry Director


Music Ministry Director:

The Music Ministry Director reports to the Senior Pastor.  Music Ministry is estimated at 20 hours / week.  Duties include:

  1. Assist in overall planning, with clergy, for worship and special events, specifically with hymn and special music selection.
  2. Attend church staff meetings, Administrative Council meetings, Charge Conference, and, as needed, Worship Committee meetings.
  3. Prepare music for church services:
    1. Direct rehearsals for the Chancel Choir (1 ½ hours/week) and Chancel Bells (1 hour/week), September through May.
    2. Prepare and direct at least one choir selection for each Sunday worship service, September through May.
    3. Prepare and direct music for special Christmas and Easter services when scheduled – for example, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve.
    4. Plan and recruit for special music as needed.
  4. Oversee the organization of other choral groups, including participation in selection of their directors and coordination of the appearances of these groups in worship services.
  5. Assist in recruitment of participants for all music groups.
  6. Prepare and submit proposed budget for the Music Ministry Department to Finance.  Must be ready to explain and justify all expenditures.  
  7. Once budget is approved, the Director is required to keep their spending within those parameters.  Any exceptions must be pre-approved by the Finance Committee unless direct donations to the Music Fund has been appropriated.  At no time can the spending of the Director exceed the current year’s budget combined with the Music Fund without pre-approval of the Finance Committee.  Requests for reimbursements that exceed the budget and Music Fund will be denied.
  8. Maintain the music library.
  9. Recommend and monitor the maintenance program for all musical instruments in the church.
  10. Inform music staff about music-related educational opportunities for leaders and/or groups.
  11. Maintain an attitude of ministry. This position requires quality music, but first and foremost it requires quality care of souls and love of God. The Music Director ministers to the choir members through love, care and respect of individual talent. The choir and the Director minister to the congregation through their music and love of God. Respect of all members input, talent and volunteer time is required.
To apply, please email resume to Rev. Michele at
Forum message: Music on creation and renewal Jennifer Lester, %29 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%th 1JunGMT+0000'm planning an April program on themes of creation, renewal, unity of all things, etc. The ensemble is a 30-voice mixed choir, mostly professionally trained. I'm looking for a cappella and organ-accompanied pieces (not piano.) So far on my list are Copland, In the beginning; Petr Eben, Images of hope; Holst, Hymn to the unknown God; Betinis, songs of smaller creatures, and we'll be commissioning Polina Nazaykinskaya for a new piece. I'm particularly looking for settings of the Canticle of the Sun; the GMH text God's grandeur; Ps 104 or 148; that sort of thing. Genre/style is classical/sacred. Pop is just not our thing.  I could actually use some 19th century material in particular. Thanks in advance! ]]>Classified ad: Choral Director for Adventist Church in Glendale, CA Leif Lind, %28 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000
Glendale City Adventist Church, a center of progressive Christianity in Southern California, seeks choir director. The congregation has a long history in appreciation of high-quality music. The choir, which includes 8 professional sectional leaders, sings 2 anthems per Saturday, 30 weeks per year, as well as providing a Christmas and spring concert. Preference given to applicants with Adventist background, having a Masters degree in music and several years of choral directing experience. The position to remain open until filled. Interested persons should submit an application and 3 reference letters to Pastor Leif Lind, Chair of Choir Director Search Committee ( or mail to 610 E. California Ave., Glendale, CA 91206). Response given only to those selected for interview.
Forum message: Looking for a good Christmas cantata for a small choir will duchon, %28 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000 anyone have suggestions for a good Christmas cantata for a small-medium size (30 singers, tops) choir? I am trying to avoid anything too sappy or contrived, comparable to Bach's cantata 142,  "To Us A Child Is Given", or John Ness Beck's "The Shepherds", for SATB, organ or piano accompaniment and possibly some strings. The choir can handle moderatley difficult music, and we have solo voices. Thank you for any suggestions. ]]>Announcement: ACDA-PA SUMMER CONFERENCE READING PACKETS Randy Yoder, %28 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000


Register by July 1 for the ACDA-PA Summer Conference on August 3 and 4 at Elizabethtown College to guarantee your reservation of two reading packets.

It's easy to register at

Come and join us for lots of interest sessions, reading sessions, roundtable discussions, new repertoire from the Musical Source, singing with Dr. Paul Head, new friends and a picnic!  It's a great opportunity to recharge for the coming school year! 


Classified ad: Mirman School Piano Accompanist job opening Paul Kay, %28 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000 Overview:

The Mirman School Accompanist will serve as the principal accompanist for choral ensembles including the Mustang Chorus and Middle School Concert Singers (both treble). Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, the position requires accompanying weekly choral rehearsals, on and off campus concerts, a festival trip to San Francisco, the school musical, and additional calls and events as determined by the director.


Interested applicants may contact Paul Kay, Director of Music for more info and a detailed job description.  


Paul Kay

Mirman School

16180 Mulholland Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90049

310-476-2868 ext 221


Classified ad: SoCal carpool to AZ ACDA Conference & room to share Eloise Porter, %28 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000 from Southern California going to this conference in Phoenix with Leck and Miller?  I can drive, but it would be nice to carpool, if there are others going.  I also have condo accomodations to share.  Please contact me at
Eloise Porter
Classified ad: Summer Auditions for Cincinnati Choral Society July 6 and 7 Dave Doster, %28 %b %2015 %11:%Jun:%th 11JunGMT+0000

Auditions for the Cincinnati Choral Society’s upcoming Fall 2015 concerts will be held in the evenings on July 6 and July 7 from 5pm to 9:15pm at St Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45255.

Singers should prepare a solo with live piano accompaniment. Please select something that will allow you to show your best Classical vocal tone (the way you would sing in a choir). In the audition you will also sing through some scales, ear training exercises, and sight-singing.

If interested in auditioning, please click on this link –> Online Signup (SignUpGenius) to sign up for an audition time slot.

Note: Your name and contact info will not be viewable by others.

See our Auditions page for more information on concert dates and rehearsal schedule.

Classified ad: Looking to sing somewhere in Manhattan TODAY! (Sunday, Jun 28th) Evan Ingalls, %28 %b %2015 %04:%Jun:%th 4JunGMT+0000"Hi! I am David Post and I direct the Bellingham Children's Choir from Bellingham, WA. I know this is crazy to write this letter but I have to try something.  We were all set to do a concert in Central Park tomorrow(Sunday). I am scrambling to find them an alternate place to perform because of the rain.  Would anyone out there possibly  be so kind as to consider letting my choir of 37 kids do an informal concert any time between 10:30 am and 2pm at your church today, June 28th? Ideally we would do it right after or before a service so we might have some listeners.

This is soooooooo last minute and I apologize. I don't expect anything to happen. I just really want my kids to get to perform this music that they have worked so hard on here in the big city.

We would be happy to make a donation to the church community for its kindness.

My phone number is 360-441-0728.

Very truly,
David Post"

Classified ad: Director/pianist for United Methodist Church David Topping, %28 %b %2015 %03:%Jun:%th 3JunGMT+0000
The United Methodist Church of Casa Grande is looking for an experienced service pianist/chancel choir director. The pianist portion of the position entails playing for one Sunday morning church service year round, with a second morning service added during advent through Easter, and four 'special' services throughout the year. Organ experience a plus, but not a necessity.
The chancel choir director portion entails rehearsing the choir mid-August through May, with the choir performing weekly for one service during those months, plus four 'special' services throughout the year. A qualified candidate can apply for both positions, or either one, depending on his/her expertise.
All interested applicants should contact Marcy in the church office for more information and to fill out an employment application. Send email to, phone us at 520-836-8630, or drop by at 1515 N Trekell Rd. M-F 8am-12noon.
Classified ad: Paid Baritone Chorus Member John Plesniarski, %28 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%th 1JunGMT+0000 Baritone Chorus member wanted for St John's Episcopal Church in Somerville New Jersey.  Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Sunday morning serivce is at 10:15am with 9:30 rehearsal prior.  Good sight reading skills as well as positive attitude working with a volunteer choir required.  Pay is $100 per week.  Additional serivces include Maundy Thursday, Easter Vigil, Christmas Eve as well as occasional special services and Evensongs.  Please email Choirmaster some audio recordings as well as time to set up an audition.   ]]>Classified ad: The Palmer Singers at Wellington - Summer Singing Opportunity Edward Palmer, %27 %b %2015 %23:%Jun:%th 23JunGMT+0000 on Monday eves at 7. Singing Bach cantata 4, Parker/Shaw arrangements
and much great a cappella stuff. St David's in the pines Episcopal Church.
Post graduate techniques utilized under former professional Shaw Chorale baritone,
Dr.Edward Palmer   To discuss your role in a great group - call 561 659 3641.
Classified ad: Kawaii Group Piano System KML-SGS Frank Martignetti, %27 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%th 21JunGMT+0000 Colleagues,
I am trying to keep an older (but perfectly functional) class piano system going, and wondered if anyone had upgraded and has equipment they would like to donate or sell cheaply.
Specificially, I may well be interested in buying:
5 more student instrument adaptors - Kawai KML-SGS
possibly the special headphone/mic units that came with this lab
Please let me know if you have any old equipment you'd like to donate or sell cheaply, and thanks!
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 28, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %27 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you
to enjoy: GSM - June 28, 2015 Don't forget that we have more choral
and organ music programmed on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
Joseph-Hector Fiocco: Homo Quidam
Capella Brugensis; Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire
Greta de Reyghere, soprano
John Rutter: O clap your hands
Cambridge Singers; City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter
Sir William Harris: Prelude in E flat
Todd Wilson, organ
Aeolian-Skinner organ in Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia
Belgian composer Joseph-Hector Fiocco (1703-1741) flourished in the period
we know as the High Baroque. John Rutter scored his 1973 setting of O Clap
Your Hands for SATB choir and organ. Sir William Harris (1883-1973) was organist
of St. George's Chapel, Windsor from 1933-1961.
Traditional, arr. Hankus Netsky: They shall rejoice (Yismechu)
Klezmer Conservatory Band, Russell Ger
Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, voice; Itzhak Perlman, violin
Tomás Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium
Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh
Jehan Alain: Le Jardin suspendu
Eric Lebrun, organ
Cavaille-Coll organ in St. Antoine des Quinze-Vingts, Paris 
The union of the brilliant violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman with this Klezmer
version of the traditional Jewish hymn of praise Yismechu is indeed felicitous.
English cellist Paul McCreesh founded the Gabrieli Consort in 1982. French composer
Jehan Alain (1911-1940) was killed in the early years of World War I.
Sir Hubert Parry, arr. Chambers: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Cathedral Choir of St. James, James Savage
Joseph Adam, organ
Gregorian Chant: Jesu dulcis memoria
Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist
Parry's oratorio Judith is seldom performed these days. Fortunately
this gorgeous melody has survived as the tune for the well-known hymn
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the
Eucharist is a comparatively new religious order which was established in
Michigan in 1997. 
George Frideric Handel: The King shall rejoice (Coronation Anthem No. 3)
Academy & Chorus of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
William Mathias: Let the people praise Thee, O God
Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
Handel wrote his four Coronation anthems for the Coronation of King George
II in 1721. Welsh composer William Mathias (1934-1992) wrote his setting of
Psalm 67 for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 24, Ein ungefärbt Gemüte von deutcher Treu und Gute
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Solists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Magdalena Kozená, soprano; William Towers, countertenor; 
Nicolas Testé, bass; Nathalie Stutzmann, alto; Kobie van Rensburg, tenor;
Joanne Lunn, Soprano; Peter Harvey, bass; Paul Agnew, tenor 
"An unstained mind of German truth and goodness" is the translation of a
cantata Bach wrote for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity.
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Riccardo Muti
Barbara Frittoli, soprano; Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano;
Mario Zeffiri, tenor; Ildar Abdrazakov, bass
There's a lovely tie-in with another famous opera composer in the
Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi. Verdi wrote the Libera Me movement
in memory of Gioachino Rossini.
Herbert Howells: Paean
Robert Benjamin Dobey, organ
Roosevelt-Schantz organ, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,
Syracuse, New York
English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983) wrote his Paean in 1940
in the toccata style.
Forum message: 6th Grade Quarter Class Erin Buffum, %27 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000 afternoon!
I just accepted a new job that is open to me making changes, but I need some advice on what to think about when making this change:
The 6th graders in my new position have a quarter of vocal music, each quarter there is a new group of students, and all students in the building are required to take this course during 6th grade.  Currently, the class is used to put on a musical.  While this worked really well for the last teacher, the administration is very open to me changing the structure of this class so that it is a quarter long choir class instead.
The shortest amount of time I had in my previous position with choir students was a semester.  So, I am wondering-with this being the students' first choral experience (there currenlty is no elementary choir), and having so little time to work with-how would you structure your time and resources to give them basic choir knowledge, and also provide them with a concert performance at the end of the quarter?  (2 or 3 pieces).  And-how would you present this to the principals?
I have some basic ideas, but I want to be able to have a solid plan before I officially presented the idea to the principals.
Thank you for your help!
Forum message: Choral seating standards Peter Bates, %27 %b %2015 %09:%Jun:%th 9JunGMT+0000
We all know that choral singers need space to sing in – to hold their folder conveniently, and to be able to breathe properly without elbows digging into ribs. Sometimes that’s simply not possible to provide, and we all have to do the best we can - in the UK that often means cramped medieval churches or Victorian village halls.
But what if it’s a new concert hall stage being designed from scratch or being re-furbished?

Has anyone any experience of the sort of minimum widths that should be specified to designers and architects for choral seating? These could either be official recommendations (from standards bodies or from grant-giving arts organisations) – or research-based “best practice”.

Any pointers welcomed.
Forum message: Sacred Choral Music of Haydn Michael Morgan, %24 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%th 13JunGMT+0000 am currently doing reading, research, and listening to the music of Haydn.
I know that Haydn wrote sacred works. My favorite is "Creation". I have seen listed other
sacred works listed but am looking for suggestions to use with my church choir. I am interested in large works and individual pieces for choir. Simple and difficult are ok. Please send titles. Thanks for your suggestions! 
Forum message: "A Star Shall Rise Up Out of Jacob" Mendelssohn/Razey Daniel Mahraun, %27 %b %2015 %02:%Jun:%th 2JunGMT+0000, if anyone owns a copy of Don H. Razey's edition of Mendelssohn "A Star Shall Rise Up Out of Jacob" (pub. Carl Fischer 1977), please contact me privately. I have a question about this particular edition only.  Thanks much. ]]>Classified ad: Blueprint Ensemble Arts seeking singers! Crystal Holmes, %27 %b %2015 %03:%Jun:%th 3JunGMT+0000
Auditions will be held July 19, 20, and 21, as well as August 16, 17, and 18
for Blueprint Ensemble Arts' 2015-2016 season, by appointment!
**We will also schedule appointments on other dates on a limited basis.

The ensembles in the organization will be featured in at least three show
seasons between September and June, as well as at least three other
guest-spots at concerts.

To arrange an audition time and receive a location and directions, fill
out the electronic form at the url here:
You may also email or call 503-222-3284
to schedule and/or with any questions!
Classified ad: Tenor soloist/section leader position Paul Fleckenstein, %27 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%th 1JunGMT+0000 soloist/section leader needed for 2015-16 season for large, active congregation in Wilmington, Delaware - 25 south of Phiadelphia.
  • Sing exciting repertoire with strong 50-voice semi-professional choir; fairly frequent solo opportunities as well.
  • Wednesday evening rehearsal, Sunday morning service.
  • Pay currently $120 per week; extra pay for occasional concerts and extra services.
  • One-year contract, renewable by re-audition.
  • Choir travels to San Francisco CA June 4-8, 2016, for performance at Grace Cathedral; expenses paid for soloist/sectionleaders.
Paul Fleckenstein, Organist/Director of Music
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1502 W. 13th St.
Wilmington, DE  19806
(302) 654-5214 ext. 121
Classified ad: Professional Supplemental and Substitute Singers Brian Bloye, %26 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000 Alphonsus Church in Chicago is hearing auditions in all voice parts for supplemental and substitute singers in the coming season. The church has an established professional choral program featuring a wide variety of sacred repertoire from all periods, with a particular emphasis on Renaissance polyphony. The choir sings on Sunday mornings between October and June, and on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and at additional concerts during the year. There is no regular weeknight rehearsal. Ideal candidates are experienced and confident sight-readers possessed of a flexible instrument and a developed sense of collegiality. Auditions will be held between August 11 and 20. To schedule an audition, please contact Dennis Stafira at ]]>Classified ad: Director of Music Ministries David Jahnke, %26 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000
Fanwood Presbyterian Church Seeking Director of Music Ministries
The Fanwood Presbyterian Church is seeking the person God plans to lead the music ministries of our spiritually vibrant church.  This person will love God and all God’s people, be gifted in playing and leading music of many styles, teaching adults and children, directing and conducting choirs and ensembles and extemporaneous prayer.  We have a traditional service with an excellent choir and beautiful organ and a contemporary service with a praise band.  Gifts of organization and communication are also essential.  This is a part-time (20-25 hours a week) position with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Please contact Carol Thomson at with your cover letter and resume.  We are very excited about the person God will bring to help keep us “Growing in God’s Love and Serving All God’s People through Rejoicing, Renewing and Reaching Out.”
Classified ad: Section Leaders for Our Lady of Lourdes, Minneapolis Christopher Ganza, %26 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 Lady of Lourdes, a historic, thriving parish in Northeast Minneapolis, seeks to foster the growth of our Sacred Music Ministry through the addition of competitively paid Section Leaders in all voice parts.
For a complete position description, please see
Please email resumé to Christopher Ganza, Organist & Choirmaster,
The deadline for application is September 1, 2015.
Classified ad: Chicago area: Tenor Section Leader Steve Marcus, %26 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 Kol Emeth in Skokie, IL needs a Tenor Section Leader for its 12-member SATB High Holiday Choir.  While some choir members are volunteers, the Tenor Section Leader is a paid position.
This is the schedule for 2015:
REHEARSAL 1: July 16
REHEARSAL 2: Wednesday, July 22
REHEARSAL 3: July 30
REHEARSAL 5: Aug. 13
REHEARSAL 6: Sept. 20 
REHEARSAL 7: Sept. 27
REHEARSAL 8: Sept. 3
Slichot                        Saturday, Sept. 5, 10:00-11:10 PM
REHEARSAL 9: Sept. 10
Erev Rosh Hashanah     Sunday, Sept. 13, 8:00-9:15 PM
Rosh Hashanah Day 1   Monday, Sept. 14, 10:30-1:30
Rosh Hashanah Day 2   Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:30-1:30
Kol Nidre                        Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:00-9:20 PM
Yom Kippur                    Wednesday, Sept. 23, 10:30-2:30
All rehearsals are held 7:30-9:30 PM on Thursday evenings except as indicated.
Compensation is $1,000.
Please send your c.v. to Steve Marcus, Choir Director AND
Thank you very much!
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Position Available Scott Lamlein, %26 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000

The St. John’s Choir, in West Hartford, announces a position opening for September 2015:


The Choral Scholars at St. John’s provide the choral backbone of the 35 voice intergenerational St. John’s Choir. In addition to learning and helping to teach great Anglican choral works to our younger choristers and volunteer singers, the Choral Scholars strive to create and participate in a wonderful community of music- making and the worship of God – a true “church within a church.”


  • Sunday mornings during the program year, including Christmas Eve and Easter.

  • Wednesday evening rehearsals, approximately twice per month, including dinner.

  • Special events, usually on weekends, 4 or 5 per program year. See


    $65 per appearance, additional for “longer” events.


    Choral Scholars should have a positive attitude, an appreciation for great sacred choral music, and excellent vocal and sight-reading skills. Regular, on-time (early) attendance sets the needed professional example for our volunteers. Good communication skills, and a demonstrated desire to become part of a musical community are a must.


    St. John’s is a beautiful, safe, and open place to share your musical gifts, with a talented and accomplished choir. A great resume builder and opportunity to build your repertoire of choral works are just part of the equation; the connection to experienced musicians and spiritual renewal that takes place in choral singing are gifts you’ll carry for your entire life.

    Send your C.V. and letter of application to:
    Scott Lamlein, Music Director - St. John’s Episcopal Church
    679 Farmington Avenue - West Hartford, CT 06119 860-523-5201, ext. 324 - 

Classified ad: Choral Director, The Concert Singers (Los Angeles, California, USA) Peter Bird, %26 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000
The Concert Singers:
  • Performing since 1948 in the Westchester neighborhood of western Los Angeles, CA.
  • Approximately 30 auditioned adult singers who read music well.
  • Experienced in religious, secular, and popular music of all eras.
  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation headed by an active Board.
  • Website at:
Duties of the Choral Director:
  • Propose music and related concert themes for Board approval.
  • Audition and select potential new singers.
  • Rehearse the singers and pianist most Tuesday nights, September-through-June.
  • Identify and engage additional accompanists and/or soloists, within Board appropriations.
  • Conduct 1 or 2 extra rehearsals (e.g., Saturday dress rehearsal) before each concert.
  • Conduct at least 3 concerts (e.g., Sunday afternoons) with distinct programs each year.
  • Attend 4 regular Board meetings per year, and contribute ideas for audience and singer recruitment, new venues and programs, grant proposals, etc.
  • Fixed monthly compensation, per contract, on an independent-contractor basis.
  • Rate to be commensurate with experience.  Reviewed annually.
Search process:
  • Applications requested by 1 August 2015; deadline 1 September.
  • Send resume, references, and cover letter to Peter Bird ( or mail to: The Concert Singers, PO. Box 90327, Los Angeles, CA 90009-0327.
  • Interviews with the search committee will begin in August 2015.
  • Rehearsal-auditions with the singers will be held starting in September 2015.
  • The new choral director will take the lead in planning the Spring 2016 concert and begin leading all rehearsals in January 2016.
Classified ad: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Auditions for young men (ages 12-21) Kristopher Burke, %26 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000

Call for Singers!


TheBrooklyn Youth Chorus is currently soliciting auditions for the Men's Ensemble and Men's Training Division. Both groups serve young men aged 12-21 and provides urban teenage boys with access to excellent musicianship and vocal training using Brooklyn Youth Chorus' trademarked Cross-Choral Training Method. Members also participate in once-in-a lifetime performance opportunities.


The Men's Ensemble is a professional level all-men performing ensemble, and has performed concerts with internationally renowned artists like Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, and more.


The Men's Training Division is a new course offering this coming season, and will be geared toward young men whose voices are beginning to change and is open to all male singers regardless of prior experience. The Men's Training Division will serve as a training chorus to prepare younger, less experienced singers for promotion into the Men's Ensemble.


Contact conductor, Kristopher Burke at or at 718-243-9447 ext. 240 if you have any questions or to set-up an audition.


Financial aid available. No prior experience necessary.


For more information visit our website at

Announcement: Over 780 choral works available for rent at up to 80% off list price Scott Gillam, %26 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 am pleased to announce the Summer 2015 edition of the NAS Choral Music Rental Library catalog. Now in its 16th season, the library contains multiple copies of over 780 choral works large and small, mostly for SATB, including some with instrumental parts and some that are out of print.  Quantities available range from 22 to 90. A sampling of popular works and their per copy fee includes:
Bach, J.S. Wachet auf, ruft ins die Stimme (Kalmus ed.) $2.00; (9 orch. parts (Barenreiter ed.  $10.00)
Barnett, Carol, The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass $2.00
Bernstein, Chichester Psalms $1.75; Make our garden grow, arr. R. Page $0.60; 10 orchestra parts $10.00
Britten, Ceremony of Carols (SSAA) $2.00; Rejoice in the Lamb $1.80; Cantata misericordium $2.00
Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri $1.75; 5 accompanying parts $1.60; conductor's score $5.00
Castelnuovo-Tedesco Romancero Gitano $4.25
Copland, In the Beginning $3.00; Old American Songs $2.25; Las agachagas $1.40
Dvorak, Mass in D Op. 86 $1.60; Requiem Mass Op. 89 $3.40; 31 orchestra parts  $60.00
Handel, Let Thy hand be strengthened $1.00; 8 accompanying parts $10.00
Haydn, Te Deum $2.50; Paukenmesse $2.00; Missa Sancti Nicolai $1.75; 9 orchestra parts $15.00
Kverno, Trond, Misa in sono tubae $6.50; 5 brass parts $6.25
Martin, Mass for double chorus $3.00; Songs of Ariel $3.25
Mozart, Requiem (Maunder edition) $2.25; Grand Mass in c (K. 427) $3.00; Missa brevis in D (K. 194) $1.60; Vesperae solennes (AMP ed.) $1.60
Pinkham, Christmas Cantata $1.70; organ, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones $4.00
Pizzetti, Messa di Requiem $3.75
Poulenc, Christmas Motets $2.00; Gloria $1.75; Mass in G $1.50
Purcell, Dido and Aeneas $2.50; Te Deum Laudamus & Jubilate Deo $1.00; Praise the Lord,O Jerusalem $0.90; 5 strings $6
Respighi, Laud to the Nativity $3.50
Rutter, Gloria $2.50 (3rd trumpet, bass trombone, tuba, $6.00); Joy to the World $1.60 (49 orch. parts, $14.00)
Stravinsky Mass, ($2.50); Symphony of Psalms (vocal score, 1948 revision) $2.00
Susa, Conrad,  Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest ($2.75)
Thompson, The Peaceable Kingdom $3.00; Frostiana (5 selections) $ 3.50; Hodie $2.50
Vaughan Williams, Mass in g minor $2.25; Three Shakespeare Songs $1.00.
And this is just a small sampling. All 780+ works in the catalog are available for rent at an average reduction of 80 percent off the current list price. To access the catalog on line and to order, go and click on ATTENTION CHOIRS.
Announcement: America Cantat 8 Eden Badgett, %26 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000

America Cantat is the premier cultural music festival of the Americas, and is the only noncompetitive choir festival to unite singers, conductors, and festival choirs from North, Central, and South America in a ten-day cultural and musical immersion program. The Festival is modeled after its sister festival, Europa Cantat. These festivals, in conjunction with Africa Cantat and Asia Pacific Cantat, constitute a worldwide movement of promoting peace and understanding through intercultural and artistic events. It is with great excitement that ACDA partners with America Cantat to continue these initiatives in 2016.

Over ten days, singers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in overlapping five-day-long workshops, led by some of the most prestigious choral clinicians in the world. During these workshops participants rehearse choral pieces indigenous to all previous America Cantat host countries. At the end of the Festival, the workshops present joint concerts to showcase this music. In addition to performing in the workshop concerts, choirs who attend America Cantat as Participant Choirs have performance opportunities in and around Nassau.

In the evenings, participants are invited to attend Gala Concerts, performed by acclaimed choirs from each host country and our sister festival, Europa Cantat. Additionally, there are Opening and Closing Ceremonies, hosted by The Bahamas, a mid-week Dinner & Beach Party, and time to explore the island, relax on the beach, and take part in excursions to fully experience all that The Bahamas has to offer. This is a can’t-miss event for anyone passionate about choral music and cultural exchange.

WHEN: August 21 - 31, 2016
WHERE: Nassau, Bahamas
WHAT: America Cantat 8, a non-competitive cultural immersion choir festival
WHO: Singers, choirs, and conductors of all ages and abilities

More Information, including registration instructions, can be found at
You can also call ACDA's Festival Development Director, Eden Badgett, at 405-232-8161 or contact her via email at

Concert: Rivertree Singers & Friends Perform John Rutter’s Requiem Philip Eoute, %26 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000

Rivertree Singers & Friends Perform John Rutter’s Requiem

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium on the campus of Bob Jones University

Buy Tickets! – $10

Warren Cook and Rivertree Singers will again host Rivertree Singers & Friends, a choral festival and concert in Greenville, SC. 120 additional singers from 11 states will join the 42-voice Rivertree Singers and orchestra for a beautiful performance of John Rutter’s well-loved Requiem. Tickets for the Saturday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. performance will be sold exclusively through the Rivertree Singers box office and at the door. $10 General Admission. Students 12 years of age and under are free.

The performance will be dedicated to the congregation and loved ones affected by the tragic killings in Charleston, SC. Twenty percent of ticket sales and sponsorships will be given to the families of the victims through the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, Charleston, SC.

We desire to communicate our sympathy with those suffering in Charleston, and we know that the beauty and power of this music will provide hope and consolation for those in Greenville who also feel the pain of this horrific event.

Last year Rivertree Singers invited other accomplished musicians to join them in a performance of Dan Forrest’s highly acclaimed Requiem for the Living—a stirring and uplifting work exploring pain, loss, redemption, peace and rest. See the 130-voice chorus and chamber orchestra perform Requiem for the Living below.

Classified ad: Ensemble Companio: Assistant Conductor / Conducting Intern Joseph Gregorio, %26 %b %2015 %05:%Jun:%th 5JunGMT+0000 Companio, a chamber choir based in the northeast United States, seeks an assistant conductor / conducting intern for its 2015-16 season. 
Ensemble Companio's members come from all over the northeastern states, though mainly from the Washington D.C. - Boston corridor.  It convenes on ten weekends per season, from September through May – approximately one weekend per month – in various locations throughout the northeast.
The ideal candidate will be located in the northeastern United States, will be able to travel to Ensemble Companio's rehearsal locales, and will have a M.M. in choral conducting or equivalent experience, though candidates with a bachelor’s degree in music who have demonstrated formidable choral conducting ability will also be considered.  The ideal candidate will also possess skill with music notation software, a deep love of choral music, and a desire to use choral music and choral singing to open doors of communication between singers and listeners. 
Responsibilities of the assistant conductor / conducting intern will include conducting sectional rehearsals (as needed), assisting the director in pre-season preparation, leading rehearsal and conducting performances of certain selections in concerts, and singing in the ensemble when not conducting.
The successful candidate will receive a modest stipend; limited additional funding will be available to help defray the costs of travel to/from rehearsals and concerts.
For the 2015-16 season schedule, for answers to questions about Ensemble Companio and the position, and to apply, please e-mail Joseph Gregorio at director(at)  Applicants should attach a .pdf of a CV / resume and state their voice part (in eight parts).  Application deadline is July 15, 2015.  Applicants should be prepared to provide links to videos of themselves leading rehearsals and concert performances and to record a vocal audition if requested.
Founded in 2011, Ensemble Companio is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988, and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Ensemble Companio values diversity and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.  Ensemble Companio’s mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music. ]]>
Announcement: HARMONIE FESTIVAL 2017, international and national choral competitions in Lindenholzhausen (Germany) Marco Löw, %26 %b %2015 %06:%Jun:%th 6JunGMT+0000
Dear friends of choral music,
from May 25 to 28, 2017, choirs and folklore groups with thousands of participants from throughout the world will be coming together again in Lindenholzhausen, the “smallest festival town in Germany”, where the seventh international HARMONIE FESTIVAL is to take place.
The HARMONIE FESTIVAL, with its international choir and folklore events and competitions, is considered as one of the most outstanding music festivals in the world. In 2011, more than 180 choirs and folklore groups representing 38 countries came to the sixth HARMONIE FESTIVAL. Patron was the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel.
Radio and television from 11 countries and more than 80 newspapers and journals unanimously reported on the good organization and the high standard of competitions, folklore events, concerts and supporting events.
Artistic director of the HARMONIE FESTIVAL 2017 is Martin Winkler. The honorary committee consists of Gábor Móczár, Jeroen Schrijner and the German composer Alwin Michael Schronen.
Choirs can take part in 13 different international categories (for German choirs there is also an national competition series). Their performances will be assessed by an international jury. Besides the HARMONIE Festival Prize, awarded to the choir with the highest score in each category, and various extra prizes for outstanding performances the Prize of the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany will be awarded in case.
The international jury consists amongst others of the following members:
Virginia Bono (Argentina), Juergen Budday (Germany), Volker Hempfling (Germany), Theodora Pavlovitch (Bulgaria), Robert Sund (Sweden) and Will Todd (United Kingdom).
We invite you to participate in the HARMONIE FESTIVAL 2017 and are looking forward to see you in Limburg-Lindenholzhausen (Germany)
You can find the syllabus and information about the HARMONIE FESTIVAL at If there are any questions don't hesitate to ask us by mailing to
With compliments,
HARMONIE Lindenholzhausen
Classified ad: Handbell Choir Director Matthew Martinez, %25 %b %2015 %23:%Jun:%th 23JunGMT+0000

Mesa Verde United Methodist Church is looking for a part-time director for their seasonal handbell choir. 


Primary Duties Include:

    •    Conduct weekly rehearsals (currently Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30, September-June).

    •    Provide 2-3 pieces for two worship services (8:30 and 10:00), once a month.

    •    Recruit regular members and substitutes for rehearsals and performances.

    •    Performances at two seasonal concerts (Christmas and Spring) per year.

    •    Work closely with the Director of Music in coordinating the worship performance schedule and appropriate anthems. 


Qualifications include:

    •    Experience conducting handbells/instrumentalists.

    •    Familiarity with handbell part assignments and technique.

    •    Ability and pleasure in working with a diverse range of musical backgrounds.

    •    Enthusiastic recruiter.

    •    Strong organizational skills and preparation.

    •    Knowledge of current church music and choral literature with the ability to utilize the music library.


Instruments are four octaves of Schulmerich handbells.


Mesa Verde UMC has a long tradition of music in the community as well as part of its worship services. The volunteer Chancel Choir is supported by the auditioned Rejoice! Chamber Choir and Sanctuary Bell Choir. The Music Ministry presents semi-annual concerts around Costa Mesa with special guests and orchestras in a wide variety of music.


Mesa Verde UMC is a reconciling church. We affirm that through God's redeeming love for all, we are one in Christ. We respect the inherent and valuable contributions each member makes to the body of Christ. We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth and dignity of all persons regardless of sexual orientation, gender identification, race, age, ethnicity, physical or mental capacity, education, or economic or marital status.


Position is salaried and subject to final approval from SPRC. Please email interest and résumé to Thank you!

Concert: Choral Premier at Evensong Thomas Vozzella, %25 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000
St. Andrew's Parish Choir and Friends  will offer Evensong (Feast of the first Tomato), including the premier of Dale Ramsey's Evening Canticles, Thomas R. Vozzella is Conductor/Organist, with woodwind quintet.

Capriol Suite, Peter Warlock

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Dale Ramsey
(Premier Performance)

In Search of a Higher Understanding, Gustav Mahler
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
6401 Wornall Terr
Kansas City, Missouri

Announcement: Musicnotes 25% Sheet Music Discount Through End of June -- Special For ACDA Members Jonathan Miller, %25 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%th 21JunGMT+0000 members can take 25% off any single sheet-music order* of your choice through the end of the month with Coupon Code MNJUN25. Shop at from our wide-ranging catalog of digital sheet music, now with full-page preview, all available for instant download, printing and rehearsal/performance.
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Your ACDA coupon for 25% off any order is valid through June 30, 2015 only. *Limit one coupon use per customer. Offer applies to digital sheet music and guitar tab only, is not retroactive, and expires at 11:59 pm CDT on June 30, 2015.
Announcement: Mayo International Choral Festival, 25th. to 29th. May, 2016. Edward Horkan, %25 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 International Choral Festival, 26th to 29th. May. 2016.
We are now open to entry from Choirs from different parts of the World, to the West of Ireland in May 2016.
As a new Choral Festival we have been recognised as the Irish Choral Festival where visiting choirs mix with local Irish choirs in a relaxed and friendly way and build up lasting relations.
Choirs who visited us from the U.S.  over the past 4 years
Rode Island Chamber Singers, 24th May  2012.  
University of New Hampshire Concert Choir, 24th May  2013.  
Morehead State University Singers, Kentucky. In 2014.
Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir and Symphonic Band. In 2015,
Also in addition to our Festival we had this year,
Santa Margarita, Catholic High School, Choir,California. Sat. 13th, 2015, 
The Chapelwood Chancel Choir, Huston Texas, (Fri 19th June), 2015,
We welcome choirs who are unable to come for our Choral Festival, to come outside our Festival and we will arrange performances in historic locations like Ballintubber Abbey, Knock Basilica and other important locations in the West of Ireland with local choirs.
We have had choirs come from Finland, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Scotland, Wales & England,  many of them coming outside the Choral Festival period.
We have a choir from Canada coming in September and the Irish Barbershop Convention which will bring Barbershop Chorus & Quartets from different countries, in October.
I will be delighted to assist interested choirs with any details and information as regards traveling to the West of Ireland and visiting with us.
Entry Form can be downloaded from our Web- site at <> or direct from, Festival Chairman, at <>
 Future Dates for 2017- 24th. to 28th. May.
                          2018. 23rd to 27th.  May.
                          2019 22nd. to 26th. May.  
                          2020 to 24th. May. 
Best Regards Edward Horkan, Chairman Mayo International Choral Festival.
Forum message: Christmas literature David Schwoebel, %25 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000 am working towards a Christmas SATB choir/orchestra program w/ capable singers and players around the theme, "Recollections of Joy!" Can anyone offer suggestions for specific literature, or publishers who might have anthems that deal w/ love of family and friends, holiday traditions and symbols, knowledge of and appreciation for the Christmas Story, etc. (I feel public school educators have a better handle on some pieces for the more "secular" concepts we may want to explore?) The stack pole of this program's focus is not finalized, so any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!   ]]>Classified ad: Staff Singer Positions - St. Rita Catholic Church, Dallas, TX Alfred Calabrese, %25 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, TX has openings for Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Staff Singer positions for the 2015-2016 season. The choir sings each Sunday from August 23 until the second week of June. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings. The choir performs two concerts each season, and in May of 2016 will be presenting a new major oratorio commissioned for this choir. Singers should possess a solid vocal technique, strong sight reading skills, and excellent intonation. Familiarity with the classics of both Latin and English language sacred music a plus. Pay is very competitive. Must be willing to encourage and help lead a group of talented, accomplished, and fun-loving volunteer singers. To schedule an audition email Alfred Calabrese, Director of Music, at Please include a resume and soundclip of a recent solo.  ]]>Classified ad: Alto For High Holy Days Steve Freides, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000, suburban Philadelphia congregation seeks alto for annual SSAATTBB octet for the 2015 High Holy Days.  The congregation requires all singers be Jewish.

Compensation commensurate with ability and experience.  Synagogue singing experience a plus but not required.  Sight-reading ability a must.

Rehearsals on some weekends in August and September.  Holiday services and one additional rehearsal in September.

A full CV is not necessary - please send a brief email to conductor at

Classified ad: Organist & Accompanist for Sunday Morning Services & Choral Groups Randy Lawrence, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000 United Methodist Church, a 400 member church in Buffalo Grove, IL, has an opening for an Organist/Accompanist. The person hired for this part-time position will support the Worship and Music Ministry of the church through excellence in keyboard performance on multi-rank organ and piano. This is accomplished through a passion for the worship experience, a strong Christian faith, and a high standard (demonstrated proficiency) in multi-rank organ performance, piano performance, and digital keyboard skills, including MIDI.
Primary Responsibilities:
·  Performance of all keyboard service music for 10:30 a.m. Sunday services
·  Provide keyboard music for the 9:00 a.m. services on Sundays as needed
·  Provide keyboard accompaniment for Chancel Choir rehearsals and performance and other choirs as needed (Allelu's, King's Men, Cherub, Handbell)
·  Arrange service music (e.g., prelude, postlude, etc.) in harmony with scheduled worship themes & focuses
·  Practice all worship service music weekly
·  Consult with the Clergy and the Directory of Music Ministry to prepare appropriate music/performances for special services such as Christmas Eve, Mardi Gras Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, etc.
·  Music planning and accompaniment for weddings and funerals at the church.
·  Coordinates Summer music plans and volunteers who will perform special music during Summer Sunday services in conjunction with Director of Music Ministry
·  Arrange for substitute organist as necessary (e.g., vacations, etc.)
Qualifications Required:
·  Bachelor’s or higher degree in music or related subject with a major or minor discipline in keyboard music
·  Self-motivated, reliable and able to work independently as well as in a team
·  Ability to maintain professional and cordial interaction with co-workers and vendors
·  Ability to work evening and weekend hours
Part-Time Position: Hours: 10-12 hours per week
Salary: Negotiable based upon experience and AGO recommendations.
This position will require a performance audition. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter with references, and any questions to Randy Lawrence,, by August 15th, 2015.
Classified ad: Handel Choir of Baltimore Auditions for 2015-2016 Molly Peterson, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000
Handel Choir Auditions


Auditions for the 2015-2016 season are taking place Mon Aug 31, Fri Sept 4 and Sat Sept 5, 2015. We are hearing all parts SATB for community singers.

Monday Aug 31: 7-9 p.m.

Friday Sep 4: 6-8 p.m.

Saturday Sep 5: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

We rehearse Monday evenings, September through May, at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, at 1710 Dulaney Valley Road in Lutherville.

Click here [link:] to book your audition slot online, or call 667.206.4120.

Auditions take place at Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 West Seminary Avenue in Lutherville, just north of the beltway. *Please note* there are two Holy Comforters in the area, so be sure to navigate to the correct address.
For more information about what to prepare and what to expect in an audition, go to
For more information about Handel Choir and our season, go to
Classified ad: MPLS (imPulse): Audition for our 2015-2016 Season! Samuel Grace, %25 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000
MPLS (imPulse) is a 24-voice auditioned chamber chorus based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ensemble meets for rehearsals on a project basis, which typically take place over a long weekend. MPLS (imPulse) is an ideal ensemble for busy choral singers looking for another opportunity to sing or for working professionals who cannot make weekly rehearsal commitments. A high expectation for personal preparation is required. All ensemble members are expected to arrive at project rehearsals with their music learned in advance.

MPLS (imPulse) is a fully paid ensemble. Singers receive a total of $175 per project. We not only seek responsible, outstanding singers, but outstanding people. Providing a meaningful and community-driven experience for our ensemble members is at the heart of our mission. 

Auditions will take place on Monday, July 13 and Thursday, July 16 at Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. There is no required audition fee. The audition will last approximately 10 minutes and will consist of the following exercises:
  • Simple vocalises to evaluate tone, intonation, musicality, and range
  • Sight Singing
  • Tonal Memory
  • Prepared excerpt*
*All auditioning singers will be required to prepare a brief choral excerpt for this audition, available after scheduling your audition.
To schedule an audition, send us an email at or visit our webpage at
About the Ensemble:
Founded in 2014 by Samuel Grace, MPLS (imPulse) seeks to re-imagine traditional conventions in choral music and to engage audiences with eclectic music in diverse spaces. Artists in MPLS (imPulse) prepare music in advance of scheduled festival appearances where the ensemble rehearses, builds community, and presents a series of concerts throughout the region. We prioritize the performance of choral music that is eclectic in nature, and we do it in the most diverse spaces we can find.
Mission Statement:
MPLS (imPulse) seeks to create a meaningful, community driven experience for its artists and to engage audiences in performance by expanding access to an eclectic repertoire of choral music in diverse venues.
Vision Statement:
MPLS (imPulse) envisions a re-imagination of the typical choral ensemble in a changing world.
*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.*
Announcement: WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERE ON GOING BEYOND WORDS Stanley Schmidt, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000 World Broadcast Premiere will take place this Sunday, June 28th at 12 Noon Central Time on the Choral Show "Going Beyond Words".   To stream this informative show go to KVNO.ORG and click on Listen.   You may visit the blog of WWW.GOINGBEYONDWORDS.COM for show 2134 and you will see CD images and a complete detailed list of the recordings used.
The World Broadcast Premiere will feature "Libera me" a five minute unaccompained choral work by French composer, Anthony Sylvestre.   The piece was written for a community chorus "Resonance" of which Mr. Sylvestre was a member.   The first U.S. Choir to sing "Libera me" was The University of Louisville Cardinal Singers with Dr. Kent Hattenberg on Nov.17, 2013.  On week later, Nov 25, 2013 it was programmed by East Central University Chorale from Ada, Oklahoma, with Dr. J. Steven walker on the podium.  Other performances have taken place in France, Ukraine, Washington D.C. and Illinois. However, it has never been heard on a broadcast before, anywhere.   Choral Directors will want to visit Anthony Sylvestre's site for more information on this very accessible choral work.   Please Contact the composer at  
Here is a list of what you will hear on Going Beyond Words
Pie Jesu  Marc-antoine Charpentier  
"O Maria! - Psaumes and Motets"
Ensemble Correspondances
Sanctus (From: "Petite Messe Solennelle") Gioachino Rissini
"Petite Messe Solennelle"
Accentus Chorus and Orchestre de Chambdre de Paris
Salva Regina  Martin Lutz b. 1975
"There Is A Spell Upon YHour Lips"  The Music of Martin Lutz
The Copoenhagen Chamber Choir
Choro D'Angeli Polido! Esanguel (From: "La Passione di Gesù") Ferdinando Paër
"La Passione di Gesù" (World Premiere Recording)
Coro La Stagione Armonica; Orchestra di Padove e del Veneto
Séquence du Verbe, Cantique Divin (From: "Trois petites liturgies de la Présence divine")
Olivier Messianen   (For 16 solo strings and 18 sopranos)
"L'amour et la foi" 
Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder! (From: "Trois Chanson de Charles d'Orléans)
Claude Debussy
"French Choral Music" Netherlands Chamber Choir
Libera me   Anthony Sylvstre b. 1977  (World Broadcast Premiere)
MP3 File suppled by the Composer 
Sung by the East Central Universityh Chorale, Ada, Oklahoma
Contact the Composer at  
De Profundis   Hilarion Alfeyev
"De Proundis - Copncerto Grosso - Fugue on the B-A-C-H Motif - Canciones de la muerte - Stabat Mater"
Moscow Synodal Choir; Russian Natioinal Orchestra
Questions? EM
Forum message: John Gardner, "Abide with me" recordings? Mike Barker, %25 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000 am programming two of John Gardner's "Five hymns in popular style" (OUP) this fall. I have a recording of "Fight the good fight," but would like to have a recording of "Abide with me." Does anyone know of a readily available recording of that piece? Thanks! ]]>Forum message: My only full ensemble class only meets at 7:10 a.m.- help. me. please. Claire Ma, %24 %b %2015 %23:%Jun:%th 23JunGMT+0000 all!
    As you have gathered from the title of this post, I have one academic (they are graded) large group ensemble in new school I am teaching at in the fall; yes, the class meets, 5 days a week, at 7:10-7:55 a.m.  This is not a co or an extra curricular ensemble, this IS the choral program right now.  Collgeaues, administration, community, and students all want to build the choir program up; I signed on to help them get there.  I am gathering knowledge/research/data to support moving it into the school day with the "other" academic classes. 
   I am trying to gather hard data regarding, what we all already know as trained professionals, the times of day which best facilitate/support learning the performance art of vocal music.  
1) Has any one seen a study, has done, or is doing a study supporting best practices for the time of day our students vocalize? 
2) Are there any resources that you all might know about where I can gather information regarding the science behind WHY we know that singing so early is not the best way to teach our students healthy vocal technique?
I thank you for reading this post and any information you might be able to give or point me towards!
Announcement: 6th International Choir Festival and Competition ,,Canco Meditarrania,, and Pau Casals Choir Competition , Barcelona Merce Villanueva, %24 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000
Dear Music Friends,
The  6th International Choir Competition and Festival ,,Canco Mediterrania,, (VI Internacional Festival i Concurs Coral “Canco Mediterrania”)and Pau Casals Choir Competition will be held in Barcelona and in Lloret de Mar- the tourist capital of Costa Brava from 13th to 18th of September 2016.
     The   6th  International Choir Festival and Competition “Canco Mediterrania” and Pau Casals Choir Competition is an international choir competition with various categories for amateur choirs: mixed choirs, female choirs, male choirs divided in some groups: senior, adults choirs, youth choirs, school choirs ,children choirs  and category additional : professional choirs .
    The competition has five categories of music :Sacred Music, Folklore,  Pop Music , Catalan Music and Paul Casals’ Compositions Category.
     During the festival choirs take part in the special choir concerts  in the impressive Cathedral of Barcelona .
 The choirs have the possibility of participating in the 6th International Choir Festival ,,Canco Mediterrania,, without participating in the choir competition.
We will be very pleased to invite your choir to participate in the 6th International Choir Festival and Competition ,,Canco Mediterrania,, and Pau Casals Choir Competition 2016 in Barcelona .
  We invite you to see our festival website .
Merce Villanueva
 International Choir Competition and Festival ,,Canco Mediterrania,,
Tel: +34 972 36 15 12
FAX:+34 972 36 1513
   “Costa Brava- Best of the World 2012 top Travel Destination - National Geographic Traveller”.
 The medium water temperature at the Mediterranean Sea (Costa Brava) between the 15 and 20 of September is about 22-24ºC.
Announcement: Lee Kesselmen's stunning Love Song for a Common Destiny Kurt Knecht, %24 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000 with an extended vocalise, this beautiful piece concludes with a text from the Earth Charter. See, hear, and buy it on MusicSpoke. ]]>Announcement: Syracuse Summer Sing 2015 - JW Pepper Denise Collins, %24 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000

ATTENTION:  New Location!

This event will now be held in the
Life Sciences Building - Auditorium on the campus of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


This one-day clinic will include this year's best new music, handpicked and presented by professional music education specialists and composers. Browse through a large selection of books and music for purchase. All participants will receive a packet of new music!

Barbara Tagg
Jeff Welcher
Peppie Calvar
Katherine Dee Medicis
Elisa Dekaney
John Warren

Pre-registration closes on August 7, 2015. Space is limited, so reserve your place today!

After August 7, walk-in registrations are welcome, but music packets are not guaranteed.

Certificates of Participation will be available for those wishing to pursue Professional Development credits with their districts.

Hope to see you there!

Announcement: Summer Sing Philadelphia 2015 - JW Pepper Denise Collins, %24 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000

Monday, July 27, Andy Beck will be here sharing new music and teaching ideas for Middle/High School Choral. 

Our Sacred Choral Reading Session will be led by Mark Cabaniss on Monday evening July 27!

Tuesday, July 28, Join Sharon Burch and Andy Beck as they present new materials, musicals and octavos for the Elementary Classroom.  

Our clinic will include this year's best new music, handpicked by our experienced staff and presented by professional music education specialists and composers, Andy Beck, Mark Cabaniss and Sharon Burch. Browse through a large selection of books and music for purchase. Lunch is included with the daytime sessions, and all participants will receive a packet of new music!

Pre-registration closes on July 19, 2015. Space is limited, so reserve your place early!  After July 19, walk-in registrations are welcome, but music packets and lunch are not guaranteed. Click here to register:

Certificates of Participation will be available for those wishing to pursue Professional Development credits with their districts.

Hope to see you there!


Classified ad: Informal concert venue June 28th Evan Ingalls, %24 %b %2015 %07:%Jun:%th 7JunGMT+0000 big event is on Friday, but we'll be there until Sunday, and we had intended to do an independent concert our last afternoon, but our tour company scheduled us to sing on a battleship. Our director, thinking that was maybe not the best concert venue, nixed that plan, but we were kind of sad to give up the opportunity to sing our own rep.

So I'm wondering if anyone can think of a place in Manhattan we could sing... it doesn't have to be a concert hall (though we would certainly welcome that!)--could be a church, synagogue, business lobby with good acoustics, public area...just somewhere that people with relatives in NY could invite them to and say "We're performing here, at this time!"
Worse comes to worse, we'll set up in Central Park and sing, but I don't want to count on that, especially with chance of thunderstorms!

This would be Sunday, June 28th, in the late morning or early afternoon. I am not the director, but our director David Post has many things to think about on this trip, so you can e-mail me at epingalls(a) Hoping the NYC Choralnet hive-mind can help us out!

evan ingalls
Trip chaperone, Bellingham Children's Choir

Announcement: Paris Music Festival 2016 Gregor Laskowski, %24 %b %2015 %08:%Jun:%th 8JunGMT+0000
6th International festival of choirs and orchestras in Paris (France)
24.08. - 28.08.2016
PARIS - city of love, dreams and senses
Nobody can think of Paris without various associations and a multitude of pictures crossing their mind: the river Seine, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Napoleon, the Arc de Triumphe, the Champs-Elysees. No other city exalts the imagination like this metropolis, which is also particularly popular for its musical events. As of late these also include the Paris Music Festival.
Forum message: Choral Orchestral Work Featuring Brass Logan Fellenstein, %24 %b %2015 %02:%Jun:%th 2JunGMT+0000! I am searching for a variety of choral orchestral works with the following limitations, and am looking for any and all suggestions you may have! The work must: be no longer than 7 minutes, be for full orchestra and choir but feature brass, be an independent work or a movement from a larger work (no cutting), have a good balance for a choir of 90 to be able to sing over the orchestral score (with an orchestra of about 70), and it must be singable and playable and teachable! This is for a collegiate group, so an advanced level can certainly be achieved, but is not necessarily required. 
Thanks so much for any and all help!
Classified ad: Church Music Director Christopher Hansen, %24 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%th 1JunGMT+0000 Street United Methodist Church (, Burlington, NC, seeks a part-time Music Director. Responsibilities include planning, and coordinating with the pastor and accompanist, all music for worship services, special services, and other musical program. Selectee rehearses with choir each Wednesday evening and on Sunday mornings before worship; orders music materials and is responsible for budgeting and procurement. Position presents an opportunity to grow a music program for an aging congregation and develop a vision for the next 3-5 year period with a musically talented pastor and choral experienced accompanist. Anticipate selection in time for Fall programs. Please send complete resume, with references, to or mail to 606 East Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215; attn: Staff Parrish Relations Co mmittee. ]]>Classified ad: Associate Conductor ... contemporary-able! Lexi Johnson, %24 %b %2015 %00:%Jun:%th 0JunGMT+0000
Portland choral organization looking for an associate conductor to direct contemporary-music-focused ensemble(s)!
Repertoire can include anything from rock to doo-wop to pop to jazz, with super flexibility in selecting it.  The role entails planning and leading weekly rehearsals, of course!
Do you describe yourself as dedicated, passionate, and loyal?  Do you value the artistic aspects highest above all the other gunk?  That's what we're looking for! (well, that and a flexible/progressive thinker who works well with others).
Choral conducting experience necessary, of course, with the ability to work/communicate well with a wide range of musicians!

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, as well as resume or CV, to admin Lexi Johnston at:
Forum message: Sacred Music DMA Preparation Rina Ritivoiu, %23 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%rd 22JunGMT+0000, 
I am planning on applying to several sacred music DMA programs and am wondering about books or suggestions for preparing for the entrance exams and auditions. For example, some schools tests on choral literature, sight-singing, pitch retention, harmonic function, tonal analysis, 20th century analysis, score identification, listening identification, and music history. I have been out of school for a few years and would like to brush up on some of these skills.
I realize there are also a number of church music DMA's. Do you feel these would be limiting when compared to sacred music DMA's? Should I expect that church music degrees will focus equally on both CCM and classical music, or one over the other?
Classified ad: Choir Director-First Unitarian Denver Helen Berkman, %23 %b %2015 %23:%Jun:%rd 23JunGMT+0000 Summary:  The Choir Director will provide dynamic leadership and oversight to the choir of First Unitarian Society of Denver, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation, and provide administrative support to the music program.   
Reports to:            Senior Minister
Status:                  Part-time, exempt-- approx. 15 hours/week, 10 months/year, approx. 42 Sundays and 40 Choir rehearsals, September-June.
Compensation:     $13,000-$15,200, annual salary, to be paid in 21 equal installments, every other week, September through June
Date of Posting:     June 23, 2015
Application Deadline:      Until position is filled
Send Applications to:
Full job description is available at 
Announcement: National Association of Church Musicians Annual Convention Christine Sillerud, %23 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%rd 22JunGMT+0000 is a 76 yr old organization that exists to encourage, empower and educate church choral directors.  The Convention is hosting Dr. Robert Istad, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton.  He is also the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers, the Long Beach Bach Festival, and is the Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Chorale.  Dr. Istad will give three plenary addresses:  "Cultivating Community and Invoking the Spirit", "Mastering the On-Task Rehearsal:  Voice Care, Accuracy and Excitement", and "J.S. Bach in the New Millennium:  Inspiration, Order and Divinity".  In addition, the Convention offers workshops relating to music ministry, reading sessions of new anthems from different publishers, a conducting Masterclass by Dr. Istad, and other sessions of interest.  The Convention is being held at Laguna Presbyterian Church, Laguna Beach, CA.  For more information and registration, visit our website:  ]]>Forum message: The "Perfect" Choir Dress? And, used dresses... Leigh Anderson, %23 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%rd 19JunGMT+0000 high school program will be purchasing new choir dresses this year, and I need the perfect one for our needs, as we are in a transition period. We are not a show choir school but all choirs (even the beginning) are used to doing choreography at almost every concert. Iwill be in my 3rd year at this school starting in the Fall, and I am changing this slowly over time and would like to eventually be mainly a concert choir program with, potentially, an additional show group. However, I do not want to flip the program on its' head just yet, so the choirs will still do choreographed music.
The groups are used to mostly wearing show choir dresses, even for their traditional concerts, but I want them to also have a more formal outfit that is more appropriate for the music. Should I increase students' choir fees to allow ladies to rent both a show dress and a concert black dress, or just stick with the show dress for now? I feel that if I go ahead and purchase new show dresses, I am well on my way to making this a show choir program and the changes I am trying to make will never happen. The two auditioned choirs will be going on a performance trip in the Spring and I would love it if all ladies had a matching concert gown. This may be too ambitious at the moment. Any thoughts are appreciated. 
ALSO, USED DRESSES FOR SALE. I am looking to sell many sets of show dresses that haven't been used in a long time, many of which are in good/great condition. Please message me privately if you are interested, OR if you can help to find a place online where I can sell them. One set has about 38 dresses in it, a mix of silver/white and purple sequins. I would love to sell at a low price to someone who needs them.
Classified ad: Artistic Director / Conductor _Jubilee Chorus Mihee Gwon, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%rd 21JunGMT+0000
  Jubilee Chorus is looking for a choral conductor who can lead a Christian music ensemble for worship performances in 2015-2016.
  Jubilee Chorus is a choral ministry rooted in the classical music tradition that is devoted to providing opportunities for Christians to serve God and to have fellowship with other musicians. Jubilee Chorus is dedicated to nurturing Christian musicians who have a background in classical music. Jubilee Chorus unites people of all ages, denominations, cultures, and life experiences to create a message of hope and healing for God’s people. Jubilee Chorus provides a place for worship and ministry, and brings God’s light to the communities in which we serve.
We are contacting you to see if you would be interested in this position.
1. Name
2. Attach a current resume and Headshot Photo
Send to
Classified ad: Nova Vocal Ensemble Auditions for 2015-16 season Jonathan Bautista, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%rd 21JunGMT+0000
Nova Vocal Ensemble will be holding auditions on Sunday, July 19, from 12 to 2 pm in Glendale just blocks away from the Americana on Brand and the Glendale Central Library.
Nova looks for singers with chamber choir experience and a versatile vocal instrument. Excellent sight-reading and a degree in music are preferred for those seeking stipend-supported positions.
Performances at various theme parks and conventions as well as three season choral concerts, all on the theme of fantasy and magic, are the bulk of Nova's performance schedule. Solo opportunities are ample as well.
If interested, please email to schedule an audition. We are looking for altos, tenors, and second sopranos especially.
Classified ad: K-3 Vocal & General Music Teacher Needed - The Buckley School, NYC Adam Eggleston, %23 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%rd 16JunGMT+0000
The Buckley School, seeks an exceptional candidate to teach Vocal and General Music to boys in grades K-3 (starting September 2015).  The ideal applicant should have a degree in Music Education, significant teaching experience, and above all, a passion for teaching young children how to sing well and appreciate many kinds of music.  Piano skills and a vocal/choral background are a plus, as are certifications in Orff and Kodaly.
The Buckley School, founded in 1913, is a traditional K-9 boys school serving the community of Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to:
You may also contact me with any questions via this ad.
Concert: SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS Steven Edwards, %23 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%rd 16JunGMT+0000 Chorus of New Orleans performs at the Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series in the Pavillion of the Two Sisters in the Botanical Gardens in New Orleans City Park. Program begins at 6:00 PM. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Admission is $10
Program includes:
Hymn to the New Age by Lee Hoiby (1926-2011)
Where the Music Comes From by Lee Hoiby
*Magnificat by Kevin Memley (b. 1971)
Louisiana Purchase by Irving Berlin, arr. Edwards
Selections from Disney's The Princess and the Frog by Randy Newman, arr. Huff
Basin Street Blues by Clarence Williams, arr. Page
Louisiana 1927 by Randy Newman, arr. Althouse
Do You Know What it Means (to Miss New Orleans?) by Louis Alter, arr. Bode
*About half of the members of SCNO performed the premiere of the full orchestra version of Kevin Memley's Magnificat last month in Carnegie Hall. This is a very attractive and fun piece for advanced high school, or good college or community choir. It can be performed with piano or organ, with brass and piano or organ, or for full orchestra.
Classified ad: Assistant Conductor - Amor Artis Chamber Choir and Orchestra Ryan James Brandau, %22 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%nd 22JunGMT+0000
Amor Artis, a superlative chorus and chamber orchestra, is looking for a talented person to fill the part-time position of Assistant Conductor for the 2015–2016 season. The ideal candidate has a strong educational background in choral and/or orchestral conducting, and either is currently studying one or both of those fields or has recently completed his or her studies. The primary focus of this position will be choral music.
About Amor Artis:
The Amor Artis Chorus has 40 singers, most of whom are amateurs, but all of whom have a strong music background. Rehearsals are fast-paced, intense, and run like a fully professional group. Performance standards are exceptionally high. The chorus performs three or four concerts per year. Repertoire draws from the Renaissance and Baroque as well as music from the last century. The 2015–2016 season will feature music by Bach, Heinrich Biber, Georg Muffat, Maurice Duruflé, Duarte Lobo, and others.
Rehearsals for the chorus are held almost every Thursday evening between September and May, with a Saturday morning rehearsal at some point prior to most concerts. Most rehearsals are held on the Upper West Side.
The Amor Artis Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble, comprising some of New York City’s finest baroque and modern instrument players, and performs with the chorus in many of its concerts.
The job of Assistant Conductor of Amor Artis is an educational position, offering firsthand experience working closely with the Artistic Director and with the professional singers in the organization. This is a great opportunity for someone seriously committed to pursuing a career in choral conducting, or someone who wants to better understand the choral field to strengthen his or her work as an orchestral conductor. Artistic Director Ryan Brandau will offer private training in both choral and orchestral conducting to the selected candidate in the form of conducting lessons. Instruction will include work on gesture, score study, rehearsal technique, and musicianship. He or she will be given at least one live conducting opportunity during the season and, if desired, will be given private sessions in the art of accompanying a chorus on the piano.
For more information on the organization, please visit
The candidate must:
Have a strong educational background in conducting
Have a sincere interest in, and love of, choral music
Be willing to work collaboratively with all members of the organization
Be willing to include Amor Artis among his/her priorities for the season
Be able and willing to sing in the chorus
Be eager to learn
Chorus piano accompanist skills are a plus, but not necessary
Cover all repertoire for the season
Be available for all rehearsals
Be an artistic support for the Artistic Director in rehearsals and dress rehearsals
Work with administrative staff, as necessary, on matters pertaining to the chorus, orchestra, performances, and recordings
Mark orchestra and choral parts, as necessary, as instructed by the Artistic Director
Have at least one live conducting opportunity
An honorarium of $150 per month
This is a part-time, one-season position (September 2015 through June 2016). An extension of one further season is possible if both parties agree.
Application Deadline: 
July 31, 2015
To apply:
Please email the below items with the subject “Assistant Conductor Application” to:
  • Detailed letter of intent, including a description of why the candidate believes he or she is qualified for this position.
  • Resume.
  • Short video showing candidate’s work as a conductor with a chorus and/or orchestra. Rehearsal footage is preferred, but performance footage is also acceptable. This video may either be accessible on YouTube or similar, or be a downloadable video attached to the application email, or be sent to our mailing address below.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of music familiar with the candidate’s musical and conducting capabilities. Please note: these letters must either            
    • a) be emailed to us directly from their authors, or
    • b)  be sent by regular mail to our mailing address below, as long as they are signed by the author.
We will only accept emailed applications. No application materials will be accepted via regular mail other than videos and letters of recommendation. We regret that we are unable to return application materials.
Candidates we wish to interview will be contacted by email by August 10.
Necessary questions regarding the application process may be emailed to the same address, and directed to Anne Barthel, Administrator.
No solicitations or phone calls about this position, please.
Mailing address for letters of recommendation and videos only:
Amor Artis, Inc.
Attn: Asst Conductor
P.O. Box 97
New York, NY 10024
Classified ad: Artistic Director/Conductor - Mountainside Master Chorale Susan Winckler, %22 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%nd 21JunGMT+0000

Mountainside Master Chorale is seeking artistic director/conductor applicants for the 2016-17 season.  MMC is a 70-voice auditioned, semi-professional choir, based in Claremont, CA.  The Chorale has presented twenty-one seasons of varied and inspiring repertoire ranging from choral masterworks to newly commissioned compositions. Application deadline is October 1, 2015. Please refer to for complete details.

Announcement: Mozart - Vesperae Solennes de Dominica Richard Sparks, %22 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%nd 21JunGMT+0000 all,
This is from a live performance last November at the University of North Texas:
This is the much less known Vespers setting by Mozart, but equally beautiful and expressive! The famous Laudate Dominum in the Confessore setting is probably what leads to its greater popularity--here the Laudate is a virtuoso movement for soprano solo (no chorus), here sung by Julianna Emanski, a DMA student in voice at UNT. All soloists are members of the Collegium Singers.
Please consider programming it! Quite wonderful!
The Collegium Singers and UNT Baroque Orchestra (director, Paul Leenhouts)
Richard Sparks, conductor
Classified ad: Barbershop Chorus Director John Becker, %22 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%nd 19JunGMT+0000 (VA) Barbershop Chorus seeks a director. Current director transferring abroad.    Applicant should have solid training in music.  Music education background a plus as is experience with Barbershop style.  Chorus rehearses once per week and performs in the Arlington community.  Direcor responsible tor choosing repertoire,  planning rehearsals, and preparing chorus for performances.   ]]>Classified ad: Music Director and organist Jody Eiden, %22 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%nd 18JunGMT+0000
22 June 2015
Position Title:  Music Director and Organist
Salary:  $18,000 to $20,000 (negotiable based on skills and experience)
Position description:  Advent Lutheran Church, located in Wyckoff, New Jersey, is seeking an energetic and personable Music Director and organist familiar with liturgical music to help revitalize our music program.  Like many churches, Advent has recently gone through a pastoral transition and now has a newer Pastor to lead the congregation. 
Advent has a contemporary service Saturday evenings and a traditional service Sunday mornings.  The Music Director and organist position is for the Sunday service at 9:30 AM with one adult choir rehearsal after service at 10:45 AM.  There is no mid-week obligation except for holidays and special services.  Also we are interested in expanding our music program to include our youth and children into our music ministry.  The church has an Allen electronic organ as well as an electric piano and upright piano.  Other responsibilities include attending one monthly Music and Worship evening meeting at the church, collaborate with the Pastor for hymn selection, etc., and be available for weddings and funerals as necessary.  An office is provided.
Music is very important in the life of Advent and we are looking forward to working with a Music Director who can fit in with our church family and enhance our worship service. 
Please contact us at: 201-891-1031 or email resumes to
Classified ad: Accompanist - Richmond Choral Society - Staten, Island, NY Marina Alexander, %22 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%nd 18JunGMT+0000
  • 60-voice ensemble acclaimed for choral excellence & innovative programming. 
  • Season runs from early September through May/June 
  • Performances at prime venues in Dec./Jan. & May/June
  • Occasional special programs
  • Position begins September 2015
Responsibilities include: 
  • attending all rehearsals of the chorus on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:45 on Staten Island
  • leading sectional rehearsals
  • playing at rehearsals with soloists, at dress rehearsals 
  • playing for performances as repertory requires
  • extensive choral accompanying experience
  • ability to read open choral scores
  • good organ skills
Salary:  commensurate with experience. 
Please visit our web site for full info on the RCS's programs.

Reply privately via email to Marina Alexander, Music Director 
Please include current resume, plus any available audio/video links demonstrating your work.
Concert: The Crossing Month of Moderns III: We beat our hands against the walls of heaven Kevin Krasinski, %22 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%nd 20JunGMT+0000

MoM III: We beat our hands against the walls of heaven
with supertitle projections by Brett Snodgrass
Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 8pm
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

8855 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Joby Talbot: Path of Miracles

Our 2009 performances of Joby’s Path of Miracles were among the first 'events' at The Crossing; the power and beauty of his hour-long account of the pilgrimage across northern Spain to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela have made this work a modern classic.  In seven languages and a variety of musical styles, the work is an emotional journey inward as we navigate our own pilgrimages.

There will be a pre-concert lecture one hour prior to the performance.

Purchase tickets here.

Made possible in part by a generous grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Classified ad: Recording of Gardner, Abide with me Mike Barker, %22 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%nd 13JunGMT+0000 am planning to program two of John Gardner's "Five hymns in popular style" this fall. I have a recording that includes one, "Fight the good fight." Does anyone know of a recording that includes "Abide with me" (OUP, SATB, solo) by the same composer? Thanks! ]]>Forum message: Repertoire for singers with Parkinson's Disease - SB, SAB or SATB Jonny McGeown, %22 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%nd 13JunGMT+0000 wise advice about arrangements suitable for a Parkinson's choir (members all mature adults, with and without the condition)?
we are seeking to emphasise the musical aim, but conscious that some members are challenged by the loss of voice caused by the condition. 
Classified ad: INTERIM DIRECTOR OF MUSIC/ORGANIST & CHILDREN’S MUSIC DIRECTOR Jennifer Gulden, %22 %b %2015 %11:%Jun:%nd 11JunGMT+0000 DEADLINE: July 6, 2015
The First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, CT is currently seeking an Interim Director of Music/Organist & Children’s Music Director to continue our rich tradition of music excellence. Please submit resume and music files to Jennifer Gulden, Elder – Personnel at
Job Type: 1 Full-time position or 2 Part-time positions
Job Duration: 6-12 months
Min Education: Master's Degree
Min Experience: 3-5 Years
Salary: Commensurate with experience
The Interim Director of Music & Children’s Music Director shall report to the Pastor/Head of Staff and be responsible for the overall music ministry of the church, providing leadership, direction, supervision and education.  Proven excellence in choral rehearsing and conducting is a must, as are consummate organ skills, knowledge of a wide range of sacred music styles and genres, experience working with children’s choirs, and the ability to generate and maintain enthusiasm.  
Note: the Children's Music Director could be a separate part-time position.
  • Direct the 30-member Church Choir and oversee music for Sunday worship services throughout the year
  • Play the organ/piano for all services, rehearsals and events held at the church, including weddings and funerals (first right of refusal), Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, 2 Christmas Eve services, 2 Easter services and concerts, etc.
  • Direct the Presbyterian Choir School - Children’s Carol Choir and Angelus Chime Choir (grades 3 – 7)
  • Work collaboratively with the Pastors on the music program and attend weekly staff meetings
  • Monitor and oversee music budget
  • Attend the monthly Music, Worship and Arts Committee meetings and maintain effective communication
  • Plan, arrange for and conduct the Church Choir and guest instrumental ensembles in a concert during Advent and special music for Easter services
  • Direct the English Hand bell Choir (Adults and Youth) for seasonal performances
  • Continue to produce FPC’s Coffee Concert Series – six 30-minute sacred music concerts, drawing on both local and national artists
  • Advise upon and coordinate the hiring of section leaders and guest instrumental and vocal soloists
  • Supervise the maintenance of all instruments (organ, piano, hand bells, etc) as well as the church’s choir robes
  • Maintain and expand the music library within the church budget
Services per Week: 1
Rehearsals per Week: 2 plus extra rehearsals for Christmas Concert
Ensembles: First Presbyterian Church Choir, English Handbell Choir, Children's Carol Choir and Angelus Chime Choir
Hours per Week: TBD
Instrument Description:
Organ: Historic 3-manual 52-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.
One Steinway concert grand piano and one baby grand in the sanctuary.  Two additional baby grand pianos in the choir room and Common Room.
Four octaves of Whitechapel hand bells and three octaves of hand chimes.
A full set of timpani drums.
One Eric Herz harpsichord.
Announcement: INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL LONDON 2015 Helmut Engel, %22 %b %2015 %09:%Jun:%nd 9JunGMT+0000

The festival will take place at the beautiful Concert Hall of The Royal College of Music London on Saturday,
the 24th of October 2015.

We offer complete arrangements with choice between hotel or youth hostel.
It is a festival, no contest.
Nevertheless there will be awards for best conductor / best repertoire / best presentation / best soloist singer.

Extra concert at a Church in the City of London.
End of registration is the 1st of August 2015.


Music Events Unlimited
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Announcement: Sing with FREDERICA VON STADE for a great cause: Special invitation for San Francisco Bay Area singers Caroline Knaggs, %21 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%st 22JunGMT+0000
Register at to join the chorus this summer in the California premiere performances of STREET REQUIEM, benefiting Singers of the Street (SOS) - a program that enables homeless and marginally housed San Franciscans to express themselves and improve their quality of life by singing in a choir. 
In light of recent race-related violence in the US, STREET REQUIEM provides an important way for singers from all over the Bay Area to express through music our hurt and anger as well as our desire and longing for peace and safety. It should also speak strongly to the LGBTIQ community, considering the tragic deaths we see on our streets each year as a result of hate crime. Our performances will raise public awareness as well as funds to support those living on the margins in San Francisco.
Composed in 2014 by Dr Kathleen McGuire (former Bay Area conductor of San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Community Women's Orchestra and more) with Australian collaborators Jonathon Welch AM and Andy Payne, STREET REQUIEM is a 40-minute, 10-movement cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra. It is highly accessible, uplifting, multicultural, multi-faith and secular, mourning those who have died innocent on the street as result of poverty, war, illness, violence, hate crime or homelessness. 
Saturday Aug 29, 2015 (evening), Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
Sunday Aug 30, 2015 (afternoon), Congregational Church of San Mateo
Featuring: world-renowned opera superstar FREDERICA VON STADEmembers of the Community Women's Orchestra, pianist Carl Pantle, conducted by Kathleen McGuire.
STREET REQUIEM's world premiere is available on Spotify or download from iTunes.
Performance reviews (Dallas, TX): - An American Heroine Sings Out For The Homeless
UMC News
Participation for singers is free, except for the purchase of the sheet music (PDF) and rehearsal tracks ($20 US for individual singers, or $12 per singer for groups of 10 or more).  Participants will also have access to a free "app" to keep up-to-date with rehearsal details etc.100% of participants' funds will benefit the School of Hard Knocks, providing services to hundreds of disadvantaged Australians participating in arts programs in multiple cities.
NOTE: your total will appear in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS (0.75 USD) 
All proceeds from ticket sales to the California performances will benefit Singers of the Street (SOS). Founded by Kathleen McGuire in 2010 and now led by Ashley Moore, SOS is a San Francisco choir of singers at risk of homelessness. SOS, dedicated to raising voices for justice, healing and joy, will celebrate its 5th anniversary just a week after the concerts. SOS is a project of Welcome - a communal response to poverty.
All rehearsals from Aug 23 are essential. For most community chorus singers, 5 - 6 rehearsals is recommended. If you are a confident music reader, you may be comfortable with fewer rehearsals (but your presence at rehearsals will of course help others!). 
Saturday July 1110AM-4PM
Workshop with Dr Jonathan Palant at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Francisco. Potluck lunch.
Dr Palant - former AD of Turtle Creek Chorale in Dallas TX - conducted the US premiere of STREET REQUIEM last January and is flying out specially to kick off our California rehearsals!
Saturday morning rehearsals starting July 18, 10AM-12PM at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, SF
Wednesday evening rehearsals in San Mateo starting July 15, led by Carl Pantle and Stephanie Smith.
(Aug 22: Dr Kathleen McGuire arrives in SF and will lead subsequent rehearsals and performances)
Sunday Aug 23 - rehearsal with orchestra in the afternoon (location TBA)
Wednesday Aug 26 - Congregational Church of San Mateo - chorus rehearsal & potluck (TBC)
Thursday Aug 27 (evening) - Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, Oakland, chorus & orchestra rehearsal
Saturday Aug 29 - Old First Presbyterian Church, SF (afternoon rehearsal, evening concert)
Sunday Aug 30 - Congregational Church of San Mateo, afternoon concert 
Thank you for registering to be part of this important event to raise awareness while supporting Singers of the Street. Street Requiem chorus participants do not need to attend all of the rehearsals, but attending 5 - 6 is recommended. Attendance from Aug 23 onward is important. 
After you register, you will receive links for downloading music and rehearsal tracks, plus access to a free app with the full schedule and reminders to keep us all connected!
Dr Kathleen McGuire (Street Requiem conductor and composer)
Forum message: Grown up SAB/3Part Lisa Benner, %21 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%st 20JunGMT+0000!  I teach at a small high school for gifted students who function at a fairly high intellectual level.  My choir always has a wide range of musical experience and abilities, but rarely has enough men in it to do SATB repetoire.  When I look for SAB or 3Part pieces that are possible for us musically (level three on the UIL PML list is about our speed), I seem to find things for "developing" voices or choirs which tend to be very simplistic musically and textually.  (Geared more for middle schoolers).  I'd be very grateful for any suggestions for some good standard rep that is arranged for three voices that high schoolers would enjoy singing.  Thank you for your time and consideration! ]]>Classified ad: Director of Music/Organist Gregory J Mayer, %21 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%st 20JunGMT+0000 overall guidance to the total music ministry of the church. This position must work in concert with the Choir Director. This position is for the full 12 months of the year. Work with the Pastor and Choir Director regarding the selection of music for regular worship services as well as special occasion services when held. Select hymns and other music using the Pastor's sermon themes and lectionary as a guide. Arrange for special music when the Choir is not performing. Schedule maintenance of the organ and pianos as required. Prepare and monitor the church music budget. Attend church staff meetings. Provide organ or piano accompaniment for hymns and anthems. Provide music for prelude, offertory and postlude and other parts of the service where appropriate. Assist families with providing music at weddings and funerals when requested. Arrange coverage for absences for Sunday service and choir rehearsals. ]]>Classified ad: Constellation Men's Ensemble holding auditions for '15-'16 season Lennie Cottrell, %21 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%st 18JunGMT+0000 Men's Ensemble, Chicago's newest men's chamber choir, is holding auditions!

Auditions will be held on June 28th-July 1st  2015, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Church of the Atonement in Edgewater (corner of Kenmore and Ardmore). If you would like to audition, please prepare two stylistically contrasting solos (classical and something else), a provided choral excerpt, and be ready for some vocalization, sightreading, and ensemble singing.

To schedule an audition time and to get any further information, please email!about/c2414

Concert: Meistersingers - Concert Tonight Brian Dehn, %21 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%st 17JunGMT+0000


10 AM - Dad wakes up, turns on the TV and watches a little golf. (Or he wakes up at 6 AM and actually goes golfing. In this case, go directly to 12 PM.)

11 AM - He showers and shaves.

12 PM - Is taken out to brunch by his loving family. He orders a delicious ham & cheese omelet and a mimosa.

2 PM - Everyone gets back home and relaxes.

4 PM - Snack time. He makes himself a roast beef sandwich and a glass of beer.

6 PM - Meistersingers concert at Red Hill Lutheran in Tustin. The end of a perfect day!



Hope this is helpful!  ;) 

For those that are interested in the repertoire, here you go: 
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d – McGrath  
Bitter For Sweet – Chatman  
With a Lily in Your Hand – Whitacre 
Go, Lovely Rose – Whitacre  
Lay a Garland –Pearsall 
Lie Lightly Gentle Earth – Chihara 
Beauty is But a Flower – Rorem  
The Sick Rose - Sveinsson 
The Evening Primrose – Britten  
Ballad of Green Broom – Britten  
Red, Red Rose – Mulholland  
In Flanders Fields – Aitken  
Lady When I Behold –Mealor  
Flower of Beauty – Clements  
Have You Seen the White Lily Grow – Fine  
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal – Mealor  
Les Chanson des Roses (Complete) – Lauridsen  
The Gallant Weaver – MacMillan  
Make Our Garden Grow – Bernstein
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Concert: Mozart Requiem - Monadnock Chorus Summer Sing Matthew Leese, %21 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%st 16JunGMT+0000 the Monadnock Chorus for their Summer Sing of Mozart's 'Requiem' at the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough, NH. The new Artistic Director of Monadnock Chorus, Dr. Matthew Leese, will lead a rehearsal and performance accompanied by organ. Meet and greet at 5pm. Rehearsal 5.30pm-6.45pm. Performance from 7pm-8pm. All ages welcome! By donation. ]]>Classified ad: Director of Music Bruce Borton, %21 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%st 13JunGMT+0000
Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, Binghamton, NY seeks one or more highly skilled musicians for the half-time position of Music Director to supervise an established and successful traditional music program at a medium size parish committed to excellence in music and liturgy.
Preference will be given to individuals of high professional competence in both organ performance and choral conducting, but consideration would be given for splitting the position between two differently-talented individuals.
The candidate would be expected to have earned a degree in music (organ, choral, or vocal), have experience in a church and/or school setting, and have an ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Candidates should submit a letter of application, a CV, a list of three references with phone and email contact information, and, for organists, an MP3 of a recent recording.
These materials should be sent electronically by July 24th to the Rev. Dr. David Drebert at
  1. Direct the total music program subject to the approval of the rector.
  2. Provide organ music for Sunday services and seasonal services.
  3. Prepare choirs to sing service music, hymns, and anthems.
  4. Supervise the selection and preparation of solos and other instrumental and vocal music for occasional and holiday usage.
  5. Prepare introductions, alternate harmonizations and descants for hymns.
  6. Provide music for funerals and weddings as requested at an additional fee.
  7. Prepare the Chime Choir for the presentation of music at Sunday services and holidays.
  8. Supervise the maintenance of all musical instruments.
  9. Maintain and expand the music library.
  10. Write musical notes for the Trinity Times.
  11. Prepare and present periodic recitals, concerts, and special services.
  12. Evaluate and supervise guest recitals and concerts.
  13. Provide additional help to members of the choirs as needed.
  14. Prepare classes or presentations for the adult education and confirmation classes.
  15. Audition, hire, and supervise paid choral singers.
Binghamton, NY is a small city with a particularly vibrant artistic community including a professional orchestra, professional opera company, several successful community musical ensembles, and institutions of higher learning (including Binghamton University and SUNY-Broome Community College.
Trinity Memorial Church is an active supporter of and a participant in this artistic community and host to frequent concerts by university and community choral and instrumental ensembles and individuals. If desired, the community offers significant opportunities for private teaching of voice, piano and organ.
More information about the position, the church and the city... and streaming audio of the choir and organ... may be found at
Forum message: Brilliant Fundraising - The $60K Chorus Auction Jacob Levine, %21 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%st 1JunGMT+0000 this not the coolest idea ever?! Major props to the Oratorio Society of NY for coming up with a brilliant fundraiser!
Announcement: Schola Cantorum Offers Six "Summer Sings" for Bay Area Choral Members 7/13 - 8/17 Diane Holcomb, %21 %b %2015 %00:%Jun:%st 0JunGMT+0000 CANTORUM’S SUMMER SINGS PROGRAM BRINGS TOGETHER TOP BAY AREA CONDUCTORS TO LEAD MEMBERS FROM OVER 200 CHOIRS IN SINGING GREAT CHORAL MASTERPIECES
As summer rolls around and choral groups take a hiatus until Fall, Schola Cantorum steps in to fill the void. Over six Monday evenings beginning on July 13, Schola’s Summer Sings program provides an opportunity for members from the over 200 local choirs to join together as a community to sing some of the greatest choral masterpieces of all time. Without the commitment of rehearsals. Without the pressure of performing for an audience. And with no other goal than the joy of singing works from classical music’s finest composers under the baton of some of the top choral conductors in the Bay Area.
From Brahms to Mozart, Haydn to Beethoven, Vivaldi, Verdi, Fauré, and Mendelssohn, the requiems and oratorios in Schola Cantorum’s 32nd annual Summer Sings include some of the most beloved and recognizable pieces in choral repertoire.
According to Music Director Gregory Wait, it was Schola’s second conductor, Louis Magor, who started the Summer Sings program in 1983 after hearing about this sort of event happening in New York. “For quite a long time, Schola was the only Bay Area chorus doing sing-alongs,” says Wait. How it works: “You show up, Schola provides the scores, you pay a small fee, and a guest conductor leads you through.” After a warm-up and short explanation of the work, the fun begins.
And fun is what everyone agrees on. It’s the no-pressure aspect, with nothing riding on the outcome. It’s the chance for friends to join together in song and meet new people in a non-competitive environment. For some, it’s the beginning of a long career of singing in a choir because they’ve attended one of these events and said, “wow, this is something I need in my life; this has value.” It’s the opportunity to sing a solo, but not in a scary way, because thirty other people are singing it also. It’s the time to revisit known works, discover new pieces, practice sight reading, and keep fresh over the summer.
The series begins on July 13 with Gregory Wait, Music Director of Schola Cantorum, conducting Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Beethoven’s Mass in C. “The Lord Nelson Mass is probably the best known of all of the masses Haydn wrote late in his life, and the most performed,” says Wait. “It has wonderful melodies and a spectacular sense of joy to perform. All of the vocal parts are distinct, giving singers a sense of musicality. Beethoven was Haydn’s student, and wrote a mass reminiscent of his teacher, but also stayed true to his own originality.” 
On July 20, Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir conducts the Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. A French composer well known for his vocal music, Fauré’s is “the most gentle and sensitive of requiems,” he says. “It’s incredibly beautiful music that people can’t help falling in love with.” Dr. Hanna-Weir is the director of choral activities at Santa Clara University, and artistic director of the Santa Clara Chorale.
On July 27 Bryan Baker conducts the Verdi Requiem. “Verdi took a sacred piece and infused it with all of the drama and sacred intensity you get in opera. The sound is huge, with thundering climaxes, and wonderfully rewarding choral parts mixed throughout.” Baker is artistic director and conductor of Masterworks Chorale; director of music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley; founder and director of the chamber choir Serenade; and assistant conductor of the San Francisco Choral Society.
On August 3, Dr. Stephen Sano conducts Mozart’s Requiem, “one of the most recognized, beloved and known pieces in all of choral repertoire,” and two pieces by Brahms: Schicksalslied and Nänie. “Although smaller in scale and length, the pieces are rich in what they offer musically,” he says. “The choral and orchestral writing and the setting of the poetry is so perfectly done.” Dr. Sano is professor and chair of the Department of Music and Choral Studies at Stanford University, and director of the Stanford Chamber Chorale and Symphonic Chorus.
On August 10, Dr. Buddy James conducts Mendelssohn’s Elijah (abridged). He describes the piece as “one of the great oratorios of all time,” with massive choruses which are exciting to sing, and a dramatic baritone solo he calls “the role of a lifetime.” Dr. James is director of choral/vocal Studies at California State University, East Bay; and founding director of its School of Arts and Media.
The series concludes on August 17 with Dr. Magen Solomon conducting Brahms’ Requiem, “a spectacular piece to sing,” she says. “The harmonies, the orchestration, the color of the voices and instruments are beautifully constructed.” Dr. Solomon is artistic director of the San Francisco Choral Artists, and artistic director of the San Francisco Bach Choir. She won the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.
Schola’s Dawn Reyen will act as accompanist for four Sings, playing the orchestral part masterfully on the piano.
Each Summer Sings begins at 7:30 PM, and will be held at the Los Altos United Methodist Church. Admission price is $13 general; ages 25 and under free with valid student ID. As a special savings, Schola offers a Sings FLEX pass: six tickets for $66, to be used as one ticket to attend all six concerts, or to be shared with friends over one or more concerts. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at, or by phone: 650-254-1700.
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, June 21, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %20 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000
In case you cannot hear the show live, the playlist is on Spotify for you
to enjoy: GSM - June 21, 2015 Don't forget that we have more choral
and organ music programmed on Sunday evenings beginning at 10 p.m.
Rob Kennedy
Great Sacred Music
The Classical Station
John Ireland: Greater love hath no man
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Hickox
Paula Bott, soprano; Bryn Terfel, baritone
Amy Beach: Nunc dimittis
Harvard University Choir, Murray Forbes Somerville
J.S. Bach: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
Hans Fagius, organ
1724 Cahman organ in Kristine Church, Falun, Sweden
Choirs worldwide sing John Ireland's 1912 anthem in the version with
organ accompaniment. But the composer did orchestrate the accompaniment
in the 1920's. This is the version we shall hear this morning. Brilliant and way
ahead of her time in so many ways, the talented American composer Amy
Beach (1867-1944) was largely self-taught. The chorale prelude "Nun danket
alle Gott, BWV 657" is one of eighteen chorale preludes which date from
1740-1750, i.e., the last decade of Bach's life.
Edvard Grieg: Ave, maris stella
Regensburg Cathedral Choir, Roland Buchner
Janos Boksay: Szent, szent, szent (Holy, holy, holy) ~ Liturgy
of St. John Chrysostom for Male Choir
St. Ephraim Byzantine Male Choir, Tamas Bubno
Cesar Franck: Cantabile
James Johnson, organ
1982 Fisk organ, Opus 82, Christ United Methodist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina
"Ave maris stella" translates as "Hail! Star of the Sea". It is an ancient hymn to Mary dating
as far back as the ninth century. The Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom is attributed to Saint
John Chrysostom who was Archbishop of Constantinople in the fifth century. The Fisk organ
in Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina is one of twelve instruments
in North Carolina. Two more Fisk organs are in the works.
Carson Cooman: The Lamp of Charity
Royal Holloway Choir, University of London, Rupert Gough
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Ave Maria, Op. 37 No. 6
Swedish Radio Chorus, Tonu Kaljuste
Max Reger: Chorale Prelude on Sleepers, Awake!, Op. 67 No. 41
Martin Welzel, organ
Johannes Klais organ, Trier Cathedral
Rochester, New York native Carson Cooman is a prodigious composer. His latest
opus number is 1112.  Rachmaninoff's "Ave Maria" is an excerpt from his setting
of the All-Night Vigil. German composer Max Reger (1873-1916) died at age 43.
When you consider the enormous amount of music he wrote, one can only imagine
what he might have written had he lived a few more decades. Remarkable.
John Rutter: Gloria
Choir of King's College, Cambridge; Choir of Gonville and Caius College;
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury
This 2012 recording of John Rutter's 1974 composition "Gloria" is about as fine
an interpretation as you can find among the seven recordings of this well-crafted work.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 135, "Ach Herr, mich armen Sunder"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Dorothee Mields, soprano; Pascal Bertin, countertenor;
Gerd Turk, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki (1964-) founded the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990.
Charles Gounod: Mass No. 2 in G for Male Chorus and Organ
Chorale du Brassus, Andre Charlet
Francois Margot, organ
Swiss conductor Andre Charlet (1927-2014) for many years directed la Chœur de
la Radio suisse romande.
Maurice Duruflé: Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain, Op. 7
David MacDonald, organ
Casavant organ in Basilica of Notre Dame du Cap, Cap de La Madeleine, Quebec
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Cape, Cape de la Madeleine, Quebec, is a modern building
constructed in the 1960's. The 114 rank Casavant organ is the firm's Opus 2679.
Camille Saint-Saëns: Messe de Requiem, Op. 54
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Hertfordshire Chorus;
Harlow Chorus; East London Chorus, Geoffrey Simon
Tinuke Olafimihan, soprano; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, contralto;
Anthony Roden, tenor; Simon Kirkbride, bass
Saint-Saens dedicated his requiem to his friend Albert Libon. Saint-Saens
wrote the mass in 8 days in 1878 and received a gratuity of 100,000 francs for his efforts.
Josef Haydn: Organ Concerto No. 1 in C
Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Theodor Guschlbauer
Marie-Claire Alain, organ
French organist Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013) came from a family of distinguished
musicians. She enjoyed a long career as a concert organist and teacher.
Forum message: Beethoven Choral Fantasia Opus 80 in English? Stephen Bruce, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000 Listers:
Gearing up for Opus 80, I saw a reference that suggested that Beethoven may have been involved in creating or approved an Englush translation of Opus 80. does anyone know for sure?
Classified ad: Program Assistant Sarah Fader, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000
  • Serve as a liaison between singers/parents and the central office.
  • Assist with communication and mailings to Choir families as needed (registration, tuition statements, etc).
  • Collect and track registration for every singer.  Report any missing singer documents to the Program Manager and conductor.
  • Update Choir rosters and singer demographics and turn in to Program Manger quarterly.
  • Create music folders according to conductor’s request.
  • Attend all Choir rehearsals, performances and events to supervise singers throughout.  Always keep a copy of singer emergency forms at every activity.
  • Maintain attendance records for weekly rehearsals and performances, report them to the conductor regularly. Follow up with families regarding absences regularly.
  • Maintain healthy relationships with Choir families.
  • Meet with conductor weekly regarding singer issues, attendance, and calendar.
  • Supervise singers before and after rehearsals/concerts to ensure all singers are safe and well-behaved.  Supervise singer pick-up after rehearsals/concerts. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each rehearsal/event; stay until all singers are picked up safely.
  • Collect money (tuition, fundraising, tour) from singers, issue receipt, and deliver it to the office.  Keep accurate records of all money collected for each singer.  Follow up with late payments as needed.
  • Assist with tour accounting and attend tour, as needed.
  • Turn in all payments to the central office within one week of receipt.
  • Keep consistent communication with parents regarding registration, tuition, attendance, tour, etc. Create weekly e-mails (approved by Program Manager/Director) to send to Choir families with upcoming dates and important Choir information.
  • Assist with and encourage singers to participate in fundraising opportunities. Manage payments and distribution of fundraisers.
  • Create, copy, and distribute information flyers for fundraisers, events, and other Choir activities. 
  • Work with conductor to create monthly calendars and distribute by the 3rd week of each month for the following month.
  • Check Neighborhood Choir voicemail and emails regularly.
  • Attend all parent meetings, staff planning meetings and weekly meetings with Program Manager.  Work from central office a minimum of one day a week.
  • Assist with other Choir rehearsals/performances, as needed (ex. Special Projects, Honors, other Neighborhood Choir, DiMension, or Voice of Chicago events).
  • Assist with office work, as needed (Data entry, mailings, calls, emails, organizing uniforms, organizing music library etc.).
  • Communicate with the parents about further opportunities to become involved in the Choir.  Assign parent chaperones for concerts and events.
  • Assist with promotion of the Choir and auditions.  Encourage families to raise awareness of Chicago Children’s Choir.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Cece Hill, Program Manager at No calls please.
Classified ad: Production Associate Sarah Fader, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000
  Provide support in coordination and execution of all self-produced concerts and contracted engagements.
  • Track information for all engagement requests. Compile requests for discussion.
  • Assist in responding to engagement requests in a timely manner.
  • Create and send letters of agreement for musicians, guest artists, and contracted production vendors for all performances. Follow up with coordinating payment.
  • Create musician binders as needed for all performances.
  • Assist with coordination of all equipment and supplies for each concert, labeling all concert needs, and working with the building and movers to ensure access.
  • Book all venues for performances. Assist with executing all contracts for each venue.
  • Assist with all guest artist hospitality needs.
  • Work with Artistic Producer to provide support for all performances.
  • Update master calendar regularly.
  • Assist with follow up to all clients and seeking out additional performance opportunities, as appropriate.
  Provide general support for Program Department.
  • Assist with communication to families related to singer recruitment, tuition collection, etc.
  • Provide program coverage in terms of singer supervision at Choir sites, as needed.
  • Provide support for In-School programs (i.e. assessment tracking, uniform processes, program renewal, etc.)
Assist with data tracking and reporting.
To apply please send your resume to Rebecca Shorr via email at No calls please.
Announcement: Harvest of the Sea Composition Competition 2015 Thea Engelson, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000 of the Sea Composition Competition 2015 in association with St. Mary-at-Hill, London and The Square Mile Music Series invites composers to submit a brand-new choral work to celebrate the main event in the St. Mary-at-Hill Church annual Harvest of the Sea Festival, the Fish Harvest Service.
A single prize of £500 will be awarded and a performance will be given at both the Fish Harvest Service on Sunday 11th October at 11:00 am and on Tuesday 6th October at 1:15 pm as part of the Square Mile Music Series.
For further details, please email the Director of Music, Robert Mingay-Smith, at  Closing date for applications: Monday 28th September 2015
Classified ad: First Call Auditions for Minnesota Choral Ensemble: Northern Pines Singers Douglas Thompson, %20 %b %2015 %09:%Jun:%th 9JunGMT+0000 Chamber-sized SATB group on 16-28 singers.
Conductor: Dr. Douglas Thompson
Repertoire: Western Choral Art Music, sacred and secular, from all major periods. The accent will be on classic as well as lesser-known works by major composers, along with new works.
Rehearsals: Sunday evening from 6:30-9:30 in Circle Pines, a northern St. Paul suburb, 15 minutes from downtown St. Paul and the UoM.
Dues: $65 for each half of the season (cost of music not included)
Concert Season: 2015-2016 Season will consist of 2 concerts (approximately 14 rehearsals plus dress rehearsal and concert)
"Group Tone": Emphasis is on the quality of the music-making experience. Rehearsals will move along expiditiously. Social opportunity/break at every rehearsal, in order that the goodness of making music together contributes to fostering quality interpersonal relationships within the group.
Summary: The Northern Pines Singers, Minnesota's "Ten-thousand-and-first" choral ensemble, offers singers the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an ensemble focused upon a high quality musical experience for members and audiences. It is hoped this will also set the stage for a fostering of good will among members, which will enhance an audiences' listening experience. If you love making great great choral music, possess a respectable quality choral voice and musical skills, email me for further information, such as audition times and requirements. All voice parts needed and welcome!
Announcement: 1st FLORENCE ADVENT CHOIR FESTIVAL 2nd - 4th December 2015 Leonardo Sagliocca, %20 %b %2015 %11:%Jun:%th 11JunGMT+0000
for all kind of choirs
1st edition 2nd - 4th December 2015
We are delighted to announce a new great initiative sponsored and organized by the Florence International Choir Festival. The FLORENCE ADVENT CHOIR FESTIVAL (FACF), which will take place every year in the month of december during Advent time, in the wonderful city of Florence, Italy, capital of the region of Tuscany. The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. We are inviting choirs from all over the world. Let your voices resound in our magnificent venues and warm your heart and hearts of the audience with wonderful Christmas songs!
Choirs are eligible to join the Festival either as non-competitive choirs participating in all the performances of the festival, or as competitive choirs.
Join FLORENCE ADVENT CHOIR FESTIVAL now! Don't lose the chance to perform in magnificent venues, rich in art and history. Enjoy the historical streets of the center of Florence decorated with wonderful Christmas illuminations. A dream city with dream atmosphere.
Florence, a jewel in the heart of Tuscany, famous for its magnificent cultural and artistic heritage, warm welcome, accommodation capacity, and outstanding quality of food and wine.
For information and all kind of artistic and organisational matters please contact Artistic Director LEONARDO SAGLIOCCA at this address:

A - Mixed Choirs Adults
B - Equal Voices Choirs Adults
C - Youth Choirs
D - Children Choirs
E - Chamber Choirs
F - Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
G - Sacred Music
H - Popular, Folk, Gospel, Barbershop Ensembles
I - Jazz and Modern vocal ensembles
L - Early Music
M - Modern and Contemporary Music
X - Non-Competitive Choirs
Each group will perform 3 pieces. The total performance must be from 9 to 15 minutes
Rules for each category
Categories A, B, C, D, E, F, I
1. one work of classical repertoire
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category G
1. one work of Renaissance polyphony a cappella
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category H
1. one work of italian repertoire with custom arrangement
2. one work composed from the choir's country of origin
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category I
1. one work from the great American Jazz repertoire
2. one work by a composer from the choir's home country
3. one work of the choir's own choice
Category L
1. one work composed before year 1400
2. one work composed before year 1600
3. one work composed before year 1750
- minimum one piece must be a cappella
- one piece must be from italian repertoire
- one piece must be from the choir's country of origin
Category M
1. one obligatory work composed by the official composer of the year (organizers will send score)
- for Children Choirs
- for Female Choirs
- for Male Choirs
- for Mixed Choirs
2. one work of modern music (1900-2000)
3. one work composed after 2000
- minimum one work must be a cappella
In each category the jury will assign the following prizes:
1st place: Gold Medal, Golden Diploma
2nd place: Silver Medal, Silver Diploma
3rd place: Bronze Medal, Bronze diploma
1 - The Golden David
2 - The Best Conductor
3 - The Best Male and Female Soloist
4 - The Best Performance of Italian Composer's Work
5 - The Best Contemporary Composer Arrangement
6 - The Best Choreography
7 - The Best Traditional Costumes
The Golden David, a very special prize, will assigned to the best Choir or Ensemble for excellent artistic performance. It consists of a statue of the Michelangelo's David, the emblem of Florence and our Festival.
All choirs which do not receive a prize will get the Diploma of successful participation in Festival.
Performance will be judged by international jury members, including conductors, opera singers, composers.
The Jury will judge: intonation, vocal production, interpretation, diction and general artistic effect.
The decisions of the Jury are final.
The Jury, after consideration of all artistic matters, may not award some prizes or may award joint or additional prizes.
The Festival enrollment fee for each choir is 200 euros and 150 euros for every supplemental category, non refundable.
The enrollment fee for non-competitive choirs is 200 euros.
In order to be admitted in the Competition and Festival, the payment of enrollment fee is required.
Application deadline: 30th September 2015
After receiving the application form, each group will be contacted by email and receive detailed information on further steps.
The payment of the enrollment fee must be paid within 30th September 2015
30th September 2015 - Deadline for the payment for rooms and eventual meals - 40% of the total
20th October 2015 - Deadline for the payment of balance for rooms and eventual meals. 
Apply here now! 
Each choir is responsible for obtaining copyrights and permission to use all material during their performance at the festival.
Each choir including the conductor, accompanying persons and bus drivers
shall pay their own travel, accommodation and meals expenses.
For organisational and logistic reasons is not possible for the choirs to book hotel by theirselves. Payment for accommodation must be paid directly to the Festival organisation by bank transfer 
Each choir will provide itself to the reservation of its travel.
The organization can reserve private bus on request at Choir expenses for
visits and tours.
Accommodation for all choirs will be organized by the Festival in singles, doubles, triples rooms in 3 stars Hotels in the center of Florence, according to
prices published on the Accommodation section on our website.
The organization can arrange accommodation also in 4 stars or 2 stars hotels on request.
On request the staff of the Festival can organize a longer stay in Florence and other italian cities.
The Festival will organize the meals for all the choirs in typical florentine restaurants serving traditional italian food with quick service and cheap prices. Please refer to Accommodation section on our website.Nevertheless each choir will have the chance to organize the meals itself.
At the end of the Festival there will be a dinner for all the conductors in a typical Tuscan restaurant in the historical center of Florence, offered by the organization.
Concert: City Chorus and the Gelachter Trio - Summer Concert - Celebrate the Light Karen Crane, %20 %b %2015 %07:%Jun:%th 7JunGMT+0000 Chorus with the Gelachter Trio. 
Oliver Lallemant, organ and piano. 
Paul Ayres, conductor.

Celebrate the Light

Friday 3 July, 7.30pm 
City Chorus's summer concert celebrates light: the spectacle of the aurora borealis in Ola Gjeilo's Northern Lights; as represented by God in sacred works by Tallis, MacMillan and Mendelssohn, including the traditional spiritual "This little light of mine", and JS Bach's Lobet den Herrn.

St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA (opposite Euston station). 

Tickets £10 unreserved on the door from 7pm or in advance from: 
Classified ad: Looking for Bluegrass Ensemble for Hire that knows "A World Beloved" Mark Smith, %19 %b %2015 %23:%Jun:%th 23JunGMT+0000
Im interested in taking a big departure in programming for next spring.  Can anyone point me to a Bluegrass Ensemble familiar with Barnett's Bluegrass Mass - A World Beloved?  Can't program this piece without a bluegrass band in place.  Im in upstate NY south of Rochester.  Monroe Crossing seems to take these gigs but they're in MN.  Looks like you need to coordinate with them when they tour nearby.  Anyway .. i was curious if anyone out there could help me find a band that is familiar with the piece .. since its fairly complex for the instruments.  Any leads would be much appreciated.  
Thanks Muchly,
Mark Smith
Orpheus Chorale
Classified ad: Paid Soprano/ Tenor for church in Rockland County,NY Will Lee, %20 %b %2015 %04:%Jun:%th 4JunGMT+0000 : Part- Time Soprano and/ or Tenor for church in Rockland County, NY.
We are seeking professional  singers who are excellent sight readers with well-trained voice. The ability to sing as a section leader and a soloist.
Compensation: $ 75 per service ( Sat eve approx. 1 hr.)
                      $ 150 per funeral / wedding
                      Paid extra for Easter and Christmas services
Please submt a letter of interest via email:
Classified ad: Soprano and Tenor Section Leader Positions - St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Gladwyne, PA Scott Drackley, %19 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 Christopher's Episcopal Church, Gladwyne, is looking for a Soprano and Tenor section leader. Rehearsals are Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 and service Sunday with a warm-up rehearsal at 9:15 and service at 10:00. Christmas Eve, Holy Week and two Evensong services during the year are also required. St. Chrisotpher's has a tradition of great music in the Anglican style, while also presenting selections that are from all different periods and genre. Please email a resume to
Classified ad: LANCASTER CHORALE - Open Auditions - All Professional Stephen Caracciolo, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000
Central Ohio's professional chamber choir, Lancaster Chorale, announces open auditions for all voice parts. The Chorale has a long tradition of cultivating a gentler, non-operatic choral sound. Sopranos and altos often perform with little or no vibrato. Tenors and basses are resonant, lyric, and colorful but not heavy. Countertenors are encouraged to audition. Artists seated in the ensemble are required to prepare the entire program before the downbeat of the first rehearsal. Scores and web resources are sent out one month in advance. A concentrated rehearsal schedule that spans one week ahead of each performance.
Click here for complete information. 
Stephen Caracciolo, D. Mus. - Artistic Director 
Classified ad: Bass soloist/section leader Harold Daugherty, %19 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000
La Cañada Congregational Church is seeking a bass soloist/section leader. Responsibilities from September through June include singing at the 10 A.M. Sunday Service, rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 P.M., singing one solo per month, and singing Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday evenings. There are also  Christmas and Spring Concerts on Sunday afternoons at 4 P.M. Paid quartet members have the opportunity for summer pay during July and August by choosing a Sunday to sing.  Strong sight reading skills and knowledge of sacred solo repertoire are required as well as a collaborative spirit. The choir consists of a paid quartet and volunteers, and it performs repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary stylistic periods.  Salary is $100 per week, plus concert pay.  Contact Dr. Harold Daugherty at or 818-848-8579 for an audition. The church is located at 1200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011.
Announcement: Singing Masterclass with Funky Voices: 'Understanding Your Voice' + Tickets for Thriller Live in London's West End! Sammy Hollister, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000
'Understanding Your Voice' Masterclass
With Musical Director, Sandra Colston
  • Sunday 13th September 2015, 11-2pm at The Essex Golf and Country Club,  Earls Colne, CO6 2NS
  • Sunday 20th September 2015, 11-2pm at The Rayleigh Club Golf Resort, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9QS
Practical and Theory Subjects:
▪Vocal anatomy ▪ Posture and Breath control ▪ Techniques for supporting the voice
▪ Vocal registers, placement and range ▪ Projection and Pitching ▪ Genre techniques
Package options:
1. Full 3 hour ‘Understanding Your Voice’ Masterclass only - £25.00
2. ‘Understanding Your Voice’ Masterclass + Top seats for evening performance of Thriller Live! - £75.50
Including coach travel to and from Theatre after Masterclass.  Cars can be left at venue.  Plenty of free time in London before Thriller Live!
3. All three Masterclasses only - £62.50 (OFFER ENDS 7TH AUGUST 2015)
- Understanding Your Voice: September 13th or 20th 2015, 11-2pm
- Confidence when Performing in a Choir Setting: Feb 28th 2016 or March 6th 2016, 3-6pm
- Pulse, Rhythm and Listening in a Choir Setting: May 15th or 22nd 2016, 11-2pm
4. All three Masterclasses above + Top seats for Thriller Live! (Sept 2015) - £112.50 (Offer ends 29th June 2015)
FV Masterclasses open to anyone over the age of 16.
Limited places available so will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Please note, we are unable to offer refunds on any booked places but places are transferable.
Announcement: Coralua Trondheim - International Choir Festival in Norway - 3rd edition in August 2016 Sara Martin, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000
Coralua Trondhiem - International Choir Festival in Norway
Singing choral workshops · Singing Tour · Concert

2nd edition: 22 - 28 August 2015
Next edition: August 2016

More info:
Watch the résumé from Coralua 2014 here:
Concert: Oasis Chorale Concert Tour in Southern Ontario: Healing River Joseph Ebersole, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000

Leamington United Mennonite Church

    78 Oak Street East, Leamington, ON

    Thursday July 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Contact: Bill Bergen • (519) 819-6868


Faith Mennonite Church

    1533 Chalmers Forrest Rd. Wellesley, ON

    Saturday July 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Contact: David Roth • (519) 577-4894


Calvary United Church 

     48 Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacob’s, ON

    Sunday July 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

    Contact: Twila Brenneman • (519) 698-2951

    Sponsored by: The Cliff Brenneman Trust Fund

     for the Conservation of Church Music 


Calvary United Church 

     48 Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacob’s ON,

    Sunday July 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Contact: Twila Brenneman • (519) 698-2951

    Sponsored by: The Cliff Brenneman Trust Fund

     for the Conservation of Church Music 


Zion Mennonite Fellowship

    44902 Cranbrook Road, Brussels, ON

    Tuesday July 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Contact: Keith Bauman • (519) 699-0543


Please Note:  We are in need of a concert venue for evening of July 10.  If it is in the Kitchener/Waterloo area that would be most convenient.  If you know of a venue, or someone interestested in hosting the choir, please contact William Hoover at 1 (419) 303-3201  or Joseph Ebersole 1 (717) 679-2390.  Email: or   

Announcement: James Whitbourn Choral Collection Matthew Berry, %19 %b %2015 %10:%Jun:%th 10JunGMT+0000 collection of fifteen compositions is full of beautiful, haunting, uplifting and inspiring melodies for mixed voices with and without  organ accompaniment from one of the most treasured British choral composers. The brilliant choice of texts throughout is matched only by the sheer compositional skill of Whitbourn in evoking the emotions of the words in the musical form. The volume also includes suggestions for seasonal use, a list of recordings, and fascinating notes written by the composer.
Available from here in the US and Canada
Available from here for the Rest of the World
Complete contents:
A Christmas Gloria
Eternal Rest
Give us the wings of faith
A great and mighty wonder
Lux aeterna (Requiem canticorum)
The Magi's Dream
Nunc dimittis
A Prayer from South Africa
A Prayer of Cardinal Newman
A Prayer of Desmond Tutu
There is no speech or language
Video caelos apertos
Were you there?
Winter's Wait
Pure river of water of life
Classified ad: Concert Venue need for July 10 Joseph Ebersole, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000 Chorale is touring southern Ontario July 9-15.  We are in need of a concert venue for the evening of July 10.  If you are interested in hosting the choir for a special evening of accapella choral music, please call William Hoover  1 (419) 303-3201 or myself  1 (717) 679-2390.  Email: or, We'd enjoy singing in a church or community venue.  
Joseph Ebersole
  Oasis Chorale - Tour Coordinator
511 Westmoreland Ave.
Bedford, PA 15522
Tel. (717) 679-2390
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Position, First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, IL Elda McGinty, %19 %b %2015 %02:%Jun:%th 2JunGMT+0000 section leader opening in the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston Chancel Choir.  There are Thursday evening rehearsals (beginning September 8, the Thursday after Labor Day), and one service on Sunday mornings at 9:00am.  For more information and/or to schedule an interview, please contact Craig Johnson at or 773-244-5637. ]]>Classified ad: Church Music Director Thomas Sabatino, %19 %b %2015 %00:%Jun:%th 0JunGMT+0000
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Job Description and Specifications
Position (Part time):  Music Director
Primary Position Objective:  To coordinate and maintain all music programs while working with the staff to promote the vision and mission of the church.
Key Areas of Responsibility:  Coordination of Music Programs
  • Rehearse and direct Chancel Choir and support any other group that provides music for worship services
  • Lead Chancel Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings
  • Direct Chancel Choir during traditional service on Sundays from Labor Day through mid-June
  • Arrange for special music to be provided for the traditional service from mid-June through Labor Day and other occasional Sundays when the Chancel Choir is in recess
  • Direct and rehearse cantatas (2 per year, with orchestra) and provide music for additional services during Lent, Holy Week, and Christmas
  • Work as a team with the organist
  • Support the contemporary service when needed, in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Leader
  • Provide materials/order music needed for choirs
  • Assure music is provided for all worship services
  • Research music for future services and maintain the music library
  • Look for additional opportunities to expand the music program, such as children/youth choirs and bell/chime choirs
General Duties:
  • Communicate the vision of the music ministry to the church congregation
  • Work with the Senior Pastor to coordinate music to correspond with the pastor’s theme
  • Actively recruit and welcome others to join all choirs
  • Participation in the spiritual life of the church
  • Maintain an accurate accounting of the music finances and annual budget
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Miscellaneous tasks as needed
  • Bachelor Degree or higher in choral/vocal music
  • Minimum five years experience in directing a variety of vocal and instrumental groups
  • Keyboard proficiency
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • Required background check since we are a Safe Sanctuary establishment
Contact Information:
                                    St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
                                    Attn: SPRC Committee
                                    1700 Limestone Road
                                    Wilmington, DE 19804
Forum message: JS Bach Magnificat BWV 243 transcription Adrian Smith, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000 am planning on programming selections from JS Bach's Magnificat BWV 243 for a future choral concert. I am trying to locate an organ or piano transcription of the work. Does anyone have suggestions as to where one of these transcriptions could be found? Thank you! ]]>Classified ad: Tenor and Bass Section Leader Auditions-Epsicopal Church of the Holy Spirit Christopher Bendrell, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000 trained tenors and basses are invited to audition for The Epsicopal Church of the Holy Spirit's section leader positions. Weekly responsibilities include Wednesday evening rehearsals at 7:00 PM and Sunday morning services at 10:00 AM. 3 Sundays of the month consist of traditional music (hymns and anthems) and 1 Sunday each month is a contemporary (praise) service. If you prefer not to sing the contemporary service, you are still invited to apply to sing only on 3 Sundays per month. Excellent sight reading skills are required. Pay is generous. Solo opportunities and potential use of the space for recitals, lessons, etc. are negotiable. Please contact the music minister by email at for more information or to schedule an audition. Resumes and sound clips are aprpeciated. ]]>Classified ad: Wausau Lyric Choir - INTERIM Choral Director Position Shelly Bitner, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000

Date: June 15, ,2015 Location: Wausau, Wisconsin (Central Wisconsin)

Start Date: September 2015


The Wausau Lyric Choir (WLC) is an auditioned ecumenical community choir of approximately sixty adults dedicated to excellence in the performance of classical sacred choral music. Its mission is threefold: to achieve performances of high artistic merit; to exemplify the values expressed in the music; and to communicate these values to as large an audience as possible.

WLC was founded in 1972 as an adult vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of sacred music. The Board of Directors manages the corporation according to the bylaws of the organization. The board holds regular monthly meetings and special meetings, and organizes committees to carry out duties on behalf of the organization. For more information about the choir visit Wausau Lyric Choir on FaceBook.


  1. Establish and maintain the highest possible artistic performance standards for the WLC.

  2. Conduct auditions for prospective new members prior to first rehearsal.

  3. Be responsible for all musical decisions, including selection of repertoire, soloists, additional accompanists, etc.

  4. Prepare for and conduct weekly Sunday evening rehearsals from 6-8 p.m. in Wausau, September through early/mid June, as

    well as one five-hour Saturday rehearsal per semester

  5. Select sacred repertoire for two concerts: one in early-mid December and one in late April-early May

  6. Select popular music repertoire for the annual “Summer Serenade” fundraiser event held in early/mid June, including

    auditioning and choosing soloists and small ensembles for performance at the event. This also includes the selection of

    pieces for the entire choir. Work with Summer Serenade committee on selection of a theme for the event.

  7. Work with choral librarian and be responsible for ordering musical scores as needed.

  8. Be available and willing to promote performances through connecting with all local/area media - television, radio and print


  9. Coordinate with volunteer marketing chair to approve posters, programs, ads, etc.

  10. Serve as ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and attend monthly board meetings, providing a director’s report. Assist board in identification of suitable performance venues and advise board on budget issues as needed.


  1. Master of Music degree strongly desired

  2. Minimum of three years experience preparing and conducting a chorus at the high school level or above

  3. Demonstrate professional knowledge of vocal technique (pedagogy and production)

  4. Extensive knowledge of sacred choral literature

  5. Ability to motivate and direct performers

  6. Excellent communication and organizational skills

  7. Work effectively with the accompanist(s) and volunteer singers

Highly qualified applicants, please send electronic application documents consisting of a cover letter, resumé, a list of repertoire performed in the last three years and a list of three (3) references to:

All documents received on or before July 8, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by July12 Interviews will begin July 15, 2015, 2015.

Questions may be directed to Mary Waid, Search Committee Chair, 

Concert: In the Abbey Garden Shannon Lythgoe, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000
In the Abbey Garden (Victoria and Vancouver). From Holst’s breathtaking Ave Maria for double choir to Rachmaninoff’s Six Choruses for Women’s Voices and Brahms’ Psalm 13, experience Elektra’s foray into some of Europe’s most beautiful choral music. The artistry of our guest ensemble, the Borealis String Quartet, and Elektra’s celebrated sound combine to deliver a winning combination for audiences in two cities.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
7:30pm – Ryerson United Church (2195 W. 45th Avenue, Vancouver)
Regular $30 / Seniors $25 / Student $15 (with valid ID)
Concert: Your One and Only Life: The Choral Music of Stephen Smith Shannon Lythgoe, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000 March 5 and 6, 2016, we celebrate the choral music of one of Vancouver’s best-loved pianists and composers, our own accompanist Dr. Stephen Smith. Your One and Only Life (named for a song by Nova Scotia’s Susan Crowe) see Elektra together with The Vancouver Men’s Chorus and the director Willi Zwozdesky. Familiar songs, stunning compositions, and a world premiere are on the program as both choirs celebrate the arrangements and original compositions of our treasured colleague.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
7:30pm – Ryerson United Church (2195 W. 45th Avenue, Vancouver)
Sunday, March 6, 2016
3:00pm – Ryerson United Church (2195 W. 45th Avenue, Vancouver)
Regular $30 / Seniors $25 / Student $15 (with valid ID)
Classified ad: The Dessoff Choirs auditioning all voice parts for 2015-2016 season Danny Gray, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000
The Dessoff Choirs, one of New York's oldest and most respected avocational choruses, will be auditioning new members for all voice parts on Monday, June 29th and Thursday, July 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm, at Immanuel Lutheran Church (88th and Lexington).
With a focus on new choral works and lesser-known classics, The Dessoff Choirs produces its own annual concert series and Midwinter Festival while also appearing in outside engagements.  In recent years, these have included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Radio City Lord of the Rings Concert, and Ray Davies and the Kinks, among many others.
This year's repertoire will include contemporary works by Whitacre and Lauridsen, Baroque masterpieces by Monteverdi and Buxtehude, and a program of 20th and 21st century music inspired by Gregorian Chant.
Auditions are by appointment only; please contact Kathy at for more information.  Visit to learn more about The Dessoff Choirs.
Borrowing request: borrow/rent Schutz: double chorus "Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates" Curtis Wilson, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000 "Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Schutz/ C F Peters, publisher/ double chorus
Starting: July, 2015
For: six months
Copies: 80
Willing to rent: Yes
Announcement: We Bloomed In Spring (SATB) - New Publication from Hummingbird Press Edie Hill, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000 Bloomed In Spring
Edie Hill
SATB div., a cappella
Duration: 3:00
Text: St. Teresa of Avila trans. Daniel Ladinsky
Commissioned by Philip Brunelle and Plymouth Congregational Church
in appreciation for the generous gift of space to teach the Apprentices of
The Schubert Club Composer Mentorship Program
An intimate and reflective piece with cyclical, motivic echoes. This piece expresses the cycle of life and death juxtaposed with the eternity of a spiritual realm. Appropriate for school, college, church, and community choirs.
Click here to listen to a recording or view a perusal score.

bloomed in Spring.

Our bodies
are the leaves of God.

The apparent seasons of life and death
our eyes can suffer;

but our souls, dear. I will just say this forthright:
they are God

we will never perish
unless He

-Daniel Ladinsky
Words of St. Teresa of Avila from Love Poems from God
translated by Daniel Ladinsky.
Copyright ©2002 Daniel Ladinsky and used with his permission.

Announcement: Announcing Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York Jeffrey James, %18 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000
June 18, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
The second 2015 Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute Workshop will be held from July 20 to July 24 at Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island, NY.
This five-day events is open to choral conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers, expand their contacts and have an intensive experience with 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award winner Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, one of the world’s leading choral conductors.
The HRCCI includes rehearsal and performance conducting opportunities, one-on-one instruction and individual guidance.
Rosenbaum has conducted over 1,600 concerts during his 40+ year career. He has conducted and taught at the Juilliard School, Queens College and Adelphi University, and is currently Associate Professor and Director of Choirs at the University at Buffalo.
The Institute is limiting enrollment to 12 conductors so each participant will receive close attention and hands-on guidance. Each attendee will receive a private lesson, plus opportunities to rehearse the choir comprised of the participants and others, with constructive feedback by Rosenbaum.
For complete details, including workshop brochures and application forms, please visit Questions can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at
Harold Rosenbaum, recipient of the 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University, is the founder and conductor of the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Singers. He is also lead choral conductor for Parma Recordings, and a Soundbrush Records artist. He is the 2010 winner of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Founders Award and the winner of the 2008 American Composer Alliance’s Laurel Leaf Award, given in recognition of “distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.”
A strong proponent of and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, Rosenbaum has commissioned more than 60 works, and has conducted more than 475 World Premieres. Visit him at
Concert: KHORIKOS presents the 2015 ORTUS International New Music Competition Carah Chapman, %18 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000 us on Saturday, June 27th at 7:30pm at St. Anthony of Padua in Manhattan's SoHo as KHORIKOS performs the winning compositions of the second annual ORTUS International New Music Competition.

The 9 winners were selected, by the members of KHORIKOS, from a pool of 16 finalists which were selected from a pool of over 600 scores, submitted from around the globe. We will be showcasing each winner with a brief music video about their composition on our website. We will also live stream the concert online. Those that attend the concert, review the videos, or view the concert via the live stream will be able to vote for their favorite composition online. On the evening of the performance, we will announce the 1st place winner based on votes. Last year we had several thousand viewers/voters!


*Graham Lack - Four Lullabies (Germany)
*Kala Pierson - Sky Sight (USA)
*Kile Smith - Chambered Nautilus (USA)
*Zibuokle Martinaityte - The Blue of Distance (Lithuania)
*Patrick Larley - A girl for the Blue (UK)
*Karen Siegel - Shirei Shira (USA)
*Alec Galambos - The Language (USA)
*Nathan Jones - I Would Live in your Love (USA)
*Vadym Mitryayev -Oj u poli tyhij viter vye (Ukraine)
Concert: UH Moores Concert Chorale Bidding Fans Farewell Before International Performances Mike Emery, %18 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000
UH Moores Concert Chorale Bidding Fans Farewell Before International Performances
Send-Off Shows Scheduled in Houston, on Campus

Houstonians are well aware of the talents of the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music Concert Chorale. In the past five years, the acclaimed choir – led by Betsy Cook Weber – has taken its talents across the Atlantic three times to dazzle international audiences. Soon, it will return to Europe to perform and compete in the Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg, Germany.
The Chorale will perform July 5 – 12 in Germany, but audiences don’t have to purchase airfare to enjoy its music this summer. The group is performing a series of free send-off shows prior to its departure. A concert schedule is as follows:
  • 6 p.m., June 29 – Zion Lutheran Church (3606 Beauchamp St.)
  • 7:30 p.m., June 30 – All Saints Catholic Church (215 E. 10th St.)
  • 7:30 p.m., July 3 – Moores Opera House  at UH (Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard)
During these special concerts, the Chorale will spotlight works that will be performed in Germany. Songs range from country classics (“If You’re Gonna Play in Texas”) to American folks standards (“Old Joe Clark”) and spirituals (“Down in the River to Pray”).  Classical masterpieces by the likes of Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Francis Poulenc also will be performed.
The Chorale also will spotlight a piece from one of its biggest supporters, David Ashley White, UH professor of composition and former director of the Moores School of Music. UH’s singers first performed White’s “I Saw Eternity” in 2009 at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.
Earlier this year,  Weber was notified of the Chorale’s acceptance into the exclusive Grand Prix. Its participation was made possible following a stellar performance at a previous German festival, the 2013 International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf. The group earned first prize and the award for best interpretation of a religious work.
In addition to performances in Wales and Germany, the Chorale performed at the Florilege Vocal de Tours in France in 2011.
While the increased support of international audiences is encouraging, Weber said there is no substitute for hometown applause.
“The students have worked very hard to prepare for this important competition, and it is so gratifying to have our community come listen to us and then cheer us on from afar,” she said.
The Moores School of Music is one of the premier music schools in America. Offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, it serves approximately 600 students annually. Areas of study include composition, conducting, performance, theory and musicology. Its faculty consists of internationally recognized performers, composers and scholars. Among its ensembles are the Moores School Symphony Orchestra, Moores Jazz Ensemble, Moores Opera Center, Concert Chorale, Concert Women’s Chorus, Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. A majority of the school’s concerts are performed in the 800-seat Moores Opera House. For more details on the Moores School of Music, visit
Classified ad: Staff Singer Positions – Christ Church Cathedral, Houston George Heathco, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000 are invited from professionally trained musicians of all voice parts for Staff Singer positions in the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Houston. Regular responsibilities include two Sunday morning services and Thursday evening rehearsals. Additional compensation is offered for the Evensongs, diocesan services and concerts. 2016 England summer tour includes residencies at Durham Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. To apply please send resume and a sound clip of a recent solo to Robert Simpson, Canon for Music at    ]]>Classified ad: The Houston Chamber Choir invites applications from singers in all voice parts George Heathco, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000
The Houston Chamber Choir is a professional ensemble of 28 members. Now entering its 20th season the Chamber Choir has been described by Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars as “one of this country’s leading ensembles.”  Upcoming season highlights include the premiere of a work for jazz trio and choir by Grammy-winning bassist, Christian McBride, a celebration of the choral tradition of Mexico, performances at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, and the guest appearance of American conductor Anton Armstrong. Recent guest conductors include Paul Hillier, María Guinand and Simon Carrington.

Please submit a resume, a brief cover letter, and a sound clip of a recently performed solo work to Auditions are held at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, 77002, in downtown Houston.
Auditions consist of:
  • 2 prepared pieces of your choice, one in English and one in a foreign language. These solos may drawn from the art song, opera, or oratorio repertoire. They need not be memorized. An accompanist will be provided.
  • A sight-reading passage
  • Vocal agility and ear training exercises
  • A conversation with the Artistic Director about your experience and personal goals.
Classified ad: Soprano and Tenor section leaders Steve Ketterer, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000 Luke's Episcopal Church seeks a tenor section leader for the summer, as well as a soprano section leader.  We offer competitive pay, a friendly choir, music-loving congregation, a world-class pipe organ, and a perfect acoustic.  It's a great music-making situation that even the most discerning will find highly satisfying.  If you'd like to learn more, please contact Steve Ketterer, director of music, at or 415-844-0114. ]]>Announcement: HEATHER FRASER Selected as Canadian Chamber Choir 'Conducting Fellow' Corey Ticknor, %18 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000

Congratulations to Nova Scotia conductor and music educator Heather Fraser who has been selected to be the Conducting Fellow for the Canadian Chamber Choir's upcoming tour of Newfoundland. The CCC will visit Newfoundland for the first time from Sept 24 to Oct 4, 2015.

The Canadian Chamber Choir’s Conducting Fellow Program offers emerging or established Canadian choral conductors a unique opportunity to hone their skills through the preparation and rehearsal of challenging repertoire under the leadership of CCC Artistic Director Dr. Julia Davids. Conductors benefit from advanced in-depth training and immersion in a professional music-making environment while on tour for one week with the CCC.

Ms. Fraser earned degrees from Acadia and McGill Universities and is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs and the Halifax Regional School Board’s All City High School Honour Choir. Previous conducting engagements include other Halifax All City ensembles, resident conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir, Concerto Della Donna (Montreal), and the Thomas’s Preparatory School Choirs and Choral Society (London, UK). She has also prepared choirs for Symphony Nova Scotia, including a recording project with the Children’s Chorus of Nova Scotia with SNS and CBC. 

As a clinician, Heather has presented for the Nova Scotia Music Educator’s Association, the Nova Scotia Choral Federation and has adjudicated for the New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival. She is active with the “Perform NS! - Artists in Residence Program,” conducting workshops across Nova Scotia on choral methods for both students and teachers, and initiating and developing the “Singing Schools” program for Junior High schools without choral programs.

Heather serves as Program Director for the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, developing and coordinating programs to meet the diverse needs of Nova Scotia singers. She also sits on the Advocacy and National Youth Choir Committees for Choral Canada.
Heather has completed the Summer Conducting Institute at Westminster Choir College, studying with Charles Bruffy, and was honoured to serve as Apprentice Conductor of the National Youth Choir of Canada in May 2010 under the guidance of Dr. Victoria Meredith. While in Montreal, she was both singer and apprentice conductor with Iwan Edwards for the Saint Lawrence Choir and Concerto Della Donna.  Heather has had masterclass tutelage in the UK with Peter Broadbent, Jo McNally, Colin Durrant, Neil Ferris, and in Canada with Dr. Julia Davids and Michael Zaugg.
Announcement: Conducting with Purpose, Passion, and Process Janet Galvan, %18 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000 Connecticut State Summer Music Institute:  Taught by Janet Galván, Director of Choral Activities, Ithaca College
Conducting with Purpose, Process and Passion
This workshop will be devoted to the development and enhancement of a conducting gesture that leads to beautiful, healthy, and communicative singing. Topics will include score study as the basis of the rehearsal plan and gesture, vocal pedagogy in the choral rehearsal, rehearsal techniques, movement in the choral rehearsal, repertoire for a variety of voicings and levels, programming, and creating dynamic performances. Participants will receive individual instruction in a master class setting. This course will be beneficial to choral directors of all levels.
50557 MUS 507A Sec 012 credits, July 6-10
1:15–5:45 pm & Thurs 7-9:30 pmInstructor: Janet Galvan
Announcement: Free Audition Preparation Workshop for High School Students (Northern Virginia) Renata Dworak, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Jun:%th 15JunGMT+0000
FREE WORKSHOP for High School Students:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Castleton Festival​ invites local high school students interested in pursuing a career in music for a informative workshop on auditioning for programs! Current undergraduate/graduate students and faculty from prestigious music programs will lead discussions on a variety of topics including strategies for audition preparation, and information on various program offerings and paths. Parents are most certainly welcome! 
RSVP to Renata Dworak at / (540) 937-3454 
For more information on our festival and other great programming this summer, please visit us at
Announcement: Hal Leonard Choral Artistry 2015 Has Arrived! Lori Hagopian, %18 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000 new Hal Leonard Choral Artistry promotion features a wide selection of new repertoire from Walton Music, G. Schirmer, Boosey & Hawkes and more. 
Please visit to view and listen to the new music available.
Concert: Hits from Stage and Screen Joseph Mendolia, %18 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%th 13JunGMT+0000 Sounds Vocal Ensemble, Tampa's premier a cappella ensemble, is performing a series of concerts dedicated to Broadway and the movies! A combination of a cappella and accompanied pieces mixed with solos and duets will leave you "Feelin' Good"! There are three chances to see/hear this concert:
Friday, June 19 at 7:30pm at Plant City Entertainment (101 N. Thomas St. Plant City)
Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church (502 Druid Hills Rd. Temple Terrace)
Sunday, June 28 at 2:00pm at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at or by calling 813-551-2TIX
Children are FREE!
Classified ad: Composers wanted by Great Lyricist for Collaboration Ross DiVito, %17 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000 am a very gifted lyricist  seeking same in Composers for Collaboration in some or many genres of music.  Please play piano, be serious about  a collaboration, willing to stay in touch with your collaborator on a weekly basis, and able to write great melodies in a fair amount of time. I am seeking Composers from New York City, Boston and Connecticut areas.  No pay as is standard until we sell something then we share all equally.  All Grad Students, Students and all Music Schools composers welcome to respond as well as any composers who are interesed in a collaboration.  You will be glad you responded to this notice.  Thanks  I am an ASCAP member.  We would meet for a first face to face in a PUBLIC PLACE ONLY  to see if we are on the same page.  If you are not willing to meet for a first face please do not waste your or my time as there will be no chance at a collaboration.
Classified ad: Youth Choir Director Bryson Mortensen, %18 %b %2015 %03:%Jun:%th 3JunGMT+0000 Janesville Performing Arts Center is hiring a Youth Choir Director for fall and spring sessions of the 2015-2016 season. Applicants should have prior choir experience, experience leading teaching music to young singers, as well as a positive and upbeat teaching style. JPAC's Youth Choir is open to young singers in grades 3 through 5 and 6 through 8 who love to sing and perform. Youth of all singing levels and musical abilities are accepted into the choir. At the end of each 12-week session singers perform for friends, family, and community in a concert held on the historic JPAC stage. Fall 2015 dates are Mondays September 14th through November 23rd with a concert November 24th. Spring 2016 dates are Mondays February 15th through May 9th with a concert May 12th.
Please request further details and send resumes to JPAC Education and Outreach Director Mindy Curtis at
Announcement: Victimae Paschali Laudes by Michael Engelhardt. Kurt Knecht, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%th 21JunGMT+0000

What if Daft Punk and Pentatonix collaborated on a remix of an ancient Gregorian chant? We may never know, so I created Victimae Paschali Laudes.

Commissioned by University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, conducted by Dr. Jefferson Johnson. Premiered at the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City.

Click here to here and see the score. 

Classified ad: Canadian Chamber Choir in Concert auditions: Halifax Corey Ticknor, %17 %b %2015 %19:%Jun:%th 19JunGMT+0000 Canadian Chamber Choir is one of Canada's premiere touring choral ensembles. Made up of singers from across Canada, the CCC's mandate is to build community through choral singing from coast to coast while exclusively performing music written by Canadian composers.

Want to be a part of this exciting ensemble? Live auditions for the CCC are being held in Halifax the evening of Wednesday, June 24th.

Find our more about the CCC's unique method and tour schedule by visiting Click on 'Auditions' under the Contact Us section for complete audition procedures.
The next round of live auditions will be held in Winnipeg during the CME National Conference, July 9-11. Details to follow.
Classified ad: Part-Time Director of Music – Blended Service Sharon Boyajian, %17 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000
Salary Range:
25-30k. Compensation dependent on experience and education.
General Responsibilities
Provide leadership and direction to the Blended Worship Service and related ministries of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church by designing, planning, scheduling, coordinating, and integrating music and the arts into the blended style of worship, as defined in the following principal duties.
Principal Duties
  1. Direct the chancel choir, praise singers, instrumentalists, and all other musical aspects for the worship in the Blended service at Emmanuel.
  2. Coordinate and schedule special music programs, including but not limited to a Christmas Concert, collaborative Easter Celebration, and one outreach-focused concert.
  3. Discuss creative options for expanding the music ministry at Emmanuel with the support of your Ministry Team and Worship Elder.
  4. Attend weekly church staff meetings.
  5. Provide direction to the audiovisual team as it relates to the choir, concerts and music.
  6. Offer input on the music library.
  7. Oversee the music and worship funds and participate in budget preparation with support of your Ministry Team and Worship Elder.
Supervision Exercised
Supervise the volunteers and paid musical leadership and audiovisual team for the Blended Service. Work collaboratively with your paid accompanist.
Supervision Received
Work under the direct supervision of the pastor with support by the Worship Elder.
An annual evaluation of the adequacy of compensation and other employment issues will be performed by the pastor in consultation with the personnel committee and worship elders.  
  1. Disciple of Christ
    1. Have a growing and personal relationship with Jesus Christ as his/her Savior and Lord and a commitment to continue growing as a disciple.
    2. Have a sense of calling to:
      1. Make worship ministry an opportunity for helping others grow as Disciples of Christ.
      2. Plan worship services with the purpose that they are to be occasions in which every person has an opportunity to experience God and to respond.
      3. Participating in the coordinated ministry of the church through dynamic interaction with the pastor and key leaders as the vision is continually being forged.
  1. Interpersonal Skills
    1. Display a personal openness, integrity and honesty in all interpersonal relationships.
    2. Ability to recruit musicians and singers to continue the growth of Emmanuel's music ministries.
    3. Possess the ability to inspire and empower musicians, singers and congregation members to share in worship.
    4. Ability to work well with the church staff and councils as a team player and team builder.
    5. Ability to provide leadership through vision casting.
  1. Music Ministry Skills
    1. Experience developing and directing choral groups, ensembles and small groups and bringing out the best in individual skill sot produce high quality music.
    2. Skillset to design a blended worship service (which utilizes a broad variety of musical styles).
    3. Experience in transposition and musical arrangement is highly desirable.
Optional Skills
Is experienced in facilitating drama in worship as well as visual arts, poetry and other creative approaches to worship.
Possess abilities in evaluating and facilitating elements on the screen for worship.
Applicants must submit cover letter and two letters of recommendation. Please submit electronically to or by mail to 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 attn: Worship Hiring Team.
Classified ad: substitute organist needed for July 5th in Wayne, NJ Frederick Irwin, %17 %b %2015 %12:%Jun:%th 12JunGMT+0000 organ substitute is needed for Sunday July 5th at Preakness Reformed Church in Wayne, NJ.  There is one 9:30 AM service, with rehearsal with the soloist prior to the service.  Three hymns, prelude, offertory, postlude and solo accompaniment is the extent of the schedule for the day.  Two Manual Pergallo Organ.  Pay is $175.  Please contact Dr. Frederick Irwin, Director of Music, at (646) 509-3808. ]]>Classified ad: ACCA Auditions for 15th Anniversary Season Grant Walker, %17 %b %2015 %12:%Jun:%th 12JunGMT+0000 All Children's Chorus of Annapolis, Maryland is currently auditioning students 1st-12th grade for our 15th Anniversary Season. It is going to be an exciting year with many unique performances culminating in our 15th anniversary gala. 
Concert: Celebration of Life Tigran Hekekyan, %17 %b %2015 %10:%Jun:%th 10JunGMT+0000 of Life
Concert in honor of Maestro Aram Gharbekian’s 60th anniversary.
Renowned musicians Sergey Khachatryan, Federico Mondelci, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, Suren Bagratuni, Armen Babakhanian, Svetlana Navasardyan, Arsen Ter-Tatshatyan and the ''Little Singers of Armenia'' will pay tribute to the great Maestro. 
Artistic Director-Maestro Tigran Hekekyan. 

The concert will take place at the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiarian (Yerevan, Armenia) on July 19th at 19:00 .
Tickets are on sale, for information please call (+374) 91 53 57 58.
Forum message: Composer / Director connections? Roger Garcia, %17 %b %2015 %04:%Jun:%th 4JunGMT+0000 Evening Everyone,
I have recently decided to step into writing for Choir, and have decided to add a few chorales to my published catalog. As an instrumental composer, this is fairly new to me and I would love to know if there are any Choral Directors out there (maybe two or three max) that would like to occasionally receive new music, including these three (sacred) chorales, for sight reading, rehearsal or even performance opportunities. I'd like to form relationships with Choral Directors that may eventually want custom arrangements, original compositions or anything that I may be able to provide. A recording of these pieces (audio or video) to be able to add to my published listings would be a most welcome favor.
Thank you for taking time to read my post, and I welcome thoughts, suggestions and interested parties as well.
(Please copy and paste this into your browser to access the aforementioned works, the forum isn't picking up the complete link; otherwise I've attached a preview for your consideration below, Thank You.)
Concert: Notre Dame Children's Choir in Philly and NYC Mark Doerries, %17 %b %2015 %05:%Jun:%th 5JunGMT+0000 Chamber Choir of the Notre Dame Children's Choir is on tour this week in the Philadelphia and New York City regions. All performances are free and open to the public:
7pm, Wednesday June 17, St. Mark's Church in downtown Philadelphia, PA
7:30pm, Thursday June 18,  Abington Presbyterian Church, Abington, PA
2pm, Saturday June 20, Church of Notre Dame, Manhattan, NY
The Chamber Choir is comprised of 33 select 11 to 15 year old singers who specalize in the singing of sacred music from chant to spirituals. The choir's performances include Britten's Missa Brevis in D, Rheinberger's "Regina Coeli," excerpts from Pergoelsi's Stabat Mater, and more. All performanes include audience participation on special hymns and psalms as well as the Notre Dame Alma Mater.
For more information about the choir and our tour visit,
Forum message: Guidance Appreciated Sydney Sewell, %17 %b %2015 %02:%Jun:%th 2JunGMT+0000, everyone!
I am reaching out because I am at the precipice of a crazy time, and I could use some experience-driven advice! I recently graduated from college and have accepted a job at a high school starting this fall. The program has a muddled history. Word has it they were good for awhile, but due to many reasons, the program has suffered and enrollment and success is at an all-time low. 

Despite the low enrollment (about 50 students in the whole program) and inexperienced singers, the feeder program has 250 students enrolled! In addition, I have a very supportive administrative staff at both the high school and middle school level. My classroom is an old band room, so I have plenty of space. Several practice rooms, a music library, an office, a storage closet/choir gown room and a computer lab. My resources are incredible!
Now, I just want to put my best foot forward! I am nervous because of my lack of experience in the classroom, and I could use some insight with respects to starting a program from scratch (essentially) and how to succeed during my first year of teaching. This could include anything from classroom management to rehearsal techniques to repertoire. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated and welcomed!

Thanks so much - I'm excited to start this new journey!
Sydney Sewell
Classified ad: Successful Sight-Singing, Book 1 Robert Duris, %17 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%th 1JunGMT+0000 Edition.  Gently used, great condition.  58 copies.  $1.00 each or all 58 for $55.  Add shipping also. ]]>Classified ad: Susquehanna Chorale Auditions Pam Tricamo, %17 %b %2015 %00:%Jun:%th 0JunGMT+0000
Susquehanna Chorale, Linda L. Tedford, Conductor, announces auditions for the 2015-16 season. 
Auditions are by appointment and will be held Monday, June 29, from 6:30-9:00pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 212 Cocoa Avenue in Hershey.
Please call the Susquehanna Chorale office at 533-7859 or email at to set up an appointment.
Classified ad: Handel and Haydn Society - Pianist, H+H Singers and Youth Chorus William Pappazisis, %16 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%th 21JunGMT+0000 Handel and Haydn Society is seeking a pianist for two choirs in its Vocal Art Program:  H+H Singers and Youth Chorus.  For detailed information on the position and application procedures, click here:  Pianist, H+H Singers and Youth Chorus ]]>Classified ad: Part-time Organist Gretchen Lux, %16 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000 organist wanted for 9:00 Sunday Mass; additional Masses available if interested.   Organist must be able to accompany a choir and follow a conductor.  Opening available immediately.  This position is paid per service. If interested, please email Gretchen at, or call (321)725-0552. ]]>Classified ad: Choir Director Kristan Verveniotis, %16 %b %2015 %18:%Jun:%th 18JunGMT+0000
Trinity is looking to innovate with all staff positions to create a collaborative environment that connects children, youth and adults across programs and departments. Although choral music is the primary responsibility, the choir director will need to have strengths in building relationships, working across disciplines and innovating in ministry to the church and community. Trinity’s worship style is highly blended, combining traditional choral music and contemporary band arrangements in every service.  All music ensembles will reflect its mission and core values.
Nurturing Community Servants Inspired by Jesus
We at Trinity fulfill our God-given calling by:
  1. Bringing life into alignment with the way of Jesus
  2. Connecting and accepting all people through love and fun
  3. Mobilizing all ages to care for one another
  4. Investing in our children and youth in the extended community
  5. Measuring impact by lives we touch. 
Primary Job Priorities:
  • Provide leadership for and communication with all choirs, personally or with volunteer directors
  • Lead music for choir and congregation in Sunday worship service utilizing a blended music style
  • Intentionally reach out to develop and utilize the varied musical gifts of all ages in the congregation
  • Work closely and creatively with pastors, worship coordinator and program staff to support church priorities and integrate choirs into weekly worship
  • Provide or arrange for appropriate accompaniment for choirs
  • Attend weekly staff meeting, arranged program planning meetings and weekday office hours
  • Assist in creating worship experiences for all ages using all performing arts
  • Work toward building relationships and connections between all ages
Qualifications include:
  • A growing Christian faith with an ability to provide general spiritual leadership
  • Joy-filled and energetic about engaging people in God’s gift of music
  • Technical choral music skills to prepare, organize and lead choirs of all ages
  • A passion for planning music and developing opportunities for engagement around a scriptural theme
  • A collaborative and inclusive style with an ability to work in a team environment
  • Flexibility and creativity with integrating choirs into worship
  • An ability to run effective, efficient rehearsals and coach vocal and instrumental soloists including supervision and coaching of accompanist as needed
  • Embraces all Christian music including contemporary, traditional and classical styles
  • Knowledge of current church music and choral literature with the ability to utilize and oversee choral library music and database
  • A general understanding of sounds and media technology for use in worship
  • Organized and on time with the ability to set priorities, communicate effectively and operate within budget
  • Education and experience including a Bachelor’s degree in music or a related field plus 5 years of performing and/or leading music in a church environment
  • Performance capability in organ, piano or keyboard is a significant plus
  • Supervision provided by Worship Coordinator
  • Salary commensurate with gifts and experience
  • Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave and continuing education opportunities
Church and Choir Information:
Denomination:                                                     Presbyterian (PCUSA)
Work schedule:                                                    20 hours/week
Trinity website:                                         
Worship style:                                                      Blend of Traditional and Contemporary
Church size:                                                          Members: 345     Average attendance: 200
Total Church Budget:                                          $600K per year
Sunday Services:                                                  One service at 10:00 a.m. with last Sunday of each month intergenerational family worship
Additional Special Services:                               5-8 per year
Concerts:                                                               Christmas Concert; Spring Youth Choir Concert
Average weekly rehearsals:                              3-4
Church Choirs and Ensembles:  * Directed by volunteers
  • Chancel Choir: adults; lead worship weekly
  • Worship Team: scheduled volunteers; lead worship weekly
  • Lumina: high school choir – (currently inactive)
  • Kid’s Alive: 4th- 8th grade choir         - worship 3-4 times/school year      
  • *Joyful Noise: K-3rd grade choir - worship 2 times/school year
  • Handbell Choir: seasonal, with volunteer assistant
Instruments include:
  • Organ: Schantz • three manual • 37 rank • built in 1988
  • Piano:   Completely refurbished 1913 Mason Hamlin AA
  • Sound Board:  Crest Audio V12 w/68 channel capacity and a T-Coil hearing loop
  • Other:  5-Octave Schulmerich hand bells; substantial music library
Paid/Volunteer Music Positions:     
  • Part-time Paid Accompanist
  • Part-time Paid Sunday Sound Technician
  • Volunteer Media Support on Sunday
  • Volunteer Music Librarian
Position start date is August 2015
Submit resumes to the church office at
Concert: SING! AMERICA! Lark Underwood, %16 %b %2015 %21:%Jun:%th 21JunGMT+0000
FOR RELEASE: 5/15/15
            In honor of Independence Day, the Plant City Community Chorale has crafted its 2015 Patriotic Concert, “Sing! America!”, around music which represents America’s gifts, strengths and wonders. 
            The works to be performed are The American Creed by Donald Moore, From Sea to Shining Sea by Bates/Ward/Whitney, Aaron Copeland’s At the River, Irving Berlin’s God Bless America, Mark Hayes' Home on the RangeThe Battle Hymn of the Republic by renowned arranger Peter Wilhousky, I Heasr America Singing by André J. Thomas, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor in a Roy Ringwald arrangement, Stephen Paulus’s Hymn to the Eternal Flame, Darmon Meader's arrangement of Star-Spangled Banner, and a stirring arrangement of the traditional military piece,Taps by Meegan Samantha Coleman.
“In this concert,” said Artistic Director Claudia Bolaño, “I wished very much to explore the many ways Americans celebrate their country’s beginnings with sophisticated choral works.”
The Saturday, June 27th concert will be performed in the Sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church 402 English Street in Plant City.  The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.
Executive Director Barb Avery said, “We selected Trinity United Methodist because of its welcoming atmosphere and congregation; and it’s wonderful acoustics will allow the music to surround our audience as we celebrate our nation’s birth!”
Trinity United Methodist has limited seating and PCCC is anticipating a standing-room-only crowd as has happened at previous Patriotic Concerts. 
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Admission for children (younger than 12 years of age) and seniors (62+) is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  Advanced Admission tickets are available from any Chorale member, on-line at, or by calling the PCCC Ticket Line at 813-757-0212.
The Plant City Community Chorale is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit organization providing educational, cultural, musical, and social experiences to enrich its members and audiences living in the communities surrounding Plant City. PCCC strives to promote and demonstrate diversity in the arts, and seeks to provide opportunities for its members to learn and improve the craft of choral performance.
For more information about PCCC, go to our website at,  or call Lark Underwood, PCCC Secretary at (813)965-7213. 
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Concert: Music without Borders: Angelica and the Coro Hispano-Alemán Berlín Marie Caruso, %16 %b %2015 %17:%Jun:%th 17JunGMT+0000
Angelica, a women’s chamber choir directed by Marie Caruso, will present “Music without Borders: Angelica and the Coro Hispano-Alemán Berlín” in New York City and Westchester this July. The collaborative program will feature American, German and Sephardic music. Angelica will sing an American program featuring folk hymns, revival songs, and modern works, including a piece written for Angelica by composer Julie Dolphin. The Coro Hispano-Alemán Berlín will sing German works by Brahms and Mendelssohn. The two choirs will join together to sing Sephardic music from Spain. Our guest artists are Rex Benincasa on percussion and Jerry Celestino on guitar.  Please join us for one of these free hour-long event, which is offered in gratitude for all the support we have been given over the years.
  • Friday, July 17th, 7:30 pm, Asbury United Methodist Church, 17 Old Post Rd. South, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
  • Saturday, July 18th, 7:30 pm, St. Matthew’s Church, 616 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • Sunday, July 19th, 3:00 pm, Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave. at E. 66th St., NYC
For more information visit our website:
Announcement: What are YOU doing this summer?! CHeck out the MA ACDA SUmmer Conference Jennifer Moss, %16 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000
Getting excited for the Massachusetts ACDA Summer Conference? It's just a little over a month away.... July19-22. You’ll love the atmosphere, exciting interactive lectures and inspiring, practical interest sessions—including Artistic and Community Collaborations, Building Musicianship Through Warm-Ups, Body Percussion and Counter-Rhythms, Using What You’ve Got (no budget, changing roster), Neglected Choral Gems, Building a Thriving High School Program, and Performances by Boston-based professional women’s ensemble Lorelei, and Open Rehearsal of Young@Heart Chorus. 
Register today!
Announcement: Lorelei Ensemble at MassACDA 2015 Summer Conference, July 21 catharine melhorn, %16 %b %2015 %12:%Jun:%th 12JunGMT+0000
Founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Beth Willer, the Boston-based ensemble Lorelei is comprised of nine professional musicians whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire. Dedicated to the expansion of repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei works to expose lesser-known early music from the Medieval through Baroque periods, while collaborating with living composers to produce innovative programming that speaks to a wider audience. Their public concert on July 21, 7:30 pm, in Smith College’s handsome Sweeney Hall, is part of the MassACDA 2015 Summer Conference, July 19-22 at Smith College, Northampton, MA. Headliner clinicians: Dr. Jerry Blackstone (U. Michigan) and Dr. Lynne Gackle (Bayor University). Face2Face sessions with these and other distinguished conductors. Twelve inspiring and practical interest session led by ACDA members. Many opportunities to sing.  Air-conditioned classrooms, minutes from lively vibe and multi-ethnic cuisine of downtown Northampton. Free PDPs and affordable grad credit through UMass Amherst.  Register now:
Classified ad: Sale: Used Organ, Piano, Vocal, Choral, Oratorios, Orch. parts NEARLY "free" Stephen Winn Klyce, %16 %b %2015 %02:%Jun:%th 2JunGMT+0000

Organ, Piano, Vocal,Choral, Oratorio nearly "free" (preview)

June 16, 2015  by 
Location: Dagsboro DE, Delaware, USA
Date: June 16, 2015
Location: Dagsboro, Delaware, USA
A rich assortment of music for churches, synagogues, colleges, high schools, pro's and amateurs or students, or hobbyists.  By my downsizeing, you will have a real chance to upgrade your music library!
      I have about 50 organ/piano volumes, sheet music, including a Roachmaninoff piano concerto, #2.  Much of my music is vocal and choral, many new or like new.  I still have a  wide range of keyboard (organ-piano-harpsichord) music.  There very many oratorio, cantata, longer choral works available as well.    
          My music is  slanted toward classical, traditional, sacred music of all types and difficulty.
Also secular vocal, choral pieces also, some serious, many others from musicals, pop standards, holiday collections for both vocal-piano, and moderate to difficult solo piano pops.
      I can come to you within 125 miles, or you come to me in Dagsboro DE 19939.  We can meet at mutually acceptable mid-point.
Call: 302-745-0308 (cell); or e-mail me:  Will furnish address, directions.
I have too many different works to list them; Once you inform me, period, difficulty, representative titles, composers, I will work up a list that will be close to what you are seeking.
       Don't pass up this golden opportunity to enrich your library economically! 
                                           Yours truly, Stephen W. Klyce, D. Mus.
Announcement: UK choir seeking commissioning partners - choir and Viol Consort/Giles Swayne Graham Walker, %16 %b %2015 %10:%Jun:%th 10JunGMT+0000 colleagues,
My choir from Cambridge, UK (, is commissioning a piece from Giles Swayne for choir and viol consort (5-piece), and we would be really interested to hear from any other choirs who would like to get involved, either with a performance date or on a joint commission basis.
The work, which we shall be performing alongside Lassus Missa Bell' Amfitrit' Altera, the Mass Propers for Ascensiontide from Byrd's Gradualia, and Tallis's Spem in Alium (with the viols as well as cornetts and sackbuts), is a setting of an amazing text from Joyce's Ulysses, which though not biblical would certainly work liturgically:
Therefore, everyman, look to that last end that is thy death
And the dust that gripeth on every man born of woman;
For as he came naked forth from his mother's womb, 
So naked shall he wend him at the last, 
For to go as he came.
For any who don't know Swayne's music, he's a tremendous composer, really fine and imaginative, and he writes brilliantly for voices. We'll be performing it with Newe Vialles (which was the name of Henry VIII's consort in the 1540s) - I'm sure they would travel if you don't have a consort nearby....
Please do contact me if you'd be interested to be involved in this amazing project!
Graham Walker
Director of Music, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Director, St John's Voices, St John's College, Cambridge
Musical Director, New Cambridge Singers
Classified ad: Summer 2015 Audition Cycle One of the Midwest Motet Society Marie Grass Amenta, %16 %b %2015 %01:%Jun:%th 1JunGMT+0000
The Midwest Motet Society,
Intimate Settings, Inspired Singing
Will begin scheduling auditions for their first cycle of summer auditions on Monday, June 22, 2015 and continue through July 11,
Another audition cycle will begin July 15, continuing through August 25
The MMS 2015-2016 Concert Season
Fall 2015 Concert: Sunday, November 15, 2015,
Spring 2016 Concert: Sunday, June 5, 2016
Both concerts will be at Trinity Lutheran Church,
2901 Western Avenue, Park Forest, Illinois
All voice parts are welcome–and encouraged–to audition,
however, we need sopranos, tenors and basses
Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings in Flossmoor and begin August 25, 2015
Please make an audition appointment by contacting:
The Midwest Motet Society
P.O. Box 706
Flossmoor, IL 60422
(708) 206-0380
Audition requirements are on the website,
Marie Grass Amenta, Founder and Music Director
Announcement: NCCO Portland Performers-Presenters-Conference Hotel‏ Mitos Andaya, %15 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000
Dear Collegiate Choral Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the performers and presenters for the Sixth National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization hosted by Portland State University in Portland, OR, November 12-14, 2015.
Sessions by Featured Guest Artists Grete Pedersen and Simon Carrington:
Norwegian Folk Music, Open Rehearsal, and Concert with Grete Pedersen
Conducting Masterclass, A Conversation with John Eliot Gardiner, and Concert with Simon Carrington
Performances by:
Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers, Michelle Jensen, conductor
Oregon State University Chamber Choir, Steven Zielke, conductor
Riverside City College Chamber Singers, John Byun, conductor
Temple University Concert Choir, Paul Rardin, conductor
University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Kent Hatteberg, conductor
University of North Texas Collegium Singers, Richard Sparks, conductor
University of Redlands Chapel Singers, Nicholle Andrews, conductor
University of Southern California Thornton Concert Choir, Cristian Grases, conductor
University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale, Gregory Fuller, conductor
Special Performances by:
Portland State University Chamber Choir, Ethan Sperry, conductor, in a program of music by Shchedrin, Rachmaninoff, Schnittke, Sviridov and Ešenvalds
Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Richard Nance, conductor, in a program of music by Sheppard, MacMillan, Brahms, Elder, Crabtree and Holst conducted by Simon Carrington
Portland State University Man Choir, Ethan Sperry, conductor: Portland State Vox Femina, Joan Szymko, conductor; and Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Ken Selden, conductor, in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass conducted by Grete Pedersen
Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415, David Hill, conductor, in a program of music by Williams, Kellogg, Vivaldi and Handel
Interest Sessions:
“Improving Choirs by Utilizing Brain-Friendly Strategies,” Charlene Archibeque, San Jose State University and Debra Glaze, Portland State University
“A Practical Guide to the Performance of Gabrieli’s Cori Spezzati Compositions,” Michael Fuchs, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia
“Music to Change the World: Composers Speak on Inspiration,” Linda Tutas Haugen, composer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Stylistic Interpretation and Performance Practice of Philippine Choral Music,” Eliezer Yanson, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
Panel on International Opportunities for Choral Conductors:
Miguel Felipe, University of Hawai’i, moderator
Reed Criddle, Utah Valley University
Karen Grylls, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Randy Haldeman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cameron LaBarr, Missouri State University
Gary Packwood, Mississippi State University
Panel on Teaching Choral Literature at the Graduate Level:
Sharon Paul, University of Oregon, moderator
Edward Maclary, University of Maryland
David Rayl, Michigan State University
Giselle Wyers, University of Washington
Poster Sessions with Mini-Lectures:
Bryson Mortensen, “The Manuscript Laboratory: Exploration of Elgar’s Early Choral Sketches”
Joshua Palkki, “The Role of Secondary School Choral Programs in Creating Safe Space for LGBTQ Students: A National Survey”
Frank Watkins, “The Choral Works of Florence B. Price as Products of the Black Nationalist Movement in America”
Nana Wolfe-Hill, “Collaboration in the Women’s Choral Rehearsal”
Poster Sessions:
Andrew Morgan, “Visionary Pragmatism: Structural Design, Stylistic Features, and Performance Considerations in Lodovico Viadana’s Salmi a Quattro Chori
Kyle Nielsen, “Practical Adaptation of Giovanni Gabrieli’s Stile Concertato Polychoral Music for the Modern Collegiate Choral Ensemble”
Jace Saplan, “Creating Inclusivity in the Choral Rehearsal”
NCCO Choral Series:
New compositions by Stephen Caldwell, Molly Joyce, and Paul John Rudoi introduced and performed by the Lewis & Clark College Cappella Nova, Katherine FitzGibbon, conductor
Conducting Masterclass:
Choro in Schola, Bruce Browne, conductor, led by Simon Carrington
Masterclass open to graduate students through audition
Information on the audition process will be available on August 1 at:
Hotel and Transportation to Downtown Portland:
Our Conference Hotel is the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower located in the heart of Downtown Portland at 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204. Phone-503-226-1611.  We have a room block designated for NCCO at a rate of $149 per night (for single/double occupancy, $159 for triple, $169 for quad) which can be booked for November 11 through November 14.
To book rooms, click on the reservation link below OR call the number above and ask for the NCCO rate.
Hilton Hotel Reservations for NCCO 
The NCCO rates for our room block will be in effect until October 11. However, we highly recommend that you book your room immediately as we expect our room block to fill up quickly.
The TriMet MAX Light Rail Red Line provides easy transportation from Portland International Airport to the City Center.  Click on the link below for the schedule.
TriMet MAX Light Rail Red Line Schedule
Advertising opportunities are available to your institution or ensemble in the program book for the 2015 conference.  Information will be posted in early July at:
Information on Registration, Schedule of Events and Sponsorships will be available on August 1 at:
Our NCCO Officers would like to thank all the members of the selection committees for their service and dedication in bringing excellent performers and scholarship to our biennial national conference.  We’re thrilled with the variety of presentations and sessions being offered and are excited to bring them to you in one of the most beautiful areas (and hippest cities!) in our nation.  
Please feel free to share this email with your colleagues and graduate students who may be interested in joining NCCO and attending the conference.  Also keep an eye out for updated information on our website and Facebook page, and as always, do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.
Have an enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Mitos Andaya Hart
National Collegiate Choral Organization, President
With NCCO Officers:
Randi Von Ellefson, President-Elect
Brett Scott, Vice-President
Brian Gorelick, Secretary
Dominick DiOrio, Treasurer
Sean Burton, Chief Editor of Publications
Concert: San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Lights, Camera, Action!" June 20th (Pasadena, CA) christine maddox, %15 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 Gabriel Valley Choral Company
Zanaida Robles, Artistic Director
Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, the San Gabriel Valley Choral Companypresents “Lights, Camera, Action!” their gala concert and silent auction event
“Lights, Camera, Action!”
Saturday, June 20, at 6:00 pm
Throop Unitarian Church
300 S. Los Robles Ave. (at Del Mar), Pasadena, CA
On Saturday, June 20, at 6:00pm join the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) as it concludes its twentieth season with a gala concert and silent auction entitled "Lights, Camera, Action!"  This evening of glitz and glam will be filled with musical favorites from such film and television shows as Doctor Who, Up, Star Wars, Glee, Lord of the Rings, O Brother Where Art Thou, and more (see full program, below). Set in the historic Throop Hall at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, concert goers will enjoy refreshments and bid on fabulous silent-auction items which typically include theater tickets, hotel stays, cruises, gift baskets, sporting event tickets, concert tickets, museum passes, amusement park tickets, comedy club passes, and more.  At 6:00pm, refreshments will be served and bidding for silent auction items will begin.  The concert will begin at 7:00pm. Join us for a night to remember!!
Tickets range from $5-20 and can be purchased at the door or online at  Donations to SGVCC, a non-profit organization, are also gladly accepted online and by check.  SGVCC invites concert reviews and interviews with the artistic director.  For more information on Dr. Robles, see
SGVCC, a mostly volunteer ensemblnsemble based in Monrovia, is experiencing tremendous artistic growth as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.  In 2012, consummate conductor and soloist Dr. Zanaida Robles took over the helm as SGVCC’s artistic director.  Having recently earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California, her prior credits include serving as director of classicalchoirs for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as well as preparing elite choirs for performances with such greats as Josh Groban and Kristin Chenoweth.
"River" - Enio Marricone (The Mission)
Suo-Gan - Welsh Lullabye (Empire of the Sun)
Solo - Kristina Valcarce
Mr. Sandman (trio - Back to the Future)
Piano Solo from Back to the Future - Penny Pan Ouellette
Jerusalem - Parry (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Doctor Who, Calendar Girls, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart (Lorenzo's Oil, The Peace Maker)
"Dies Irae" from Requiem - Mozart (Hell Baby, Amadeus)
"Dies Irae" from Requiem - Verdi
"Habanera" from Carmen - Bizet (Doctor Who, Glee, Superman Returns, Fringe, Up)
"Down in the River to Pray" - American Folk Song (O Brother, Where Art Thou)
The Passing of Elves – Howard Shore (trio - Lord of the Rings)
Piano Solo from Seven Years in Tibet - Penny Pan Ouellette
"Star of Bethlehem" - John Williams (Home Alone) 
"Dry Your Tears, Afrika" - John Williams (Amistad)
"Duel of the Fates" - John Williams (Star Wars: Phantom Menance)
Forum message: Cluster pieces for younger/Junior high aged Concert Choir? Jason Kertson, %15 %b %2015 %20:%Jun:%th 20JunGMT+0000 am a new high school graduate, and as the next school year begins I am going to be assisting the director of a Junior high choir in direction of the music. 
Are there any pieces that are "Whitacre-esque" in nature, either through using tone clusters or slow, melodic pieces in which the song is mainly focusing on rich tone quality, yet also on a difficulty level that a Junior high choir could potentially learn? I thought of approaching Whitacre's music directly, but for a Junior high choir it may be a bit advanced ☺ 
Any suggestions are extremely helpful and appreciated! Thank you!

Concert: 3rd Annual Summer Singspiration Benefit Concert Rolf Moan, %15 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000's an opportunity for singers from the southwest suburban Chicago area 
looking for a chance to do some choral singing this summer
6 bi-weekly rehearsals lead to the concert in August.
Part CDs and links provided in case a rehearsal is missed because of vacation, etc..
Of course if you are a choral director and all you have been doing is DIRECTING,
this is your chance to jump in front of a "baton" instead of just behind; 
and I would figure working the parts are not a problem.
It all is set up with a worthy cause as its benefactor.
Repertoire is a nice mix of sacred and secular -  Classical to Pop/Broadway.
So come join us.
Check out the Word doc. below and pass the word along.
Third Annual
Summer Singspiration Benefit Concert
A concert that unites singers from the area for a worthy cause
Past funds raised have benefited:
Crisis Center for South Suburbia
ELIM Christian Services
This years’ concert will benefit
My Joyful Heart Foundation
We invite singers, high school through adult, 
to come enjoy preparing and presenting music 
from the classics, gospel, pop and Broadway repertoire.
The first of only 6 rehearsals is at 7:30 p.m. on June 22nd
and the Concert is August 30, 3:00 p.m.   hosted by
Faith United Methodist Church
15101 W. 80th Ave.
Orland Park Il. 60462
Barry Barnett, Worship and Music Chairperson
Directed by Rolf Moan
Stagg H.S. Choral Director 1973-2009
Faith UMC Chancel Choir Director 1978-present
Accompanied by Patricia Lazarz
For more information contact: or 708-989-8813
Forum message: Secular pop/rock songs for traditional church choir Bethany reynolds, %15 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000 have recently been hired as music director at a small Presbyterian church. We do lots of Pepper Choplin, Jay Althouse etc. I would love to find some music from the 70s such as Love Train, Everybody get together, I can see clearly know peace & love songs. Any arrangements out there for SATB.
Forum message: Successful MS winter/holiday concert music Dawn Emerman, %15 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000 am looking for recommendations for my holiday concert; although if you have great spring ones I'll take those recs as well!.  I thought I would be able to search over the summer, but was just told that I need to place my order asap!  
This will be my second year teaching middle school choir (although I taught general PK-8 for 8 years).  
*I have a 7/8 choir with 50 members (only 4 guys so only 2 or 3 part music), as well as a 6th grade choir with about 30 members(2 part/rounds/partner songs).  
Thank you so much for your recomendations in advance!
Classified ad: Executive Director: Anima/Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus Emily Ellsworth, %15 %b %2015 %16:%Jun:%th 16JunGMT+0000 Ellyn Children’s Chorus Executive Director Search - 2015
Position Description
Anima/Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus is searching for an Executive Director who, through entrepreneurial skill and development know-how, will lead the organization to expand upon a solid foundation by growing Anima's enrollment, obtaining new sources of funding, identifying new performance opportunities and implementing a management structure that can support future growth. Responsibilities include: o Building a solid development portfolio, including individual donations, grant writing and sponsorships o Developing future season budgets and cash flow projections o Managing marketing and audience cultivation activities o Working with and engaging the Board of Directors and Executive Committee o Managing day-to-day business operations of the organization o Partnering with the Artistic Director and overseeing a staff of three
The ideal candidate will have experience in creating and executing a multi-year development plan, knowledge of cutting-edge marketing strategies, solid managerial skills, and a track record of working with arts organizations. Preference will be given to those candidates with an M.B.A. or equivalent experience. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a deep commitment to excellence in music education and choral singing; a desire to expand music performance and educational opportunities in the community; and aim to contribute to a dynamic organization that is a leader in the field.
Application Procedure
Applications should be made via email. Please send cover letter detailing experience along with resume and salary history to by July 4, 2015.
Organizational Summary
Serving the community since 1964, Anima/Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus is a leader in the field of community children and youth choruses in North America. A 501c3 non-profit organization, Anima’s mission is to transform young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. Performing regularly with Chicago's major musical organizations including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park, Anima is committed to excellence in its artistry, administration, and education.
Located in Glen Ellyn Illinois, the Chorus grew to international prominence under the musical development of Dr. Doreen Rao. Anima is acknowledged as a pioneer in its field, creating innovative concerts, commissioning new repertoire from major composers, and demonstrating that young people are capable of extraordinary accomplishments when given extraordinary leadership and vision. Emily Ellsworth joined Anima as Artistic Director in 1996. Through her leadership, Anima has won the once-in-an organizational lifetime Margaret Hills award for Artistic Excellence from Chorus America, the Dale Warland Singers Commission award jointly given by Chorus American and the American Composers Forum, and the ASCAP award for adventurous programming. Anima has appeared by invitation for national and regional conferences of American Choral Directors Association, travelled to six continents, produced seven CD recordings, and performed regularly with all of Chicago's major musical organizations. The Chorus' new name was chosen in 2008 to better reflect the scope of the families it serves. Anima is the Latin word for breath, life, soul, and spirit - reflecting the impact of choral music on its singers and audiences.
Through active participation in a positive environment, children in the Anima/Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus experience the joys of singing, teamwork, musical understanding, self-discipline, and artistic expression, which foster self-growth. Anima offers graduated levels of challenge appropriate to the maturity and experience level of its over 150 singers, ranging in age from 5 to 18, through its core ensembles that include Kid Singers, Treble Chorus, Concert Chorus, and Touring Chorus. In addition, it provides music education for more than 700 area students through community programs, particularly for underserved areas.
Classified ad: Summer: Experienced Contemporary Mezzo-Soprano Soloist Available Sharon Palatucci, %15 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000 Palatucci, Soloist Available for Sunday, Worship Services, and/or Leading Choirs.   Able to sight-sing hymnal harmony, choral works and can prep pieces in Hebrew, Latin, German, French and Spanish.  My goal is to make your service inviting of The Holy Spirit. Song selection may be a tailored reflection of your liturgy & congregation.  Strong in vulnerability, I seek to work with your leadership, teams and families to create a safe, prayerful space. 

"On any given Sunday, Sharon can be heard communicating praise... anything from Handel to Hillsong!" Coming from a classically trained family of church musicians, Sharon takes great pride in her 15+ years of sacred music. Her unique training and vocal range in worship, enables her to offer a range of styles including folk, a Capella, classical, spiritual and pop. 




Announcement: West Chester University Summer Choral Symposium David P. DeVenney, %15 %b %2015 %14:%Jun:%th 14JunGMT+0000
West Chester University is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Summer Choral Symposium, held from July 22-25, 2015 in Swope Music Hall at the WCU campus in West Chester, PA.  Guest clinician Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toronto, will join WCU music faculty members David P. DeVenney and Ryan Kelly for this event.
The WCU Choral Conducting Symposium is designed to sharpen podium gestures and communication skills, enhance knowledge of repertoire, and deepen score study and analysis techniques. It is designed for working conductors, in public schools, churches, and community choirs. Conductors may participate in two ways: as Conducting Participants, who will get ample podium time with master teachers; or as Observers, who will be engaged in all activities, but who will not conduct. All sessions will be video recorded and given to the participating conductors.  Morning sessions will begin with a reading session of new music, followed by conducting masterclass on smaller works. Afternoon and evening sessions will be devoted to various topics, including score study, with masterclasses on Vivaldi's Gloria. On Saturday, participants will conduct the choir and a small chamber orchestra on the Vivaldi.
Participating Conductors will be chosen on a first-come basis; the cost of registration is $500. The cost for Observers is $300.  For additional fees, participants may receive 3 graduate credits; PA Act 48 credits for continuting education are also available.  Only a couple of slots for Participants remain!
For further information, please contact David P. DeVenney (, or go to www., and click on "Symposium," for a copy of the Symposium brochure.
Classified ad: Children's/Youth Choir Director at First United Methodist Church of San Diego Stanley Wicks, %15 %b %2015 %13:%Jun:%th 13JunGMT+0000

Position available: September 2015

Salary range: $15,000-18,000 (based on education/experience)
Application deadline: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Hours per week: 16 

Job Description 

  1. Hold weekly rehearsals of the Carol (Kindergarten through 3rd grade), Altar (4th through 7th grade) and Chapel Choirs (8th grade through college) from September through Mother’s Day.
  2. Direct choirs when they sing in worship (each of the choirs sings approximately once every 4-6 weeks; sometimes separately, sometimes combined.
  3. Plan and implement special programs such as Christmas Pageant and/or Spring musical or concerts.
  4. Develop and implement, in collaboration with our Associate Director of Sanctuary Music/Organist, a short-term opportunity for our children and youth in the area of instrumental music (choir chimes, handbells, instrumental ensemble) that would take place from the week at the end of our annual children's and youth choir season (after Mother's Day through the end of June.
  5. Develop and implement, in collaboration with our Associate Director of Sanctuary Music/Organist, a one-week summer music camp.
  6. Coordinate the anthem schedule for Sunday mornings with Minister of Music.
  7. Supervise the children’s choir accompanist.
  8. Recruit choir members.
  9. Recruit parent helpers and maintain effective communication with parents.
  10. Maintain children’s choir library.
  11. Order music supplies and music.
  12. Work with Director of Children’s Education to secure music leadership for Vacation Bible School.
  13. Design necessary forms for recruitment, attendance, schedules, etc.
  14. Hold short-term opportunities for pre-school aged children (Cherub Choir).
  15. Find substitute when ill or absent.
  16. Attend continuing education events to maintain professional skills.
  17. Coordinate calendar with Directors of Children and Youth Ministries.

Application Process

Please submit the following to Dr. Stanley M. Wicks, Director of Sanctuary Worship no later than Tuesday, June 30, 2015: 

  1. Your resume/curriculum vitae
  2. Three letters of reference: clergy person, music colleague, personal friend.
  3. Statement of philosophy of church music as it relates to children’s/youth choirs
  4. Statement of personal faith journey.
  5. Other materials such as worship bulletins showing children’s/youth choir, anthems, concerts, dramatic productions, recordings, etc.


The First United Methodist Church is a 2,700-member congregation in the heart of San Diego’s Mission Valley. It’s ministry, since 1869, reaches people of all backgrounds throughout the San Diego region.

Announcement: V. ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL CHORUS & FOLK MUSIC & FOLK INSTURMANTAL COMPETITION & FESTIVAL Bulent Uzun, %15 %b %2015 %09:%Jun:%th 9JunGMT+0000 further information please visit our website: and contact us via e-mail:
GENERAL INFORMATION : Festival organisation committee will provide one English speaking guide to each group for helping programme schedule. At the period of the competition-festival choir groups one day competition ,one day opening of the festival, one day sightseeing visiting historical area , one day shopping and beach, one day traditional the best excursion in the World with private Boat at lovely Boshporus (separate Europe-Asia).Besides  each groups will receive  Placate, certificate, for highest scores for each category  CUP and among  all categories  who has the highest score will receive ISTCUP and money prize (1st, 2nd, 3rd) 700 €-500 € -300 €. Each singer will get Medal and certificate.
If Group accept and agree with the competition and festival conditions, have to fill up the APPLICATION FORM and send us back  with a short brief about their background and their previously activities in abroad and group photos by e-mail with attachment file. During the festival, there will be two times of gift exchanges, one  of them with Municipality Mayor and one of them with the festival committee at welcoming meeting.
International Istanbul Chorus Competition is   open for both amateur chorus and folk singing groups. Chorus may enter the competition in maximum two categories. Competition Groups can play and sing whatever they like when they will be on their performance place. Chorus may enter the competition in the following categories, with the number of members and the age-limits indicated below:
Max. 15 years of age
(can be over 15 till 18, %20)
min. 20
250 €
min. 16 years of age
(can be less 16, %20)
min. 20
250 €
min. 16 years of age
(can be less 16, %20)
min. 20
250 €
min. 16 years of age
(can be less 16, %20)
min. 20
250 €
No age limits
groups must wear traditional costumes
min. 12
150 €
No age limits
groups must wear traditional costumes
Min 5
150 €
Forum message: Choral Folders Ben Hanson, %14 %b %2015 %22:%Jun:%th 22JunGMT+0000 am looking to purchase new choral folders. What types of folders would you recommend?  ]]>Classified ad: Cantabile Youth Singers Seeks Conductor for Prep 1 and Prep 2 Katie Gerber, %14 %b %2015 %23:%Jun:%th 23JunGMT+0000
Some responsibilties include:
  • Prepare choir for annual performances in December and May                                                                                                                   
  • Directing weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:15 (Prep 1 ) or Thursdays from 5:00-6:00 (Prep 2)
  • Attend Holidays with Cantabile Concert in December
  • Be present and lead Demo classes at our Open Houses in August and January                                                                                            
  • Evaluate current members at the end of each semester. Submit written evaluation for each student to parents, the Training Division Director, and to the Artistic Director.
  • Prepare and distribute audio CDs with the current set of songs.
  • In consultation with the Training Division Director, and the Artistic Director select, and distribute all music and materials for choir.
  • Establish close working relationship with Preparatory Choir Parents, volunteers. Along with the Program Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, supervise and instruct the choir parents so that his/her duties are clear and time is used efficiently.
  • Communicate actively with the families by means of email, phone, and direct contact before and after rehearsals.
  • Send bi-weekly updates by email to parents, and provide hand-outs to all students. Handouts to include music reminders, practice suggestion, and review of concepts introduced.
  • For the Cantabile weekly e-letter “SCOOP”, provide comments and news items in writing to Executive Director by recommended deadlines as needed.
  • Maintain a weekly blog as a resource for parents and singers
        Curriculum and Pedagogy:
  • Develop and teach a consistent choral pedagogy curriculum firmly based on Zoltan Kodaly method of child-developmental approach to sequencing in music learning. All concepts are to be taught, reviewed, and reinforced through games
  • movement, songs, and exercises. Orff and Dalcrose teaching methods are welcomed additions to lesson plans.
  • In every rehearsal, instill excellent musicianship and child appropriate singing skills, high performance standards; establish the foundation for a life-long appreciation of music.
  • Every week teach musicianship and theory concepts in the course of the rehearsal.
  • Seek professional development opportunities to further study Kodaly method and potentially become a certified Kodaly teacher. Limited funds are available for professional development.
  • Attend biannual (August and January) training sessions with Training Division Director
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Music, or Music Education (or in relevant field) plus at least two years of work experience similar to this position.
  • Strong vocal technique.
  • Kodály training preferred
  • Displaying a genuine LOVE for working with young children in a choral setting
         Compensation: Commensurate with experience
         To apply:
         Please send a resume, cover letter, and possible teaching videos to: