ChoralNet - Subscriptions for Archive User Your subscriptions on ChoralNet. To change your subscription options, go to ad: Philly POPS Holds Auditions for Festival Chorus Sarah Maiellano, %28 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 Philly POPS Festival Chorus is holding auditions for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Festival Chorus, a 125-voice ensemble, will be performing with the Philly POPS Orchestra in two series: the popular Christmas Spectacular series, December 4-22, under the direction of David Charles Abell, and Broadway’s Greatest Hits, April 15-17, under the direction of Music Director Michael Krajewski in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Merriam Building, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia in Room 506.

Anyone wishing to audition should prepare 16 measures of a song in any style. Each singer should bring along sheet music for the accompanist. In addition, sight singing will be part of the audition. A basic level of music reading and choral experience is required. Current members of the Philly POPS Festival Chorus need not audition.

Rehearsals for the Festival Chorus will be held on Tuesday evenings in St. Luke and the Epiphany Church at 330 South 13th Street beginning on October 13 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM.

To schedule an audition, please call 215-875-8004. ]]>
Forum message: Sight Reading Online James Brodeur, %28 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 morning, I just did a Google search of online resources for sight reading. There are LOADS of different websites. Has anyone had success with these websites? Is there one you would recommend, if at all? ]]>Classified ad: Director of Children's Music Joel Biggers, %28 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 opeing for Director of Children's Music for Brookside Community Church outside of Morristown, NJ. This is a part-time position requiring from 3-5 hours a week, mostly Sundays, from September through mid June. The DCM will teach music and lead choirs for our youngest members, pre-K through youth. Accompanying skills a plus. The position will remain open until filled. For an in depth job description, send cover letter, resume, and salary request to: ]]>Announcement: Go tell it on the Mountain Gordon Thornett, %28 %b %2015 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000 SATB arrangement of the well-known American spiritual has just become available via the Swirly Music website.  It's light and slightly jazzy in style, with accompaniment for piano, violin and string bass - with the option of adding some drum kit if desired.  It would suit a good school, college or community choir. See the score at where you can either buy printed copies or get a license to print as many copies as you need via a digital download.  (Running tome is about 2' 30") ]]>Concert: Summer Singspiration Benefit Concert 2015 Rolf Moan, %28 %b %2015 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000 Sunday, August 30, 2015  3 p.m.
Where: Faith United Methodist Church
Address: 15101 W. 80th Ave, Orland Park, Illinois
What for: Funds raised from a free will offering will benefit
My Joyful Heart Foundation, Lockport, Illinois.
Go to to see the great work being done
for disadvantaged children, and if you can't make it to the concert
you can donate on line. 
Forum message: Easter Music Women's High school choir Stephanie Dick, %28 %b %2015 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000'm looking for music for the Easter Friday Mass at my Catholic high school.

I have recently come across Colin Brumby's setting of 7 words of Christ on the Cross - Seven 4-part canons - And I'm wondering if there is anything else on this text (or otherwise suitable) for SSA or SSAA.

Choir is 40-60 voices, a cappella or piano accompaniment, female, Ages 12 -17.
The choir easily sings in 2 and 3 parts. Almost no experience in 4 part harmony outside of rounds, but I'm looking for a challenge that will give them a sense of acheivement and something to commit to and be proud of.

Would love to hear your ideas!

Stephanie Dick
Brisbane, Australia ]]>
Forum message: Vocal Nodule Ben Hanson, %27 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 just got back from a visit with an ear, nose and throat specialist. THANK GOD there are doctors out there for us, who understand us choir people. She said I have a small nodule on the left vocal cord. And obviously school starts soon and I'm at a new school. Vocal rest is very important, but anything else you suggest? ]]>Forum message: TB, TTB, or TBB piece for "concert closer" Joel Singleton, %27 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000'm conducting a middle school boys "honor choir" later this school year.  I need 3 pieces for the program.  I'm settled on 2, but I'd like some input on a good closing number to do.  Maybe a spiritual or a "humor" type piece.  Something the boys will really dig into and enjoy.
Forum message: Boomwhackers in "Gnothi Safton" by Papoulis Wyant Morton, %27 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000
I’m planning on programming "Gnothi Safton" by Papoulis this Fall and need advice on buying the boomwhakers.  There are lots of options on-line.  Can anyone suggest something that has worked for you? Did you use an “upper octave set”?  The piece calls for C, Eb, F, G, Ab and Bb.  Thanks for any advise.
Wyant Morton
Forum message: Tour companies for a performance tour in New Zealand/Australia Rosemary Olas, %27 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 are trying to determine which tour company to use for an adult acappella vocal ensemble tour in New Zealand and Australia.  Has anyone used Music Celebrations or Tour Resource Consultants during the period 2013 - 2015? We find comments from 2011, but would like to hear about more recent experiences with these or other good tour consulting companies. ]]>Classified ad: Choir dresses for sale Craig Bader, %27 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 black Stage Accent "Parisian" long dresses.  Wide variety of sizes.  Good to excellent condition.  Used by high school girls.  We are getting new dresses and would love to find these dresses a new home.  The girls liked them and they are flattering to all different body types.  $800 OBO.  Shipping included.
Send me a message via choralnet if interested.
Forum message: Piece for choir and band or brass Adam Kluck, %27 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 conduct at a community college, and I'm looking for a Christmas piece for choir and brass or choir and band. I can't do the Rutter Gloria, it was done 2 years ago. I'd like to program Gabrieli's Jubilate Deo, but I'd like to do a larger work. Ideally it would be accessible to high school singers, as I'd like to have some area high schools join us for this piece as well. 
Many thanks!
Classified ad: Bass Soloist-Section Leader Laura Potratz, %27 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000

University Baptist Church - A Welcoming and Affirming Church

1219 University Avenue SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414

(adjacent to the University of Minnesota campus)


is seeking a Bass Soloist-Section Leader for the UBC Chorale, an SATB choir of 20-25 people with four professional section leaders.

Primary responsibilities include regular and on-time (early) attendance that sets a professional example for our volunteers at

  • Wednesday evening rehearsals from 5:45 to 7:15, September 20 through May 22

  • on average three Sunday mornings per month for one 10 a.m. service

  • Christmas Eve, Good Friday, Easter, and special event the morning of Sunday, April 17

Successful candidates will be interested in using the voice flexibly and appropriately to the great variety of music this choir sings, vocally blending into a choir setting, and also being a confident soloist.

$40 per call

Keyboard skills and/or conducting interest a big plus.
Ability to play other instruments a plus.
Ability to impart vocal pedagogy to the choir a plus.
Bringing your own solo repertoire (whether sacred or secular) into church services a plus.


Email resume to by September 9 to schedule an audition.

Classified ad: Seeking full time Administrative Professional at large church Karen Nelson, %27 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
Description: Provide administrative support to the Music and Worship Ministry of Bellevue Presbyterian Church. Implement and maintain administrative systems, utilize high-level skills in the performance of administrative support and operational support functions. Organize department work flow and provide guidance to part-time clerical volunteers. This position is integral in the successful ministry of this department, is responsible for supervising filing systems and preparing and recording accurate reports, summaries and data.
Full time, M-F; starting October 2015.

Full job description available on request.

Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
inquiries to:
Forum message: SAB repertoire for novice conductor John Kennedy, %27 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 folks! So I've been searching the repertoire lists, and while it's dead handy having them sorted by voice type, one thing I'd love to see is the music being sorted by the capability of conductor! I'm a final year music student who has been inadvertantly handed a good secondary school auditioned choir, three part. I have plenty of modern music by the likes of Huff, Emerson and Brymer that we'll be doing, but I'm looking for old music. Classical and Baroque is good, Renaissance even better. But the music I'm finding is all a bit too much for my mediocre conducting skills, which are mostly self taught.
Any language, genre, style, any composer, all suggestions welcome.

What's meaty enough for a good choir, but easy enough for a beginner conductor? Seems contradictory I know, but I'm hoping ye have some song choices in mind that can help.

Many thanks,
Forum message: Basement Dwellers Annelies Harmon, %27 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 My Choral Coworkers!
I just started teaching elementary choir this week and am already hearing several 4th-6th grade boys sing an octave below everyone else. We do not exceed a "d" in our current repertoire. We warm up with sirens and several head voice activities which they are able to achieve. Do you have suggestions/talking points to get them to sing up with everyone else? 
Forum message: High School Music History! April Hodge, %27 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 was asked to teach a "Music Appreciation" Class to our High School students. The description is mostly Music History but I will add elements of General Music knowledge. This class will be taken by non-music students mostly...but not exclusively...anyone can take the class. I would love to find a text book or workbook or some guide to help me with this class. It is a 2 Semester Course and they want me to cover Blues, Jazz and Popular Music by the end of the year. Please help me out with any ideas. ]]>Classified ad: Auditions for Cantemus Chamber Chorus on Sept. 8 Gary Lubarsky, %27 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 you're interested in performing with Cantemus Chamber Chorus for their upcoming 2015-2016 concerts, Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank will be hearing auditions on Tuesday evening, September 8, prior to the season's first rehearsal.  Frank welcomes all voice parts to audition, with a particular interest in hearing tenors and basses.  To schedule an audition, please call 888-CHORUS1.
This year's programs will include Francesco Durante's Magnificat, Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs, Arvo Pärt's Cantate Dominum, Canticum Novum, and Libby Larsen's Love Songs, plus pieces by Harold Darke, Helmut Bornefeld, Ola Gjeilo and more.
Classified ad: Director of Music/Organist Tasha Blackburn, %27 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 of Music/Organist
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is seeking a full-time director of music/organist to lead a music ministry within the congregation as well as outward for the broader region. This work will involve specific duties but it also calls for specific strengths.
Strengths Needed:
The candidate we seek is musically gifted, able to work with many types of people, organized, committed to the work of God’s Church, and is a visionary with follow-through.
Specific Duties:
*Develops, organizes, recruits and oversees all of the church’s vocal and instrumental ensembles including the adult choir, the DayOne worship band (a casual, blended service), the hand bell choir, as well as special music guest artists. Other ensembles may be formed which would also be under the director’s care such as a children or youth choir.
*Assists the pastors in planning and coordinating music for all worship services, leading ensembles/soloists, and performing/accompanying on organ, piano, or keyboard as needed or required.
*Plays the organ for the traditional worship service and for weddings and funerals that take place in the sanctuary. Director oversees all that is needed for the maintenance and care of the organ.            
*Oversees and directs the McDonald Music Series for the community of Fort Smith: obtaining guest artists; scheduling hotels, travel and meals; maintaining an up-to-date mailing list; advertising performances. Director seeks further opportunities to create a vision for a music ministry in the larger community.
*Institutes a weekly music experience for the church’s preschool classes and lead a biannual preschool program for parents. Director will also help with the music portion of children’s programming including events such as Vacation Bible School.
Starting salary is negotiable with 401K and benefits; four weeks vacation and two weeks continuing education annually.
Classified ad: New York Choral Society 2015-16 Season Auditions Grace Lee, %27 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000
Auditions for the New York Choral Society's 2015-16 season will be held August 27 & 31 and September 2 & 3, 2015 (6-9pm in midtown Manhattan).
The 175-voice New York Choral Society, led by Music Director David Hayes, has been widely recognized for its outstanding performances at prestigious venues around the world for over 50 years. We are looking for experienced choral singers in all voice parts with good reading ability, musical skills and the desire to be moved, inspired and challenged!  
Our 2015-16 season includes “Christmas Around New York” at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on December 20 (additional performances on Staten Island and in the Bronx); Arvo Pӓrt’s Te Deum and Beethoven's Mass in C at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 5; and Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Carnegie Hall on May 10.  Also guest performances at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, on November 1 and with tenor Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden on December 9.
If you are interested in joining our unique family of singers for an exceptional musical journey, please email or call 212-247-3878 to schedule an audition. For more information, please visit us at ]]>
Borrowing request: Need to Borrow/Rent Carus-Verlag Orchestral Parts: Beethoven Mass in C Mark Nabholz, %27 %b %2015 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000 Mass in C
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Beethoven
Starting: November 1, 2015
For: 3 weeks
Copies: full set
Willing to rent: Yes
The Jackson Choral Society needs to borrow or rent a full set of orchestral parts for the Carus-Verlag edition of Beethoven's "Mass in C." If you can help, please contact:
Mark Nabholz, artistic director
manabholz (at)
Classified ad: Director of Music / Pianist or Organist Dana Alexander, %27 %b %2015 %05:%Aug:%th 5AugGMT+0000
First Congregational United Church of Christ of Santa Rosa seeks a part-time Director of Music. We hope to have someone in place by Fall 2015. 
The First Congregational United Church of Christ of Santa Rosa is a progressive, open and affirming church, welcoming everyone regardless of age, race, education, economic status, marital status, sexual orientation or special needs.  A varied music program is an integral part of our weekly worship service.  If you want to learn more about our church, please browse our website.
The ideal candidate for our Director of Music/Keyboardist will have a foundation in traditional choral music and its role in worship, yet be ready and willing to blend in a wide range of musical styles.  The ideal candidate will also possess strong keyboard skills in order to lead weekly evening choir practices and Sunday morning rehearsals as well as provide service music during Sunday services.
Job Summary/Responsibilities
The Director of Music shall:
  • work with the Minister, staff and Worship Team to enrich the ministry of our church;
  •  provide musical leadership to the choir and the congregation;
  • expand upon our church’s musical heritage so that it evolves with vision, energy and diversity;
  • incorporate choral, global and contemporary music into worship services;
  • direct weekly choir rehearsals and Sunday morning pre-service rehearsals.
  • play keyboard (piano and/or organ) for congregational hymns, prelude, offertory and postlude in Sunday services;
  • provide music for special annual services such as Christmas and Lent;
  • take one Sunday a month as Sabbath, having coordinated music for that Sunday ahead of time.
  • View and download the full job description here.
The salary for this contracted professional part time position is commensurate with training and experience.
To apply or for more information about this opportunity
  1. Please email a current resume, along with the names and contact information (phone and email) of 3 references.  Indicate your connection to each reference.  Send your information ATTN: Chair, Director of Music Search Committee,
  2. Email a statement (no more than 100 words) in answer to this question:  What is your background with and feeling about using different musical styles in worship?
Announcement: ABCD Convention: Swirly Music Gordon Thornett, %27 %b %2015 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000 coming Saturday, 29th August, I will be representing Swirly Music at the Annual ABCD Convention at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  If you are attending this conference, please stop by and say hello.  There will be a selection of choral pieces to look at from self-publishing composers, and you will also be able to check out the dynamic Swirly Music website, which enables you to thumb through scores, hear live recordings of the music, and place orders for choral pieces in printed or digital form.
(Even if you're not attending the convention, you can still check out Swirly Music at
Announcement: Three Flower Songs (Herrick) for women's voices (SSA) a cappella Gordon Thornett, %27 %b %2015 %09:%Aug:%th 9AugGMT+0000 To Blossoms;  2. To Daffodils; 3. Gather ye Rosebuds.   These three a cappella pieces share the theme of time, and the fragility of life - although the last one has a touch of humour at the end. I wrote "Gather ye Rosebuds" for the University of Michigan Women's Glee Club a year or two ago, and have recently added the two other short piece to make up a set.  They should be well within the capabilities of a good SSA choir. The running time for all three is approximately 6' 30".
To look through the music, go to  where you will also have the opportunity to purchase printed copies or a license to download digitally.
Classified ad: New Haven Oratorio Choir Auditions & Open Rehearsal Mary Clark, %27 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000

Fall 2015 Auditions & Open Rehearsal

New Haven Oratorio Choir invites auditions by CHORAL SINGERS – all parts. Our 2015-16 season will include works by Tavener, Gardiner and Brahms. An audition consists of meeting with Artistic Director Daniel Shaw, doing some general vocalizing and performing a 1-2 minute unaccompanied selection chosen by the singer. 

Open Rehearsal: 

Wednesday September 16th

8:00 PM @ Church of the Redeemer

Address: 185 Cold Spring Street, New Haven CT, 06511

An audition may be scheduled (by appointment) at the following dates:

1) Saturday August 29th - 2- 4 PM

2) Wednesday September 2nd - 8-9:30PM

3) Saturday September 5th -  11-1 PM

4) Wednesday September 16th (schedule after attending open rehearsal)   

If you are interested in auditioning and/or attending the open rehearsal, please contact our membership coordinator Gretchen Pritchard at 203-624-2520 or

Classified ad: Hackensack/Bergen County Singers Rasaan Bourke, %27 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000
Our Section Leaders
Classified ad: Baritone Staff Singer audition HyeHyun Sung, %27 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston is looking for a Bass/Baritone staff singer for the 2015-16 season, September 2015 through May 2016. The schedule includes Thursday rehearsals 7pm-9pm and Sunday services at 8:30am and 10:30am, as well as services during Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, and other services as announced.

Compensation is $50.00 per call (3 calls per week).  All calls outside of the times outlined above carry additional compensation (e.g. weddings and funerals). To schedule an audition and to discuss the position further, please contact HyeHyun Sung, Director of Music (

Classified ad: CHOIR OF MEN & WOMEN Andrew Kilkenny, %26 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
Grace Episcopal Church located in the heart of Plainfield, New Jersey has openings for new members to join our semi-professional Choir of Men and Women. Our season begins with our first rehearsal on Wednesday September 2nd at 7:30pm! We have Four Professional Section Leaders, and other musicians that also sing in the choir. Instrumentalists are also encouraged to join. We sing a vast repertoire that spans five centuries (Baroque-Contemporary), and several languages! We currently sing a variety of services which would also include Evensong & Vespers. Grace is built in the Gothic Revival style, and seats about 500. The Church boasts a 40 rank organ, Harpsichord, and has 6 pianos. Our Church is easily accessible by bus (NJT 65, 66, 114, 113, 819, 822), or train (NJT Raritan Valley Line) and is a 45 minute train ride from New York. For more information, please contact me, or see our website for more information. Performance & Rehearsal Schedule available. My Email is:, and my Phone is: (732)991-6548. I look forward to making great music with you!
Concert: Marin Baroque announces its 2015-16 season! Linda Price, %27 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000
Marin Baroque, an emerging professional chamber choir and period instrument orchestra led by Music Director Daniel Canosa, is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season. Our fall concert will include both choral and instrumental works by Handel, including the lovely Utrecht Jubilate HWV 279. In February 2016, we welcome a special performance by Premiere Saxophone Quartet of Baroque and jazz music. In spring, we will present cantatas from the hauntingly beautiful Membra Jesu Nostri BuxWV75 by Buxtehude and the well-known and exquisite Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4 by J.S. Bach. In June, stay tuned! We are planning something new!
November 21, 2015
“And all in Friendly Consort meet….”
Celebratory music for the Utrecht Peace Treaties, 1713, works by Handel
  Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 75
  Utrecht Jubilate Deo HWV 279
February 13, 2016
Marin Baroque presents
  Premiere Saxophone Quartet
    “Love and Sax, Music of the Baroque and Jazz”
March 12, 2016
“The Body Sacred”
  Buxtehude, Cantatas from Membra Jesu Nostri BuxWV 75
  Bach, Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4
June, TBD
All concerts will take place at First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Rd, 94960, at 8 PM.
Tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.
For more information, call Betsy Levine-Proctor at 415-497-6634, or email
Please visit our YouTube channel!
Announcement: Two SATB Choral Blessings for church choir conductors Michael Sandvik, %27 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 you are looking for or are interested in "fresh" choral blessings for your church service, have a look at my two blessings, "The Lord Bless You," and "The Lord Shall Bless You Out Of Zion."
They are both accessible, compelling, lovely, and interesting (though very different from each other).
Full perusal scores are available on my website, and feel free to print a complimentary score for further examination.
View and Purchase here.
"The Lord Bless You":
"The Lord Shall Bless You Out Of Zion":
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
Announcement: Mass for Double Choir - Terry Schlenker Kurt Knecht, %27 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 may be an overlooked masterpiece of the modern era. It is a truly amazing work.
Concert: The Crossing - Bonhoeffer - Philadelphia Kevin Krasinski, %26 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000

Bonhoeffer of Thomas Lloyd

Saturday September 12, 2015, 8 pm @ Union Seminary, New York City
Sunday September 13, 2015, two performances at 2 pm and 5 pm @ Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

The Philadelphia Inquirer said of our premiere of Lloyd's work, "Sometimes you just don't see a significant piece coming...While it effectively airs many philosophical questions that keep your mind busy long after the performance, it is never weighed down by them, and is rich in musical substance."

This breakthrough work for sixteen men, three women, and chamber ensemble probes the life and death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer through a series of scenes from his physical and spiritual lives; it is among our most requested works and we happily reprise it to launch the anniversary season.

There will be a post-concert talk-back with the composer after each performance.

For tickets, click here.

Concert: The Crossing - Bonhoeffer - New York Kevin Krasinski, %26 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000

Bonhoeffer of Thomas Lloyd

Saturday September 12, 2015, 8 pm @ Union Seminary, New York City
Sunday September 13, 2015, two performances at 2 pm and 5 pm @ Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

The Philadelphia Inquirer said of our premiere of Lloyd's work, "Sometimes you just don't see a significant piece coming...While it effectively airs many philosophical questions that keep your mind busy long after the performance, it is never weighed down by them, and is rich in musical substance."

This breakthrough work for sixteen men, three women, and chamber ensemble probes the life and death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer through a series of scenes from his physical and spiritual lives; it is among our most requested works and we happily reprise it to launch the anniversary season.

There will be a post-concert talk-back with the composer after each performance.

Concert: MESSIAH...REFRESHED! Andrea Macy, %26 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Tickets On Sale Now:
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Handel: Messiah
Thomas Beecham/ Eugene Goossens' 1959 Re-Orchestration for full symphony orchestra
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Christopher Job, Bass Baritone Soloist
John McVeigh, Tenor Solosist
Claudia Chapa, Mezzo-Soprano Soloist
Penelope Shumate, Soprano Soloist
DCINY proudly ushers in the holiday season at Carnegie Hall with the fifth annual performance of Thomas Beecham/Eugene Goossens' 1959 re-orchestration for full symphony orchestra of Handel's Messiah. Called a “radical rescoring” by the New York Times, this revamped version will fill the concert hall with the gloriously festive sounds of the beloved holiday masterpiece.
“It has become an annual tradition for the Distinguished Concerts International organization to present a version of Handel's “Messiah” far outside the historically informed mainstream. As usual Jonathan Griffith will conduct a large group of players and singers in the delicious symphony-orchestra arrangement that Eugene Goossens prepared for Thomas Beecham's 1959 RCA recording of the work, which has about the same relationship to other “Messiahs” that chocolate layer cake has to a Ritz Cracker.” – The New York Times
Tickets On Sale Now!
Call CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800
Box Office: 57th Street and Seventh
Senior and Student Discounts Available at the Box Office with ID
Andrea Macy, Associate Director of Marketing, Box Office & Promotions
Distinguished Concerts International, New York
“Changing Lives Through the Power of Performance”
Classified ad: Paid Section Leader Charles Grove, %26 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, has openings beginning September 2015 for TENOR and BASS section leaders. Ideal candidates will have trained voices, strong musicianship skills, and prior knowledge of or interest in learning about the Anglican choral tradition. Regular calls are Sunday mornings at 8:45 am for 10:00 am mass. Compensation is $80 per call. Please contact for an audition. ]]>Classified ad: Section leaders Edmund Murray, %26 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church, Houston, TX announces immediate openings for Alto, Tenor and Bass section leaders.  As the Principal Church for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Our Lady of Walsingham possesses the equivalent status of a cathedral and thus an important emphasis is placed on sacred music which reflects only the highest quality.  Repertoire spans a wide range of historical periods with a focus on Renaissance polyphony and music of the English cathedral tradition. Candidates should possess excellent skills in sight-reading, vocal production, choral blend and general musicianship. Understanding and appreciation for Catholic liturgy as well as familiarity with Anglican and Gregorian chant is expected.  Must be able to work well in collaboration with both professional and volunteer singers. Regular schedule includes Wednesday evening rehearsals and two Sunday Masses. Competitive compensation with opportunities for additional remuneration for extra services.
For more information, contact:
Edmund G. Murray  
Organist and Choirmaster
Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church
7809 Shadyvilla Lane
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 683-9407
Announcement: Join René Clausen & Choirs of America in Chicago for the 2016 COA Festival for Choirs Geoffrey McQueen, %26 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000

Choirs of America is pleased to announce the 2016 COA Festival for Choirs | Midwest Division.  Taking place on Friday, April 15, 2016 on the beautiful campus of the grand old Fourth Presbyterian Church (across the street from the John Hancock Tower in downtown Chicago), the 2016 COA Festival for Choirs will engage, inspire and educate your choral ensembles.  The all-day event features:

  • Adjudicated Performances for each participating ensemble;
  • Observational Requirements (watch another choir perform);
  • Full one-hour Clinics for each group;
  • School Exchanges (sing for other choirs from across the country and vice versa); and
  • A massed choir rehearsal and recording session of a Newly Commissioned Piece from COA's Composer-in-Residence... René Clausen.

The 2016 COA Festival for Choirs Teaching Faculty includes Dr. Clausen leading the massed choir rehearsal and recording session of his new piece... and world-class Clinicians and Adjudicators (including Cheryl Frazes-Hill, Doreen Rao, and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu).  At $85.00 per Singer (Directors and Chaperones are free), the program is extremely cost-effective.  We would love for you and your choral program to join us!

For further information, please feel free to contact us at (800) 284-2177... or, to find additional information online, click here... 2016 COA Festival for Choirs | Midwest Division.  If you're looking for the Event Application, click here... COA Event Application.  I sincerely hope we'll see (and hear) you in Chicago next spring...

Welcome to the Revolution!

Geoffrey McQueen, Executive Director

Choirs of America

Forum message: Elusive Ravel Recording Micah Hunter, %26 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 am in search of a recording(s), in any format, of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe orchestral suites (Suites 1 and 2, not the entire ballet), which include the wordless chorus.  So far, all I can find is recordings which substitute the orchestrations for the choral parts.  I have found some reference to historic recordings which include the chorus, but when I search for those specific recordings, I find nothing.  If anyone is aware of such a recording, please reply with the discographic information so I can locate and purchase it.  Thank you!   ]]>Borrowing request: Judas Maccabeus needed borrow/rent/purchase! Lesley Leighton, %26 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Judas Maccabeus
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Handel/Novello preferred/Schirmer acceptable
Starting: asap
For: until Jan 2016
Copies: 110
Willing to rent: Yes
Looking to borrow/rent (purchase is last resort due to cost and lack of availability!) 110 piano/vocal scores of Handel's Judas Maccabeus for UCLA performance in December 2015, with score return in January 2016. If anyone has this can you contact me? I am willing to obtain scores from multipe institutions, so even if you have a lower number of copies, that's okay!  Thanks in advance!!
Classified ad: Choral Accompanist - Worthington Kilbourne High School Matthew Zabiegala, %26 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
Seeking part-time pianist/choral accompanist at Worthington Kilbourne High School in Columbus, Ohio to accompany and collaborate with four choirs; two single gender beginning choirs, one intermediate female chorus, and the advanced mixed ensemble, Kilbourne Singers.
-Sept. 2015-May 2016
-8:30am-1:15pm, 2-3 days per week on average, with one hour break. (Days are very flexible)
-Department Concerts (4 per year) 10/19, 12/8, 3/15, 5/17
-Winter Concert Tour with Kilbourne Singers (up to 6 additional performance on weekends between Jan-Apr)
-Retreats with Kilbourne Singers (4 per year) 10/3, 11/21, 1/9, 1/19.
-WKHS Graduation, 5/29
-8th Grade Festival (optional commitment)
-Cabaret in May ( optional commitment, individual student performances)
-A desire to work with students.
-Hold at least a BM, BME or equivalent in piano performance, music education.
-Have experience in working with high school voices.
-Collaborative skills with a conductor.
-Improvising skills as needed.
-Enjoying the rigor and comfortable in energized rehearsals and performances.
-Roughly $15.00 per hour. 
Please submit a letter of interest and resume/CV via email to Matthew Zabiegala, Director of Choral Activities, at Qualified candidates should plan on an interview with a brief audition of sight-reading in open score, and a prepared choral accompaniment of the director’s choosing.
Upon selection, the candidate must pass an FBI/BCI screening with the District Office.
For more information about the Choral Program at WKHS, visit
Classified ad: Audition for Greater South Jersey Chorus Margaret Van Meter, %26 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 with us!  Auditions for Greater South Jersey Chorus are scheduled for September 13 from 12-4PM.   
Led by our fantastic artistic director, D. Jason Bishop, GSJC is an 80-voice SATB choir that sings major works with orchestra as well as shorter pieces.  We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 10 at Grace Church in Haddonfield, NJ, conveniently located next to the PATCO station.  
For audition information, please go to our website: or email for further information.  
Forum message: Powerful, strong, declarative songs for SSA/SSAA a cap or pno accompanied Susan Nace, %26 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000, I am looking for some big, powerful songs for high school young women to sing that aren't necessarily gospel/spirituals.  Looking for pieces along the lines of Matsushita's "Dona Nobis Pacem," Alice Parker's "Punching the Dough," Stephen Leek's "Kungala," Nick Page's "Niksa Banja," or "Ad Amore" by Kesselman.  Difficulty level 3 (out of 1 - 5).  Divisi is fine.  Any languages,  Accompanied or A cappella. Size of group around 40. Pieces between 3 - 5 minutes.  Any texts, sacred is okay. 
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
Susan Nace
The Harker School
San Jose, CA
Forum message: Music sequencer programs Chris Stanley, %26 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 anyone know of a good music sequencer that will allow you to change time signatures?  I have used Mastertracks Pro in the past but I am looking for something more up to date to use as a practice program for my choirs.  I use Garageband for the most part but it doesn't allow for time signature changes within pieces. ]]>Classified ad: Auditions - South Bend Chamber Singers Nancy Menk, %26 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000


27th Concert Season, 2015-2016
Nancy Menk, conductor
David Eicher, accompanist
The South Bend Chamber Singers, Michiana’s premier vocal chamber ensemble, announce auditions for experienced singers.
Concerts for the coming year include Christmas at Loretto on December 20th, showcasing new music for the season performed in a great acoustical space and featuring the world premiere of a new work by American composer Daniel Knaggs for chorus and strings, along with Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax, and favorite carols in new arrangements. On March 20th we will join with the Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir to premiere a new Stabat Mater setting by South Bend composer Jorge Muñiz in New Beginnings: A Mother’s Journey, a concert focusing on the theme of Motherhood and benefiting Hannah’s House. On May 22nd we will perform Choral Creatures--Music Devoted to All Animals, Great and Small.  Joining us will be the Notre Dame Children’s Choir for the premiere of a new work by Chicago composer Paul Carey.  This concert will be repeated in August at the Potawatomi Zoo.
Auditions will be held August 30-September 4 in Room 309 Moreau Center for the Arts on the Saint Mary's College campus. Singers should bring a prepared solo, and sight-reading and aural abilities will be tested.  An accompanist is provided.
Please call 284-4632 or 233-6927 to schedule an audition time.
For more information please visit our web site at
Classified ad: BEL CANTO SINGERS OF DAYTONA tenor positions David Redman, %26 %b %2015 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000 Canto Singers of Daytona, Daytona, FL, is advertising for two paid tenors for rehearsals and performances. The applicants should posses excellent sight-reading skills, vocal ability and able to serve as section leaders.
Bel Canto Singers of Daytona will present five concerts this season, including: October 18, 2015, "Dvorak, Mass in D Major" and Vaughan Williams, "In Windsor Forrest"; December 6, 2015, Christmas with Bel Canto Singers (seasonal favorites); February 28 and March 6, 2016, Songs of Love featuring the works of Stroope, Dickau and Lauridsen; May 15, 2016, Salute to Armed Forces Day, featuring Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom".
If you are interested in knowing more about these positions, please contact David Redman, artistic director at or visit our website at
Classified ad: Auditions for Valley Concert Chorale’s 2015-2016 Season heidi massie, %26 %b %2015 %05:%Aug:%th 5AugGMT+0000
Auditions for Valley Concert Chorale’s 2015-2016 Season
The Valley Concert Chorale, the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus, is now scheduling appointments for auditions for singers who would like to be a part of the Chorale’s 2015-2016 season.  Auditions will be held on the following dates:
  • Mondays, September 14, 21 and 28
Auditions and rehearsals are held at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore. The church is located at 2020 Fifth Street.
The Chorale is seeking experienced singers with sight-reading skills who enjoy singing exciting and challenging music. The Chorale performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical to contemporary, and folk to jazz. To schedule an appointment, call (925) 462-4205.
The Chorale’s 52nd concert season will feature the following performances and events:
  • Bach's Christmas Oratorio; music of Eric Whitacre - December
  • John Rutter’s Requiem and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms – March
  • Salute to America’s musical greats, with songs by Aaron Copland, Alice Parker, Robert Shaw and others.
More information about the Valley Concert Chorale is available at or by calling the general information line at (925) 866-4003.
About Valley Concert Chorale
For over 50 years, the Valley Concert Chorale is the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus. Under the direction of John Emory Bush, the Chorale has offered a variety of musical performances to serve the diverse musical tastes of its audiences.
Valley Concert Chorale’s mission is to engage audiences in the transforming power of music by sharing their passion and joy in live performance. They are dedicated to excellence in singing choral music of all genres, nurturing the next generation of singers, and supporting musical endeavors in the Tri-Valley community.
The all-volunteer, non-profit chorale receives financial support from grants, ticket sales, membership dues, fundraisers and donations.
About the Director
John Emory Bush has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Valley Concert Chorale since 1998.  He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is also trained as a pianist, organist and harpist. He was Music Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Concert Chorale for eighteen seasons and Director of Music and Organist at St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas from 2000-2010.  Mr. Bush is Music Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church, McKinney, Texas.  For the past fifteen years, Mr. Bush has divided his time between the Bay Area and Dallas, contributing to both musical communities.
Classified ad: Open rehearsals for chamber choir Carolyn Eynon Singers carolyn Eynon, %26 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 Sept 15 at 6;45 - 9;00pm, we invite interested choral singers to sit in or sing with our 24 adults of the Carolyn Eynon Singers. Our 9th year is entitled, "A YEAR OF REFLECTION" and we perform 6 concerts a year. Our opening concert is "You are the Light", featuring all Northamerican choral artists such as; Laurisden, Whitacre, Forrest, Clausen, Hughes, Hampton, Nunez, Helvey,Hayes and Courtney in fresh arrangements of holiday season music; sung in English, Hebrew, and Spanish. All parts are welcome; rehearsals are EACH Tues at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church on Scottsdale Rd at Cactus. for further info; ]]>Classified ad: Percussionist needed for youth choir performance in December. Jennifer Baker, %26 %b %2015 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000 am the director of a high school age choir which will be performing several pieces this December requiring percussion.  One piece, a Negro Spiritual, calls for conga drums; the others are Pentatonix pieces sung by my chamber group which does not have a "beat boxer."  I would prefer to have an experienced percussionist over the beat boxer, anyhow -- We are an Attleboro, Massachusett's choir but will be performing in North Providence, RI.  Thank you for any help you can offer.  I had hoped to have found someone by now -- perhaps a college student -- but I am still empty handed. 
We would need the percussionist for one or two practices, a dress rehearsal, and one formal performance.  Specifics will be given to serious inquiries.
Thank you!
Forum message: Choral Literature/Warmups Shawn Lopez, %25 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 Everyone,
I am a brand new teacher at a K-8th Public Charter school and I have one beginning choir class (6th through 8th grade).  Can you reccomend some choral literature for brand new beginning singers who are not used to singing with others in an ensemble.  Also, any fun type warm ups building good vocal habits etc.  I also wanted to just get used to them singing together for a while and if you could reccomend some music books on the market that have an array of short familiar songs they could sing that I could draw upon in rehearsal without buying too many music books.  (I will have to build up that repetoir later).  
I realize there is alot of good material out there but any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated.  
Right now I am just focused on getting them on the right track and to start enjoying learning how to sing together as an ensemble this year and mabye a few months down the road could even start to think about SAB pieces.  
Thanks for your help.
Forum message: Szymko's Vivos Voco Karyn Silva, %25 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 high school girls will be performing "Vivos Voco" by Joan Szymko this Winter for our holiday concert.  We don't have the stage space or the musicians to play the big bell part written in the score. (It calls for three octaves of handbells). I'm wondering if anyone has done this successfully with a simplified handbell part. Many thanks for your help! ]]>Forum message: Bach BWV 118 O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht Wyant Morton, %25 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 would be a good modern instrument to substitute for the 2 Litui (Lituo) parts in Bach BWV 118 O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht?
Sincere thanks in advance,
Wyant Morton
Classified ad: Director of Music/Organist Eric Strader, %25 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 Church United Methodist is seeking a Director of Music to oversee the music program with the purpose of leading the congregation to an encounter with the Spirit of God.  The ideal candidate will honor the traditions of church music while reinterpreting for a 21st century world.  Our approach to ministry is a co-creation process with staff and laity, so all applicants should be team players.  In 2013, Christ Church refurbished its two-manual, 22 rank Reuter pipe organ and we are seeking an individual who has organ and piano skill sets. 

Christ Church is an inclusive community seeking to follow God’s call to be REAL.  We do this by offering an authentic welcome, asking questions about our doubts, endeavoring to give and receive unconditional love, and working for tangible justice in the world. Visit for more info. 

Compensation is commensurate with experience. For questions, a detailed job description, or to submit resumes please contact Rev. Eric Strader,

Classified ad: H.S. Chapel Choir Director Vacancy - FUMC of Downers Grove Robert Goad, %25 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000

Chapel Choir Director

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church

1032 Maple Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515 Part-time Position Description


The Chapel Choir Director is responsible for all activities associated with the Chapel Choir and its High School members which includes rehearsals and performances during worship services and the annual Concerts and Chapel Choir Tour.

Accountable to: The Director of Youth Ministries, the Senior Pastor(s) and the Staff Parish Relations Committee

Position Objective:
To organize and manage all aspects of DGFUMC’s Chapel Choir (high school choir program). This includes but is not limited to conducting rehearsals, the Worship Service, Christmas Concert and the Spring Break Choir tour.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the Position

  1. Coordinates with pastors and other music staff and participates in general planning of the Chapel Choir

    program that enhances the themes of the church year

    1. Attends Tuesday morning Worship Staff meeting when possible

    2. Works with Chancel Choir Director and Music Coordinator to:

      1. 1)  Establish a yearly worship schedule that reflects balanced coverage of all 9:30 & 11:00 Sunday services and Christmas Eve, Easter, and extra Worship Services throughout the year.

      2. 2)  Works with the music staff to plan Choir Dedication anthems when Chancel and Chapel Choirs lead worship together

  2. Arranges with Youth Pastor and Connection Choir Director to meet with, invite, and encourage youth participants in confirmation and the Connection Choir to join the Chapel Choir.

  3. Organizes and leads weekly choir rehearsals for the Chapel Choir (Wednesday evenings)

    1. Works with the Youth Pastor and other adult leaders to ensure appropriate behavior and attendance

    2. Works with the accompanist(s) to ensure effective rehearsals

    3. Maintains communication with the pastors to coordinate choir participation in the Sunday service

  4. Manages all aspects of the Chapel Choir’s participation in the Sunday Worship Service, usually the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service (September through May/early June)


a. Selects appropriate music which excites the interest of the youth and unfolds the liturgical year

5. Leads

and coordinates all aspects of the Chapel Choir’s Christmas Concert

  1. Notifies the Office Administrator each week, in a timely manner, the music choices to be included in the Sunday Worship service bulletin

  2. Introduces all Worship Service music to choir members including hymns

  3. Works with the Youth Pastor and other adult leaders to ensure appropriate Worship Service behavior and to meet regular attendance expectations.

  4. Works with the accompanist(s) to ensure excellent choir performance

  5. Conducts the Chapel Choir worship performances.

  6. Provides support for the Worship Band at least once a month

  1. Works with Youth Pastor, church staff and adult leaders to: establish the concert date, publicize the event, prepare the printed program and tickets, organize ticket sales, and submit Sanctuary reservations and set-up requirements.

  2. Selects appropriate music

  3. Works with the Youth Pastor and other adult leaders to ensure appropriate Worship Service behavior and attendance

  4. Works with the accompanist(s) to ensure excellent choir performance

6. Coordinates all aspects of the Chapel Choir’s Spring Break Choir tour

  1. Conducts Spring Break Choir tour performances (the last week of March, 2016)

  2. Supports Youth Pastor in identifying and coordinating fundraising efforts for Choir Tour participation throughout the year.

  3. Selects appropriate music

  4. Schedules and conducts rehearsals and communication with parents

  5. Supports Youth Pastor and other adult leaders to ensure that a feasible and interesting itinerary is selected, planned and implemented and to manage the budget.

  6. Schedules a date and place for and conducts the pre-tour concert

  7. Schedules a date for and conducts the home concert following tour

  8. Works with Youth Pastor, church staff and other adult leaders to coordinate publicity, sanctuary reservations and set-up requirements, and program and t-shirt designing and printing

  9. Works with the Youth Pastor and other adult leaders to ensure appropriate behavior and attendance during the tour

  10. Works with the accompanist(s) to ensure excellent choir performance

7. Collaborates with Youth Pastor and other adult leaders to ensure that the Chapel Choir is a strong supportive group, providing guidance in all the areas that need support

  1. Delegates duties to the adult leaders to elicit their active support in non musical areas, e.g. administrative and logistics matters.

  2. Works with Youth Pastor and other adult leaders to make the Chapel Choir an effective outreach to the community.

Note: All of the policies of the local church as found in the Employee Handbook also apply to the condi:ons of this posi:on.


Required: Professional training in music/music education
Preferred qualifications: Experience in choral conducting; experience in working with high school age youth; experience in conducting/familiarity with a broad range of religious music.

Updated August 16, 2015 


R. Brett Goad -

Pennie Crinion -


Announcement: Singing Men Vocal Workshop Thomas Berryman, %25 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
SINGING MEN! Vocal Workshop
Saturday, September 19, 2015   9 am - Noon
sponsored by
Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus
Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
First Parish Church of Weston  
349 Boston Post Rd, Weston, MA 02493
Fee: $20 per person limited enrollment
Send your men for this opportunity to build specific vocal skills in a training session with a skilled voice teacher.  The training is not style specific and would be useful for traditional, gospel and pop.  This September workshop will reinforce good vocal habits at the beginning of the choral singing season.
Tenor William Hite is Senior Lecturer in Voice and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.   His reputation as an engaging and expressive artist has led to appearances spanning three decades with noted ensembles and conductors.
Classified ad: Tenor Soloist-Section Leader Laura Potratz, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000

University Baptist Church - A Welcoming and Affirming Church

1219 University Avenue SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414

(adjacent to the University of Minnesota campus)


is seeking a Tenor Soloist-Section Leader for the UBC Chorale, an SATB choir of 20-25 people with four professional section leaders.

Primary responsibilities include regular and on-time (early) attendance that sets a professional example for our volunteers at

  • Wednesday evening rehearsals from 5:45 to 7:15, September 20 through May 22

  • on average three Sunday mornings per month for one 10 a.m. service

  • Christmas Eve, Good Friday, Easter, and special event the morning of Sunday, April 17

Successful candidates will be interested in using the voice flexibly and appropriately to the great variety of music this choir sings, vocally blending into a choir setting, and also being a confident soloist.

$40 per call

Keyboard skills and/or conducting interest a big plus.
Ability to play other instruments a plus.
Ability to impart vocal pedagogy to the choir a plus.
Bringing your own solo repertoire (whether sacred or secular) into church services a plus.


Email resume to by September 9 to schedule an audition.


Classified ad: Highland Park Comunity Chorus Melanie Mostrowski, %25 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 all singers: The Highland Park Community Chorus is welcoming new members for the 2015-2016 season! Please see the attachments for more information.

Looking for all voice parts, especially tenors and basses. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7:30-9:30pm. We have two concerts per year - one in December, the other in May. Our first rehearsal is at 7:30pm at the Reformed Church in Highland Park onSeptember 14th, 19-21 S. Second Ave. Auditions will take place at 7pm before the first few rehearsals in September. Please contact to audition.

Past repertoire includes Haydn's Seasons, Brahms' German Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Durufle's Requiem, Bach cantatas, Mozart masses, madrigals, folk songs, opera choruses, contemporary pieces, jazz, baroque, classical, you-name-it. We are very proud of our community group and the diversity of styles and languages we sing in.

This is a chance to sing great music, make new friends, and connect to the Highland Park community through events such as the Highland Park Thanksgiving Service, or through fundraisers such as our hysterical and fun Valentine's Day Song Grams. For any questions please send an email to ]]>
Classified ad: Office Manager Sara Casar, %25 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
Leading concert touring company is looking for an Office Manager to organize and coordinate office operations and procedures, in order to ensure organizational effectiveness, efficiency and safety.  Classical Movements is a premier concert touring company for the world's great professional orchestras and choruses, as well as youth orchestras and choirs. Experts in the needs of music performance groups for concert tours. In addition, Classical Movements owns and operates four International Choral Festivals as well as an Opera Festival and regularly Commissions New Music for our clients.  The ideal candidate will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative support related tasks and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. This person must be exceedingly well organized, flexible and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting an office of diverse people.  Responsibilities include:  Serve as the point person for maintenance, mailing, shopping, supplies, equipment, bills, and errands, organize and schedule meetings and appointments, maintain office policies as necessary, organize office operations and procedures, coordinate with IT department and other vendors on all equipment, provide general support to visitors, assist with sales proposals, budgets and airline ticketing as needed, and other tasks.  Requirements include:  Proven office management, administrative or assistant experience, knowledge of office management and procedures, excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work, attention to detail and problem solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and planning skills, proficiency in MS Office.  College degree required.  Please email cover letter and resume to Sara Casar, Business Director, at  Please include salary requirements.  No calls please.  Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, medical, and 401(k) plan with company match.
Borrowing request: Weinachtslieder (Buchenberg) and Sieben Zaubersprüche (Buchenberg) Daniel Farris, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Weinachtslieder (Buchenberg) and Sieben Zaubersprüche (Buchenberg)
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Wolfram Buchenberg
Starting: ASAP
For: This fall 2015
Copies: 40 of Weinachtslieder and 30 of Sieben Zaubersprüche
Willing to rent: No
Looking for 40 of Weinachtslieder and 30 of Sieben Zaubersprüche, both by W. Buchenberg.
Contact me at the below information. Thanks in advance!  Go crowd sourcing!
Daniel Farris, D. M. A.
Vocal area coordinator
Advisor for graduate vocal studies
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
580.774.3208 (office)
817.694.5036 (mobile)
Concert: Mozart's 'Grand' Mass in C Minor Barbara Mouk, %25 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
Clarion Celebrates Nostra Aetate and the Visit of Pope Francis
with Mozart’s ‘Grand’ Mass in C Minor and Copland’s In The Beginning
Clarion opens its 2015-2016 season with a concert celebrating the pope’s historic first visit to the United States, and the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the groundbreaking Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions from the Second Vatican Council, which transformed Catholic-Jewish relations.
The evening expresses themes of restoration and peace with two works by the Jewish-Italian composer Salamone Rossi, Elohim Hashivenu (Psalm 80) and Kaddish; In The Beginning, Aaron Copland’s magnificent and virtuosic depiction of the creation of the world, and Mozart’s masterful 'Grand' Mass in C Minor, a particular favorite of Pope Francis.
Date:                Thursday, September 17th, 7.30pm
Location:         Church of St. Jean Baptiste, Lexington at 76th Street
Program:          Salamone Rossi (1570-1630)           Elohim Hashivenu
                         A. Copland (1900-1990)                   In the Beginning
                         W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)               ‘Grand’ Mass in C Minor, K.427
Performers:     Lauren Snouffer and Anna Dennis, sopranos
                        Lawrence Jones, tenor
                        Philip Cutlip, bass
                        Virginia Warnken, mezzo-soprano (Copland)
                        The Clarion Orchestra
                        The Clarion Choir
                        Steven Fox, conductor
Tickets:           $35/$50/$75 at
Web site:
Information:     212.580.5700
Presented by Ayesha Bulchandani-Mathrani & Sandeep Mathrani,
and AJC, American Jewish Committee
Concert: ORATORIO SOCIETY CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF SUCCESS alex amalfi, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
The Rochester Oratorio Society makes a joyful sound to celebrate seven decades of great singing in CELEBRATING 70, Friday, March 11, 2016, 7:30 P.M., at the Hochstein Performance Hall.  Alumni from across the country return to honor the occasion with longtime friends. Eric Townell leads the ROS and a professional brass ensemble in familiar festive music by Brahms, Handel, Haydn, John Rutter and Norman Dello Joio. ROS Emeritus Director Roger Wilhelm shares the podium.  Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 by advance purchase through the ROS office (585) 473-2234, the ROS web site, or Brown Paper Tickets,
The Rochester Oratorio Society, founded in 1945, is the leading choral/orchestral ensemble in Rochester, New York, and the surrounding seven-county region. The ROS has performed concert tours to Eastern Europe, Italy, Scandinavia and China; performed a live, one-hour televised concert for WXXI's "Voices" series; collaborated with the region's finest vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and artists in other disciplines, including numerous appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; commissioned and premiered major works; and initiated a solo vocal competition of national stature which continues to this day (Classical Idol). Information about ROS events is available through or the ROS Office, 585.473.2234.        
Concert: “THROWBACK TO THE 70'S” WITH ORATORIO SOCIETY Fund raiser to benefit educational programs alex amalfi, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
The decade of bell bottoms, leisure suits and Harvey Wallbangers reigns again as the Rochester Oratorio Society [ROS] celebrates its 70th anniversary season with “Throwback to the 70's” benefit event on Thursday, November 12, 7:00 P.M at ARTISANworks 565 Blossom Road in Rochester. 
The ROS invites all to enjoy premium wines and beers, entertainment, dancing, and the opportunity to view and purchase splendid artworks and to bid on Albert Paley collectibles and entertainment packages. Prizes will be awarded for Best 70's-era Apparel.
“We’re going to party in the spirit of the decade, with all its colorful appeal,” says event organizer Beth Camann, noting that many who attend will be too young to have experienced the era personally. “The point is to have great fun with friends and benefit a great cause.”
Proceeds support the Society’s new partnership with the Horizons Student Enrichment Program at The Harley School, providing choral education and performance experience to urban students during an intensive six-week session. Music education is widely recognized as a factor in students’ continuing academic success and development.
The Rochester Oratorio Society, founded in 1945, has performed concert tours to Eastern Europe, Italy, Scandinavia and China; performed a live, one-hour televised concert for WXXI's "Voices" series; collaborated with the region's finest vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and artists in other disciplines, including numerous appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; commissioned and premiered major works; and initiated an annual, nationally-known solo vocal competition (Classical Idol). Tickets ($19.70) to THROWBACK TO THE 70's are available through,, or the ROS Office, 585.473.2234.                
Concert: “THROWBACK TO THE 70'S” WITH ORATORIO SOCIETY Fund raiser to benefit educational programs alex amalfi, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
In a repeat of its successful holiday celebration of last December, the Rochester Oratorio Society [ROS] again presents its popular holiday benefit concert, A CITY SINGS FOR THE SEASON, on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 3:00 P.M., free of charge and open to the public, in the Atrium of the historic Sibley Building, 228 East Main Street. One hundred voices sing seasonal music of many cultures, including works by Dave Brubeck, John Rutter and Gian Carlo Menotti, alongside music by African-American composer William Grant Still.
Special guests include the Spiritus Christi Gospel Choir, Paul Boutté, director; and the Hochstein Youth Singers, directed by Maryellen Giese. 
Co-sponsors include The City of Rochester, Volunteers of America Upstate New York and the Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality. WinnDevelopment has graciously donated use of the space for this event. Information on the Sibley Building may be found at
Donations of clothing and personal care items accepted at the door benefit the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network.
The Rochester Oratorio Society, founded in 1945, is the leading choral/orchestral ensemble in Rochester, New York, and the surrounding seven-county region. The ROS has performed concert tours to Eastern Europe, Italy, Scandinavia and China; performed a live, one-hour televised concert for WXXI's "Voices" series; collaborated with the region's finest vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and artists in other disciplines, including numerous appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; commissioned and premiered major works; and initiated a solo vocal competition of national stature which continues to this day (Classical Idol). Information about ROS events is available through or the ROS Office, 585.473.2234.        
Concert: ORATORIO SOCIETY PRESENTS MENDELSSOHN’S “ELIJAH” alex amalfi, %25 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
The Rochester Oratorio Society celebrates its 70th season of concerts with a grand production of the most famous piece of choral music after Messiah: the oratorio ELIJAH by German Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, on Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:30 P.M. at the Hochstein Performance Hall. Tickets ($25 general admission, $20 in advance) are available through, Brown Paper Tickets or the ROS Office, 585.473.2234.        
Singing the title role is world-renowned bass baritone, Eastman School of Music faculty member, JAN OPALACH, leading a cast of professional soloists with strong Rochester ties, including soprano ELENA O’CONNOR; KATIE HANNIGAN, mezzo-soprano, GRANT KNOX, tenor. ERIC TOWNELL conducts the fully-professional ROS Orchestra. 
The project marks a first-ever collaboration with the newly-formed Humanities Center at the University of Rochester. Entitled “Mendelssohn and his world,” the month-long festival explores the music, the life and times of composer Felix Mendelssohn. Guest scholars and local experts present panel discussions, museum visits and a chat with the artists preceding the ROS performance of his majestic oratorio ELIJAH on Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:30 P.M., at the Hochstein Performance Hall. 
Details of the presentations, which are free and open to the public, may be found at the ROS web site, and at
The Rochester Oratorio Society, founded in 1945, is the leading choral/orchestral ensemble in Rochester, New York, and the surrounding seven-county region. The ROS has performed concert tours to Eastern Europe, Italy, Scandinavia and China; performed a live, one-hour televised concert for WXXI's "Voices" series; collaborated with the region's finest vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and artists in other disciplines, including numerous appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; commissioned and premiered major works; and initiated a solo vocal competition of national stature which continues to this day (Classical Idol). Information on all Oratorio Society events is at
Announcement: AH! SUN-FLOWER by Michael Austin Miller Michael Miller, %25 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
This festival-quality piece for SATB (div.) is appropriate for High School, Community, and Professional Vocal Ensembles. 
With an introduction, coda, and two interludes that sonically represent the growth and lifecyle of the sunflower, the piece captures the reaching, the struggle, the loss, the death, and the hope that is inherent to life whether that be of humankind or that of the beautiful sun-flower.  
The piece begins in D-Major and without much effort temporarlily visits the other 7 keys in diatonic order only to end where it began: D-Major.  Even after their journey is done, there is still hope, for the dying sunflower releases seed that will arise from their graves and aspire once again the following spring.  
This piece was premiered by the Charlotte Chorale on June 14, 2014, under the direction of James Kevin Gray.  Special thanks to “reSound - a Northwest Chamber Ensemble” - under the Direction of Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward and In-Residence at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, Washington.  Their assistance in helping bring this piece to completion was not only been memorable and a joy to experience, butw was  also been a valuable experience I will treasure.
To see a perusal score and hear the Charlotte Chorale's premiere of the piece, click visit:
Many thanks to those who have visited my website, and who have purchased my music. 


Sagra Musicale Umbra International Competition for a composition of sacred music

«FRANCESCO SICILIANI» PRIZE Third edition - 2016

Competition regulations

Art. 1

The Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica – Sagra Musicale Umbra – announces the Third Edition of the International Competition for a Composition of sacred music, the «Francesco Siciliani» Prize. The Competition takes place with the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Art. 2

The Competition has as its object a composition on a set text for unaccompanied choir, or choir with organ accompaniment, for a duration between five (5) and fifteen (15) minutes.

Art. 3

The following text must be set in its entirety:


Kyrie eleison Christe eleison Kyrie eleison

Art. 4

The Competition is open to participants of any nationality, without any age limit. Participants may submit more than one composition.

Art. 5

In order to participate, it is necessary to follow one of the following procedures:

a) Send by post a package containing two separate sealed envelo- pes marked with the same anonymous motto.



The first envelope should contain six (6) copies of the score (which will not be returned) in a perfectly legible state and with no signs or marks that could lead in any way to the identification of the partici- pant. The score may be accompanied by an explanatory comment in Italian or in English.

It would be appreciated if, in the same envelope, the participant encloses a USB drive or a CD containing the score in a digital format (only PDF files will be accepted).

The second envelope should contain the following material and information:
- Name and surname
- Date and place of birth

- Nationality
- Two recent photographs
- Residential address, together with telephone number(s) and e-mail address
- Curriculum vitae in Italian or in English
- Statement declaring that the composition is original and that it has never been published, performed or recorded
- Authorization for the work’s performance, publication, recording and circulation (in Italian or in English)
- Receipt of payment for the application fee to be made by bank transfer to:

Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus (account name)

IBAN: IT 14 W 02008 03027 000029488794 SWIFT/ BIC: UNCRITM1J01

Applications must be received by June 1st 2016 (last acceptable posting date) at the following address:

FONDAZIONE PERUGIA MUSICA CLASSICA Onlus Concorso Internazionale “Francesco Siciliani” Piazza del Circo, 6 - 06121 - PERUGIA - ITALIA

b) Link up to the website and proceed to upload, according to the instructions, the following material:

- the score of the composition in PDF format in a perfectly legible-


state and with no signs or marks that could lead in any way to the identification of the participant. The score may be accompanied by an explanatory comment in Italian or in English.
- Curriculum vitae in Italian or in English

- Statement declaring that the composition is original and that it has never been published, performed or recorded
- Authorization for the work's performance, publication, recording and circulation (in Italian or in English)

- Two recent photographs
- Receipt of payment for the application fee to be made by bank transfer to:

Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus (account name)

IBAN: IT 14 W 02008 03027 000029488794 SWIFT/ BIC: UNCRITM1J01

The participant must also fill in the form requiring the following information:
- Name and surname
- Date and place of birth

- Nationality
- Residential address, together with telephone number(s) and e-mail address

The upload must be carried out no later than the deadline of June 1st 2016.
Once the procedure has been effected, the participant will receive a personal code, which, besides constituting a receipt, will guarantee anonymity, security and the date on which the upload was carried out.

Art. 6

The application fee is Euro forty (€40,00) for the first score and Euro twenty (€20,00) for any further score submitted by the same participant. The payment of the fee(s), net of bank charges, must be made by bank transfer to the account indicated in point 5. The application fee is not refundable, unless for any reason the Competi- tion should not take place.


Art. 7

The adjudicating Jury is made up of five (5) members:

Chairman: Helmuth Rilling – Choral conductor
Vice Chairman: Arvo Pärt – Composer
Jury member: Gary Graden – Music Director of Stockholm Cathe- dral and the St Jacob’s Chamber Choir
Jury member: Piero Caraba – Director of the Conservatorio “Fran- cesco Morlacchi” in Perugia, Sovrintendente and Artistic Director of the Fondazione “Guido d’Arezzo”
Jury member: Alberto Batisti – Artistic Director of the Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus, Sagra Musicale Umbra
Artistic secretary: Marcello Filotei – Composer and music critic

The Jury will convene before 10 June 2016 to examine the works submitted and choose the three works admitted to the Finals, which will be performed on 19 September 2016 in the Basilica Supe- riore di San Francesco in Assisi by the St Jacob’s Chamber Choir of Stockholm conducted by Gary Graden.

The composer of the winning work agrees to the work’s recording (television, radio and audio) and to its posting on internet websites without any extra cost to the organizers.
The First Prize will be awarded after the performance of the three works admitted to the Finals. It is envisaged to award two further Prizes of a symbolic nature, one assigned by the public, the other by the music critics. The conferment of the winning Prize will take place during the course of the same evening. For the three compo- sers of the works admitted to the Finals, accommodation costs will be met by the organizers for the rehearsal period and the day of the Finals.

Art. 8

The composer of the winning work will be awarded a Prize of Euro five thousand (€5.000), gross of taxes.
The Prize may be divided between more than one participant. The decision of the Jury is final and unappealable.

The Jury reserves the right not to award a First Prize.

Art. 9

By requesting to participate in the Competition, the candidate accepts thereby all the present regulations. In the event of any


specific complaints, the Italian text of the regulations is to be considered legally binding.
Any dispute is to be referred to the Court of Perugia.


Forum message: The transforming and ameliorative power of music Joseph Gregorio, %25 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000, folks -- I'm doing an SATB program focused on the transforming and ameliorative power of music. I am looking at pieces like Schubert's "An die Musik" (to be sung in unison in the middle-voice key), Vaughan Williams' "Serenade to Music," and Lasso's "Musica dei donum optimi." I'm looking for a few more pieces to round out the program. Any ideas you'd care to share?  Thank you! ]]>Forum message: Looking for a particular Magnificat Rhonda Bauer, %25 %b %2015 %06:%Aug:%th 6AugGMT+0000, I am looking for a setting of Magnificat that I am not sure who the composer is. It may not even be titled Magnificat.  I believe it is a cappella (not sure though) It begins with Treble voices in unison and the first two- three words are Magnificat. The second repeat of the word the lower voice splits in a descending line as the word repeats.  I'm sorry I dont have more to go on.  I know its not Arvo Part's setting. (if that helps)  I believe it is more modern, but not sure. 
Rhonda Bauer
Forum message: Fun, upbeat unison songs for middle school Joseph Cook, %25 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 ad: Assabet Valley Mastersingers- Open Rehearsals Robert Eaton, %25 %b %2015 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000 Assabet Valley Mastersingers' 2015/2016 season includes Mozart- Requiem, Handel- Alexander's Feast, Forrest- Requiem for the Living, Mollicone- Mass for the Homeless.  Open rehearsals will be held Mon, August 31st, Tues, September 8th, Mon, September 14th.
Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:45 pm at the Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St. Northborough, MA 01532. 
Interested singers are invited to attend an open rehearsal. An audition is required to join, but vocal training is not essential. Basic musicianship, a good musical ear, and a dedication and love for the choral classics is a must, however. For more information visit
Concert: Street Requiem: for those who have died on the street Caroline Knaggs, %25 %b %2015 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000
Welcome Ministry, a communal response to poverty,
presents the California premieres of
Street Requiem: for those who have died on the street
by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne & Jonathon Welch AM
with additional orchestrations by Steven Couch
Saturday, Aug 29 - 7pm
Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Sunday, Aug 30 – 2pm
Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
Dr Kathleen McGuire, conductor
Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
Soloists: Ilyas Iliya, Mark Jackson, Blake Quin, Frederica von Stade,
Mass community chorus plus members of: Chancel Choir - Congregational Church of San Mateo, Singers of the Street directed by Ashley Wai'olu Moore, The Choral Project, CREDO Choir (Dallas TX) and will be conducted by Kathleen McGuire.
If you live in California don't miss out on this moving work. Book tickets through
$15 Students/Seniors, $25 General, $50 VIP, $60 Family.
All proceeds from the California premieres of STREET REQUIEM will benefit Singers of the Street (a project of Welcome) and celebrate the five year anniversary of the choir. 
Announcement: 1. Limburger Male Choir Festival (Germany) Hans Joachim Schupp, %25 %b %2015 %08:%Aug:%th 8AugGMT+0000
Dear friends of choral singing,
Dear choir leaders, distinguished choirmasters,
from 10 to 12 June 2016 the “Male Choir Cäcilia Lindenholzhausen” will be holding the 1st Limburger Male Choir Festival that includes an International Male Choir Competition in the Josef-Kohlmaier Hall (Stadthalle Limburg) on Sunday, 12 June 2016. Limburg on the Lahn, which is conveniently situated between Frankfurt and Cologne, is rightly considered to be the heartland of male choral singing. The male voice choirs from Lindenholzhausen and the Limburg area are regular prize winners at national and international choir competitions. So what would be more obvious than to launch the 1st Limburger Male Choir Festival?
Limburg on the Lahn is known nationwide thanks to the diocese with its well-known Romanesque cathedral of St. George, its historic old town and the ICE (high speed train) station Limburg-Süd on the ICE route Cologne-Rhine/Main. Our judges Jürgen Fassbender, Jan Schumacher, Michael Blume and Dion Ritten (NL) have set new standards with their famous male choirs "Cantabile Limburg", "Camerata Musica Limburg" “Siegerländer Vocal Ensemble” and the “Mannenkoor Beeker Liedertafel”, and are guarantors for a sound and competent rating. The differentiated competition design as well as money prizes and special awards provide further incentive to participate in the 1st Limburger Male Choir Festival.
We would be delighted to welcome your Male Choir to Limburg.
Hans Joachim Schupp
1st Chairman
Cäcilia Choirs Lindenholzhausen
+49(0)6433 943840
+49(0)172 6724922
Classified ad: Soprano, Alto, & Bass/Baritone Section Leaders - Trinity Episcopal, Newtown, CT Fiona Sutherland, %25 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000
Trinity Newtown is seeking Soprano, Alto, and Bass/Baritone Section Leaders for its Choir of Men & Women.  The candidates should have strong sight-reading skills, ability to blend, along with embracing solo opportunities, and a team attitude and spirit.   The choir sings an eclectic selection of repertoire, with its roots in the Anglican tradition.  Thursday evening rehearsal and one Sunday morning service, commencing Fall of 2015.  $50 per call/average of two calls per week from October through May.  
Please contact Director of Music Ministries, Fiona Smith Sutherland:  or 203-426-9070 x.11 to arrange an audition. 
Borrowing request: Manhattan Transfer's Snowfall - Borrow or Purchase Lauren Estes, %25 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 Manhattan Transfer's "Snowfall"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Thornhill (composer)/Emerson (arranger)
Starting: now through January 2016
For: 5 months
Copies: 22
Willing to rent: No
Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble would like to borrow or purchase the following:
Arranger: EMERSON, R.
Voicing: SATB
Publisher: HL
Catalog#: 08200242
This version is out of print, apparently! I'd love to have it for the choir's cold/cozy concert in January 2016.
We'd need 22 copies from now through the end of January.
Thanks for any and all help!
Announcement: “Not From The Stars” (SAB, piano) by Michael A. Gray Michael A. Gray, %25 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000
“Not from the Stars” is a musically spirited proclamation of Shakespeare’s predictions of a reluctant lover’s fate.   The latest of an ongoing project, “Book of Sonnets,” this SAB work is available for free download from
Michael A. Gray
Announcement: Choral composition competition for chamber choir Hilary Apfelstadt, %25 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000
Exultate Chamber Singers Choral Competition 2015- 2016:
We are seeking works by emerging Canadian composers ages 35 and under.  The music must use a text on a theme related to peace and justice.  The poet must also be Canadian, and preferably one from Ontario, although that is not essential. 
Parameters:  The work should be 3 – 4 minutes in duration, and either a cappella or accompanied by piano.    There can be some divisi.  Ranges should be as follows: low F for basses to top A or B flat for sopranos, but keep the tessitura inside that.  Tenor top is around G and alto bottom a G.
Deadline:   Please submit a pdf of the score electronically to Elana Harte, Manager, no later than December 1.   (
Prize:  $1000 and a premiere performance by Exultate Chamber Singers at our final season concert on Friday, May 27, 2016, at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Toronto.
The panel reserves the right not to name a winner, if a suitable work is not found.
About the choir
Exultate Chamber Singers is a semi-professional chamber choir of 28 singers in Toronto, Ontario, whose members are committed and passionate musicians.  The season’s repertoire includes Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir, the Magnificat by Imant Raminsh,  Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, and a range of shorter works by various composers.
Announcement: New Video of Kirke Michem's Island in Space from Leg Lamp Producions Mike O'Donoghue, %25 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 former astronauts and cosmonauts have written about their viscerally emotional reactions to flying, and in many cases, floating in space. Each one of them has been overwhelmingly touched by the entire experience.   Astronaut Rusty Schweickart eventually penned his own thoughts after undergoing a spacewalk during the flight of Apollo 9 in March of 1969.  In time, and with the help of poet Archibald MacLeish and arranger Kirke Michem, Schweickart’s poem became the musical piece, “Island in Space”.
This work was performed by The City of Angels Community Choirs on May 17, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills in Granada Hills, CA.  The piece was conducted by Richard Medrano, the choir’s musical director. Recorded in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Stereo, this video also features HD film footage shot from space by NASA and ESA astronauts. Interspersed is footage showing the Earth’s natural beauty and man’s ordinary activities on planet Earth.

Special features also include embedded audio effects of rocket engines, quindar tones, and audio recordings of Schweickart’s own space walk.  There is also creative use of video editing to provide an additional emotional effect for the viewer.  The film is dedicated to the late test pilot, Fitz Fulton, one of NASA’s men who had “The Right Stuff” to make flying in space possible.  The film was produced by Leg Lamp Productions.
The film can be found at the following locations:
1. Vimeo:
2. Youtube:
Forum message: Gospel style Christmas music for Men's Chorus Doug O'Neal, %25 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 am looking for some gospel style Christmas music ideas for an adult TTBB Men's Chorus.  The piece needs to be sacred.  Any suggestions? ]]>Classified ad: Join the Colburn Community Chorale Mikhail Shtangrud, %24 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 Colburn Community Chorale seeks the finest volunteer classical singers in greater Los Angeles, interested in performing the greatest choral repertoire in the best performance spaces. The ensemble is committed to the training of vocal technique and expressive sound through study and performance of sophisticated choral music.
The ensemble meets weekly on Thursday evenings, 7:00pm–9:30pm on the Colburn School’s state-of-the-art campus, located in Downtown LA, diagonally across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
We would love to see and hear you in the Chorale and will be hearing new singers by appointment. To set up an audition, email or call (213)621-4548. For more information visit 
The Colburn School's mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment.
Classified ad: Traditional Worship Leader Liz Turner, %24 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Lutheran Church - Traditional Music Leader (full time)
Salary - commensurate with experience
Calvary Lutheran Church, a vibrant congregation with a rich history of worship, is seeking a church musician to provide musical leadership for our traditional worship services. Responsibilities include leading and planning traditional worship services in collaboration with pastors and other music staff, developing ministry teams and discipling participants, managing and directing the Calvary Choir, overseeing organists, ensembles and musicians for traditional worship. A full job description and application can be found at Applications or questions may be submitted to or via U.S. mail to Calvary Lutheran Church, Liz Turner, 7520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, MN 55427.
Classified ad: Church music sub: Conductor/Pianist/Bass available in North Texas Joshua Nannestad, %24 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 a year's break from music ministry, I am prepared to start working on Sunday mornings again. I am available to sub in most any facet of your church music program. I have worked for a variety of denominations and I am a quick study. I can conduct the choir, play piano, sing bass, even fake it as an organist (no Widor, please). Also available is my wife, a stellar alto section leader/soloist/flutist.  We are available in southern Oklahoma or North Texas, including the north DFW area.  (OKC possible with some notice).
Please call if you need someone.  I am glad to help!
Borrowing request: RTB: Canamus, amici, canamus by Henk Badings Brian Lanier, %24 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 choral scores for Canamus, amici, canamus
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Henk Badings
Starting: now
For: Fall term
Copies: 40
Willing to rent: No
Wish to borrow 40 copies of Canamus, amici, canamus by Henk Badings.
Brian Lanier
Northwest Missouri State University
Classified ad: Organist/choirmaster Jana Ballard, %24 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000

Position:Interim Choir Director/Organist

Christ Church New Brighton – Episcopal Diocese of New YorkStaten Island, NY

Christ Church is seeking an interim music director/organist beginning January 2016 of one year with the possibility of a long term contract once a permanent rector is in place. The Choir Director/Organist will provide musical leadership and coordinate the music at our regular 10 AM Sunday services of the Parish and additional services that are a part of the Parish’s liturgical calendar and custom. The candidate must be comfortable on an aging pipe organ and a Steinway grand piano. 

Responsibilities include:

• Participate in planning services in conjunction with the Rector and the Worship & Liturgy Committee
• Administer the music budget and provide regular short written reports of expenditures to the Rector and Vestry
• Provide or arrange for the provision of music at weddings and funerals upon request
• Recruit, train and rehearse choirs, ensembles and singers for Sunday services
• Maintain the Church’s music libraries and archives
• Accompany the Youth Choir during regular Sunday service eight times each year

We are a medium sized, healthy, diverse congregation that values the place music has in our regular services. Musicianship and interpersonal skills are equally important attributes in a successful position candidate. This position historically requires about eight to twelve hours per week. Salary will be commensurate with experience and AGO Guidelines and a full benefit package is offered.

Please forward your letters, performance videos and/or resume (CV) to:

Christ Church New Brighton

Attn: Interim Choir Director/Organist Position

76 Franklin Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10301




Position:Interim Choir Director/Organist

Christ Church New Brighton – Episcopal Diocese of New York, Staten Island, NY

Christ Church is seeking an interim music director/organist beginning January 2016 of one year with the possibility of a long term contract once a permanent rector is in place. The Choir Director/Organist will provide musical leadership and coordinate the music at our regular 10 AM Sunday services of the Parish and additional services that are a part of the Parish’s liturgical calendar and custom. The candidate must be comfortable on an aging pipe organ and a Steinway grand piano. This position historically requires about eight to twelve hours per week. Salary will be commensurate with experience and AGO Guidelines and a full benefit package is offered.

Borrowing request: Jauchzet Gott alle Lande Kurt Thomas Mary Eubank, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Jauchzet Gott alle Lande
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Kurt Thomas
Starting: Immediately
For: 2 months
Copies: 60 or any number you may have available
Willing to rent: Yes
Classified ad: Concord Women's Chorus 2015-2016 season auditions Jane Ring Frank, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Concord Women's Chorus (CWC) is holding open rehearsals to begin its 2015-2016 season. CWC is a 60-voice, auditioned ensemble and draws members from twenty Boston-area communities. The chorus is conducted by Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank with Scott Nicholas, pianist.
Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, MA. The 2015-2016 season begins with open rehearsals on September 8th and September 15th at 9:15 a.m. Auditions for all voice parts will be held at the conclusion of rehearsal on Tuesday, September 15th. The audition consists of scales, ear and pitch memory exercises, and sight-reading in order to evaluate musical skills and abilities. A prepared piece is not required,but prior musical experience is expected.
While rooted in classical choral music, we explore a diverse body of repertoire, writen expressly for women's voices. We perform two concerts a year: December 19, 2015, 3:00 p.m., featuring Porpora's "Magnificat" with string ensemble and Saturday, May 7, 2016, featuring Chilcott's jazz mass -- both concerts presented at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord.
CWC is a welcoming group of women who enjoy singing and learning excellent, challenging repertoire and performing at the highest level. More information on the chorus can be found at Interested singers should contact StephanieSmith, Chorus Manager, at
]]>Classified ad: Audtions for the Jameson Singer, Sept 12, Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA Jameson (Jim) Marvin, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000     Jameson Singers announces their fall auditions: Saturday, September 12, from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Payson Park Church, Belmont, Mass.  Please see our website, and sign up for an audition time!  We seek singers of all parts with choral (or solo) experience, who possess good pitch, sight-reading, and musicality.
     Jameson Marvin formed the Jameson Singers in the fall of 2010, shortly after he retired as Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University. The Jameson Singers numbers 64 singers, is well-balanced, and performs a rich and diverse repertoire from the Recent to the Romantic to the Renaissance, as well as choral-orchestral masterpieces. 
     We have just concluded our 5th season singing in June for the Chorus America National Conference in Boston. This season we perform two Concerts in the fall and two in the spring at First Church Cambridge and Hancock Church Lexington, and in February we perform at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Boston.
     Rehearsals are Tuesday nights in Belmont from 7:15-9:45. Repertoire for our 2015 Holiday Concerts includes sacred works by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bruckner, Sweelinck, Palestrina, Ockeghem, and Hildegard, and congregtional carol singing with the Jameson Singers.
Forum message: Immature high school choir members Sarah Timothy, %24 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 let me say I know that every high school kid is immature.  But I have an Intermediate class of 25 who act more like a begginer choir (my beginners are actually more mature than they are).  Almost half of the group only desire to sing Gospel songs and other pop songs and grow weary during our warm up time, etc.  Their tone is all over the map and intonation mostly flat.  It's a young program and they are considered intermediate becasue they have had choir before, but this combo of students is a tough one - and obviously they are still beginners.  I feel I have to keep my hand heavy on them because they like to talk out and get off task.  But if I demand what they aren't willing to give they give it half heartedly and perhaps that's why they're flat so much of the time.  We ARE doing a variety of music - including a Gospel song and a Spiritual.  I don't need to cater to their whims but I need to know how to balance getting them interested and getting them to commit to excellence.  Any ideas on this?  Ideas on good warm ups to work on intonation? ]]>Forum message: What goes with THE SOUND OF MUSIC Rob Gerlach, %24 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 middle school (grades 7-8) is doing the R & H Junior version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC this fall.  Since we have a large cast and there aren't too many big chorus numbers,  I need a few SSA, or SA, and SAB (maybe easy SATB) titles to supplement.  Right now I am thinking about something Austrian... or songs about singing.  Your suggestions?  Rob ]]>Classified ad: San Gabriel Valley Choral Company in Monrovia, CA Kristina Valcarce, %24 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000
AUDITIONS! – All Voice Parts
Zanaida Robles, artistic director
Audition dates: 
8/24, 9/1, 9/8
After 6pm by Appointment – contact
Who should audition?
Adults with classical choral experience and sight-reading skills 
How to prepare:
Singers should bring a bio and a short classical solo to sing a cappella. Be prepared for a brief (and friendly) musicianship assessment. Auditions last for about 10 minutes
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Monrovia – 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia 91016 
Details about membership fees, concert attire, performances and outreach activities will be available at the time of the audition. All singers who audition are considered for solo and small ensemble opportunities, as well.
Founded in 1995, the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC) is a non-profit choir based in Monrovia, CA. SGVCC performs three to four concerts per year, singing a broad repertoire that includes classical, spirituals, pop, jazz, opera, folk music, and musical theater. Comprised of singers from throughout the Southland, the choir provides an opportunity for its members to challenge themselves and to share their love of music with San Gabriel Valley residents. 
Rehearsals for the October 24 performance of our “Night Sleep Death and the Stars” concert will begin on Tuesday, September 22; Tour to perform Schubert’s Mass in G at Carnegie Hall in 2017. SGVCC performs 4-5 concerts per year and rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-9:30pm at St. Luke’s Monrovia. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Zanaida Robles at
Zanaida Robles, DMA
Singer | Conductor | Composer | Instructor
Artistic DIrector
San Gabriel Valley Choral Company
Classified ad: Young People's Chorus of Erie Assistant Conductor Gabrielle Dietrich, %24 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 Young People's Chorus of Erie, an outreach of the Penn State Behrend School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is seeking a dynamic and excellent musician to serve as their Assistant Conductor. This position is full-time with benefits and is for the 2015-16 program year. Perks of the position include flexible schedule, experience with a variety of youth populations, a fun & supportive work environment, mentorship, and opportunities for musical collaboration with community, collegiate, and professional arts organizations.  
For more information, or to apply online, follow this link:
Classified ad: Hanover Chorus Seeks Accompanist David Williams, %24 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000
The Hanover Chorus in Hanover MA seeks an accompanist for rehearsals/performances for the 2015-16 concert season and beyond.  Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7pm-9:15pm, with two Saturday rehearsals in the fall and two in the winter. The Hanover Chorus is a 28 voice community chorus that runs from September to May with concerts in December and May.  The program for December is Vivaldi Gloria, Vaughan Williams  Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Susa A Christmas Garland and carols for the season. Rehearsals and performances are at St. Andrew's Episcopal in Hanover.
Recent concerts have included Handel’s Jubilate Deo, Mozart’s Regina Coeli, and Te Deum Laudamus, Requiem settings of Mozart, Rutter and Faure.  For Christmas the chorus has performed works of Britten, Vaughan Williams,  Holst, Thompson, Nestor, Rutter, Sowerby, Dirksen, Willan, Dello Joio, and many others.
General Requirements
  • Excellent piano, accompanying and sight-reading skills required
  • The ability to read from open vocal score essential
  • Expertise playing a wide variety of musical styles imperative
  • Accompany the choir for rehearsals (Monday evenings + 4 Sat mornings Sept-May )
  • Accompany the choir for all concerts and performances (2-3 per season)
Preferred qualifications (but not a requirement):
  • Ability as an organist.
  • Improvisational skills are desirable, particularly in hymn playing (alt harm, interludes, etc.).  This will be helpful at the Christmas concert.
  • Thorough attention to registration with firm understanding of performance practice 
To be considered, please send the following: 
  • An email with the subject heading “Hanover Chorus Accompanist” that includes a cover letter and CV with three references. 
  • Links to video/audio of past performances that demonstrate diverse musical styles should be included if available (if available).
 A phone interview will be scheduled with the director and qualified candidates will be invited to audition with the choir in September. The audition will consist of a rehearsal portion (35 minutes and a solo demonstration of up to three pieces that show contrasting style (5 -10 minutes) and an informal interview (15 minutes).
Pianist/organists will have an opportunity to demonstrate skills on both instruments and access to the organ prior to the audition date can be arranged.
Interested applicants should submit resumes to and for further clarification, please call David Williams, music director, at 410.212.4656.   ]]>
Classified ad: Alto Section Leader Robert Eaton, %24 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000
Alto Section Leader- Lexington MA First Baptist Church,Lexington, MA seeks an Alto section leader for Thursday evening
rehearsal and Sunday morning service commencing Sept. 2015.  $100 perweek.  Small but talented choir with paid quartet. There are solo opportunities but good reading ability and ensemble experience are important.  If interested submit letter of interest and resume to


Classified ad: Sing with the Jackson Choral Society Mark Nabholz, %24 %b %2015 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000 in all sections are invited to join the Jackson (MS) Choral Society in preparation of a program including  Beethoven's "Mass in C." 
Rehearsals, beginning August 25, are Tuesdays 7–9 p.m. in the choir room of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5301 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, MS 39211.
DRESS REHEARSAL: Monday, November 16, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
PERFORMANCE: Thursday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Dr. Mark Nabholz, Artistic Director,
Forum message: Repertoire search Robyn Edgar, %24 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 am looking for a piece of choral music in SA or SSA setting which tells the story of Calming of the Storm where Jesus is asleep in the boat with disciples during a storm. We have a new chapel at our school and one wall is a stain glass window depicting this scene. For the mass where the building will be blessed, I have been asked to find a piece that one of my singing groups could sing. 
Thank you
Classified ad: part time paid choral marketing assistant carolyn Eynon, %24 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 Bill at and discuss the job opportunity for website facebook and constant contact social media assistance. Experience required.
starting now; 480-529-2630 10 hours minimum a month
Announcement: An SATB Call To Prayer or Benediction for Church Choir Conductors Michael Sandvik, %24 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 call to prayer, "A Choral Prayer," SATB accompanied, is available on my website. It is beautiful, accessible, and fresh for conductors needing such a piece for a church service. "A Choral Prayer" is also suitable for use as a choral benediction to end a service.
A full perusal score is availabe on my website also.
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
Classified ad: Monteverdi Vespers in Stow, MA Christina Kennedy, %24 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 of Stow, under the artistic direction of Barbara Jones, begins their 37th season with a return to an early masterwork: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.  Rehearsals begin Monday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m. at First Parish Church (353 Great Road) in Stow.  The performance (with full orchestra and Boston soloists) is November 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at 55 Hartley Road in Stow, MA.
The first three rehearsals of the fall season are open rehearsals, and you may attend, borrow music, and see if we are a good fit for you.  Our members come from all over -- from the North Shore and Boston to the Metrowest and beyond! Our group is helpful and friendly, and we love to see new faces  We are a dues-based chorus, with financial aid available for those in need.  Please email with inquiries.
Announcement: CyberBass Learning Files now available in MP3 and iTunes formats. Theo van Joolen, %23 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%rd 23AugGMT+0000
Dear Singers,
The CyberBass Project is happy to announce that we will be selling our audio learning files in MP3 and iTunes formats.  They will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.  Free yourself from the need to be online while learning your notes for your next concert! Buy one track at a time, or all movements for your parts.  Mozart's Requiem (Suss.) is available now on CDBaby, and should be available on iTunes soon.  Handel's Messiah will also become available this week.  We will sell audio files for 10 major works for our initial launch.
Announcement: CyberBass Learning Files: Mozart's Requiem (Sussmayr) MP3's Available Now! Theo van Joolen, %23 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%rd 23AugGMT+0000 Singers,
The CyberBass Project is happy to announce that we will be selling our audio learning files in MP3 and iTunes formats.  They will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.  Free yourself from the need to be online while learning your notes for your next concert!  Buy one track at a time, or all movements for your parts.  Mozart's Requiem (Suss.) is available now on CDBaby, and should be available on iTunes soon.  Handel's Messiah will also become available this week.  We will sell audio files for 10 major works for our initial launch.


Classified ad: Director of Music Ministry Justin Sisul, %24 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000
Director of Music Ministry
The Director of Music Ministry for St. Cletus Parish is a person of faith. This professional holds specialized credentials in music and has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. Responsible for the effective planning, coordination and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish, the Director of Music Ministry at St. Cletus is part time (30 hours per week) benefits eligible paid position.
St Cletus Parish is a 3000 family, suburban parish, located in LaGrange, Illinois. While the parish demographic is primarily English speaking, there is a very active Hispanic community and one of the six weekend masses is celebrated in Spanish. There are five musical ensembles which assist at weekend liturgies. The Chancel Choir (who sing at a weekly Sunday liturgy) and the Contemporary Ensemble (who sing bi-weekly at Saturday evening liturgy) are under the direction of the Director of Music. The two children’s choirs and the Hispanic choir are under separate direction; however their directors are supervised by the Director of Music. A choir accompanist and the Good Shepherd Funeral Choir are also under the supervision of the Director of Music.  In addition to Gather Comprehensive, the parish also utilizes the bi-lingual, Today’s Missal as its two, in-pew resources.
Competencies and Skills
  • Is knowledgeable of and comfortable with Catholic Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs (adult, children/teen, Hispanic), vocalists, and instrumentalists.
  • Demonstrates competency as a vocalist, keyboardist, and choral conductor
  • Has proficient computer skills and competency in at least one publications program.
Formation, Training, and Criteria for Readiness
This ministry demands professional training in music and liturgy. Minimally, a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent is required, though a more professional qualification, such as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in music and liturgy, is preferred. All candidates must pass a criminal background check and become VIRTUS certified.
Forum message: Contract for musical staff Barbara Prowse, %24 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 organization would like to formalize our relationship with our musical staff. Does anyone have any links to sample contracts?    Do people pay a yearly salary or do they pay per performance and per rehearsal?   
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 23, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %23 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%rd 22AugGMT+0000
Great Sacred Music airs every Sunday morning from 8 until 11 a.m. eastern on The Classical Station.
Much of the music on this week's playlist can also be found on Spotify at this link: Great Sacred Music - August 23, 2015
Also on Sunday evenings you can hear more choral music both sacred and secular on Wavelengths and Peaceful Reflections
beginning at 9 p.m. eastern.
Gregorian chant: Alleluia, Confitemini
Monks of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert
Sir Michael Tippett: Plebs Angelica
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Stephen Darlington
George Frideric Handel: Largo ~ Xerxes
John Longhurst, organ
1948 Aeolian-Skinner organ in the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Benedictine Monks of the Desert live in Abiquiu, New Mexico in a
monastery which was founded in 1964. The music which they will sing for us
is taken from their album Blessings, Peace and Harmony on the Sony
Masterworks label. Sir Michael Tippett dedicated his motet Plebs Angelica to
the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, January 1944. The Aeolian-Skinner organ in
the Mormon Tabernacle is one of the finest examples of that builder's work.
Jean-Baptiste Faure, arr. Helmuth Froschauer: Le Crucifix (Vous qui pleurez)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Vienna Boys' Choir, Helmuth Froschauer
Placido Domingo, tenor
Henry Purcell: Lord, how long wilt thou be angry
Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
Orlando Gibbons: Fantasia in A minor
Simon Preston, organ
French composer and baritone Jean-Baptiste Faure (1830-1914) collected impressionist
art. At his death he owned 67 paintings by Manet and 62 paintings by Monet. English
composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) tips his hat to his predecessors Orlando Gibbons
and William Byrd in his grand anthem Lord, how long wilt thou be angry which dates
from the 1680s. Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was a chorister in King's College Choir
from 1596-1598.
Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo
Choir of Westminster Cathedral, Stephen Cleobury
Andrew Wright, organ
Sir Hubert Parry: O praise ye the Lord!
Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer
Daniel E. Gawthrop: Exultate
Mary Mozelle, organ
The Mander organ in the Princeton University Chapel
Stephen Cleobury (1948-) was Organist and Director of Music at London's Westminster Cathedral
from 1979-1982 when he was appointed Director of Music at King' College, Cambridge.
English organist and choir trainer Malcolm Archer (1952-) is currently Director of Chapel
Music at Winchester College. Mary Mozelle is the Assistant Director of Music and Associate
Organist at The Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia.
Giuseppe Verdi: Te Deum ~ Four Sacred Pieces
Ernst Senff Choir/Berlin Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini
Sharon Sweet, soprano
Italian opera composer Guiseppe Verdi wrote his setting of the Latin hymn of praise Te
Deum Laudamus
towards the end of his life in 1895-1896.
J.S. Bach: Cantata 35, "Geist und Seele wird verwirret"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Robin Blaze, alto
The opening movement of this cantata is a virtuoso tour de force for the organist
playing the portatif organ in the ensemble.
Ethel Smyth: Short Choral Preludes
Christa Rakich, organ
Kilgen organ in St. Justin's Church, Hartford, Connecticut
British composer Ethyl Smyth (1858-1944) was jailed for a time for her role in the women's
suffrage movement in England.
Josef Haydn: The Seasons - Spring and Summer
Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Anthony Rolfe
Johnson, tenor; Andreas Schmidt, baritone
Austrian composer Josef Haydn was encouraged to write his oratorio The Seasons because his
previous oratorio The Creation enjoyed immense popularity. The libretto by Baron Gottfried van
Swieten is based on a 1730 poem by James Thomson.
Forum message: Looking for full 6-8 curriculum including lesson plans Daniel Wright, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%rd 21AugGMT+0000,
I just started a new job at a charter school teaching 6-8 general music. The school has had a lot of music teachers all teaching different things and I'd love to really solidify the curriculum for the school. I would love to include some singing in the curriculum. This is my first job out of college and I'm afraid that I would just plan a bunch of disjunct and/or subpar lessons since I don't have much experience with lesson planning. Can anyone suggest a curriculum?
Thank you!
Classified ad: Join the Stamford Chorale Carol Bakinowski, %23 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%rd 21AugGMT+0000
      The Stamford Chorale invites everyone who loves to sing to rehearsals for its fall season beginning Sept. 8.   The community chorus will present Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat in G Minor and the Gloria in D Major in concert on Sunday, Dec. 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford.  David Gomez is the director and Eric Trudel is the accompanist.
       The chorale rehearses at Atria, 77 Third St., Stamford, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday September to May.  No auditions are required.  Rehearsals are open to new members through September.  Dues of $150 a semester include the cost of music.
       The Stamford Chorale began as the New Canaan Community Glee Club in 1949 and later became The MasterSingers of Greater Stamford.  In 2002, the group was reincorporated as a non-profit 501c3 organization.  The chorale gives two concerts a year and performs at other community functions. Members come from Fairfield and Westchester counties.
       For more information, email, call 203-359-0659 or visit  The group’s website is
Classified ad: Organist Needed, St. Mark's United Methodist Church Rocky Tejada, %23 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%rd 20AugGMT+0000 Mark's United Methodist Church of Wilmington, Delaware is seeking a part-time organist for its Sunday morning traditional service and other special services. The Sunday morning traditional service is held at 11:00 a.m. throughout the year with choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings during the school year. St. mark's is a very active church family with approximately 550 members. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume no later than September 10, 2015. Email submissions are preferred (

Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church

Job Description and Specifications


Position (Part Time):                            Organist


Primary Position Objective:  To provide organ/piano music for the traditional services, including special events, while working with the staff to promote the vision and mission of the church.



Key Areas of Responsibility/General Duties:

• Provide organ/piano music during the traditional service, including choir accompaniment, on Sundays throughout the year

• Rehearse with Chancel Choir on Wednesday evenings from Labor Day through mid-June

• Rehearse and accompany soloists and small groups that provide special music for the traditional service during the summer months

• Provide music for special services (e.g., seasonal programs and additional services during Lent, Holy Week and Christmas)

• Direct Chancel Choir in the event that the Music Director is absent

• Work with the Sr. Pastor and Music Director to coordinate music

• Attend monthly staff meetings




• Formal training in organ and piano through private study or higher education
• Experience in choir accompaniment and working with a conductor in a choral setting
• Knowledge of a varied repertoire of sacred literature
• Church organ experience preferred
• A background check will be required for this position since we are a Safe Sanctuary establishment



Contact Information:

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Attn: SPRC Committee

1700 Limestone Road

Wilmington, DE 19804






Revised: 8/22/2015

Forum message: Music for "Traditions" concert Stephanie Helleckson, %23 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%rd 17AugGMT+0000 year, my community choir is doing a November concert due to scheduling conflicts every weekend in December. Instead of a Christmas theme, we're doing "Traditions," both international and choral. In the past, the choir has performed the Christmas and Easter Messiahs regularly, so we will likely be performing at least the Hallelujah Chorus as the tradition for our own choir. Other than that, however, we're trying to avoid Christmas music. 
What are your favorite "traditional" pieces, from around the world or within your own choir? I'm lookin for a variety of ideas, everything from Concordia's Beautiful Savior to a choral arrangement of a Native American 49er tune. And if you have a story for why the tradition is important, please share!
Announcement: Repertoire and Conductors -- Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop Brian O'Connell, %23 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%rd 18AugGMT+0000
Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop with Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and Brian O’Connell
Con il patrocinio dell’Amministrazione
Comunale di Sarteano
This summer marked our twelfth year! There were two eight-day sessions - sacred music (July 19-26) and mixed repertoire (July 29-Aug. 5). Conductors, music educators and singers joined us from eighteen countries. A wonderful collaboration!
Best wishes for a great year,
The repertoire and conductors were as follows:
Musica Sacra
Caritas abundat                                               Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
In Manus Tuas                                                 John Sheppard (1515-1558)
                                                                                    Terry Alvord, USA
Unser Wandel ist im Himmel                                    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
                                                                                    Stelios Chatzikitoris, Germania
Ave Virgo gloriosa                                                Richard Dering (1580-1630)
                                                                                    Jim Millar, USA
Ave, Virgo sanctissima                                    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
                                                                                    Jurica Petar Petrač, Croazia
Gaude Virgo, Mater Christi                                    Josquin des Prez (1450-1521)
                                                                                    Gabrielle Gaudreault, Canada           
Ave Verum                                                            Philip Stopford (b. 1977)
                                                                                    Matthew Guard, USA
Wenn ein starker Gewappneter                        Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
                                                                                    Chuck Woodward, USA
O Vos Omnes                                                            Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
                                                                                    Maria Abeshouse, USA
Ave Maria                                                            Daniel Elder (b. 1986)
                                                                                    Visa Yrjölä, Finland
Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist                        Johann Walter (1496-1570)
                                                                                    Jack Apperley, UK
O lux beata Trinitas                                               Ko Matsushita (b. 1962)
                                                                                    Sasho Tatarchevski, Macedonia
Ave, dulcissima Maria                                    Carlo Gesualdo (1561-1613)
                                                                                    Lauren Fowler-Calisto, USA
Howl Ye                                                            Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
                                                                                    Simon Carrington, Francia
Iesu dulcis memoria                                                Anon. (Sec. XI)
Baci soavi e cari                                                            Paolo Masnelli (1578-1613)
                                                                                                Mike Bunting, USA
Agneau de Dieu                                                            Rupert Lang (b. 1948)
                                                                                                John Guzik, Canada
(Quartetto: Gabrielle Gaudreault, MaryAnn Lasorsa,
Westin Sorrel, Ciprian Țuțu)
Hence stars, too dim of light                                                Michael East (1580-1618)
                                                                                                Jenna Havelin, USA
Light of my Soul                                                            Robert Pearsall (1795-1856)
                                                                                                Merrin Guice, USA
Die mit Tränen saën                                                            Johann Schein (1586-1630)
                                                                                                Caron Daley, Canada
Northern Lights                                                            Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
                                                                                                Heather Fetrow, USA
Kung Liljekonvalje                                                            David Wikander (1884-1955)
                                                                                                Ciprian Țuțu, Romania
Bogoroditse Devo                                                            Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
                                                                                                Westin Sorrel, USA
Das Mädchen                                                                        Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
                                                                                                Lorissa Mason, USA
                           (Solo: Clare Lawrence-Wills)
Forward (Mae-e)                                                            Kentaro Sato (b. 1981)
                                                                                                Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh, Irlanda
              (To the Victims of the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.)
Serenade                                                                        Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
                                                                                                Christian Jeub, Germania
Ecco mormorar l’onde                                                            Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
                                                                                                Jack Apperley, UK
Virga Jesse                                                                        Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
                                                                                                Simon Carrington, Francia
Classified ad: Director of Music Ministry Doris McNamara, %23 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%rd 16AugGMT+0000 of Life Lutheran Church Director of Music Ministry (15-20 hours per week) 
Salary Range $20-25,000 (based on experience). 
Lord of Life, serving Farmington/Lakeville/Apple Valley/Rosemount in MInnesota, is seeking a church musician to provide musical leadership and enhance our worship experience.  Responsibilities include collaborating with the Pastor on the selection of music for worship; recruiting, organizing and supervising worship leaders and instrumentalists; overseeing and enhancing adult and children's music programs and playing for worship services.  Schedule of church services includes Sunday morning, midweek Lenten services and other festival services throughout the year.  We offer a competitive compensation and right of first refusal for weddings and funerals.  This position is targeted to begin late October.  A full job description and application can be found at  Applications will be accepted until Sept. 4, 2015 and should be forwarded to or via regular mail to Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Pastor Jamie Thompson, 16200 Dodd Lane, Lakeville, MN  55044.  Please call the church office at 952.953.4484 with any questions.
Announcement: Belles Voix Studio Recording Stuart Scott, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%rd 15AugGMT+0000 Voix releases a studio recording of A Contemporary Mass.
Sanctus/Agnus Dei
Forum message: A Capella piece for festival vicki bosarge, %23 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%rd 13AugGMT+0000 am considering Hush somebody's calling my name for festival this year SAB. I would like to stay A Capella.  I need suggestions for a second piece for high school with mixed ability levels beginners to 4th year seniors. This is my first year with HS so I would like to be cautious and comfortable this year.   ]]>Classified ad: Accompanist - part-time Jennifer Dunn, %23 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%rd 15AugGMT+0000 Community United Methodist Church, a progressive Protestant Church ( seeks accompanist to practic and perform piano and/or organ music for Sunday worship and 4 special services.  Accompaniment includes, but is not limited to prelude, postlude and offeratory from classic and contemporary composers.  Provide accompaniment for congregational hymns and special services (Christmas Eve, December Cantata, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday).  Perform weekly choir and special guest accompanist duties including rehearsal and performance.  Experience with different musical styles desired.  Approximately 4-6 hr/week.  Salary negotiable based on experience, education and length of service.  Employment to begin next month. Please send inquiries to and ]]>Classified ad: Loyola Marymount University Holds Choral Auditions Mary Breden, %23 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%rd 4AugGMT+0000
Auditions for the 2015-2016 Loyola Marymount University Concert Choir will take place August 29-31 by appointment only in the university's music department.  An auditioned choral ensemble, the Concert Choir is open to members of the community as well as Loyola Marymount University students.  Prior choral experience is required.  
The Concert Choir offers singers instruction in a variety of choral repertoire (both shorter works and extended works with instrumental ensemble) with the focus on artistic and expressive singing in both rehearsal and performance settings. 
The seventy-voice ensemble meets from 7:10 to 10:10 p.m. Tuesdays in Murphy Recital Hall of the Fritz B. Burns Fine Arts Center at Loyola Marymount.  Rehearsals begin on September 1.  LMU Extension credit is available to singers.
For further information or to arrange an audition time, contact Dr. Mary Breden, Director of Choral Activities, at
Classified ad: Tenor Auditions - Constellation Men's Ensemble Lennie Cottrell, %23 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%rd 0AugGMT+0000 Men's Ensemble, a men's chamber choir based in Chicago, is holding tenor auditons over the next few weeks for our upcoming season!

Auditions for tenors will be held on Friday, August 28th from 6-9 PMSunday September 6th from 6-9 PM, and Friday September 11 from 6-9 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. An accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition time and to get any further information, please email

Announcement: 'Autumn' by Sherelle Eyles - Sherelle Eyles, %22 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%nd 23AugGMT+0000

New in 2015, this piece is a celebration of a Queensland Autumn in Australia.

Composed for SSA & Piano for Advanced Primary to Secondary School students, and suitable for Assemblies and Parades,

Eisteddfods and Choral Festivals. It teaches harmonic blending, question and answer techniques and contains some unison singing.

"Autumn, at sunrise, and the skies are so blue every day.

Hear the magpie call, butterflies like crystals in the sunlight,

Golden Autumn leaves are falling from the trees, currawongs at play

Wattles, dancing, swaying in the sunshine,

awakening the day’s menagerie* of life.

Days are getting colder and trees lose their leaves in the swift, cool winds,

The menagerie in my garden awaits the dawn.

It’s Autumn, feel the sunshine

And the skies are an amazing shade of blue, every day."  … Sherelle Eyles 

(*menagerie – a collection of animals or a zoological garden)

  • Duration – 3’37”
  • Tempo – Moderate and sweetly flowing
  • Key – Eb major
  • Range – Bb to high Eb
Classified ad: PAID Alto Sought for Brooklyn Church, Fall 2015 Benjamin Niemczyk, %22 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%nd 18AugGMT+0000 paid ALTO is needed for the professional/volunteer choir at the Oratory Church of Saint Boniface on Willoughby Street in Brooklyn for Fall, 2015.
Members of this mixed professional/volunteer chorus are responsible for learning their parts in advance of the Sunday morning rehearsal.  There is no midweek rehearsal. Repertoire consists of traditional music ranging from the 16th-21st centuries. 
Excellence is expected at all times. Christmas and Holy Week are mandatory.
The successful candidate will have the following:
  • Solid vocal technique
  • Excellent sight-reading ability
  • The ability to sing with straight-tone and blend
  • Church choral experience
  • Knowledge /experience of Plainsong and Gregorian Chant
Borrowing request: Borrow or rent William Brakemeyer, %22 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%nd 17AugGMT+0000 Gloria and Te Deum vocal score
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Vivaldi and Mozart SATB ed. Martens published by Walton
Starting: September
For: Nine weeks
Copies: 30
Willing to rent: No
Adding additional singers and need more music
Classified ad: eVoco Voice Collective announces open Auditions for 2015-16 season David Fryling, %22 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%nd 15AugGMT+0000
The eVoco Voice Collective of Long Island has limited Tenor and Bass openings in the Mixed ensemble, and Soprano and Alto openings in the Women's Ensemble for the 2015-16 season.
Project info, rehearsal schedule, past concert excerpst, audition sign-up, and more available at
Classified ad: Accompanist, American Boychoir Myles Glancy, %22 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%nd 15AugGMT+0000



Title: The American Boychoir seeks a full-time accompanist.  




  • Qualified applicants will have a proven record of experience accompanying at the highest artistic level

  • Excellent piano, accompanying and sight-reading skills are required

  • Expertise playing a wide variety of musical styles is imperative

  • Proficiency with various keyboard instruments (continuo/organ) is a plus

  • The ability to read from open vocal scores is essential

  • Experience working in a Koday-based environment is a plus



  • National facility for working with young people in an educational environment



  • Ability to work in an ever-changing environment

  • Accompany the choir for all rehearsals (10+ hours per week)

  • Accompany the choir for all concerts and performances (75+ per year)

  • A minimum of 9 weeks travel per year

  • Work frequently includes nights and weekends

  • Regular national and international travel

  • Other duties as specified by the Artistic Director or General Manager according to the applicant’s strengths.  



  • Must work well with young children

  • Ability to work as a team player harmoniously with many departments

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Kind and nurturing disposition. A sense of humor is a plus.

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Highly collaborative creatively


Additional needs:

  • May perform small administrative tasks in preparation for rehearsals and tours

  • Will oversee the 5 pianos on campus and coordinate regular tunings

  • Assist Tour Manager with general coordination of performances


Compensation and Benefits:

Salary plus benefits


Application Procedure:

Please send an email with the subject “Accompanist” including a cover letter and CV with three references. Links to video(s) of teaching and/or performances should be included, if available. Qualified candidates will be invited to audition with the choir during fall music camp at the start of the 2015-16 Season.  Interested applicants should submit resumes to by August 31, 2015. For more information, visit

Classified ad: Accompanist, American Boychoir Myles Glancy, %22 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%nd 15AugGMT+0000



Title: The American Boychoir seeks a full-time accompanist.  




  • Qualified applicants will have a proven record of experience accompanying at the highest artistic level

  • Excellent piano, accompanying and sight-reading skills are required

  • Expertise playing a wide variety of musical styles is imperative

  • Proficiency with various keyboard instruments (continuo/organ) is a plus

  • The ability to read from open vocal scores is essential

  • Experience working in a Koday-based environment is a plus



  • National facility for working with young people in an educational environment



  • Ability to work in an ever-changing environment

  • Accompany the choir for all rehearsals (10+ hours per week)

  • Accompany the choir for all concerts and performances (75+ per year)

  • A minimum of 9 weeks travel per year

  • Work frequently includes nights and weekends

  • Regular national and international travel

  • Other duties as specified by the Artistic Director or General Manager according to the applicant’s strengths.



  • Must work well with young children

  • Ability to work as a team player harmoniously with many departments

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Kind and nurturing disposition. A sense of humor is a plus.

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Highly collaborative creatively


Additional needs:

  • May perform small administrative tasks in preparation for rehearsals and tours

  • Will oversee the 5 pianos on campus and coordinate regular tunings

  • Assist Tour Manager with general coordination of performances


Compensation and Benefits:

Salary plus benefits


Application Procedure:

Please send an email with the subject “Accompanist” including a cover letter and CV with three references. Links to video(s) of teaching and/or performances should be included, if available. Qualified candidates will be invited to audition with the choir during fall music camp at the start of the 2015-16 Season.  Interested applicants should submit resumes to by September 4, 2015. For more information, visit

Classified ad: Tour Manager, American Boychoir Myles Glancy, %22 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%nd 14AugGMT+0000



  • Coordinates all logistics for four major domestic/international tours and over 100 individual concerts every year:

    • Works closely with the Bookings Manager and General Manager after contractual details have been solidified

    • Communicates detailed preliminary budget information for all run-outs and tours to the Business Manager and President, outlining estimated costs and revenue for each engagement

    • Communicates closely with each concert presenter, ironing out all details regarding scheduling, needs of the Boychoir, meals, and host family coordination

    • Works closely with the Tour Tutor in solidifying a pre-tour education plan for all teachers and deciding on proper educational activities for members of the choir while on tour

    • Provides all tour staff, members of the music staff, and department heads with a minute-by-minute itinerary in a timely manner, outlining all academic and musical events, meals, hotel information, travel information, and host family information

    • Coordinates tour preparation and supervises members of the touring staff before and during tour

    • Interacts closely and communicates regularly with ABS parents, providing them with all necessary information regarding run-outs and tours

    • Books all travel arrangements for members of the touring staff and touring choir

    • Acts as the face of the American Boychoir while on the road, presenting the school in a professional, friendly, dedicated manner

    • Supervises 30-40 middle school boys over the course of 2-3 weeks at a time, serving as authority figure and supportive member of the touring staff

    • Assists other members of the touring staff, including the Music Director, Tour Tutor, and Proctor with various other jobs while on the road

    • Keeps detailed record of audience numbers for each engagement

    • Continuously updates various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) while on the road, keeping our online audience engaged throughout our touring process

  • Serves as constant liaison between the music department and the parent body, relaying any important scheduling and noteworthy information from the members of the department

  • Keeps strict inventory of recordings, income from recordings sales, and record of sales from the online store and from third party vendors

  • Handles the copyright process for all new recorded albums and keeps record of all rights obtained for previous recordings

  • Presents the American Boychoir to high-profile artists and musicians with a professional, engaging demeanor

  • Keeps record of membership dues and renewals to various choral arts organizations

  • Supervises the school's bus driver and handles correspondence with transportation agencies regarding registration, inspection, and proper upkeep of the bus

  • Engages fans of the American Boychoir through social media campaigns, keeping track of our presence on various social media outlets



  • FLEXIBILITY: ability to think fast and stay calm when the unexpected occurs

  • ENDURANCE: ability to remain consistent, strong, and enthusiastic over the course of a long, demanding tour

  • ENERGY: ability to present him/herself as calm, cool, and collected while displaying energy and enthusiasm amidst members of the choir, parents, presenters, and staff members

  • WELL-ROUNDEDNESS: ability and willingness to multitask and wear many hats

  • PASSION FOR THE ARTS AND THE MISSION: ability to see the magic in helping these boys build character through music-making and traveling

  • ABILITY TO ANTICIPATE SITUATIONS: problem-solving in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment

  • TEAM PLAYER: Ability to work harmoniously with many departments

  • Must work well with young children

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Kind and nurturing disposition. A sense of humor is a plus.

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Highly collaborative creatively


Application Procedure:

Please send an email with the subject “Tour Manager application” including a cover letter and CV with three references.  Interested applicants should submit resumes to by August 31, 2015. For more information, visit

Forum message: Orchestration for Christmas choral Thomas H. Shellenberger, %22 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%nd 13AugGMT+0000
I am looking for an orchestration for Christmas Calypso, the classic holiday choral by Gordon Krunnfusz. I am certain that I heard a choral/orchestral version years ago. If you have information about an orchestration  would you kindly contact me?  Thank you.
Classified ad: ALTO SOLOIST/SECTION LEADER Leon Reid, %22 %b %2015 %12:%Aug:%nd 12AugGMT+0000
Volunteer church choir with paid section leaders.
LOCATION: Stanwich Congregational Church, 202 Taconic Road, Greenwich, CT 06831
  • Thursday evenings, 90 minute rehearsal (7:00-8:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday mornings, pre-service rehearsal and service (8:00-10:30 a.m.)
  • Christmas Concert (December 5); Two Christmas Eve services (December 24); Spring Concert (TBA)
  • Prior vocal training
  • Strong sight-reading ability/skills
  • Congenial demeanor
  • Ability to blend vocally
For more information, contact Leon Reid at 917-608-4293 or email
Concert: Annual Youth Choral Festival Pam Tricamo, %19 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
The national award-winning Susquehanna Chorale will celebrate the transformative power of song at all ages in life as it presents this year’s annual Youth Choral Festival on Sunday, Nov. 22nd, at 4 p.m. at Messiah College’s High Center.
The concert will include performances by the Susquehanna the Youth Chorale, the Susquehanna Young Women’s Chorale, and the Susquehanna Children’s Chorale.  It is a joy to see children of all ages sharing the love of singing. When children sing together, they draw a sense of power from the experience. This program provides a positive and nurturing environment in which all children can reach their full potential as choral singers … it is our hope that this experience will lead the children to enjoy a lifetime of singing. 
For more information visit:
Borrowing request: Request to borrow/rent Carol Kozak Ward, %21 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%st 23AugGMT+0000 The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Composer/Arranger/Edition: John Rutter
Starting: now
For: through mid-November 2015
Copies: 30
Willing to rent: No
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale is interested in borrowing or renting 30 copies of Rutter's "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." If you have 30 copies available, please let me know via phone or email. Many thanks-
Carol Kozak Ward, Colorado Hebrew Chorale, (303)355-0232,
Borrowing request: Need to borrow/rent Carol Kozak Ward, %21 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%st 23AugGMT+0000 Best Of All Possible Worlds (from "Candide")
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Leonard Bernstein, arr. Robert Page
Starting: now
For: mid-November 2015
Copies: 30
Willing to rent: Yes
The Colorado Hebrew Chorale would like to borrow/rent 30 copies of "Best Of All Possible Worlds" (Bernstein, arr. R. Page) in conjunction with a collaborative performance being done in mid-November 2015. If you are able to loan these scores or interested in renting them, please be in touch via phone or email. Many thanks-
Carol Kozak Ward, Colorado Hebrew Chorale
Borrowing request: Chichester Psalms needed for December Concert Kathleen Keenan-Takagi, %21 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%st 21AugGMT+0000 Chichester Psalms SATB.
Composer/Arranger/Edition: L. Bernstein
Starting: ASAP rehearsal start on September 14th
For: until Christmas 2015
Copies: 40
Willing to rent: Yes
Orchard Park Chorale will be presenting its Chrisatmas Concert on Sunday December 13th in Orchard Park NY.
We will pay postage and insurance costs.
If you have the parts we wqould like to bvorrow them as well.
Classified ad: High School Choral Position Michael Sanflippo, %21 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%st 19AugGMT+0000 this for a friend, so please use this link if you are interested in applying or if you need more information:
Classified ad: Baritone section leader/soloist Rick Tripodi, %21 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%st 19AugGMT+0000's Farms Congregational Church; Westport CT.  Professional quartet, mostly traditional music.  Volunteer choir of 15.  Require good sight reading capabilities, personable and able to interact with volunteer choir, musically flexible voice from Baroque to operatic character.  Thursday rehearsal (7:45 - 9:15PM); Sunday rehearsal at 9AM; service at 10AM.  Stipend: $75/event ($225 per week).  Additional services paid separately.  Convenient to train station. 
Please contact Rick Tripodi at
Classified ad: Development Director--The Crossing Steven Gearhart, %21 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%st 18AugGMT+0000
The Crossing—a professional choir in Philadelphia, specializing in contemporary music—is seeking an experienced and highly motivated part-time Development Director to manage and grow a strong and sustainable program for institutional support. Reporting to The Crossing's Managing Director, and responsible for managing a small team of professional staff and volunteers, the Director will maintain and continue to cultivate existing relationships while forging new partnerships—from high-level individual donors, to foundations and institutions across the corporate sector—for the purpose of supporting our season. The Director will serve as the primary liaison to key leadership donors, as well as to foundation, community, and corporate leaders within the Philadelphia area and beyond, participating in executive-level cultivation of these constituents, and is responsible for keeping the institution’s name and achievements alive in the their minds.
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in fundraising, communications or management strongly desired. A minimum of five years of experience in high-level fundraising, with demonstrated success in the cultivation, solicitation, and securing of major gifts. Must possess an understanding of the current philanthropic and public relations interests of individuals, foundations, and corporations, acquired through regular contact with those individuals and organizations. Leadership ability, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities, and to relate effectively to a wide range of constituencies and individuals.
In the 2015-16 season, The Crossing celebrates ten years of professional music-making dedicated to expanding the contemporary choral music experience through commission, collaboration, community, and performances, including reprises of many commissions; performances in Philadelphia and New York City; collaborations with the International Contemporary Ensemble and the American Composers Orchestra; and over twenty-five world premieres.  
To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resumé to Steven Gearhart,
Classified ad: Boys & Girls Choir Director Jeff Kempskie, %21 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%st 17AugGMT+0000
Boys & Girls Choir Director (part-time)
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill
Overview of the Position:
To provide leadership for the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Boys & Girls Choir (open to children in grades 1-8)
and to prepare them for participation in Sunday morning services 1-2 times per month.  This position begins
September 2015 and ends in December 2015, with a possible extension through early June 2016.

Required Competencies:
• Bachelor’s degree in Music (or in-progress)
• Demonstrated musical ability on a primary instrument or voice
• Basic keyboard proficiency and sight-reading skills
• Interest in teaching children music
• Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
• Interest working in an open, questioning, and progressive faith community.  While it is not necessary
  for applicants to be Christian, it is important that they respect the traditions of the Episcopal Church.
Specific Duties:
Each Sunday from early September through December (possibly extending to early June):
• Lead the weekly Boys & Girls Choir rehearsal (approximately 10:45am-11:45am
• Treat children with kindness and respect while remaining firm regarding behavioral issues
• Foster a positive relationship with parents
• Regularly communicate with the Director of Music (DOM) and volunteers regarding attendance,
  progress, issues with parents, etc.
• Help manage organization of choral music and folders as necessary
Additionally, 1-2 Times Per Month:
• Arrive prior to 8:30am to warm up and rehearse children in preparation for the 9:00 service
• Attend 9:00 service and conduct the Boys & Girls Choir anthem
• Attend part a Sunday School class to lead children in song and identify potential recruits
Other responsibilities:
• Attend one Safeguarding God’s Children class (Child Abuse Prevention training).
• Attend the annual September Boys & Girls Choir retreat (a one day event), collaborating with the
  DOM in rehearsing the choir and leading them in fun activities
• Supervise children during Advent Lessons & Carols and Evensong services (approx. 2-3 per year)
• Attend occasional meetings with DOM, Christian Education staff, Youth Director, and
  others as needed
Reports to: The Director of Music
Church Mission Statement: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is an open community, welcoming people
wherever they are on their faith journey. We celebrate the gifts of God that empower us to engage
boldly in the struggles of life and care for others with love, justice, and compassion.
Salary: $100 per week, paid bi-weekly. 
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume, via e-mail, to the Director of Music,
Jeff Kempskie, at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Questions?  Contact: Jeff Kempskie
• Email:
• Phone: 202.543.0053 x303
St. Mark’s is located at 301 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003.  The church is about a 9-minute walk
northeast of the Capitol South Metro station and a 15-minute walk south of Union Station.
Classified ad: Organist/Accompanist - Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Esther Rhoades, %21 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%st 16AugGMT+0000
Organist/Accompanist—Keene Unitarian Universalist Church
The Keene Unitarian Universalist Church of Keene, NH is seeking an Organist/Accompanist to join our staff for the 2015-2016 church year. This is a 10 hour per week position from August 30, 2015 through June 19, 2016, with an additional four hour preparation time in August. Responsibilities include choosing and playing instrumental music at Sunday services and assisting the Choir Director by accompanying the choir at their weekly, Thursday evening rehearsals and the two services in which they sing each month. For more details, please see attached job description.
We are a growing (180 members) congregation that loves and appreciates its music. The Minister and Choir Director are enthusiastic and creative, the choir is committed and everyone is motivated to build the best possible program. Interested applicants should contact Music Committee Chair Matt Aversa at and provide a resume, references and any materials that would forward your candidacy.
Job Description
Major Function
The Organist/Accompanist is responsible for choosing appropriate music (excluding hymns) for the service in consultation with the Minister. This may include but is not limited to prelude, offertory, postlude, and other music for the service as requested. The Organist/Accompanist also will accompany the Adult Choir in rehearsals, services, and occasional musical events.
·       Accompany weekly Adult Choir rehearsals
·       Work with the Music Committee, the Choir Director and the Minister to obtain coverage when absent
·       Choose and prepare appropriate organ or piano music for Sunday services
·       Accompany the Adult Choir/Vocal Ensemble when they sing in Sunday services and at the Christmas Eve service
·       The Organist/Accompanist has the right of first refusal to perform, for an additional fee as accompanist at weddings, funerals, and memorial services where the need of an organist or pianist has been expressed. He/she will help suggest qualified substitutes if necessary.
·       Work closely with the Choir Director, Music Committee and Minister to promote a vibrant music program that serves the church community
·       Provide the Office Administrator with appropriate information for service music to include in the Order of Service
·       Report maintenance needs of the organ and piano to the Minister and/or Music Committee as needed
·       Attend Music Committee meetings upon request of the Music Committee Chair
·       Attend Staff Meetings and regularly scheduled meeting with supervisor
Reporting Relationship
The Organist/Accompanist reports to the Minister, who has overall responsibility for church worship services and health of the congregation, and collaborates with the Music Committee, who oversee and support the music program.
Performance Assessment
An annual evaluation and mid-year review, (or introductory review in the case of a new employee), will be conducted by the Minister using the review process developed by the Personnel Committee.
•                Strong organ/piano and accompanying skills required, choral background preferred
•                Strong communication and interpersonal skills
•                Ability to choose appropriate service music
•                Ability to establish a rapport with staff and volunteers involved in musical events and performances

Borrowing request: O Fortuna - SATB, stringorchestra, percussion (piano) kirsten holwerda, %21 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%st 20AugGMT+0000 partiture, parts, pianoreduction
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Orff
Starting: as soon as possible
For: until january
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Can anybody help me finding a partiture, parts and pianoreduction of Carl Orffs 'O fortuna' from the Carmina Burana? 
I'm looking for an arangment for SATB chorus, stringorchestra, percussion (and piano)
Can anybody help me? 
Forum message: Looking for Shout for Joy spiritual a cappella Ray Fahrner, %21 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%st 19AugGMT+0000'm looking for an SATB (or div.) a cappella of the spiritual Shout for Joy, as in "Mary had a baby, shout for joy, born on a Chrisamas, shout for joy..."  I've checked cpdl and the usual sheet music online sites, to no avail.  Does anyone know of such an arrangement?  I wouldn't think this would be a challenge, but it is. 
Ray Fahrner
Announcement: Sing with Z. Randall Stroope in Chicago's Historic Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center - April 2016 Bill Bergeman, %21 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%st 19AugGMT+0000 City Choral Festival
Z. Randall Stroope returns as Artistic Director for one of the great annual choral events in Chicago, the Windy City Choral Festival.  The ninth-annual festival will take April 14-16, 2016, and will feature choirs from across the United States joining together to sing en masse.  In addition to being part of the Windy City Festival Chorus, four choirs will be selected by audition to conduct stand-alone performances on stage during the finale concert.
Visit the festival website for repertoire, registration, schedule, and other participation information.
Z. Randall StroopeWindy City Choral Festival Concert
Classified ad: Sing with the Wellington Chorale Edward Palmer, %21 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%st 16AugGMT+0000 singers get Dr. Ed Palmer to tell you  all about this new quality group.
The Wellington Chorale
Rehearsal site is easily accessible from all directions; what you learn and enjoy
is worth the trip. " No one is too good for this experience," a tenor said..
Check Dr. Palmer's work on YouTube ; tag      Rossini   Palmer  1/2 and 2/2
Ed Palmer  561 659 3641    or send your resume to    
Forum message: Clausen "Salutation to the Dawn" Mary Root, %21 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%st 15AugGMT+0000 anyone performed this piece?  I cannot find any recordings of it.  I am contemplating programming this work, and I have a score; I would like feedback on the work and any links to recordings.
Forum message: SAB warm-up chorales vicki bosarge, %21 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%st 14AugGMT+0000 is my first year with high school choir and I would love some wonderful SAB chorales to warm up my group with and to also work with intonation.. Any suggestions that would accomodate 9-12 mixed ability groups? ]]>Announcement: Hands of God ny Michael Austin Miller Michael Miller, %21 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%st 15AugGMT+0000

I composed Hands of God in honor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s 25th Anniversary as a denomination and dedicated it to Wm. Chris Boerger for his service to the NW Washington Synod as the former Bishop and former member of my congregation.  He is now the ELCA Church-wide Secretary.  It is appropriate for many Lutheran Festivals, Hymn Festivals, "Kick-Off Sunday," and especially  Reformation Sunday.

More recently, I created an orchestrated edition for the Installation of Timothy M. Smith, Bishop of the North Carolina ELCA Synod held September 12, 2015 at  Christ Lutheran   Church, Charlotte, NC.

The Verse and Chorus are singable, memorable, and the accompaniment is exciting and very doable.  Singers can usually sing it after one or two rehearsals.

For more information:

Classified ad: Cerddorion Announces Auditions for 2015-2016 Concert Season James John, %21 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%st 15AugGMT+0000

The Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble seeks exceptional singers of all voice parts for its 2015-2016 concert season. Now in its twenty-first year, Cerddorion is a highly selective chamber choir dedicated to adventurous programs that span the breadth of the choral repertoire, from medieval polyphony to newly commissioned works.

Cerddorion’s 2015-2016 repertoire will include music by Gesualdo and Tomkins, Janequin’s La Guerre, and Jeffrey Van’s setting of four Civil War poems by Walt Whitman for chorus and guitar (Fitful Flame:  Music of Love and War); an all-Josquin program (Josquin des Prez: Master of the Notes); works by Wilbye and Brahms, a world premiere by Los Angeles composer David Stern, and the winner(s) of Cerddorion’s fourth annual Emerging Composers Competition (Draw On, Sweet Night).

Artistic Director James John will hear prospective members at St. Ignatius of Antioch from 6 to 8:30 PM on Tuesdays, August 25 and September 1. If you would like to audition, please contact him by e-mail at Please be prepared to vocalize, sight-sing, and perform a solo piece of your choice. For more information, visit

Classified ad: Baritone Section Leader Andrew Monticello, %21 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%st 15AugGMT+0000
Lead the Bass/Baritone section of Guardian Angel Church's Adult Choir. Practices are held on Thursday nights from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, warm-ups on Sunday mornings from 9:30am - 9:50am, and Masses on Sunday mornings from 10am - 11am. Pay is $30 per rehearsal, and $50 per mass ($80 per week). Section leaders must also be present at all Holy Day masses that the choir is scheduled to sing at (i.e. Christmas, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter, etc.). Additional rehearsals before these major Holy Days are occasionally scheduled. If interested, please email with a copy of your resume and (if available) a YouTube link to you performing.
Classified ad: Cantores seeking a few good men! Carol Grey, %21 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%st 13AugGMT+0000 
Cantores, a small vocal ensemble (12-15 singers) performing primarily a cappella choral music from the 15th through 21st centuries, is looking for one or two Tenors and Basses/Baritones to round out the roster.  
Cantores is made up of a group of friends who love to sing – choral musicians all.   We are committed to excellence through choral performance.  Our members have a great deal of choral singing experience, are familiar with singing in various languages, have the ability to sight-read, learn music fairly quickly (we work on parts as needed), possess good vocal quality, and have the ability to adjust their sound as styles dictate. 
We rehearse weekly from 7:30-9:15 on Monday nights. We meet in the homes of some of our members (as well as other locations) on Philadelphia’s Main Line, making about equal amounts of music and fun.    
Our repertoire is drawn from madrigals, anthems, love songs, folk songs, spirituals, octavos,  jazz arrangements and occasional popular music in settings for two to eight voice parts.  We prepare one or two programs a year and give most of our concerts in area churches and retirement communities. 
The current program is called Music that’s truly for the Birds.  It is a varied program from Renaissance madrigals to vocal jazz covering all sorts of pieces that include or describe birds.  Included will be music of Orlando di Lasso, Orlando Gibbons, Clement Janequin, John Bartlet, Felix Mendelssohn, Maurice Ravel, and Lennon and McCartney, plus others. 
Previous programs have included Heart & Soul: Songs Sacred, Sentimental, and Silly including sacred and secular pieces from the 15th - 17th, and 20th centuries; Comings and Goings, music describing the comings and goings of our lives; A Grand Night for Singing; Music of the Four Seasons; A Celebration of Love, madrigals to vocal jazz; A Celebration of Psalms, psalm settings from Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the Americas; and From Dusk to Dawn, with selections describing things that transpire during the night.   
For additional information, please see our website ( and/or contact the director, Carol Grey, at or 267-847-4314. 
Classified ad: Choral Accompanist Dawn Coker, %21 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%st 13AugGMT+0000
LaGrange College is seeking a part-time choral accompanist to support 3 rehearsals per week, totaling 3.5 hours and to accompany approximately 3-4 choral performances per semester, with some performances on Sunday mornings.  A schedule of performances will be available at the beginning of each semester.  The successful candidate should be able to play the piano with professional quality; support rehearsals by playing both choral parts and accompaniments; play in a variety of musical styles and lead sectionals during rehearsals when needed.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.
To apply, visit
LaGrange College is a private comprehensive college located about one hour southwest of Atlanta. For more information about the college, visit our Web site at
LaGrange College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Classified ad: Opening for 1 tenor and 1 bass. Joseph Ripka, %21 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%st 13AugGMT+0000 Calvary Choir School currently has 2 open positions. (tenor & bass) The School inlcudes adults (men & women) and children and youth (age 5-18) and is affilated with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and operates as a semi-professional choir.  The choir rehearses once per week on Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and sings approximately two Sunday morning services per month, and 1-2 evening services per month.  The successful candidates will have a love of choral music, particularily in the Anglican tradition, good sightreading skills, fine quality of tone, and the ability to blend well.  The candidates will be joining a group of 10 schola members (ATB) which includes paid professionals and very good volunteer singers.  Please contact Joseph Ripka for an audition/interview.  More information about the choir can be found at and at ]]>Classified ad: Sing with Raincross Chorale in Riverside William Brakemeyer, %21 %b %2015 %05:%Aug:%st 5AugGMT+0000 Chorale begins its seventeenth season on September 1 and holds "open seating" at the first two rehearsals for any singers who are strong in music reading and would like to join the chorale.  Raincross sings three terms during the year. Term one concludes with an internationall broadcast service in Loma Linda and a concert with orchestra in Riverside.  Term two includes presentation of an Anglican Evensong as part of the Dickens Festival in Riverside.  Term three concludes with participation in the Temecula Valley Choral Festival and a concert of Songs from Broadway with presentation of vocal scholarship recipients.  Raincross Chorale will be joined by members of Riverside Master Chorale this year and is particularly interested in adding men.  Rehearsals are held Tuesday eveings 7:00 to 9:30 pm at Victoria Presbyterian Church in Riverside. Further information is available from the president Mary Ellen Gruendyke 951-640-3935 or membership chairperson Sandy Tarmo at 951 688-8150 or 951-836-0760. ]]>Classified ad: Chicago Women's Choir Seeks Singers! Melissa Grant, %21 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%st 0AugGMT+0000 Voices of Chicago (no Nordic heritage is required!!!) is seeking singers for the 2015/2016 season.  We rehearse in Logan Square on Wednesday nights and perform in the city and Evanston.  We're specifically in need of altos and second sopranos, but any singer is welcome to message me.  We're a group of fun, smart women who love to sing together!  ]]>Forum message: The Silver Stars are in the Sky - Score request Hector Mayo, %21 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%st 0AugGMT+0000
Hi, I'm looking for the score of this piece. Does anyone can tell me were can
i get it?  Thanks in advance for your answer.
Concert: ReSounding Ryerson - featuring Elektra Women's Choir, EnChor, Ryerson Church Choir, Vancouver Bach Children's Chorus Bruce Hoffman, %20 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000’s classical music ensembles have been in love with the acoustics at Ryerson United Church for 80 years. Did you know the CBC Vancouver Orchestra used to record in this heritage stone church?  Ryerson is now home to some of Vancouver’s leading choirs and the venue for dozens of public performances each year, from Chor Leoni, Elektra Women’s Choir, EnChor, the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir to the bands and choirs of Magee Secondary School and international touring ensembles. 


Plans are afoot to make Ryerson an even better facility for community-based performers and audiences for generations to come.  Show your support by attending ReSounding Ryerson, a fundraising concert directly benefiting a new umbrella choral society and in support of Ryerson’s mission of Enriching Lives Through Faith, Community, and the Arts. Hear Elektra Women’s Choir, EnChor, the Ryerson Church Choir, and the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus in this superb acoustic as they sing in celebration of Ryerson’s bright future.


Tickets $35 available through TicketsTonight 604.684.2787 ext 2

Classified ad: SING!!! With the Hudson Valley Chorale (Rockland County, NY) Regina Faraldo, %20 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000
The Hudson Valley Chorale is recruiting singers for our 2015-16 season. We will be preparing for two concerts this season – a Winter Concert in January featuring LOVE in its varied forms, typified by the Bridal Chorus from Wagner’s Lohengrin, Vaughn Williams’ In Windsor Forest, The Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and capping off with medleys from Lerner & Lowe’s My Fair Lady, and Show Boat by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein.
The Spring Concert in May will showcase Faure’s much-loved Requiem as well as Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of Brother James’ Air, and culminate with Vaughn Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region.
Our first rehearsal will be on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Our rehearsal space is also our concert venue – the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary at the Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY.
If you love singing and wish to try a varied repertoire, come join us.
If you would like more information, please call:
(845) 598-6749 or email
Please visit our website at
Classified ad: Section Leader Positions Open Juan Mesa, %20 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Mary's Church in Holliston, MA is looking to hire Alto, Tenor and Bass Section Leaders for a weekly rehearsal and one Sunday Service, starting in September 2015. Rehearsals take place on Thursday 7:00-9:00pm, and the Sunday service is at 11:30 am (call at 10:45am)  The chosen candidates will sing in a choir made up of accomplished volunteers. Excellent sight-reading skills are a must. Repertoire includes a variety of styles and genres, but is strongly focused on traditional sacred music, including Gregorian Chant and 16th century polyphony. An ability to commit for at least one year is essential for consideration.  Pay per call is $60 ($30 per hour) with additional cantoring opportunities for weekly masses, weddings and funerals, which are compensated separately. If interested, please contact Juan A. Mesa, Director of Music, at mesaja (at) ]]>Classified ad: Now accepting singers of all ages! Juan Mesa, %20 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Mary's Church in Holliston MA (Boston MetroWest) is calling singers of all ages to come join our fantastic program! We are affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America, and our Children and Youth Choirs are fully participant in the "Voices for Life" curriculum. Our Children's Choir consists of children grades 4-7, our Youth Choir of youth grades 7-12, and our Adult Choir accepts members of all ages. Our repertoire consists of mostly traditional music, our Children and Youth choirs sing weekly unison and SA anthems, while our Adult Choir sings SATB anthems. All choirs meet September - June. For more information, please contact music dicrector Juan A. mesa at mesaja (at) gmail (dot) com. Check us out at  ]]>Classified ad: Music Director, Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, NY David Aja-Sigmon, %20 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
General Responsibilities: A collaborative leader and gifted musician is desired to lead our diverse church.
Principal duties:
  1. Direct the choirs (2), soloists, and congregation during the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
  2. Practice with the chamber choir once during the week and also on Sunday morning at 9am.  Practice with the chancel choir on Sundays at 10am.
  3. Collaborate with both the pastor and leaders within the choirs in musical selection and vision.
  4. Play holiday non-Sunday services: Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve, and Good Friday.
  1. Ability to lead a choir.
  2. Play organ and piano.
  3. Church experience preferred.
  4. Openness to different types of music
Salary $16,000 (negotiable based on Church and/or Choral experience)
2 weeks of paid vacation
Please send resumes to or
Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church
6753 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
You can also contact us with questions: 718-836-0681.
Announcement: TUMBALALAYKA - SATB a cappella setting of the popular Yiddish folkson Michael Kaulkin, %20 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 choral setting of the popular Yiddish folksong employs the use of instrument-like sounds imitating the strumming of the balalayka, a Russian folk instrument similar to a guitar, and contrasts the upbeat “Tumbalalayka” refrain with dark harmonic colors and occasional smooth polyphonic textures.
SATB, medium difficulty, about 2'30"
Music is available for perusal and purchase via Swirly Music
Classified ad: Kirkland Choral Society - Operations Manager Glenn R. Gregg, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000

Kirkland Choral Society is seeking an Operations Manager. This is a contract position (20-25 hours/month) with a flexible schedule and real potential for growth and impact. KCS, a 90-voice community chorus near Seattle, WA, has been steadily growing in numerical and artistic strength over the past decade, and the contributions from the person in this role will hopefully facilitate our continued growth and evolution.


The job description is available upon request; if you or someone you know is interested or has questions, please feel free to contact our Board President, Stuart Jennings at

Classified ad: Elijah Oratorio - 10 vocal scores for $10ppd Paul Husby, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000, An Oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn: 10 well-worn vocal scores (7" x 10", G Schirmer);  spines are taped, two are missing covers, but all are usable.  $10 includes postage USA.
Also, check my spreadsheet for a wide variety of sacred, pop, Broadway and classical choral music at:
​SATB, SSA, TTBB and more - click on the tabs at the bottom (sometimes at top) for the various types
Classified ad: Kirkland Choral Society auditions Glenn R. Gregg, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
Kirkland Choral Society Announces Open Auditions for the 2015-16 Season
Kirkland Choral Society is seeking experienced singers in all voice ranges for the upcoming 2015-16 performance season. Considered one of the Seattle area's premier symphonic choirs, KCS performs a wide variety of genres with emphasis on large-scale choral masterworks and significant works by contemporary composers.
                Currently numbering 90+ singers, the choir is looking to expand membership to over 100 voices. Our 2015 - 2016 season, announced below, will include KCS’s fourth annual collaboration with Philharmonia Northwest orchestra for Beethoven’s 9th symphony at Benaroya Hall, as well as an exciting concert in May featuring a newly commissioned masterwork by superstar choral composer Ola Gjeilo.
                KCS is committed to creating a quality experience not only for our audiences but also for our singers, providing opportunities to socialize and enjoy the process of creating music together. Join a great group of people and a terrific maestro for our exciting set of concerts for the 2015-2016 season. KCS rehearses Wednesday evenings in Kirkland, September through May.
                Please email to arrange an evening audition appointment. Auditions times are available August 25 & 26 or by appointment.
Kirkland Choral Society’s 2015-16 Concert Season
October 2015: Greater Seattle Choral Consortium Festival at St. Mark’s Cathedral
December 2015: Bach at Bastyr -- Bach Magnificat and Songs for the Holidays
February 2016: Love Songs -- A Valentine’s weekend program on the theme of love
March 2016: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony -- with Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra at Meany Hall
May 2016: Luminous: The Music of Ola Gjeilo -- including a commissioned world-premiere
Classified ad: High School Choral Accompanist Aleks Zivanovic, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 North High School is looking to hire a part-time choral accompanist.  Schedule can be flexible in the equivalent of 3 days per week and 5 concerts per school year.  Experience accompanying is preferred.  Extra opportunities to accompany chamber ensembles, musical, etc are available.  
For questions or more information please contact Aleks Zivanovic at
Classified ad: Director of Music Glenna Shepherd, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
JOB TITLE:   Director of Music Ministries (Part-time)
                      Pleasant Hill Community Church United Church of Christ
                      Pleasant Hill, TN
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Start Date:     September 2015 or ASAP
Contact:         Rev. Glenna Shepherd, Minister (
Pleasant Hill Community Church - an Open and Affirming, Whole Earth, Just Peace, Global Mission congregation of the United Church of Christ - seeks a part-time Director of Music Ministries to lead our vibrant music program.
Pleasant Hill Community Church is located on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau, about an hour west of Knoxville, TN.  The village of Pleasant Hill is also the site of Uplands Village, a UCC-affiliated continuing care retirement community.
This is a part-time, salaried position.
Salary range (for fifteen to twenty hours per week) is from $15,000 - $20,000, based on education, skills, and experience.  Amount of vacation, health insurance stipend, and relocation reimbursement are negotiable.
PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS:  The Director of Music Ministries works closely and collaboratively with the Senior Minister to develop, create, and sustain the music and worship programs of the church.
Direct the Sanctuary Choir, including weekly rehearsals, rehearsals for special events, and Sunday morning worship.
Encourage the development of spiritual, musical, artistic, and technical gifts of music ministry participants.
Recruit and encourage new participants from the congregation and the larger community.
Play for Sunday morning worship and for special services.
Serve as a vital part of the Worship Team, including weekly creative and fun planning sessions and long-range planning.
With the Worship Team, plan, coordinate, and organize music for special occasions, such as Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, weddings, funerals and other special services.
Work with the Senior Minister to plan and implement monthly Taizé services, weekly Thursday morning communion services, and other occasional alternative worship experiences.
Recruit, schedule and rehearse with soloists and ensembles.
Interface with the Uplands Community Ensemble and encourage their occasional participation in worship.
Direct the adult Handbell Choir, including weekly rehearsals, rehearsals for special events, and monthly participation in Sunday morning worship.
In consultation with the Senior Minister and the Worship Team, prepare and administer the annual music budget (salaries, choir and handbell music, music for worship, repairs and maintenance of instruments).
Oversee maintenance of the music library, instruments, equipment, and supplies.
At least a Bachelor’s degree in music, Master’s preferred.
Strong conducting skills.
Excellent keyboard skills - piano and organ.
Knowledge of and experience in sacred choral music.
Experience in planning traditional and/or blended worship.
Skills in motivating and inspiring music participants.
A commitment to the progressive church, including an understanding of and commitment to the use of inclusive language and progressive/liberal theology.
Please send letter of interest, resume, and references to Rev. Glenna Shepherd:
Classified ad: Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions Faith Knabe, %20 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000
Philomusica Concert Choir Auditions
Philomusica Concert Choir is holding auditions on Monday nights August 31, September 14, 21, 28, and October 5 and 12, 2015 for its December 2015 concerts.  Auditions will be held after rehearsals at The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ.  
We welcome good singers in all parts, especially tenors and basses.  Please go to the “auditions” tab at for additional information about setting up an audition and what you can expect at the audition.  Prospective auditioners should come to a rehearsal at 7:30 pm and either sing in or listen.  If you would like to audition, speak to the President about setting up an audition either that night at 10 pm, or on a different Monday night listed above.  You may also email Philomusica or call to set up an audition.  
The 2015 December 5th and 6th concerts Christmas Garlands will include William Mathias’ “Ave Rex”, several different arrangements of “Ave Maria” and “O Magnum Mysterium”, several familiar carols and Conrad Susa’s “A Christmas Garland” with audience participation.
For further information call 888.744.5668, email, or visit   Like us on Facebook.
Borrowing request: RTB: 50 copies of Gorecki "Amen" Timothy Newton, %20 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Gorecki "Amen" SATB divisi
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Henryk Gorecki
Starting: September 1, 2015
For: December 20, 2015
Copies: 50-60
Willing to rent: No
Does anyone have roughly 50 copies of Henryk Gorecki's "Amen"? The ten-page acap octavo is over $7 per copy and makes purchasing it prohibitive on a state school budget. I am willing to pay all shipping costs.Thanks for any help you might help directing me toward someone who already has it in their library.
Tim Newton
Director of Choral Activities
SUNY Oneonta
Forum message: Pedagogy for the 8-13 year old girl Samantha O'Brien, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000!
I am just starting to teach private voice lessons, and would like some advice. So far I have two students - one is 11 and the other about 8 years old. They are both girls who have interest in pop music but would like a classical foundation. I am classically trained but began singing in college... I am a little unsure as to how detailed I should be when it comes to all of the basic concepts - posture, breath, diction, etc. I already had my first lesson with the 11 year old and feel that I probably overwhelmed her. Any tips for making things seem easier than the actually are, or just keeping things simple?
Thanks so much,
5th year Music Education major
Forum message: Holst Christmas Day- Options for Orch Lauren Peithmann, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 anyone performed the Holst "Christmas Day" with orchestra? We have the option to perform this work with instrumentalists, and can't decide what would be better:
1. Perform with string orchestra only
2. Perform with string orchestra, add percussion from full score
3. Perform with string orchestra, add percussion from full score, and have organist play reduction from choral score
4. Or just hire full orchestra (don't really have the funds for this...would be a stretch) 
Thanks in advance!
Classified ad: Staff Singer positions, Immanuel on the Green Jack Burnam, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000
Staff Singer positions are open for one alto and one soprano with the Choir of Immanuel Church on the Green, New Castle, Delaware. Seeking musicians with strong reading skills, vocal versatility, and excellent ensemble instincts; our choir is strongly committed to Anglican choral tradition, in a parish with high expectations in liturgy and music. Thursday 7 pm rehearsal, Sunday 10 am Mass (9:15 call), plus a number of Evensongs and feastdays as scheduled; $50/call. Contact choirmaster Jack Burnam: or 302-559-9696.
Classified ad: Accompanist - Cecil Township, PA Gary Chorpenning, %20 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 time Accompanist (Pianist/Organist) needed to accompany congregational singing and to provide service music for worship.

Primary responsibilities:
1. Select, plan, and play service music (prelude, offertory, and postlude) for the second Sunday morning worship service as well as hymns selected by the Pastor.
2. Prepare and accompany occasional special services - Lent, Thanksgiving Eve, and Christmas Eve as well as others agreed upon in consultation with the Pastor.
3. Consult with the Music Director.
4. Communicate regularly with the Pastor and Church Staff.
Those interested should please contact Pastor Gary at 
Forum message: Breathing Stability Braylon Williams, %19 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 are some good vocal exercises to help increase breathing stability while singing? ]]>Announcement: Sing with Kevin Fenton in the inaugural Dublin Choral Festival Bill Bergeman, %19 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 Choral Festival | Featuring Artistic Director Dr. Kevin FentonJoin Artistic Director Dr. Kevin Fenton for the inaugural Dublin Choral Festival, as we sing thrilling choral literature – including Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass – alongside professional Irish musicians in the historic, stunning, and oldest medieval cathedral in Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin.
With a starting price of $1,542 per person (read our brochure below for more details), this festival will take place June 22-26, 2016, and will feature mixed-voice choirs and individual singers from a variety of backgrounds joining together to sing en masse.

Highlights of the trip include:

 - Evensong attendance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint.
 - A tour of Historic 13th-century Dublin Castle, used today for Irish State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.
 - Lunch at Taylors Three Rock, including foot-pounding performances of traditional Irish song and dance.
 - An exploration of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, including a view of the Book of Kells.
Learn more about the Dublin Choral Festival
Classified ad: TENOR and BARITONE section leader/soloist at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Anaheim, CA. Brian Dehn, %20 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000

JOB AVAILABLE: TENOR and BARITONE section leader/soloist at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Anaheim, CA.

A very active and vibrant church music program is need of both a tenor and baritone soloist/section leader. One of the most respected church choirs in the area has two openings (Tenor position has been filled for the past 11 years and the Baritone position for 3). Open immediately with position starting in September.

What you can expect:
Top quality repertoire (Duruflé Requiem, Pärt Berliner Messe, Allegri Miserere, etc.), multiple solo opportunities, healthy environment, and competitive compensation. There is also a European tour planned for late June 2016.

What we expect:
High quality vocalist - multitude of styles and genres. Able to perform Renaissance to contemporary, small schola ensemble capability along with orchestra work.
Excellent sight reading abilities.
Respectful of your fellow ministers.

St. Boniface Catholic Church is an extremely vibrant parish in Anaheim, CA. This tri-lingual Parish, over 6000 families, completely supports the Parish Choir of 45 voices of volunteers and staff singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 with Mass on Sunday at 9:30am (call time, 9:00am). Multiple other liturgies are planned, each being compensated on top of normal job duties. A full calendar is provided upon hiring. Minimal substitutes are allowed.

The Parish Choir sings two offerings each Sunday as well as produces two community concerts, their annual Gaudete Concert and Laetare Concert, both with orchestra and both free to the public. Last season saw their performance of Maurice Duruflé's Requiem with nearly 198 singers and 47 in the orchestra. Nearly 250 musicians filled the beautiful acoustics to an appreciative audience - admission was FREE. This coming year will have the choir continue their Christmas and Lenten Concerts with orchestra culminating with a performance tour of Eastern Europe in late June of 2016. Attendance on the tour is mandatory for section leaders.

Please email Include resume and mp3. Full auditions will be scheduled.

Classified ad: Encore Vocalists seek Tenor, low Bass, beatboxer Tim Salaver, %20 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 Francisco Bay Area contemporary a cappella ensemble seeks tenor, low bass, and beatboxer.  We would prefer that the tenor or bass can beatbox.  We sing a variety of styles from Jazz, Pop, Movie, Broadway, and Doo Wop.  Our goal is to entertain our audience and leaving them feeling great.  Auditions for the upcoming season will be scheduled by appointment.  We meet on Sundays from 7-9 pm in Dublin, CA.  We perform up to 2-3 times a month.  Must have strong ear, blend in small and large group sizes, ability to control vibrato and have a wonderfully pleasant personality and disposition.  We have a limit of 4 vocalists on a part in performance, so must be strong singer.  We also memorize our music so must learn quickly.  We do our own arrangements, plus those by Deke Sharon, Kirby Shaw, Phil Azelton, and well the list is talented. Call if you want to be part of fun, exciting ensemble of vocalists dedicated to making great music.  Oh, and one more thing is that when we get a paid gig, we share the proceeds with our vocalists. ]]>Classified ad: Musical Director for Acton Community Chorus (ACC) Ivan Slovin, %19 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
Musical Director for Acton Community Chorus (ACC)
The Acton Community Chorus – a non-audition SATB chorus of approximately 70 members – seeks a talented, passionate choral director to lead ACC and provide musical direction beginning February 1, 2016.
  • Conduct at least two concerts with distinct programs each year, generally a Saturday night in late January and 1-2 nights (Friday or Friday/Saturday) in early June
  • Select and propose music and concert themes to the ACC Board
  • Prepare for and lead punctual Monday night rehearsals from 7:30-9:30 during the months of September - June
  • Teach and motivate the ACC chorus through inspiring and productive rehearsals
  • Identify and hire instrumentalists or soloists within ACC Board approval
  • Oversee auditions for soloists, group ensembles
  • Meet with the ACC board, concert producers, extra ensembles, and accompanists, as needed
  • Lead 2-4 “tech week” rehearsals during the week preceding each performance
Qualifications Important to ACC
Technical Skills, Experience and Knowledge
Leadership and Personal Skills
  • College degree in musical discipline
  • Strong experience conducting choral groups with varied degrees of musical ability
  • Knowledge of choral music, variety of musical styles & traditions
  • Demonstrates a strong collaboration with accompanist
  • Demonstrates conducting skills and podium “presence”
  • Sings; possesses knowledge of correct vocal production and technique
  • Demonstrates (minimum of) basic keyboard skills
  • Knows pitch, rhythm, and balance; can detect and correct errors
  • Able to conduct choral and instrumental ensembles simultaneously
  • Pays attention to diction and pronunciation of different languages
  • Strong sense of humor 
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Communicates clearly and regularly with Board, accompanist, and ACC members
  • Firm, yet positive, during rehearsals
  • Enthusiastic
  • Patient
  • Reliable/available for all rehearsals
  • Energetic, with a willingness to learn from ACC Board and members
About the ACC
  • Long tradition of two annual concerts (January-classical, June-Pops/contemporary) in the Acton area for 31 years
  • Non-audition chorus of 60-70 adults of all ages, SATB, and variable musical experience and ability
  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, headed by an active volunteer Board
  • Website:
  • Monthly compensation on an independent contractor basis
  • Rate commensurate with experience
Application Process
Please send a letter of introduction, resume, and (video) samples of your work by Sept. 30, 2015 to
Let us know why you might be the right leader for a chorus that has been led by one director for 31 years.
Note: Position is available Feb. 1, 2016 but for a smooth transition, we would prefer our new director to be available to observe rehearsals and attend our winter concert January 23, 2016.
Classified ad: Various Responses Robert Duris, %19 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000"Five Centuries of Alleluias and Amens" (Vol. III) compiled by Hawley Ades.  5 good condition copies from late 19th and 20th centuries (Brahms to present),  Shawnee Press Inc., c. 1965.  Represented by over 20 + composers for SATB, SSATBB, SSA, SA.  .35 per copy or all for $1.50 + shipping.
"Mighty Amens" for mixed, male & female voices by various composers, arranged by Clarence Dickinson.  3 great condition copies.  Published by The H. W. Gray Company, c. 1915.  I am asking .35 per copy or all for .90 + shipping.
Forum message: Music Ed AND Theatre Morgan Taylor, %19 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 am a high school junior looking to major in Music Education, but I also really enjoy doing theatre. Are there any schools out there with both of these things available to me? I am not necessarily looking to double major, but more of a non-exclusive program. For example: at U of I, you can have any major and be able to audition for the shows; you don't have to be a musical theatre major to be able to do the musicals. Any suggestions would be helpful! Thank you. ]]>Announcement: Budapesti Vándor Workshop from 6 to 8 of November, 2015 Eszter Berenyi Sass, %19 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000
The Budapest Vandor Choir invites practicing and prospective, English speaking choir leaders (active members) as well as amateur singers (passive members) who would like to get hands-on experience working with an advanced level amateur choir and wish to get acquainted with some of the works from the choir’s repertoire. The participants will get assistance in decision making about special solutions regarding the performance, how to choose the correct tempo, how to solve problems related to form and dynamics, how to improve their conducting technique and how to prepare an amateur choir sufficiently for a stage performance.
The Budapest Vandor Choir is a 79 years old choir with mostly amateur members. Its outstanding national and international successes speak for themselves: four Silver Diploma and a category-winner Gold Diploma – 2005 Bad Ischle, two Gold Diploma – 2006 Zoltan Kodaly 4th Hungarian Choir Competition and 2009 Budapest International Choral Competition, April 2014 the highest classification of the Hungarian Choral Assotiation (KOTA) „Concert choir”. Each and every era – from the Renaissance to the 21th century- is included in its repertoire.
We invite participants who would like to improve their knowledge in the repertoire of a mixed choir, who would like to practice their conducting technique and shape their artistic thoughts as leaders of an excellent, cheerful amateur company.
The workshop will be led by Zsuzsanna Nemeth Artisjus Prize winner choir leader and the choir’s art director and dr. Zsuzsánna Mindszenty Liszt Prize winner conductor.
06. Nov. 2015 (Friday)
10:00-12:30 AM and 13:30-16:00 conductor practice, overview of the technical realization of the pieces. At 17:00 singing practice, warm-up, then up to 20:00 rehearsal with the Choir.
07. Nov. 2015 (Saturday)
09:00-1200 rehearsal with the choir, 14:00-16:30 conductor practice, 17:00-19:00 rehearsal with the choir.
08. Nov. 2015 (Sunday)
14:00 rehearsal on the spot of the concert, 16:00 closing concert , then a reception presented by our choir, summary of the workshop and evaluation with the conductors.
The workshop includes the following works:
1. group
Kodály: Sík Sándor Te Deuma (Sík Sandor Te Deum)
Bárdos: Szól a doromb (Hear my Jew's Harp
Bárdos: Széles Duna (Wide is the Danube)
2. group
Sári: Alleluja
Tillai: Lauda Sion
Orbán: Nunc dimittis
3. group
Victoria: O Magnum mysterium
Pachelbel: Singet dem Herrn
Handel: Halleluiah
We ask the conductors to choose at least two pieces from the three groups (each from a different group), and indicate their titles on the application form.
Only one of these works will be performed during the concert at the end of the course. Because of the shortage of time the conductors will only have chance to practice that one with the choir and shape it according to his/her taste.
During the course of the workshop it is possible to deal with more works, even with works that are not included in the list above. (In each case please indicate the name of the work of your choice on the application form in advance). More detailed information concerning the program is available at the homepage of the choir ( please, follow the link named Budapest Vandor Műhely.
Further information:
Accommodation: Student residence, rooms with 2-3 beds, or in a hotel, as required (details on website)
Board: full or half-board (details on website)
Participation fee: For active members 100 Euro, for passive members 50 Euro. This is the fee of the workshop, accommodation and board fees are not included. To ensure the place, the active members are asked to pay 25 Euro in advance at latest date of 15th October, 2015.
Payment information:
Payment should be transferred to MagNet Bank, Hungary
Bank account number (IBAN): HU08162002160023912700000000
In order to identify please indicate the name of the participant on the bank transfer.
The rest of the fee for active members and the entire fee for passive members are paid after arrival on the spot. In case of cancellation the advance payment can not be reimbursed.
We would like to highlight that the maximum number of the active participant is 9. Participants will be accepted in application order and based on the application form. Participants will be notified via e-mail until 25th October, 2015.
We also emphasize that the decision about assigning the works and participants presenting on the closing concert will be based on the information given on the application form and the incoming of the advance payments.
In connection with any further questions you may contact Dr. Eszter Berényi Sassné on the e-mail address Details issued in advance may change and widen, so please keep an eye on the website of the choir
Application deadline: 20th October, 2015
We wish you all a successful preparation period!
The organizers
Announcement: 4th Vandor-Revesz Choral Festival and 2nd International Choral Competition of Budapest 19-22 May, 2016 Eszter Berenyi Sass, %19 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000
The Budapesti Vandor Choir and its sponsors, the Association of Friends of Budapesti Vandor Choir together with Foundation In Memory of Vandor Sandor And Revesz Laszlo organise the Vandor-Revesz Festival and International Competition of Choral Music on 19-22th of May, 2015, in Budapest.
Choirs may participate at the festival and the competition together or only one of these events.
Schedule of the programme:
1st day - 19 May, 2016 (Thursday) - Opening concert
The first event of the Festival is at 19:00, 19th of May (Thursday). After the greeting of the participating conductors, sponsors and political representatives the Budapesti Vandor Choir together with guest choirs give a welcome concert. Following the concert an afterparty will take place where the delegates (max 3 persons per choir) and the conductors of the participants may get to know each other.
2nd day – 20 May, 2016 (Friday) – Acoustic rehearsal and Competition
Participants may have an acoustic rehearsal before noon. In the afternoon, from 2 pm, the choral competition will be held.
3rd day – 21 May, 2016 (Saturday) – Festival Garden secular programme in the morning; Rózsák tere, a concert of sacred music in the evening
In the Festival Garden participants may have a concert of secular music in the afternoon. In the square of the Festival Garden a fair-ground will be organised all day long to attract visitors and passers-by. Participating choirs will have a concert of sacred music at 19:00 in the Church of Rózsák tere.
4th day - 22 May, 2016 (Sunday) - Closing ceremony and gala concert
Closing ceremony and gala concert will be held on the last day of the Festival, at 11am with the concert of the participants of the competition. An award ceremony will take place as well, the jury hands over the prizes and certificates of merit.
Each choir participating in the competition and/or the Festival will receive a certification of merit.
From the participants of the competition, I., II. and III. places will be chosen by a jury of choral experts, and based on the points collected gold, silver and bronze diplomas will be handed out. The jury may not reward all three places in each category. Only those gold diploma owners are entitled for a first place prize, who have earned at least 83 points.
Maximum points: 90 points
Gold diploma: 75–90 points
Silver diploma: 60–75 points
Bronze diploma: 45–60 points
1st        prize – 150.000 HUF
2nd       prize – 120.000 HUF
3rd        prize – 80.000 HUF
Best Conductor Prize: The judges will choose one of the participant choirs’ conductor, and not necessarily that of the winning choir, for the Conductor Prize.
Participation rules:
Non-competitive participation in the festival:
Choirs must have an approximately 20 minute long programme of secular and/or 8 minutes of sacred music (max. 2 pieces). There are no other rules or restrictions regarding the category of the choirs or the number of singers. The programme of the opening concert will be chosen by the organizing committee from the programme of the choirs.
Participation rules of the competition:
Required programme
  • a contemporary choral (not older than 15 years) from the choir’s country of origin
  • two pieces of the choir’s own choosing, of different characters, without restriction
Additional rules
  • Length of the programme of the competition: 12-15 minutes.
  • Only one piece of the programme can be accompanied by no more than 3 musical instruments.
  • Only amateur singers’ choirs can take part in the competition
  • (this rule does not apply to the conductors, soloists, and accompanists)
  • English translation of the lyrics is required (save lyrics in Latin, English, Italian, German or Hungarian)
Standard Category:
At least 75% of the choir’s singers are amateurs, i.e. they neither have a certificate, nor are they following undergraduate / graduate studies for music, except for the conductor, soloists and accompanists.
Professional Category:
There are only 25% or less of the singers holding no musical degree, nor following any studies in this direction.
The jury has the right to recategorise applicants based on the audial material, which decision they need to communicate to the choir prior to the competition. The choir then may decide if they agree and would like to take part in the competition.
Standard Category 1st place winners may only apply for the Professional Category in the next two years.
Registration fee and conditions:
  • Registration fee: 50 Euro/ choir, payment is due together with the application form, non-refundable (except in case the choir cannot accept the jury’s recategorisation).
  • Participation fee of the Festival: 100 Euro/ choir
  • Participation fee of the Competition: 300 Euro/ choir
Registration fee is part of the participation fee if the registration is accepted.
One may participate at the festival and the competition or only one of them.
In case of participating in both events, only the participation fee of the competition is to be paid.
Travel costs and accommodations are provided and paid by the participants.
50% refund is possible in case of cancellation after 1 April 2016. 25% refund is possible in case of cancellation after 15 April 2016. No refund is possible in case of cancellation after 30 April 2016.
More information:
In case of interest, please send us the following application form until 28th of February, 2016. You can download the application form from
Payment information:
Payment should be transferred to MagNet Bank, Hungary
Bank account number: HU08162002160023912700000000
As additional information please indicate the name of the choir
Please attach the programme, a short introduction of the choir and the conductor with a recent photo of the choir and of the conductor, and a 10 minute long recording of the choirs performance in MP3 to the application form. In case you intend to enter the competition please send 3 copyright copies of the original score (with translation, save Latin/English/Italian/German/Hungarian lyrics) of each work (non-returnable) by post.
Application without copyright scores will have to be rejected. Using non-copyright material during the contest will result in exclusion from the competition. The programme cannot be changed after the scores have arrived.
Application forms can be sent to, or to Nemeth Zsuzsanna, H-1077 (zip code) Budapest (city), Rejtő J. u. 6. II/1. (Street and house) Hungary. Additional information in English: Ms. Zita Ozorák, mobile: +36-20/579-2610.
A confirmation email will be sent after the arrival of the application form - in case it is missing, please contact us.
In case of a large number of applicants, organizers may change scheduling of the days of the contest and acoustic repetition. Organizers must inform the choirs accordingly in advance.
Classified ad: Lyrebird Young Women's Choir Anika Kildegaard, %19 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000

Lyrebird Young Women’s Choir

An Homage to our Home: Works by Minnesota Women Composers


Chanson Voice & Music Academy is thrilled to add another Lyrebird Chorus to our roster: The Lyrebird Young Women’s Choir. The Young Women’s Choir will serve singers in grades 9-12. This session we will be singing all music by Minnesotan women composers. (The students will even get a chance to meet and work with some of the composers!) Each singer will have the opportunity for a one-on-one coaching with one of the directors. Thanks to the support of the Minnesota Regional Arts Council we are able to offer this program on a sliding scale basis: $20-150 pay as you are able.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30


Contact to register

Classified ad: St. Martin's by the Lake Episcopal Church- SATB Kyle Black, %19 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Martin's by the Lake Episcopal Church
2801 Westwood Road
Minnetonka Beach, MN 55391
St. Martin's by the Lake seeks soprano, alto, tenor, and bass section leads from September 2nd - May 22nd. Wednesday rehearsal, one Sunday morning service, and several choral eucharists, evensongs and seasonal services. Additional opportunities for weddings and funerals. Please contact our Interim organist/choirmaster Kyle Black for details. ( or 952-471-8429 ex. 207)
Forum message: What goes with Vierne? Jay Lane, %19 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 All,
I'd like to do the Vierne Solemn Mass with my chorale (about 35 people) and a good organist.  What else can I put on the program to fill it out?  I'm stumped!  Any ideas?  Here are my restrictions:
- No instrumentalists other than the organist
- No professional soloists, although I have some good amateur soloists available.
All ideas welcome!
Jay Lane
Newburyport, MA
Borrowing request: Orch. score/parts for Fraser's This Christmastide/Jessye's Carol William Spencer, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 Orch. score & parts
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Hinshaw
Starting: 15 November 2015
For: 6 weeks
Copies: 1 set
Willing to rent: No
Does anyone have an orchestra score and a set of parts for Fraser's This Christmastide (a/k/a Jessye's Carol) that we could please borrow for our concert on 19 December?
Thanks in advance! Bill Spencer
Dr. William Spencer
Harford Choral Society
Bel Air, Maryland
Forum message: Christmas choral titles Stephen Reddy, %19 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000'm looking for Christmas anthems (SATB) that speak of Jesus as revolutionary, change agent, bringer of new life, free us, etc.
The shepherds, infant, angels are certainly valid, but looking for some new approaches for Advent/Christmas!
Any suggestions very much appreciated.  Thanks.
Classified ad: New York City Community Choir Elizabeth Faulkner, %19 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 choir seeking new members. All male and female voice types - bass, baritone, tenor, soprano, and alto!

The SymphoNYChorus is a faith-based community of volunteer vocalists and instrumentalists committed to sharing the message of God's love with musical creativity, passion, and excellence. Our music spans across the genres - gospel, contemporary, classical, Broadway, spirituals and more! We put on two major productions a year - one at Christmas and a themed concert in the spring. Throughout the season we perform concerts from our regular repertoire in churches around the tri-state are with most performances being on the weekend. We also just finished recording a new album - due to be released this fall! 
The SymphoNYChorus is led by our conductor and artistic director Henric Ideström who came to New York after concluding an eight-year tenure as Chair of the Arts at Rocky Mountain College in Calgary, Canada. While at RMC he conducted numerous productions and produced six recordings, two of which won SHAI Gospel Music Awards in 2007. He was then honored in 2008 with the Gospel Music Association’s Covenant Award for Choir Album of the Year. Henric received his Masters in Conducting from Azusa Pacific University in California.

TSC rehearses on Monday evenings from 7p - 9p in Midtown Manhattan. We are a group of volunteers committed to excellence and seek singers and musicians who are committed to the same. We expect a level of commitment that respects the time of our director and other members of the group. This commitment includes our weekly rehearsals and our performances which are scheduled with enough time to plan. There are no fees to join the choir.

If you are interested, please follow the link to our website ( and fill out the audition contact form and we will be in touch with audition information shortly. We hope to hear from you soon!
Forum message: madrigal title translation? Kevin Kelly, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 anyone translate the title (not the complete text) of Gastoldi's "Alta mendozza"? please reply privately to my email: Kkelly(a)
thank you!
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Lonnie Delisle, %19 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 tenor section leader is needed for a church choir of approximately 25 people. We sing a variety of music - classical choral, gospel, contemporary. Successful candidate will be able to perform a variety of styles, be a decent sight reader, pick up parts well by ear and be able to solo as well.
Rehearsals are Thursday 7:15-9pm. Service is 10:30-11:45 (9:30 call time). $50 per call, averaging $100/wk
Example of latest Easter performance:
Example of our latest Christmas performance:
Contact Lonnie Delisle at
Borrowing request: Borrow or rent scores Craig Fields, %19 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 Piano/vocal scores for "Serenade to Music"
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Vaughan Williams / Oxford Univ. Press
Starting: September 2015
For: 5 months
Copies: 18 copies
Willing to rent: Yes
Also, if you know of a version of "Serenade to Music" scored for just organ and strings, I would be very interested in acquiring the parts.
Classified ad: Early Childhood Music Position Martha Platt, %19 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000

Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), a highly successful choral music education organization in Philadelphia that administers the Keystone State Boychoir, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and Find Your Instrument!, is seeking a dynamic early childhood music educator to expand its newest program Good Mornin' Music!, which launched in the Fall of 2013.


Good Mornin' Music! (GMM!) is a weekly, Saturday morning program that gives children from Pre K to Grade 2 the opportunity to joyfully discover and explore music making with their voices as well as with classroom percussion instruments. GMM! is a non-performance based experience that focuses on musical journey rather than destination. At the same time, the program, in a way that is both fun and pedagogically-sound, lays the foundation for future CY performance-based choral opportunities should a child wish to pursue them. To that end, CY is looking for a highly musical, experienced, early childhood music educator who can build a collaborative, creative community of young children musicians.


CY seeks a teacher who has an eclectic teaching approach and can confidently offer a wide variety of singing, moving and playing activities that will keep children engaged for a 45-minute period. Ideally, this person would be a certified music educator with at least 5 years of classroom experience with children in the age range of PreK thru 2nd grade, be certified in Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze, and be well versed in rounds, partner songs, movement and dancing songs, and other such activities that bring out the musicality inherent in every child. Facility with the guitar, autoharp, recorder, or some other portable instrument is required.


CY hopes to find an educator who can can teach two consecutive 45 min sessions (PreK & K, Grades 1 & 2) on Saturdays starting October 3rd. Semesters are 10 weeks at a time and run October-Dec, and February -April.


Competitive stipend will be offered, along with opportunities for an expanded role as the Good Mornin' Music! program grows. Opportunities may also become available with CY's other programs.


To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via e-mail to Program Manager Mariangela Saavedra: Put in the subject heading:  “GMM! / [Your Name]”

Deadline for application: Monday, August 31, 2015

Classified ad: Auditions for the St. Cecilia Choir Christopher Windle, %19 %b %2015 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000

The St. Cecilia Choir of the Church of the Atonement (an Anglo-Catholic/Episcopal parish) is seeking singers of all voice parts. This volunteer choir is part of the churches growing Choral Ministry.

This year, the St. Ceclia Choir will embark on a series of Thursday night evensong services. In addition, this choir participates in occasional choral masses.

Repertoire will include anthems from Renaissance to modern liturgical music, Anglican chant, a variety of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis settings, as well as other music. Other opportunities include a December Lessons and Carols service.

We hope to provide a home for singers enthusiastic about sacred repertoire in a liturgical context. Singers should be able to commit to weekly Thursday evening events (alternating services and rehearsals). 

Singers must have experience in choral music and an ability and desire to sing in a choral situation. The ability to read music is essential.

Food and fellowship will be integral to our work together!

Those interested should contact Assistant Choirmaster, Christopher Windle, at after which, a brief introductory meeting and audition will be arranged. 

For more information about our program, please visit

Classified ad: Allegrezza Audition Announcement Stephen C Edwards, %19 %b %2015 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000
Allegrezza is proud to announce auditions for their 2015/2016 season.  If you love a variety of choral music, an emphasis on great singing, and a mission to change our community and world through song; then, we may have a place for you in Allegrezza!  Auditions are coming up on Saturday, August 29 and Monday, August 30.  Visit our webiste, for more information and listen to us at
Allegrezza means joyfulness in Italian, and through our song, we show acceptance and joy for all people.
Announcement: 9th Grand Prix Pattaya Pavlina Soorova, %19 %b %2015 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000
The 9th International choir festival Grand Prix Pattaya 2016 will be held in July, 20. - 24., 2016 in Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand. Organisers prepare very rich festival programme and other activities. More information will be availible soon on
In case of questions, feel free to contact us on!
Announcement: 44th Festival of Songs Olomouc Pavlina Soorova, %19 %b %2015 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000 44th International choir Festival of Songs Olomouc 2015 will be held in June, 1. - 6., 2016 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Organisers prepare very rich festival programme and other activities. More information will be availible soon on
In case of questions, feel free to contact us on!
Classified ad: Auditions for Bellevue Chamber Chorus Debra Defotis, %19 %b %2015 %06:%Aug:%th 6AugGMT+0000
Bellevue Chamber Chorus is holding auditions for experienced choral singers on Tuesday, August 25 (7:00-9:00 PM), (or by appointment prior to September 22nd, 2015). Openings are currently available in all voice parts, but sopranos and basses are especially needed.  For an audition appointment, contact the Chorus at 425-881-0445, or fill out the audition form on our website (
Auditions are conducted by music director Fred Lokken.  An accompanist will be provided.
Auditioners will be expected to:
  • Sing a prepared piece of their choice, preferably from the classical tradition
  • Demonstrate vocal range
  • Demonstrate musical proficiency via ear training, aural memory, and sight-reading exercises.
Concert: Summer Sings with Music on the Hill: Masses by Palestrina Carol Bogard, %19 %b %2015 %07:%Aug:%th 7AugGMT+0000
Music on the Hill concludes its August Summer Sings series with two Palestrina Masses led by Artistic Director David H. Connell:  Missa Ave Regina Coelorum (in four voice parts) and Missa Papae Marcelli (in six voice parts -- men needed!).
The series takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the air-conditioned Wilton Presbyterian Church, located in the WEPCO church complex at 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT. Scores will be available for use.  Donations welcome!
Borrowing request: Finzi Magnificat - need lots of scores soon Nathaniel Lew, %19 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 Gerald Finzi, Magnificat
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Gerald Finzi
Starting: ASAP
For: through December
Copies: up to 100
Willing to rent: Yes
Does anyone have a big box of copies of Gerald Finzi's "Magnificat"? I can use as many as you have, up to 100, for a concert in November. Please lend them. I will of course reimburse the postage. Send me a note.
Nathaniel G. Lew
Burlington VT
Forum message: International School Choir Struggles Deborah Cattell, %19 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 is my first year in an English Speaking International School. In the past the choir was over 27 members. This year I started with 18 and now the class has dropped to 10, most of the problem is that they started block scheduling and this has caused scheduling problems. Any suggestions on what I can do with a "Choir" of 10 with limited vocal experience and only one soprano and one tenor? Director with a dilemma! ]]>Classified ad: Temecula Valley Master Chorale Auditions Annette Howard, %19 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 Valley Master Chorale is holding auditions on Sat. Aug. 29, 2015 Beginning at 10:00am at Temecula United Methodist Church, 42690 Margarita Road, Temecula. We are accepting all parts. Auditions are relaxed - you are asked to sing a song of your choosing and do some sight-reading. For an appointment or more information email
The Chorale is entering it's 16th season and has about 40 singers. We sing classical music, both old and contemporary. We have 3 concerts a season, an auction and fundraiser and a Valentine's Dinner & Concert each February at a winery in Temecula Wine Country. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in Murrieta from 7:15 - 9:30pm. Our rehearsals begin on Sept. 8, 2015 and the season continues through May 2016.
Come Join Us!
Announcement: They That wait upon the Lord - SSATB and piano - FREE pdf download Bill Heigen, %19 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 is a FREE offer!
This piece was commissioned by the choir of Wesley United Methodist Church, Vienna, VA, USA.
This piece features a lively beginning in which the piano part presents the theme from the middle section. The first entrance of the choir presents the main theme, and right after that, the text is underlined by unison on different voice parts. There are some moments of polyphony and key changes. The choral texture is appropriate for an operatic approach. The piano part is complimentary in activity to the voices parts, but at the same time, it has a completely independent chord progression. The overall dynamic is forte, and there is an uplifting feeling throughout the entire piece.
Visit the main page of my website and get the scores!
Announcement: CHORAL GOOD VIBES PROJECT - YouTube Channel Bill Heigen, %19 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 to my newest YouTube Channel! 

The idea here is to share good vibes using a combination of:

- Pop songs excerpts

- Positive messages

- Choral arrangements with a classical approach

- Multitrack a cappella videos


Click on the image below, put your headphones on, press play, and be surprised by hearing some of your favorite songs been sung in a different way!

Please, like, comment, subscribe and share good vibes with everyone!


Forum message: Foreign Christmas music Koen Vits, %19 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 all,
with the university choir I conduct I am bringing a christmas concert with organ. The works I chose are all traditional Christmas carols from the UK, USA, France, Germany, Belgium,... arranged by composers from another country than the song is from. For example, John Rutter arranged a Belgian carol or a Swiss composer arranged an English carol and so on.
But I'm looking for some more interesting pieces, as now I have mainly English and American composers or English and American carols. Can anyone help me with carols/composers from Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Hungary, Russia, or outside Europe?
Thank you very much!
Forum message: Need Repertoire Suggestions! Alan Davis, %18 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 All - 

I am looking for some piece to put together a concert under the theme of "Sacred Heart." The concert will feature Ola Gjeilo's Ubi Caritas III (Sacred Heart) with strings; however, I want to build the rest of the concert around the piece. Any suggestions on pieces following love, God's grace, and more, would be greatly appreciated. 

Looking for piece set for SATB (with divisi), SSAATTBB, or SATB w/piano. 

Ready. Set. Suggest.

Thank you in advance, 
Alan Davis ]]>
Classified ad: Audition for Bucks County Choral Society Rachel Sanders, %19 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 Bucks County Choral Society announces auditions for experienced choral singers on August 25th. BCCS is a select community choir composed of 100+ auditioned singers conducted by Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd.


To arrange an audition, please contact us by visiting the auditions page of our website:

Classified ad: San Francisco Lyric Chorus Fall 2015 Auditions: Holiday Jewels Helene Whitson, %18 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us for our Fall 2015 trimester.
We have openings in all parts.  Altos, Tenors and Basses especially are needed.
Program:   Looking Back:  Holiday Highlights From SFLC’s First 20 Years
Eric Whitacrelittle tree
Steven Heitzeglittle tree
Hector BerliozThe Shepherd’s Farewell
Igor StravinskyAve Maria
John RutterWhat Sweeter Music
Kirke MechemGloria from Three Motets
Bob Chilcott:  The Shepherd’s Carol
William Bolcom:  Carol
David Willcocks:  Angelus Ad Virginem
Marjorie Hess:  The Oxen
Javier Busto:  Ave Maria and Salve Regina
Frank Ahrold:  The Bells
William James:  The Three Drovers
Hal Hopson, arr.:  O Shepherds, Aren’t You Happy
Rehearsals began Monday, September 14, 2015
Rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:15-9:45 p.m. in:
Trinity+ St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
1668 Bush Street
San Francisco
Our concerts will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco.
To arrange for an audition (ability to blend and sing in tune, some sight reading skill expected) or obtain further information, contact Music Director Robert Gurney at 415-721-4077 or For further information about us, check our website at
We have a wonderful Fall 2015 program, continuing our celebration of our 20th anniversary with holiday favorites SFLC choristers picked from our repertoire of the last 20 years.  Our program is called:  Looking Back:  Holiday Highlights From Our First 20 Years.  We’ll have poetry settings, from e.e. cummings  to Robert Herrick to Edgar Allen Poe.  We’ll be singing wonderful choral composers, from Berlioz and Stravinsky to Mechem and Busto, and, of course, Eric Whitacre.   You’re not going to want to miss this season!
Super composer Eric Whitacre (1970- ) composes in a variety of styles.  little tree is a spirited setting of e.e. cummings’ poem about the wonder of a Christmas tree, as seen through a child’s eyes.

Minnesota composer Steven Heitzeg (1959- ) captures e. e. cummings’ childish innocence in his setting of the same text.
For those of you who sang the Summer 2012 Berlioz Requiem program with us in Davies Hall, we will be revisiting Hector Berlioz’s (1803-1869) tender Shepherd’s Farewell.  Only we’ll being doing it the real SFLC way—in French.
Russian composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) sets his beautiful Ave Maria with a plaintive, minor feeling.  We will sing the Latin version.
One of John Rutter’s (1945- ) most beautiful carols, What Sweeter Music is a setting of 17th century poet Robert Herrick’ gentle text.
We can’t celebrate our 20th anniversary at holiday time without again singing the music of wonderful San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem (1925- ).  We will sing the Gloria from his Three Motets.
English composer and former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott (1955- ) creates an ethereal setting for Clive Sansom’s poem, The Shepherd’s Carol.
Seattle-born composer William Bolcom (1938- ) sets the joyous carol, Neighbors On This Frosty Tide, from Kenneth Grahame’s endearing children’s classic, Wind in the Willows.
English conductor/composer/arranger Sir David Willcocks (1919-) has created a charming setting of the 13th century carol, Angelus Ad Virginem.

Minnesota composer Marjorie Hess (1958- ) sets Thomas Hardy’s lyrical poem, The Oxen.
We will sing two contemplative pieces by the Basque composer, Javier Busto (1949- ), his SATB Ave Maria and his five-part Salve Regina for women’s voices.
California composer Frank Ahrold (1949-1992) creates a sparkling setting for Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, The Bells.
20th century Australian composer William Garnett James (1872-1977) describes Christmas in the hot, summer days down under in his lovely carol, The Three Drovers.
American church musician and composer Hal Hopson (1933- ) creates a lively setting for the Shaker hymn, O, Shepherds, Aren’t You Happy?
Formed in 1995, San Francisco Lyric Chorus is an auditioned, medium-sized, mixed-voice chorus that performs a diverse repertoire with an emphasis on classical choral music and rarely performed works. We are an inclusive and welcoming community of singers, committed to excellent musicianship and creative programming.  The Chorus has featured performances of works by such composers as Berlioz, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré, Dufay, Josquin, Bernstein, Gjeilo, Howells, Pärt, Tavener, Lauridsen, Verdi, Britten, Whitacre, Dvorák, Kodály, Corigliano, and San Francisco composer Kirke Mechem, as well as our 10th Anniversary commissioned work, Illinois composer Lee R. Kesselman's This Grand Show Is Eternal and the December 2009 World Premiere of Robert Train Adams’ Christmas Fantasy.
We have a wonderful sense of community and enjoy making music together and sharing it with our audiences. We would like to meet you!
Borrowing request: "When I Fall in Love" Accompaniment Whitney Lee, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 Just the Accompaniment Track
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Brymer SAB Hal Leonard
Starting: Spring 2016 Semester
For: 4 Months
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Already own the sheet music. Will borrow, rent, or purchase from you. The Show Trax Cassette Tape is "out of print." If I could find the cassette, I can transfer it to an MP3 file myself. If you have already transferred it, you could send  me the MP3 or CD. Contact Whitney Lee Thank you!
Announcement: Tulsa Children's Chorus Enters 25th Anniversary Season with 2015 Annual Fall Kick-Off Erik Collins, %19 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 Children’s Chorus begins its 25th Anniversary Season with their Annual Fall Kick-Off on August 29 from 9am - 2pm at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. "Each year, the chorus welcomes its members back - along with interested new singers - at the Fall Kick-Off where music, art and friends are made," says chorus Artistic Director, Ashlee Elmore. Any child in grades 3 - 12 is invited to register for this FREE event online at

Marking its 25th year as Oklahoma’s premier children’s chorus, the Tulsa Children’s Chorus is planning a commemorative season to celebrate its prosperity and rich history, including a 25th Anniversary Concert in June 2016 that will feature our current singers along with alumni. The organization's founding director, Ginny LeDoux, will make a special guest conductor appearance alongside its current Artistic Director. Alumni are encouraged to join the TCC Alumni Association Facebook page and to email to receive information about the concert and reunion weekend.
Read the full article here:​ 
Announcement: Who Knows Which Way The Wind May Blow? John Ray, %18 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 choral from Raycreations Music
(I am seeking a group to premiere this piece and will make arrangements if you will contact me.)
John Ray
Classified ad: EASTER - Final Round of Choral Selections Robert Duris, %18 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000"Welcome Happy Morning" by Edward B. Whittredge (text:  Venantius Fortunatus and 1st Epistle to the Corinthians).  27 great condition copies for mixed voices (S.A.T.B.) and soprano or tenor solo with organ.  Published by The B. F. Wood Music Co., Inc., c. 1959.  I am asking .20 per copy or all for $5.20 + shipping.
"Hymn of Triumph" by James Ferris Traver.  26 great condition copies of this anthem for S. A. T. B., organ and brass quartet(the parts are in each vocal score).  Published by Theodore Presser Co., c. 1961.  I am asking .25 per copy or all for $6.00 + shipping.
"Easter Alleluia" (on the tune "Orientis Partibus") by Martin Shaw (text:  Charles Wesley).  27 good condition copies for four-part chorus of mixed voices with tenor and soprano soli a cappella.  Published by G. Schirmer Inc., c. 1926.  I am asking .10 per copy or all for $2.50 + shipping.
"He Was Alone" by Theodore Paxson arr. William Stickles.  16 good condition copies for four-part chorus of mixed voices with organ or piano accompaniment.  Suitable for Maundy Thursday.  Published by G. Schirmer, Inc., c. 1959.  I am asking .15 per copy or all for $2.20 + shipping.
Classified ad: Soprano section leader, Marin County, California Lenore Alford, %18 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 need a skilled singer to lead the soprano section of our SATB church choir at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 7.30-9 and Sunday call is from 9-@11.30, plus extra services as needed. Position is available immediately. Please respond with a recent curriculum vitae and letter of introduction.  ]]>Classified ad: Auditions for Schola Cantorum on Hudson Darlene Wyzga, %18 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
Schola Cantorum on Hudson is a pro-am choral ensemble with focus on newer a cappella music performing in NYC and Montclair, NJ. We are looking for recent music grads, emerging professionals and experienced pros who are in search of a challenging and rewarding ensemble group. The music we perform calls for accurate reading as well as solo vocal production along with a thorough understanding of the art of ensemble singing. All solos are selected from within the group. 

Minimal time is spent learning music, therefore the expectation is that this work is done individually. Positions are available on an annual basis. Auditions are arranged by appointment after a brief phone interview. If accepted into the ensemble you are expected to make weekly rehearsals (PATH and vehicle accessible), all dress rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings and occasional Saturdays. 

More info can be found at
Borrowing request: La Bamba Henry Alviani, %18 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 La Bamba
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Richie Valens/Jeff Funk
Starting: ASAP
For: 2 months
Copies: 25
Willing to rent: No
Classified ad: GREATER PHILADELPHIA CHORALE Clifford Barcliff, %18 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 Greater Philadelphia Chorale is looking for a piano accompanist to start in Sept. ]]>Classified ad: Auditions - La Jolla Renaissance Singers Jacquelyn Lane, %18 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 1963, the La Jolla Renaissance Singers have been bringing the finest of early choral music to the San Diego area. The 25-member group performs vocal music written from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, with occasional forays into the Romantic and Modern periods.
LJRS will be auditioning new members on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:45 to 7:30. All voice parts are welcome, but we have the most pressing need for tenors and basses. We are looking for experienced choir singers with strong musicianship who enjoy singing challenging music and working towards a high level of performance.
The audition will consistent of vocalizations, sight-reading a hymn, and singing a piece within a quartet (music provided in advance). 
We are a close-knit, friendly group, and we enjoy getting to know our members! Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 in University City, and are followed by snacks and socializing.

We hope you will consider joining us! Email to receive full details on the audition process. Include your name, voice part, and brief details about past choir experience.
Classified ad: Accompanists Amy Lambert-Burns, %18 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 Community Church of Knoxville
Job Description: Pianist/Accompanist
The Pianist/Accompanist's purpose is to assist MCCK in fulfilling its God-given vision: helping individuals from a diverse community grow in their relationship with God and with one another. The role of the Pianist/Accompanist is to support the worship and spiritual life of the congregation through inspiring congregational, choral and instrumental music.   
  • Play for Wednesday choir rehearsal each week 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Play for Sunday choir rehearsal 10:00 and Worship service 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Play music during the Worship service on Sunday as directed
  • Play for special services throughout the liturgical year.
  • Rehearse  and perform with musicians (soloists, small groups,  etc) for regular and special Worship services as needed
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of playing styles outside of the traditional classical realm, including gospel,  jazz, folk, world, and popular music. 
  • The ability to accompany a choir and follow a choir director and adapt as necessary as directed by the choir director.
  • A positive demeanor and ability to work closely with the Pastor and Minister of Music.
Please send resume to:
Classified ad: Alto Section Leader Elisabeth Gray, %18 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, MA seeks an alto section leader for its Adult Choir of 4 professional singers and 12 volunteers.  The successful candidate will have excellent sight-reading skills, a blending voice, and a cheerful attitude.  The choir sings standard Anglican repertoire.  Thursday rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday rehearsal at 9 a.m., followed by service at 10:00.  $50 per call.  Contact Buffy Gray, Organist-Choirmaster at to arrange an audition. ]]>Announcement: 2015 TACONIC OPERA GALA: OPERA GOES INSANE Angela Usobiaga, %17 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
Taconic Opera, now in its 18th season in Westchester, will present another unusual fundraiser on Thursday, September 17, 2015, in White Plains at the ArtsWestchester Gallery, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY.  The Gala’s theme, Opera Goes Insane, will feature the company’s professional lead singers performing “mad scenes” from famous operas while guests dine in total serenity.  This event is an entertaining, upbeat, and intoxicating way to support the continuation of live, professional opera in Westchester County. 
This year’s honorees include amazing individuals that have each given many years of hard work and energy in support of both the arts and artists in Westchester:  Carol and Ray Arrucci, owner-directors of the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts; Evaristus Mainsah, arts philanthropist and IBM General Manger in Global Financing; and, Rosemarie Ruggiero, arts philanthropist and President of the Opera Club of Heritage Hills.  
Taconic Opera has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and Arts Westchester, and was selected as the 2012 Arts Organization of the Year in the county.  All Gala proceeds support Taconic Opera’s 2015-2016 season: a double bill of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury in October 2015; an oratorio- Job - based on the Book of Job and composed by Taconic Opera Director and composer, Dan Montez in March 2016; a chamber concert in April 2016 conducted by Taconic Opera Conductor Jun Nakabayashi, featuring pieces by Mozart and Schubert; and a semi-staged production of Bizet’s Carmen in June 2016 in which the audience will be invited to participate in the singing of the choruses.  Full season details are found on the company’s website.
Attendance at the event will be by a partially tax deductible donation: Gold $250; Silver, $200; Bronze $150.  Discounts are available for groups of two or more and tables for eight.  Start time: 7:00 pm.  Tickets and reservations can be arranged online at  or by calling 1-855-886-7372.  Parking is plentiful in the vicinity and the venue is handicap accessible.
Announcement: University of Miami Frost School of Music Honor Choir 2015 Kyle Nielsen, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 ]]>Classified ad: Openings in all voice parts with fun, innovative 24-voice chamber choir in San Francisco Greg Davis, %17 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000

San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, Artistic Director, is always interested in hearing from talented singers of all voices, and we currently have openings in all voice parts for the 2015-16 season. Please email your musical resume to if you would like to explore singing with us.

Join a fun, innovative, 24-voice, semi-professional, chamber choir that excels in eclectic programming and exciting performances. The ensemble of choice for many audiences and composers, we sing diverse and beautiful music from around the globe, featuring both contemporary compositions and choral masterworks of the last 600 years. With 30 seasons of experience, over 230 world premieres, and a talented Artistic Director, we have a strong foundation in choral arts to which we add our own contemporary flair and creativity.


You should have extensive choral experience, solo potential, excellent reading and musicianship skills, and should be dedicated to the art of chamber singing.


Selected Monday evenings prior to each concert set, from 7-10 PM, in San Francisco.


Each of three subscription concert sets is performed three times (in San Francisco, Oakland, and Palo Alto). There may be a few additional performances.


Modest compensation is offered for rehearsals and concerts.

The Audition

To request an audition, please send an email with a brief musical resume to The audition includes vocalizing, assessment of vocal instrument and aural skills, tonal and atonal sight-reading, two prepared works of contrasting style and language.

Classified ad: St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral Choir: Alto 2 Section Leader Raymond Johnston, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 from September. Wednesday rehearsal, 1 Sunday morning service, and weekly Choral Evensong. Additional seasonal services, and performances in the Music Series Concerts. For further information, contact Canon Musician Raymond Johnston ( or 612-870-7800) ]]>Forum message: Running placement auditions effectively Cathy McEvoy, %18 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 the wise people of Choralnet may be able to help me as you have done so many times in the past.....My SATB community chorus will return from their summer break in 2 weeks' time, and at our first session I will need to voice test each of the singers (all 57 of them!) for section placement. This would probably be easier with a new group, but most of the members have been singing with the ensemble for years and many have strong opinions as to which section they or the person on either side of them ought to be singing with. Soprano and Alto sections are divisi in theory at least, but the current balance isn't right. (I'm told that many singers placed with Soprano 2 under my predecessor opted to 'migrate' to Sop 1 when I took on the the role last year). Any recommendations on an efficient method for hearing each person in one session and placing accordingly whilst keeping the other singers occupied? ]]>Forum message: Basic Repertoire for Elementary/ Middle School Reflecting the Different Periods of Music Sarai Pluimer, %18 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 There, 
I am a first year Choir Director for a large k-8 charter school in the Orange County area. This year, I will be teaching my students (2nd- 8th grades) about each of the different periods of music. My vision is to have the students learn simple repertoire pieces that reflect the periods of music that they are learning about as we study through them, BUT I'm struggling to find repertoire! We will be starting with the Medieval period, then going through Renaissance, Baroque etc.  if anyone has suggestion for simple repertoire pieces/ melodies for 2-8 grades that reflect these periods, please let me know! The older students (6, 7, 8 grades) could potentially handle some two part pieces. Any advice or suggestions would be great!!
Forum message: progressive church music for SSA connie masson, %18 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 year everyone was so helpful leading me to repertoire with progressive theology for my mixed choir. Now , due to death, moving, etc, I do not have enough men to continue as a mixed choir, and so now I am beginning form square one to find SSA music with a similar liberal point of view. Obviously I cannot just use the ones we already sang in different voicings, that would be boring. so , suggestions? ]]>Forum message: unison and 2 part songs in Spanish Sharon Hamel, %18 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000'd love suggestions for songs with and without arrangements in Spanish for K-5th graders, that students enjoy.
Classified ad: Choral Music Eric Brown, %18 %b %2015 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000
All titles gently used and may contain rehearsal markings but in good to excellent condition.  All instrumental parts complete.  Number of copies listed is estimate. Each title $25.00 (plus shipping) which will include all copies plus orchestration/instrumental parts as listed. Please contact Eric Brown at
No. Copies
Christmas Pipes
John Levitt
Hal Leonard
Everywhere Christmas Tonight
Joseph Martin
Shawnee Press
Festive Carols
Shelly Hamilton
Majestic Music
Let There Be Peace On Earth
Hawley Ades
Shawnee Press
My Favorite Things
Mac Huff
Hal Leonard
Personent Hodie
John Rutter
Rejoice and Be Merry
John Rutter
Rose Tree Carol
Joseph Martin
Shawnee Press
Silver Bells
Ed Lojeski
Hal Leonard
Sound of the Round
Bruce Greer
The First Noel
Don Neufeld
Hal Leonard
We Three Kings
Craig Courtney
No. Copies
42nd Street
Carl Strommen
Anything Goes
Teena Chinn
instrumental pak
Poorman & Linn
At Last
Teena Chinn
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Mac Huff
Warner Bros
instrumental pak
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Jay Althouse
instrumental pak
Joseph Martin
Shawnee Press
Halle, Halle, Halle
Hal Hopson
Hope Publishing
Homeward Bound (TB) ($5)
Jay Althouse
It Don’t Mean a Thing
Mac Huff
Warner Bros
Mark Brymer
Hal Leonard
instrumental pak
Let The River Run
Kirby Shaw
Hal Leonard
instrumental pak
Over the Rainbow
Andy Beck
Sing, Sing, Sing
Philip Kern
Shawnee Press
instrumental pak
Skye Boat Song
Mark Patterson
Stormy Weather
Jay Althouse
Sweet Land of Liberty
Camp Kirkland
Word Music
There's Room for Many A More
Greg Gilpin
Heritage Music
They Can't Take That Away from Me
Carl Strommen
instrumental pak
Classified ad: Baritone section leader/soloist Gareth Bond, %18 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 United Methodist Church located in the heart of Vienna, Virginia is looking for a baritone section leader (soloist) with strong reading abilities and dedication to practice. Must be open to instruction and possess a team attitude and spirit. Sunday 9:30am rehearsal call and service at 11am. You will join an extremely talented choral ensemble of colleagues focused on bel canto technique singing a wide variety of music with great care, energy and strength. Literally a small operatic chorus. September 13, 2015 through June 19, 2016.
CV and audition requred. Mp3 a bonus.
Pay based on budget and professional level of singing.
Come join this exciting opportunity!
Contact: Gary Bond (703) 587-4141
Borrowing request: My Way - Sinatra Timothy Fisher, %18 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 My Way choral octavo - Alfred publishing
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Arranged by T. Chinn, SATB or SAB
Starting: Asap
For: Until October
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
Looking to perform this arrangement with alumni choir to honor retiring choral director. Performance would be late September. 
Classified ad: New England Classical Singers Ann O'Connell, %18 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000 new England Classical Singers, under the direction of David Hodgkins, is an established 30 voice Chorus singing music from the 16th century to the present; The group, based in Andover, Mass., has 3 concerts planned for the 2015-2016 concert season. Included in these concerts will be parts 1, 2, and 3 of Handel's "Messiah," with professional musicians and soloists.
Auditions for all parts will be held on September 9th, and will consist of sight reading, aural recognition, and vocal range placement. No prepared solo piece is required, but extensive choral experience is expected.
Please visit or call 978 384 NECS for further information and to schedule an appointment.
Classified ad: C4: The World's First Choral Composer/Conductor Collective Perry Townsend, %17 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
*** Rehearsals: Thursdays *** Rehearsal neighborhood: Midtown West
C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective is holding auditions for sopranos and tenors on Monday, August 31 from 7-10PM, location TBA. The audition will consist of vocalizing for range and timbre, a prepared piece which will be e-mailed ahead of time, rhythmic and melodic sight singing, a blending exercise, and a mini-interview if time allows.

C4 is a semi-professional choir that is directed and operated collectively by its singing members, functioning both as a presenting ensemble and an ongoing workshop and recital chorus for the emerging composers and conductors who form the core of the group. It is the first organization of its kind and one of the few choral groups in the nation to focus exclusively on the music of our time, performing only music written in the last 25 years. The repertoire is challenging and requires members to have excellent musicianship skills and sight reading ability. Singers should have choral experience and a strong interest in contemporary music.

The group performs three concert cycles per season, and a small honorarium is paid to members for each cycle. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 PM with few exceptions. In addition to the weekly rehearsals, the group will also rehearse approximately two Saturdays each cycle. The fall and winter schedules this year will include extra events to facilitate the springtime release of our 2nd professionally recorded CD.

If you are interested in setting up an audition, please e-mail by Aug. 24, with a copy of your resume and a short statement describing why you are interested in performing in a contemporary choral collective. Visit for more information about the group and audio samples. ]]>
Announcement: New Choir-Focused Podcast John Hughes, %18 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000
Good morning,
The first episode of my new podcast, Choir Chat, is up and running. Choir Chat is a weekly conversation with conductors, composers, and anyone else in the choral world. New episodes will be released every Tuesday. Unfortunately, it is not available yet in iTunes. You can listen here: You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@choirchatpodcast), or email us at
Announcement: The American Prize announces semi-finalists in CHORAL COMPOSITION, 2015 david katz, %18 %b %2015 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000
The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST composers of CHORAL MUSIC in the student and professional divisions for 2015. Please use the links below to access the lists directly on our blog. Lists of semi-finalist composers in chamber music, orchestral and band composition, and in opera/theater/film may be found on our blog by using the chronological search tool in its right hand column, below the description of the competitions.
Bravo to all semi finalists for what is proving to be our most varied, interesting and exciting competition yet. Semi finalists in conducting, stage direction and ensemble will be announced next. Finalists in composition will be announced in several weeks.
The American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts sponsors annual contests for composers, classical vocalists, pianists, chamber groups, conductors, stage directors, conducted ensembles and arts administrators, and has awarded nearly $35000 in cash prizes since its founding in 2010. The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501©3 nonprofit organization based in Danbury, CT. David Katz is the competition's Chief Judge, assisted by a national panel of professional adjudicators. Complete information on the website:
Announcement: Embrace & Explore | A Baltic Choral Experience Roland Zuehlke, %18 %b %2015 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000
Listen to what your fellow Choral Directors have to say about Baltic Choral Music, the Singing Revolution, their personal experience exploring the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and meeting with local composers such as Pēteris Vasks and Uģis Prauliņš.
Join these directors and their choirs in June 2016 for an educational and cultural immersion program that will allow your choristers to learn about the history and significance of music in the Baltic Countries and perform together with local Baltic choirs in their glorious concert spaces. Learn more by visiting our Website at Embrace & Explore with Dr. Geoffrey Boers.
Announcement: “Needlepoint” (SMA, piano) by Michael A. Gray Michael A. Gray, %18 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000“Needlepoint” is a collection of three settings of Americana Folk Poetry for women’s chorus and piano. 
Two of the movements have just be posted for the first time online and all are available for free download at
Michael A. Gray
Announcement: Sweet Peace Richard Hyman, %17 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 text of "Sweet Peace" is a plea for a world in which peace and caring for others become truly universal values: “Sweet peace, shower mother earth; Show us how to live as brothers and sisters . . . And feed the hungry children, Hold the weak and hopeless . . .”  The music, written for a cappella choir, blends homophonic and polyphonic elements to create a setting that gives voice to the emotion and meaning of the words.
 “Sweet Peace” was chosen to be presented in the choral reading sessions at the 2015 summer conference of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN), in Boston, MA.
You can listen and view "Sweet Peace" at this website:
Richard Hyman
Classified ad: EASTER: More Choral Selections Robert Duris, %17 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000"Sunrise On Easter Morning" by W. B. Olds (words from Choral by J. S. Bach and W. B. Olds).  30 good condition copies of this anthem for mixed voices (S. A. T. B.) and Trumpet Trio or Brass Choir(one score has the parts).  Published by Carl Fischer Inc., c. 1936.  I am asking .15 per copy or all for $4.20 + shipping.
"Hearts and voices heav'nward raise" by H. Alexander Matthews (text:  Christopher Wordsworth 1872).  27 good condition copies of this anthem for four-part chorus of mixed voices and organ with descant.  Published by G. Schirmer, Inc., c. 1952.  I am asking .20 per copy or all for $5.25 + shipping.
"The Legend of the Dogwood Tree" by Ralph E. Marryott (text:  Adelaide S. Johnston ).  I have 29 good condition copies of this Lenten carol for mixed voices a cappella.  Published by Oliver Ditson Company, c. 1944.  I am asking .20 per copy or all for $5.50 + shipping.
"Alleluia of the Bells" by Ralph E. Marryout.  I have 29 good condition copies of this Easter carol for mixed voices a cappella.  Published by the H. W. Gray co., Inc., c. 1941.  I am asking .15 per copy or all for $4.00 + shipping.
Borrowing request: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, W.B. Olds Tanya Elias, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 A Mighty Fortress is our God
Composer/Arranger/Edition: W.B. Olds - double choir arrangement
Starting: September 1, 2015 or ASAP
For: November 1, 2015
Copies: 60 or however many available
Willing to rent: Yes
In the Tucson, Arizona area, seeking to borrow, rent or purchase this arrangement. 
Please contact Tanya at or 503-851-6155.
Classified ad: Southern Delaware Chorale- Assistant Director Joseph Shortall, %17 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000
Southern Delaware Chorale
Assistant Director
The Southern Delaware Chorale is seeking an Assistant Director for their 2015-2016 season. The chorale performs throughout Sussex County Delaware, and regularly rehearses at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. The mission of the organization is to provide a vehicle through which local singers can come together to sharpen their musical skills and share a love of choral music.
Job Description:
The assistant director will:
  • Lead sectionals during rehearsal
  • Assist the Artistic Director with rehearsals
  • Substitute for the Artistic Director as needed
  • Conduct selected songs on fall and spring concerts
  • Sing as a member of the chorale and ensemble
  • Participate in community outreach performances
  • Attend and participate in Music Committee Meetings
An ideal candidate will:
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in music or music education (master’s degree preferred)
  • Have proficient conducting and piano experience
  • Have a working knowledge of the human voice
  • Have excellent verbal and communication skills
Interested candidates should send their resume to Joseph Shortall at by August 28th
Classified ad: Pianist/organist/collaborating musician antonio pavao, %17 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Brown UU Church is seeking to fill a position for Pianist/Organist/Accompanist for our Sunday Services and for our Adult Choir Rehearsal that is held currently on Tuesday evening and the December holiday services.
     - Skill and experience in playing a number of musical styles from classical to popular and world music;
      - The ability to accompany and inspire the best from experienced professional musicians to amateur performers.
      - Knowledge of Unitarian Universalism (See;
      - Provide keyboard music at scheduled services, August through June, including but not limited to prelude, offertory, postlude and                        hymns;
      - Coordinate your musical selections with the minister(s);
      - Accompany the Adult Choir at rehearsals and designated services;
      - Secure other musicians as needed for special services;
      - Arrange maintenance and tuning of the pianos, and the historic but refurbished Baroque organ.
Other benefits:
      - The use of the church for music lessons free of charge as the church calendar permits;
Salary for this position is $ 7,125 per year based on 10-12 hours per week including rehearsals, church services, and rehearsal/practice time for 11 months August through June. You will be paid by the participants of weddings, funerals, etc.
Application letters and resume are being received until the position is filled, and may be sent by email to or by postal mail to OBUUC Annex, 419 Sixth Street, Racine, WI 53403.
Classified ad: Choral Scholars - King of Glory Lutheran, Dallas MICHAEL SHAKE, %17 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Scholars at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Dallas
AUDITIONING NOW — 2015-2016 academic year positions for SOPRANO - ALTO - TENOR - BASS
Choral Scholars
- support the ministry of music through liturgical leadership, solos and anthems at select 8:00am services 
- provide sectional leadership for 30-member Sanctuary Choir at weekly 11:15am service (rehearsals Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm)
- are valued members of the ministry of music, nurtured and supported in both their faith development, and musical and professional growth 
- have the opportunity to share other gifts, musical and non-musical
King of Glory is centrally located off LBJ/635 Freeway between Hillcrest and Preston (6411 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75240)
For more information or to schedule an audition:
MICHAEL SHAKE, Director of Music and Artistic Ministries
972-663-5821 / 
Classified ad: Tenor Section Leader Michael Taylor, %17 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, California is looking for a tenor section leader.  The choir is 30 – 40 voices strong.  Candidate should be able to read music, have a background in voice with a degree in music or commensurate experience.  Along with leading the tenor section, the candidate will have opportunities to solo.  Rehearsals are Thursday evenings for Sunday morning services running from September through early June.  Pay is $75 for rehearsal and $75 for the service.  Additional pay is allocated for added services, concerts or retreats.  ]]>Classified ad: Free Performance shirts for children's/youth choir Leslie Morgan, %17 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 -  light blue tunic style performance shirts.  Approx 150 shirts in assorted sizes to fit grades 4-12.  Excellent condition.  Wash and wear.  See picture on website - ensembles - concert chorus.  Call or email for more infomation.  You pay shipping charges from Chicago area. ]]>Classified ad: Choral Scholar Position at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Paul Stever, %17 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
 Choral Scholar Position
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
1935 St. Clair Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105, 651-699-6886
Purpose of the Position
· In addition to fulfilling a few needs at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, it is our hope that this position can act as a learning opportunity that sparks and supports each Choral Scholar’s own growth. There are many opportunities for leadership and to use your unique strengths in supporting our worship and music-making. We hope that this position helps the Choral Scholar discover and revitalize musical strengths and passions, specifically and especially in the context of music ministry. Given this focus, preference will be given to current college students or recent graduates. Majors or minors in music provide advantages, but are not required to apply.
Musical Responsibilities
· Come prepared for weekly Wednesday evening choir rehearsals (90 minutes, 7:15-8:45pm) 
-this may sometimes include leading a 20-30 minute sectional rehearsal
· Sing, well prepared, for the assigned Sunday morning service (a schedule is created in advance)
            -this may include singing a solo, conducting the choir, etc., if skilled in one of these areas
-about once a month we will sing for the 8:30am service (7:45am warmup), about twice a month for the 11am service (10:15am warmup) and about once a semester for both services
-the choir often has one Sunday off per month, but still rehearses almost every Wednesday
· Sing for special occasion services like Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday
Employment Terms
· Pay will be $20/hour. Hours will be tracked using time cards. No pay will be given for days absent. 
· On average, the time commitment will equal about 3.25 hours a week
· Start date is Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The first Sunday service will be September 20, 2015 at 11:00am (10:15am warmup). A schedule of Wednesday rehearsals and Sunday services will be prepared at least one month at a time, continuing until late May or early June 2016.
· If the Choral Scholar will miss an upcoming rehearsal or service, he or she should let the Music Director know as soon as possible, as a substitute may need to be found. A Choral Scholar may occasionally be allowed to miss a Wednesday rehearsal and sing the following Sunday, but one who will miss an upcoming Sunday may be asked to also give up pay for the previous Wednesday, so the substitute can sing for the rehearsal instead.
· Excessive absences, chronic tardiness, or significant difficulty singing the assigned part may lead to dismissal of the Choral Scholar. Most Choral Scholars will need some practice at home in order to be prepared for rehearsal, especially when assigned solos, leadership roles, or a foreign language piece.
To Apply
· Send a resume with applicable choral and music experience to the Music Director, Paul Stever, at The soprano position for this year is filled. Basses, Altos, and Tenors are encouraged to apply.
Borrowing request: Need to borrow Clell E. Wright, %17 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 So Deep and The Gallant Weaver
Composer/Arranger/Edition: James MacMillan
Starting: September 1
For: 8 months
Copies: 40
Willing to rent: Yes
Announcement: Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of FDR's Landmark "Four Freedoms" Speech Bill Bergeman, %17 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Freedoms Choral FestivalThe Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) has shaped not just the United States of America, but the world as a result of his vision and leadership. His hope for freedom and peace are the basis for our democracy today, as well as around the world.  As Americans, we are all students of his public service, as it is as important today as it was during his presidency.
On January 6, 1941, President Roosevelt delivered the State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress focusing on the Four Freedoms: the Freedom of Speech; the Freedom of Worship; the Freedom from Want; and the Freedom from Fear.  These ideas became the primary principles of the Atlantic Charter as declared by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill in August 1941; the United Nations Declaration of January 1, 1942; President Roosevelt’s vision for an international organization that became the United Nations after his death and the Universal Declaration of Human Right adopted by the United Nations in 1948 through the work of Eleanor Roosevelt.
The Four Freedoms State of the Union Address is the basis of the Four Freedoms Choral Festival, taking place April 22-24, 2016, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia near Washington, D.C.  A festival chorus of mixed singers will be lead by Artistic Director Dr. Gary R. Schwartzhoff, and the program will feature a commissioned work entitled A Destiny of Liberty by Ethan Wickman.
Learn more about the Four Freedoms Choral Festival
Announcement: How to Motivate Your Singers to Practice Tori Cook, %17 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000

Encore Tours recently hosted an Etude Symposium for music directors on "Motivating Your Musicians to Practice" featuring a panel of experts who share their experience and ideas:

  • From Interlochen Arts Academy, Dr. Carolyn Watson, Orchestra Conductor
  • 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient, Jared Cassedy
  • Director of Fine Arts, Ipswich Public Schools, Gerry Dolan
  • Author of “So You Want To Be a Music Major”, Dr. Robert Franzblau

Watch the highlights video and download the speaker videos here:

Forum message: ipad app for MS/HS solos Dane Moore, %17 %b %2015 %14:%Aug:%th 14AugGMT+0000 school where I prepare the students for Solo Festival has provided an ipad for each student.  I would like to provide rehearsal tracks and a copy of the solo on the ipads instead of physical copies and CD's. The recording part is easy: mp3's, but the solo copy is another matter.  What would be an appropriate "app" to use for this.  The school does have originals for each solo that are used for rehearsals and the actual festival; this ipad app would be for individual practice only.  Thank you in advance for any and all help.
Dane Moore
Choral Director, Jamestown Communtiy College
Vocal Coach, Cattaraugus Little Valley Central School
Classified ad: Concord Chorus Auditions Kevin Leong, %17 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000
Founded in 1946, the 110-voice Concord Chorus performs several concerts of choral-orchestral and smaller works each season.  Auditions for all voice parts will be held during two open rehearsals on Mondays, September 7 and 14, 2015, from 7:30 to 10 PM at Newbury Court’s Duvall Chapel (80 Deaconess Road) in Concord, Massachusetts.  The audition consists of scales, ear and pitch memory exercises, and sight-reading in order to evaluate voice, ear, and reading abilities.  A prepared piece is not required, but prior musical experience is expected.
The repertory of the Concord Chorus encompasses music from the 16th century to the present.  This season’s concerts include Mozart’s Requiem (completion by Robert Levin) with professional soloists and orchestra; a new choral-orchestral work by Michael Schachter commissioned for the Chorus’s 70th anniversary; and music of Palestrina, Pachelbel, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Randall Thompson.
Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 10 PM and begin September 7, 2015.  The Winter Holiday Concerts will be Saturday, December 12, 2015; and the Mozart concert will be Saturday, May 21, 2016.
The Concord Chorus is a wonderful group of welcoming people who enjoy singing and learning excellent choral repertoire and performing at the highest level.  Under the leadership of its Music Director, Kevin Leong, the Concord Chorus invites you to share in a musical experience that will be fun and fulfilling.  For more information, please visit or email the Music Director at
Announcement: Blue Heron releases Volume 4 in its Peterhouse Partbooks Series John Yanns, %17 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 4

Vol. 4 Cover ArtRestored by Nick Sandon

Blue Heron / Scott Metcalfe, director
Street Date: August 14, 2015 Total Time: 65:51

“A superb example of what Scott Metcalfe has achieved with Blue Heron: an ensemble that yields to none for intonation, blend, and clarity, yet also utilizes both overall and part-related dynamics as an expressive device in a way most other professional choirs of its quality do not. Metcalfe is alive to the lyricism that was a remarked-upon feature of 15th century English music, and the beauty of Blue Heron's phrasing displays this everywhere on this disc.…the entire series to date is worth the purchase.... Strongly recommended.” Barry Brenesal | Fanfare (Sept./Oct. 2015)

Blue Heron announces the release of the fourth installment in its pathbreaking 5-CD series of music from the Peterhouse partbooks. Blue Heron Copied circa 1541 for Canterbury Cathedral, the partbooks are the largest and most important source of English sacred music surviving from the period before the death of Henry VIII and the onset of the English Reformation (1547). This new recording, Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 4, features the enchantingly mellifluous Missa Spes nostra by a superb and virtually anonymous composer, Robert Jones, whose only other work which survives in restorable condition (a Magnificat) appears on Vol. 1 of the series. This is the world premiere recording of the Mass by Jones and the Stabat mater by Robert Hunt. All the works have been restored by the English musicologist Nick Sandon. Previously released CDs in the series are Vol. 1, Hugh Aston: Three Marion Antiphons (2010); Vol. 2, Nicholas Ludford: Missa Regnum mundi (2012); and Vol. 3, Nicholas Ludford: Missa Inclina cor meum (2013).
The new disc can be ordered (and pre-ordered) through Amazon and iTunes. Direct links to purchase can be found here. More reviews can be found here
The Breathtakingly Beautiful Music of the Peterhouse Partbooks
Our understanding of English music from the early sixteenth century is grievously hindered by a historical tragedy, the loss of most manuscripts of English sacred music during the religious upheavals of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Reformation regarded the florid music of late medieval Catholicism with disdain, if not outright hostility, and much was lost or deliberately destroyed by zealots. Fewer than ten significant sources survive from the years 1480-1547, a smaller number of volumes than one might have found at the time in just one well-stocked chapel’s music library. The Peterhouse partbooks are the largest extant source and contain nearly 50 pieces not found complete anywhere else. Despite the enormous importance of this source to music history and the extremely high quality of much of the music contained in it, it has received short shrift from performers and musicologists alike owing to the fact that one of the five partbooks, along with a portion of another, has been missing for centuries. This has prevented singers from performing the fifty pieces in the partbooks that survive complete in no other source—until recently, that is. Blue Heron’s performances of the incomplete Peterhouse music rely on brilliant reconstructions by the English musicologist Nick Sandon, who has devoted his career to restoring this repertoire to its rightfully prominent place.
Reviews of Volume 1 included an extended piece by Alex Ross in The New Yorker (January 10, 2011), in which Ross commended Blue Heron for its “expressive intensity…even a hint of Baroque flair…fine gradations of dynamics; pungent diction; telling contrasts of ethereal and earthly timbres…” About Volume 2, Barry Brenesal wrote in Fanfare (Sept./Oct. 2012) “This album and its predecessor…are the beginning of an exciting series, more than hinting at the wealth of great sacred music written by English composers between roughly 1500 and 1540…top marks in all respects: engineering, liner notes—by the group’s director, Scott Metcalfe—and, of course, the performances themselves.” Matthew Guerrieri called Volume 3 "exemplary" in The Boston Globe, and continued: "The performances are suffused with elegance and polish, but, as with other releases in the series, what is equally compelling is the play of time: bygone, deliberately antiquarian relics reintroduced into the modern world as pristine artifacts; intense, expressively heightened dramas that unfold in a kind of purified, meditative slow motion."
The CD booklet includes extensive notes by Scott Metcalfe on the music recorded and the performance of 16th-century vocal music. A detailed account by Nick Sandon of the partbooks, their place in history, and the process of restoring the missing music may be found in the notes to Volume 1. All CD notes may be read online or downloaded at Blue Heron’s website (, where you will also find links to more information on the project, including recorded interviews with Sandon and Metcalfe.
Featured photo: America Cantat 8 Scott Davis, %17 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 ad: EASTER: Choral Selections Robert Duris, %17 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000"Easter Alleluia" by Earl Roland Larson (text:  anonymous).  40 great condition copies for combined Junior and Senior Choirs (S.A. - S.A.T.B).  Published by J. Fischer & Bro., c. 1959.  I am asking .20 per copy or all for $7.50 + shipping.
"Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise"  by Will James (adapted from Charles Wesley).  25 good condition copies for full Chorus A CAPPELLA.  Dedicated to Maurice N. Clopton and the Temple Choir, Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.  Published by H. T. Fitzsimmons Co., Inc., c. 1959.  I am asking .20 per copy or all for $4.50 + shipping.
"Alleluia to the King" by C. E. Clemens.  23 good condition, mature looking) copies SATB, hymn-anthem.  Published by G. Schirmer, c. 1903.  I am asking .05 per copy or all for $1.00 + shipping.
"Easter Joy" by Charles R. Cronham (words by Mary A. Nicholson).  24 great condition copies of this anthem for chorus of mixed voices with organ accompaniment.  Published by J. Fischer & Bros., c. 1958.  I am asking .15 per copy or all for $3.30 + shipping.
"An Easter Litany - Glory be to the Father" by Clarence Dickinson (text:  Rev. James S. Stone, D.D.).  I have 33 mature but good usable copies for double chorus (SATB), brass, timpani and organ.  Published by The H. W. Gray co., c. 1928.  I am asking .20 per copy or all for $6.30 plus the instrumental pack(trumpet I & II, trombone I & II, timpany) for .75.  Everything for $7.00 + shipping.
"Ring Ye Joy Bells"  by Lillian K. Durocher.  I have 37 good condition copies for two-part chorus of treble voices (S.A. or T.B.) and piano.  Published by Raymond A. Hoffman Co., c. 1952.  I am asking .15 per copy or all for $5.25 + shipping.
"Today Did Christ Arise"  Dutch Melody arr. by Richard T. Gore.  I have 43 good condition copies of this introit carol for Easter S.A.T.B.  Published by J. Fischer & Bro., c. 1947.  I am asking .10 per copy or all for $4.00 + shipping.
Borrowing request: Borrow Choral Scores, Bach BWV 63, 121, 133 Gary Ewer, %17 %b %2015 %11:%Aug:%th 11AugGMT+0000 Bach Cantatas BWV 63, BWV 121, BWV 133
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Carus, or any other
Starting: September 10, 2015
For: 4 months
Copies: 100
Willing to rent: Yes
Looking to borrow or rent copies of three of Bach's Christmas Cantatas: BWV 63, 121 and 133. 
-Gary Ewer, director, Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum, Halifax, NS, Canada
Borrowing request: Jay Althouse 'How Will We Know Him?' Sooz Waller, %17 %b %2015 %03:%Aug:%th 3AugGMT+0000 about 5 copies of the sheet music "How Will We Know Him When He Comes?'
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Jay Althouse
Starting: yesterday!
For: until Christmas
Copies: 5
Willing to rent: No
It's out of print in the USA. IF you have the sheet music and performance CD, that would be great.
Thanks much,
Borrowing request: Need for Bernstein's Sanctus from Mass Ofer dal Lal, %16 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000 Bernstein's Sanctus from Mass
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Leonard Bernstein, Sanctus octavos
Starting: September 2015
For: until December 2015
Copies: 50
Willing to rent: Yes
Dear friends,
My choir is in need of copies of Bernstein's Sanctus from his Mass.
We are looking to borrow or rent 50 copies between September and Decmeber 2015. We are located in the San-Francisco Bay Area.
Please write me if you have copies to share.
Many thanks!
Forum message: How to recycle used music Allen H Simon, %16 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 a community choir director who requires members to buy their own music, I get this kind of request a lot from members who are retiring (or just moving):

We're working on right-sizing our stuff including a lot of choral scores.  It seems a shame to trash all this printed music when someone might be able to use some of it.  Is there any group or organization that might serve as a facilitator to take our scores, process them and send them to folks who could use them? 

It's a mix of large masterworks and octavos. Most choirs aren't that interested in getting one or two copies of anything, but it would be a big pain to catalog all of it (some of these people have sung for decades) for dribbling it out one at a time. 


Classified ad: The Choristers accepting appointments for auditions - Fall 2015 - Kile Smith's Vespers accompanied by Piffaro David M. Spitko, %16 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 Choristers will be the first non-professional concert choir to present Kile Smith’s exquisite Vespers (2008)  The choir will be accompanied by Piffaro, the renaissance wind band which commissioned the work.  Mr. Smith wrote about his Vespers, “I have loved the Lutheran liturgy from childhood.  So I was thrilled when, during discussions with Piffaro, it was suggested the composition be inspired by the musical flowering of the Lutheran Reformation. That idea became Vespers.”  While rooted in the 21st century, one can hear Gregorian chant was in Mr. Smith’s ear while he was composing the work.  Rehearsals are held on Friday nights from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Supplee Presbyterian Church, 855 East Welsh Road, Maple Glen, PA.  For more information, go to ]]>Concert: Impromptu presents 'Love Walked In' an evening of songs with the theme of love. Jenny Tidman, %16 %b %2015 %12:%Aug:%th 12AugGMT+0000 range of repertoire on a love theme...featuring Eric Whitacre's 'Five Hebrew Love Songs' and Rutter's 'Birthday Madrigals.' Other songs performed will include folk songs from around the world and 20th century pieces including 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man O Mine. ]]>Classified ad: GOLDE GATE MEN'S CHORUS - Auditions Joseph Piazza, %16 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 to musical excellence, choral artistry, and joyous music making, the Golden Gate Men's chorus is announcing auditions on Saturday, August 29th at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 3271 16th Street San Francisco, CA.  As Gold Medalists at the 2014 World Choir Games, RIGA, Latvia, GGMC continues its pursuit of excellence with the premiere of a new commission by Erik Ešenvalds, collaborations with outstanding bat area ensembles, and concert seasons filled with the finest repertoire for male ensemble from Renaissance to contemporary music. 
Go to for audition information and our YouTube channel. 
Classified ad: Singers wanted for new vocal chamber ensemble in Stroudsburg, PA James Maroney, %16 %b %2015 %10:%Aug:%th 10AugGMT+0000
Singers are invited to audition for a new chamber choral ensemble HARMONIA, based in East Stroudsburg/Stroudsburg, PA under the direction of James Maroney, Associate Professor of Music at East Stroudsburg University.
HARMONIA will consist of approximately 14-18 adult singers specializing in unaccompanied repertoire, spanning from the 16th century to contemporary composers. While the emphasis will be decidedly “classical,” forays into quality arrangements of jazz and popular styles will not be uncommon.
For the first season, there will be two concerts, in December 2015 and May 2016 (date and venue TBD). In later seasons it is hoped to expand to 3-4 concerts, each with a different program.
Admission into HARMONIA is by personal audition/consultation with the director. Singers will be expected to:
  1. possess good-to-excellent music reading abilities;
  2. be able to sing solo passages acceptably, yet demonstrate vocal quality and control that will allow for a good “ensemble” blend;
  3. have an essential knowledge of pronunciation in a minimum of two of the four standard choral foreign languages: Latin, German, French, Italian.
Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings, beginning mid-September (place and specific date TBD). Given the nature of small ensemble singing and the subsequent importance of each member, excellent attendance at rehearsals will be crucial, and absolutely mandatory for all performances.
Those interested in further information should contact Dr. Maroney at
Borrowing request: Looking to borrow "Joy to the World" (Rutter) Matthew Herzog, %16 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 Joy to the World
Composer/Arranger/Edition: arr. John Rutter (Hinshaw)
Starting: Now
For: 2 months
Copies: 1
Willing to rent: Yes
I'm looking to borrow the orchestral score for John Rutter's "Joy to the World." If available, I am specifically looking to borrow just the string and organ parts as those are the only parts I might want to use for an upcoming Christmas program. Hishaw doesn't have those specific parts for purchase or hire, unfortunately, and can't create a score tailored to my needs for this piece. I am willing to pay for shipping if necessary. Thanks in advance!
Classified ad: Bass Section Leader Andrew Kilkenny, %15 %b %2015 %22:%Aug:%th 22AugGMT+0000 for a Bass for Grace Episocpal Church located in plainfield, nj. $45 per call. rehearsals on wednesday at 7:30pm-9pm, and church services on sunday at 10:30am with call time of 9:45am. service typically lasts from 1 hr and 15 minutes to 1 hr and 30 mins. please email me at (preferred), or call at 732-991-6548. ]]>Forum message: readings Tony Chau, %15 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000,
I am considering to send an arrangement to Lorenz's Heritage Music, but need a choir to read through the piece first. How does a composer go about finding people tofor such a commission? Should a gratitude fee be involved? What would be a good pay ammount, if so?
Classified ad: Paid Church Singer Position Openings - Central Arkansas Preston Sweeden, %15 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 United Methodist Church of Morrilton, Arkansas has paid singer position openings for a soprano and a tenor. Additional opportunities as soloist, conductor, section leader, and handbell ringer will be available for those with interest but will not be a requirement of the position.
We offer excellent pay and a good church music experience. We sing a variety of quality a cappella and accompanied literature. We are just off Interstate 40, only twenty minutes from Conway, thirty minutes from Russellville, and fifty minutes from Little Rock.
Applicants must be strong choral singers and competent sight readers. Please contact the music director, Preston Sweeden, for further information and/or an audition/interview appointment at 501-652-1037 or  
You may hear/view the choir by going to:
Classified ad: Voices of Silicon Valley Auditions Cyril Deaconoff, %15 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000
Voices of Silicon Valley is a choral group specializing in combining vocal sound and video technology. We  have two main artistic goals:
1) to find new ways of performing traditional choral music by combining it with visual and multimedia technology so as to find connection with modern audiences
2) to introduce new works and commissions so as to give a voice to contemporary composers especially in the Bay Area.


Voices of Silicon Valley 2015-2016 Season Auditions


Wednesday, September 2nd , 2015, 7-9:30 pm, at our regular rehearsal location at First United Methodist church in downtown San Jose, 24 North 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112. Individual auditions on other dates/times can be arranged with the director. 


All voice parts will be considered. Successful applicants will have a strong background in choral singing, good sight-reading skills, and a sincere interest in a wide range of music from chant to contemporary. An interest in exploring combinations of singing and technology and vocal theater with elements of acting on the stage would also make you a good fit for Voices!


For further information, or to sign up for an audition, please email director Dr. Cyril Deaconoff at or call 812-369-5225



VOSV rehearse every Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 at First UMC downtown San Jose, corner of 5th and Santa Clara:


Parking: The City Employees Parking lot at 75 North 5th street (also half a block from First UMC front door) is free and available in the evenings. 


Voices of Silicon Valley 2015-2016 CONCERT YEAR
In 2015-2016 we'll be working on 3 concert programs:
On Saturday December 19, 2015 we'll present a program with music by Handel, Poulenc, as well as vocal jazz and spiritual arrangements
In March of 2016 we'll present an all-Handel program with Coronation Anthem My Heart is Inditing and the Easter portion of Messiah
We'll finish our concert year in May of 2016 with an all-French program with music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary, from Sermisy and Mauchaut to a US premiere of a new work by one of the leading contemporary French composers, Philippe Leroux which combines singing and electronic music.
Announcement: What's on Great Sacred Music, Sunday, August 16, 2015 Robert Kennedy, %15 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 edition of Great Sacred Music is dedicated to the memory of
Dr. John Gavin Scott, LVO, Organist and Director of Music of Saint
Thomas Church, New York who died on 12 August at age 59.
Gregorian chant: Benedicamus trope: Congaudeant catholici
Anonymous 4
Gabriel Jackson: To Morning
Polyphony, Stephen Layton
Samuel Wesley, Henry Smart: Psalm 22
The Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Dr. John Scott
Andrew Lucas, organ
Congaudeant catholici is taken from Anonymous 4's CD entitled
Miracles Of Sant'iago - Codex Calixtinus. Bermuda-born English composer
Gabriel Jackson (1962-) was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. Dr. John
Scott recorded the entire Saint Paul's Cathedral Psalter with the Choir of
St. Paul's Cathedral on various dates. The 12 CD set was released under the
Hyperion label in 2002.
Henry Purcell: My beloved spake
Tolzer Knabenchor, Gustav Leonhardt
David Cordier, alto; John Elwes, tenor;
Peter Kooy, bass-baritone; Harry van der Kamp, bass
Sir Hubert Parry: I was glad when they said unto me
New Philharmonia, Cambridge Unversity Musical Society
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Sir Charles Groves
Nicolas Gombert: Tulerunt Dominum meum
The Studio of Ancient Music of Montreal, Christopher Jackson
The Tölz Boys Choir was founded in Bad Tolz, Germany in 1956. It has been
resident in Munich since 1970. Sir Hubert Parry's grand 1902 setting of Psalm 122 
was written for the Coronation of Edward VII. Franco-Flemish composer Nicolas
Gombert (c. 1495 – c. 1560) favor writing motets of which we have 140 extant
in addition to 10 mass settings.
Jules Van Nuffel: Laetatus sum
Choir of St. Rombaux Cathedral, Malines, Belgium, Johan van Bouwelen
Peter Pieters, organ
Gaston Litaize: Cortège
London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, Christopher Larkin
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ
Jules Van Nuffel (1883-1953) was a Belgian composer. French composer Gaston
Litaize (1901-1999) wrote his Cortège for brass and organ in 1951.

J.S. Bach: Cantata 113, "Herr Jesu Christ, du Hochstes Gut"
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor;
Gerd Turk, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass-baritone
The German translates as "Lord Jesus Christ, Thou highest good". Of note is the
very difficult flute part accompanying the tenor aria.
Max Reger: Phantasie und Fuge uber B-A-C-H, Op. 46, Lionel Rogg, organ
1976 organ by Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri in Church of Hedvig Eleonora, Stockholm
Reger's Fantasy and Fugue on the Name of Bach is a dazzling tour de force for a
virtuoso organist such as Lionel Rogg.
Sir John Stainer: The Crucifixion
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London, John Scott
Maldwyn Davies, tenor; David Wilson-Johnson, bass
Andrew Lucas, organ
This wonderful recording of Stainer's Passiontide oratorio was recorded by the late John
Scott from January 29 to February 1, 1990. John's tempi and the sumptuous acoustics
of the Cathedral show off the Choir and organ to great advantage. John understood that great
building and played it as skillfully and artfully as he did one of the great organ works
he performed so frequently. RIP. 
Classified ad: Southern Connecticut Camerata- mixed choir seeks all voices Jean Reed, %15 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
8/15/2015 The Southern Connecticut Camerata is an auditioned chamber chorus which specializes in the performance of rarely-heard
a cappella works from the late Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern eras.
Approaching its 60th season, SCC continues to challenge its singers to delve the depths of an exciting and broad repertoire with
the purpose of fostering the musical growth of each of its members.
Rehearsals are a place of enthusiasm, camaraderie, and musical curiosity.  We are actively seeking skilled singers of all voice types.
To schedule an audition, please contact our director, David Recca, via e-mail at
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:45 in Norwalk, CT. For more information, please visit
The SCC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Concert: Ashes & Stardust: What is Sacred to You? Jude Jicha, %15 %b %2015 %13:%Aug:%th 13AugGMT+0000 concert featuring composer and bass vocalist Joel "JD" Richard Jude Jicha along with musicians from throughout the Midwest will premiere several of the artist's new sacred works. A variety of styles will be performed, including original anthems, art song, arrangements of Hildegard von Bingen and Duke Ellington, as well as American folk and spirituals. The program traverses an orbit of personal and spiritual questions we must ask ourselves in order to find purpose. Premiere pieces will be available for free usage by school, church and nonprofit choirs. The reception will feature the unique acrylic paintings of Ashley Christel, including the title piece "Ashes & Stardust". Some art will be available for purchase. Freewill donations will be accepted. The event will benefit the Lawrence Music Scholars endowment fund. 724 East South River St., Appleton, WI 54915. Sunday 8/16 at 3:00pm(art show 2:30-5:30pm). Free sheet music from the program will be available starting the day/time of the performance at
Forum message: Reviews of Standing tapered choral risers Jack Klotzbach, %15 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 am a Music VP for a men's a capella chorus. We are researching some new risers and would like some critiques or review on the standing tapered choral risers by National Public Seating, or Stage 101 or Norwood Commercial Furniture. I have not been able to find any reviews on the product websites or for this particular type of riser. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, Jack
Classified ad: HS/MS Accompanist - Part Time Katie Vincent, %15 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000 am new to SoCal and looking for an accompanist. This person would come in 1 day a week (7:3:30-3:30 w/hour lunch), then more often the week of the concert. The days are flexible. Pay is 20-25 an hour based on experience. Ideally the accompanist would:
have experience working with choirs 
be able to follow conductor
improvising when necessary
keep up in a fast paced rehearsal
be able to sight read
be able to work with students in sectional rehearsals 
be available for ALL concert dates (including dress rehearsal the day of) 

Oct 15 Concert
Dec 1 and 2 Concert
March 8 and 9 Concert
March 10 MS Festival
March 23 MS/Elem Festival
May 10 and 12 Concert
Please email with a short resume and introduction! I look forward to making music with you! 
Classified ad: SF BACH CHOIR AUDITONS kathy clement, %15 %b %2015 %01:%Aug:%th 1AugGMT+0000
San Francisco Bach Choir
Magen Solomon, Director
Join us for an exciting season as we celebrate 80 years of inspired and dedicated singing! SFBC performs with professional period instrumentalists and soloists, and we warmly invite new singers to audition for one of the oldest continually performing choral organizations west of the Rockies. (Tenors and basses especially welcome.)
REHEARSALS: Tuesdays 7-10 PM in San Francisco (with occasional weekend workshops)
For choir membership and season schedule details, visit
AUDITIONS to be held Aug. 29, Sept. 1 & 8
For audition appointments visit
Come sing with us!
SEPTEMBER 1 & 8 are ‘Try Us Out’ nights.   Sing with us for an evening or two – no obligation – before deciding if you’d like to audition.  (And a cookie extravaganza at break!)

2015-2016 - 80th Anniversary Season
October 17 & 18, 2015
The Gift of 1685:     the birth of Bach, Handel, & Scarlatti
with the Jubilate Orchestra
G. F. Handel        Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
D. Scarlatti        Magnificat            
J. S. Bach        Brandenburg No. 2 in F major        
We open our 80th anniversary season with festive music by three masters, all born in the auspicious year of 1685.  This exuberant music displays the full talent and prowess of these youthful composers, (none then older than 36) as they combine Italian, German, and English styles.

DECEMBER 4 & 6, 2015
Christmas by Candlelight
with The Whole Noyse
Welcome the holiday season with our beloved, traditional candlelight concert with the ever-popular merry band The Whole Noyse and their bag of Renaissance instruments. Contemplative, lush, mystical, jubilant: sing Christmas music from many periods and countries -- from Bach chorales to American shape-note hymns, early motets to brand-new creations.

MAY 14 & 15, 2016
with the Jubilate Orchestra
Perhaps the greatest choral work ever written, J.S. Bach’s glorious Mass in B-Minor offers a journey of heart and soul; intimate, dazzling, tender, and powerful.  Although universally recognized as a pinnacle of human creativity, at its core this work is a personal expression of spiritual devotion that transcends religious boundaries.

2016 marks our 80th birthday so we’re throwing a party!  We are thrilled and honored to be part of the rich and vibrant community of choral singing here in the Bay Area.  During this daylong event we invite singers of all levels to celebrate our beloved art together.
We will sing and learn, make friends and share our common love of choral singing.  Together we will explore Baroque music, vocal technique and period style with a focus on Bach’s eternal Mass in B-Minor.  
Forum message: Lambillotte "Suscipe, Domine" William Worden, %14 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 for the setting of Ignatius Loyola's prayer, "Suscipe, Domine," by Louis Lambillotte.  Ideally would like to find versions both for SATB and men's voices.
Bill Worden
Borrowing request: Looking to Rent or Borrow Karl Jenkins "The Armed Man" Joseph Osowski, %14 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 The Armed Man
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Jenkins, Karl
Starting: 1/1/16
For: two months
Copies: As many as are available
Willing to rent: Yes
Classified ad: CHORAL CHAMELEON - POSITIONS OPEN FOR CHORUS MANAGER & INTERN Nicole Belmont, %14 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 by Artistic Director Vince Peterson, Choral Chameleon is an energetic and innovative non-profit organization based in New York City, now entering its 8th season.
To keep breaking boundaries, WE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO GREAT ADMINISTRATORS to join our family, to provide both a crucial bedrock of organization & support on our side and a great personal development opportunity for arts administrators looking to stretch themselves with an organization that constantly tests itself on the other.
Choral Chameleon is a passionate commissioner and nurturer of new compositions and arrangements, as well as being a strong believer in presenting amalgamated programs of diverse genres and eras artfully juxtaposed and seamlessly delivered - often via interdisciplinary collaboration - designed to move and nurture both audience-members and singers alike.
The organization encompasses 3 arms:
1. 12-voice SATB professional ensemble 'Choral Chameleon', 2015 winner of the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming
2. 30-40 voice SATB avocational chorus 'Chameleonic', entering its 4th season
3. Summer Institute for Composers & Conductors of choral music, entering its 6th season
Full job descriptions for both MANAGER and INTERN can be found at
We look forward to hearing from you!
Announcement: Welcome back to a new year of singing - here and overseas: 2016, 17 & 18 Choir Festivals Michael Clohesy, %14 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000

KIconcerts - The Best Custom Tour DestinationsWelcome back to a new singing year! We hope you have had a great summer. Ours was exhilarating and full of amazing performances in both hemispheres, across 3 continents and in numerous time zones.

We wish to take a moment to remind you of exceptional destinations, 2016 performance events and to introduce you to our 2017/18 line up. We look forward to being of service to you when you plan to perform internationally. Feel free to find out more about KI from your peers here.

KI stages great custom tours across Europe, in China & India, Central & South America, Australia & New Zealand as well as throughout the UK & Ireland in addition to our exciting festival offerings.

KIconcerts - The Best Festivals2016 Choir Festivals
Wyatt – Hungary/Austria (May) 
Sharkova – Ireland (June) 
Dilworth – Austria (June/July) 
Hella Johnson – Italy (fully subscribed) 
Galvan – Ireland (July) 
Kennedy – Greece (New Year 2016/17)

2017 Choir Festivals
Loeppky – Austria (May) 
Peters – Austria (June, young men's/women’s/mixed choirs) 
Stroope – Spain (June) 
Dickson – Italy (June) 
Leck – Ireland (June, Children’s Choirs) 
Buchanan – Passion of Italy (July) 
Dilworth – UK/France (July, Spirituals/Gospel)

2018 Choir Festivals
Hella Johnson – Sydney Opera House (July)

Contact us for information on any of the custom tour destinations or festivals so we can quote on your next tour for you.

Summer greetings

Oliver Scofield 

Destinations Choir Festivals Contact KI Facebook | Henry Leck, KI's Distinguished Music Advisor

Classified ad: WENGER FOLDING TABLET ARMS FOR STUDENT & MUSICIAN CHAIRS Heather Gold, %14 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000 have 41 Wenger Folding Tablet Arms all of them are in excellent condition and barely used. 
Some are new and have never been taken out of the box, and the rest are in great condition, but were removed from our choir chairs because we decided we didn't need desks. 
6 are already assembled, the remainder can be to put together. 

Here are the specs:
• Ready-made writing desk
• Folds behind chair when not in use
• Left- and Right-hand versions for Student and Musician Chairs
• Pebble desk 
• May be added any time (assembly required)
• Note: Prohibits chair stacking
• 8 lb. (3.9 kg)
• Chair not included

Directions for assembly can be found at

They retail for $73 each + tax. Asking $40 each per Folding Tablet Arm. 

All proceeds will benefit our choir program. Pick them at our school site in Manhattan Beach, California
If interested, please contact Heather at
Classified ad: Children's Choir Director Joy K Bussert, %14 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
First English Lutheran Church
204 Second Street NW
Faribault, Minnesota  55021
Part-Time Children’s Choir Director
First English Lutheran Church is seeking a creative and vital Children’s Choir Director with a heart for making music with young people along with a passion for cultivating both a love of music and an interest in worship leadership participation among children 1st through 6th grade.  Responsibilities would include oversight of Sunday morning music and Wednesday evening choir rehearsals. The candidate we seek would be liturgically sensitive, musically versatile, and spiritually grounded with a diverse repertoire including classical, traditional sacred, modern, folk, gospel, multi-cultural and global genres and styles.  +B.A. in Music or equivalent preferred.  +Compensation commensurate with experience.  +To apply, send cover letter and resume to: Pastor JK Bussert, First English Lutheran Church, 204 Second Street NW, Faribault, MN 55021 ( by September 15. 2015. Contact: 507.334.4389.
Classified ad: Choir Dresses Laryssa Sadoway, %14 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000
I have 70+ formal choir dresses in very good condition.  Makes for a beautiful holiday concert especially with black velvet top and irridescent forest green skirt.  Message me for details.  
Classified ad: FREE Green Choir Vests Laryssa Sadoway, %14 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 
I have 50+ men's choir vests that I am giving away FREE as we have changed uniforms for the year.  Perfect look for holiday attire.  Message me for details.  
Classified ad: Chameleonic is auditioning all voice parts! Jacob Stensberg, %14 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000
Chameleonic, a volunteer chorus of about 40 singers, is auditioning all voice parts (especially tenors and basses!) for the 2015-2016 season. Chameleonic makes "people music," diversely programming music new and old in a colorful, meaningful, and unique way that our audience can come, listen, and connect to on a human level.  Led by Artistic Director Vince Peterson in collaboration with professional musicians from the Choral Chameleon organization, our energized and enjoyable Monday night rehearsals embrace development in vocal technique, music literacy, and concert repertoire in a practical and accessible manner.  
Auditions will be held at our rehearsal location: the Church Street School for Music and Art on 74 Warren Street.  Auditions dates are August 31, 6-9 pm and September 14, 6-7 pm.  We will do a brief interview, test your vocal range, check your sightsinging, and hear a prepared choral excerpt (we will provide in advance) and a prepared solo of your choosing.  An accompanist will be provided - please bring your sheet music in the correct key.  To schedule an audition, please fill out the short online form on our website.
Classified ad: Auditions: Georgetown Chorale (DC) Richard Giarusso, %14 %b %2015 %17:%Aug:%th 17AugGMT+0000

The Georgetown Chorale, a 75-voice mixed chorus based in northwest DC, announces open auditions for singers in all parts. Auditions for the 2015-16 season will be held by appointment on Wednesday, September 2, from 6:30-10:00 PM at Iona House (4125 Albemarle Street NW, Washington, DC). Iona House is conveniently located within walking distance of the Tenleytown/AU station on the Red Line, and free, onsite parking is also available. The Chorale rehearses at Iona House on Wednesday evenings from early September through late April, and the first rehearsal for the new season will take place on September 9.


Entering its 27th season, The Georgetown Chorale sings under the direction of Dr. Richard Giarusso, who also serves as artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in Northern Virginia. Members of our all-volunteer ensemble come from throughout the greater DC metro area. Dedicated to the mission of “community service through music,” The Georgetown Chorale donates a significant portion of proceeds from ticket sales to a DC-area charity each year. Since its founding, the Chorale has donated more than $250,000 to various charitable organizations throughout the metro area.


The 2015-16 season includes a December concert featuring music of Pärt, Lauridsen, Rachmaninoff, Tavener, and others, and an April concert featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, in the rarely-heard orchestration for strings and piano, along with music of Handel and Parry.


Auditions are designed to be very low-stress, and neither a prepared piece nor sight-reading are required. Auditions will last approximately 10 minutes and candidates should arrive at least 10 minutes in advance of their scheduled time.


For more information and to schedule an audition, please click here (or cut and paste the link below) to fill our our online audition request form. A representative from the Chorale will be back in touch with you to confirm an audition time and to provide additional information. If you should have any further questions, you can contact us through our website (


Direct link to online audition form:

Classified ad: Philadelphia LGBT Chorus Seeking Conducting Intern Daniel Schwartz, %14 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
Philadelphia Voices of Pride (PVOP) is seeking a conducting intern to start in September.  PVOP is a self-affirming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied friends vocal ensemble devoted to enhancing the musical, educational, and cultural life of the Philadelphia area.  PVOP rehearses on Tuesday evenings at the William Way Center, located at 1315 Spruce St., from 7:30-10pm.  We sing a varied repertoire from classical music to modern pop and world music. 
Responsibilities: Assisting in warm-ups and sectionals, preparing and conducting a piece for the concert, attending board meetings (optional), directing rehearsal in the absence of the artistic director, and some small administrative tasks. 
Qualifications: Must hold or be in the process of acquiring a college degree in music.
A stipend will be offered commensurate with experience. 
The intern will report to Daniel Schwartz, Artistic Director.  Daniel holds his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University.  He currently sings with The Crossing and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus.  He serves as middle and upper school choral director at the Friends Select School.
Please send all inquiries and resumes to by August 25th
Announcement: *NEW RELEASE* The Lord’s Mercy - SATB Choral with various accompaniments John van Gulik, %14 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000

The Lord’s Mercy - SATB Choral with various accompaniments (completed 2015)

This is an original choral piece that can be sung by a full choir or small chamber group.  This should work well with most choirs which enjoy a more classical style of music.  I have written 4 kinds of accompaniment, piano, string quartet, brass quartet, and Salvation Army brass quartet (cornet, Eb horn, trombone, Bb bass).
You can download ZIP files of all of my compositions which will contain the parts and score in PDF format from this link.
Let me know if you have any trouble downloading the zip files.  There are also computer generated MP3 files of each piece at that link so you can have a listen to them.  Look also for the Google word document that describes all of the music that I have released.  This document will be updated as I finish new pieces.
If you ever record your band playing, or your vocal group singing one of my pieces, I would love to hear it.
​If you need parts for players who only read bass clef, or F horns instead of the standard Eb tenor horn (US=alto horn), please reply letting me know what you need.  Many of the compositions already have these parts included.
Announcement: Glenview Church New Adult Choir Director Shares Vision Lenore Dupuis, %14 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000
Guillermo Muñoz Küster has joined Glenview Community Church (GCC) as the Director of Adult Choirs.
“I look forward to joining the music ministry at Glenview Community Church. GCC has a rich musical tradition and places great value in the musical contributions to the ministry. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the chancel choir and Gary Wendt, our Minister of Music, to continue bringing great, meaningful music to the worship services.”
 “What a joy it is to welcome Guillermo to the music ministry of Glenview Community Church!  And how blessed we are by Guillermo’s great talent and deep devotion as a conduit for God’s great love through music,” states Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Charles E. Mize.
A native of Santiago, Chile, Guillermo earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar and Voice from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) and a Master of Music degree in Conducting and Classical Guitar from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he studied with conductors Robert Harris and Stephen Alltop and classical guitarist Anne Waller. Muñoz Küster brings with him a diverse set of skills as a choral and orchestral conductor, classical guitarist, and singer.
For the last three seasons, Muñoz Küster has been Assistant Conductor of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, where he has conducted the choir on live TV appearances and concert performances.  Prior to serving Assistant Conductor with Apollo, he served as the first-ever conducting apprentice in the chorus’ near 150-year history.  Mr. Muñoz Küster also performs with Music of the Baroque, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and has worked and performed with choruses and orchestras around the country as a guest conductor or ensemble member.
Prior to coming to GCC, Muñoz Küster directed music at Countryside Church in Palatine, held positions at Winnetka Congregational Church and Northwestern University, and founded and directed the Millar Kammerorchester, a 40-member chamber orchestra based in Evanston.
“A Choir Retreat at Glenview Community Church, Saturday, August 29, 9:00–11:30 a.m., welcomes existing and interested new members to look at music planned for the fall and check in with our new director,” states Minister of Music and Organist Gary Wendt. 
The Adult Chancel Choir of Glenview Community Church practices Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:15 p.m. and offers its musical gifts in worship at the Sunday 10:00 am services and other special occasions. Thursday, September 3 is the first season rehearsal.
Visit about the church or about the music program.  Email or call 847 724 2210 ext. 231 for further details.
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Concert: And All That Jazz Joseph Mendolia, %14 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 Sounds Vocal Ensemble presents "And All That Jazz". This concert will feature standards like "Embraceable You", "When I Fall in Love", and current pieces like Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why" and Anders Edenroth's "I Sing, You Sing". 
There are two chances to catch this concert:
Friday, August 21, 2015; 7:30pm
St. Catherine's Episcopal Church
502 Druid Hills Rd
Temple Terrace, FL
Saturday, August 22, 2015; 7:30pm
Plant City Entertainment
101 N Thomas St.
Plant City, FL
Adults: $10 in advance; $15 at the door
Upgraded Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Children: FREE!
**Upgraded Tickets include reserved seating, a pre-concert discussion with the Conductor, and a reception with the musicians.
Classified ad: Music Director - Shir Hadash Synagogue Melanie Andes, %14 %b %2015 %02:%Aug:%th 2AugGMT+0000
Shir Hadash Synagogue, a growing and vibrant Reconstructionist synagogue of 180 families located in the Village of Wheeling in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to serve as our Part-Time Music Director.   The Music Director will encourage membership participation in the synagogue music program and promote musical excellence at services and events.   The Music Director will encourage our singers, musicians, and dancers to explore a meaningful Jewish experience through the arts.  The Music Director must play the piano very well and be able to play and conduct at the same time.  The Music Director should also be a talented and trained singer who can teach/lead/train our singers with advanced vocal skills and at times sing/play a solo presentation.

Areas of Responsibility
Congregational Activities
•    Collaborate with Rabbi and Creative Worship & Ritual Committee to incorporate music into both Friday night and holiday services
•    Attend Creative Worship & Ritual meetings
•    Participate in creative planning of special services
•    Participate in incorporating music into community events
•    Collaborate with our instrumentalists, composers and dancers for services and programs
•    Introduce new music to the congregation
•    Attend Friday night services on the first and third Fridays of the month and lead choirs, and/or musicians
Religious School
•    Work with our Director of Life Long Learning to develop a school music program
•    Teach music (each Sunday of the school calendar) in our Sunday School
Choir Leadership
•    Develop music programs for adult choir
•    Develop music program for children’s choir
•    Develop music program for musicians
•    Create choral arrangements
•    Create instrumental arrangements
•    Lead adult and children’s choirs and musicians for High Holiday services (begin 2017)
•    Plan, schedule and lead rehearsals
•    Expand and enhance the breadth and depth of the range of music
•    Provide rehearsal time as needed for soloists
•    Accompany choir on keyboard
•    Communicate rehearsal schedules, etc., through email, Shir Hadash online calendar, weekly email newsletters
Other duties as assigned

•    Bachelor and/or Master degree(s) in Music, can include Performance Voice, Performance Piano and Music Education
•    Ability to sing essential
•    Three years of experience a plus
•    Knowledge of Jewish liturgy and contemporary Jewish music
•    Proper Hebrew pronunciation
•    Training and experience in choral conducting
•    Ability to teach vocal technique
•    Ability to play piano and accompany on piano a must
•    Ability to play and accompany on guitar a plus
•    Ability to conduct choir and musicians at the same time
•    Understanding of Reconstructionist Judaism a plus
•    Willingness to work a flexible schedule
•    Ability to run an iPad-based recording studio a plus

Please direct responses to
Classified ad: Auditions - MusicOnTheHill - Israel in Egypt Carol Bogard, %13 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
Music on the Hill invites singers to join their Festival Chorus to sing Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Baroque Orchestra and soloists. Dr. Edward Thompson will conduct. Rehearsals begin September 8th and continue on Tuesdays from 7 – 9 pm at  WEPCO church complex, 48 New Canaan Road in Wilton. There will be two Saturday rehearsals on October 10 and 17 from 10 – 12 noon at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road in Westport.  Final dress rehearsal will be Friday, October 23 at Norwalk Concert Hall.  The concert will take place Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Concert Hall. 
Singers must register to be in the Festival Chorus.  New singers are welcome! Please email to register.
About Music on the Hill
Music on the Hill is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging high-quality music performance and education for all ages.  Under the leadership of its artistic directors, Ellen Dickinson and David H. Connell, Music on the Hill offers workshops, concerts, and four performing ensembles.  These include a community handbell choir, the Jubilate Ringers, and two choral groups in addition to the Summer Chorus, the 16-voice professional Chamber Chorus and the Festival Chorus.  These groups perform, in rotation, seven to nine concerts each year, primarily in Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
Classified ad: Join Diablo Choral Artists! Sue Cevasco, %13 %b %2015 %23:%Aug:%th 23AugGMT+0000
Love to sing? Come join Diablo Choral Artists!  “Diablo Valley’s OWN chamber choir performs significant works of sacred and secular choral music, and has openings for all voice parts (esp. tenors and basses). Rehearsals are Mondays, resuming August 31, 2015, 7-9:30 pm (no rehearsal Sept. 7) at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA.  Mark Tuning, Music Director. See  for details and more information, or call 925-680-7089,
Comment: Re: Coaching Sopranos and Altos for Bach B Minor Mass Cynthia Frank, %14 %b %2015 %00:%Aug:%th 0AugGMT+0000 hear you and certinaly take no offense. (As a chorus member, I've performed the mass several times and do understand how demanding it is.) I have indeed expressed my concerns and have suggested a much smaller, chosen, ensemble sing the whole piece or having a select group within the main choir sing the most difficult movements. I have expressed concern for overall vocal health (I've found most community singers know little about stamina management -- whether dealing with standing for long preiods, hydration, or pacing oneself). I plan to work with an excellent vocal pedagogue to sharpen my coaching techniques, too, prior to my work with the sopranos and altos. If they confirm they're going through with the programming I'll hang in there to help my singers make it through without hurting themselves. Thanks for your comments! ]]>Classified ad: Singers needed for SATB quartet Stanley Fink, %13 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000 Church of St. Andrew the Apostle in Gibbsboro NJ seeks singers for an SATB quartet to lead the music of worship. Call time is at 9:45 on Sunday mornings for 10:00 mass. Mass lasts approximately 1 hour. The quartet's season will run from September 2015 to June 2016 and requires attendance on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday (approximately 45 masses for the 2015-2016 season). The fee is $75/call. Each member of the quartet will also have the opportunity to cantor at least 15 masses throughout the year at either 8:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings at $75/mass; these masses will be scheduled according to the availability of the quartet members. Depending on voice type and availability, there may be additional cantor and performance opportunities throughout the year.
Please send a resume to Stanley Fink at to schedule an audition.
St. Andrew's is located at 27 Kresson Gibbsboro Road, 08043. 
Announcement: Freudig Singers 2015 Choral Composition Competition Luis Clay, %13 %b %2015 %21:%Aug:%th 21AugGMT+0000


Opportunity Detail
The Freudig Singers of Western New York Choral Composition Competition 2015

Application Deadline: 10/15/2015

Freudig Singers seek original, unpublished works for mixed chorus. One cash prize, honorable mentions, performance(s) and possible recording.

Award Date: before 12/31/2015

The Freudig Singers of Western New York is an auditioned, professional caliber chamber ensemble dedicated to broadening the musical experience of the people of Western New York by providing quality choral performances. We present the standard choral literature as well as music of contemporary composers. From our inception in 1984 under founder Dr. Kathleen Keenan-Takagi and continuing under the leadership of Roland E. Martin, we have focused on the education and enrichment of our audience and concert partners, offering concerts in a variety of venues around Western New York incorporating area children’s choirs, exceptional high school choristers and the area’s finest instrumentalists. “Freudig” means “joyful” in German. This year we celebrate our 31st year of joyful music-making!

No age restrictions.

The winner will receive $1000 and will have his/her work performed and possibly recorded. Works should be scored SAB or SATB (little or no divisi) with piano or organ accompaniment, or a cappella. Please note that any work with a protected text must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher, poet or author. Also note that the jury reserves the right to make no award and to change the number of award winners depending on the quality of the music submitted. The winner retains all rights to his/her work.
By submitting your original music, composers agree to allow the Freudig Singers to perform, record and make copies of your music as needed for the purposes of the Competition.

One hard copy with the composer’s name and identifying information removed. Limit: two pieces per composer.

A letter including contact information (name, address, phone number, email).

Performance history of each work and program notes by the composer.

A brief composer biography.

CD or MP3 recordings of music, if available (MIDI realizations are acceptable.)

Send copies of music only. Do not send originals as no materials will be returned.

Administrative Fee
US$20 per piece. (One piece US$20. Two pieces US$40. PayPal preferred, checks and cash accepted.)

Make out checks to: The Freudig Singers of WNY

Payments may be made through Paypal also by accessing the Freudig Singers website at


Send Materials To:

Freudig Singers of WNY
c/o 150 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214

Materials must be postmarked by October 15, 2015

Questions? Contact the Competition Coordinator Luis Clay by e-mail to clayluisr @ gmail . com

Forum message: Gershwin Arrangements Wyant Morton, %13 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 share your favorite SATB arrangements of songs by George Gershwin. A cappella or with piano.
Sincere thanks,
Wyant Morton
Classified ad: Northwest Choral Society (Chicago NW suburbs) Alan Wellman, %13 %b %2015 %20:%Aug:%th 20AugGMT+0000 Northwest Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Alan Wellman, will be holding auditions for new members for the 2015-2-16 season.  This season marks the 50th Anniversary season for the chorus. 
Musical selections this year will include A Christmas Garland, by Susa, Hodie by Z. Randall Stroope, Lux Aeterna  by Lauridsen, Little Organ Mass of Haydn, and selections highlighting the past 50 years of the chorus' heritage. 
Auditions will be held Tuesday, Augst 25 from 6:30-7:30 pm and Tuesday, September 1 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Auditions and rehearsals take place at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1095 Thacker/Dempster, Des Plaines, IL.  Rehearsals generally run from 7:30-9:30 on Tuesday evenings from September thru June.
For more information, please go to our website,
Borrowing request: Looking to Borrow "Reflections from Yad Vashem" Jennifer Kane, %13 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 Reflections from Yad Vashem
Composer/Arranger/Edition: Daniel J. Hall
Starting: September
For: through the first week of December
Copies: 1-40
Willing to rent: No
Our group borrows music frequently. As such we are very accustomed to handling the music gently and returning it to the lenders promptly!
Comment: Re: Coaching Sopranos and Altos for Bach B Minor Mass Michael J. Seredick, %13 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 - I mean no disrespect with my reply, so please don't take my comment personally.  You are describing a non-workable situation.  The Bach B Minor Mass is one of the most difficult choral/orchestral pieces in the repertoire.  My experience is singing the piece as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.  "Learn the score by ear" is about all I have to read, but "older, heavier voices" is also not a formula for success.  That description makes me suspect the vibrato will be wide enough to accomodate a Mack truck.  Bach must be sung center-pitch with minimal vibrato.  
One more thought about learning the score by ear.  Is the orchestra learning the score by ear?  Where does this ignorant thought about choral musicians come from?  However, the previous sentence is incorrect, because I can't call a non-music-reading-rote-score-learning person a choral musician.
You mention concern for the fast passages.  Again, the Bach B Minor score has some of the most difficult polyphonic measures ever written.  My suggestion is to face reality, respect Bach, and find another music endeavor that fits the ability of the volunteer performers you describe.  There's nothing wrong with singers of advanced age as long as they are capable of reading difficult music and know how sing with proper vocal technique.  The group capability you describe will be vocally exhausted by the end of the first movement.  I wonder if they will even make to the end of the first movement?
Again, I mean no disrespect, but if you are looking for nicey-nice encouraging words, I'm not your man.  Possibly, subsequent posters will offer suggestions, and that's fine.  However, one thing I know for sure - I wouldn't want to be in the audience listening to singers of limited ability performing the Bach B Minor Mass.  Also, if I were a capable singer, I wouldn't want to stand among people with limited choral ability trying to sing the score.
Fortunately, you describe yourself a one of the vocal coaches.  If I were you, I'd tell the organization you've changed your mind.  I'll offer silent meditation for the person scheduled to conduct this concert.  Best wishes!
Comment: Re: Coaching Sopranos and Altos for Bach B Minor Mass Michael J. Seredick, %13 %b %2015 %19:%Aug:%th 19AugGMT+0000 - I mean no disrespect with my reply, so please don't take my comment personally.  You are describing a non-workable situation.  The Bach B Minor Mass is one of the most difficult choral/orchestral pieces in the repertoire.  My experience is singing the piece as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.  "Learn the score by ear" is about all I have to read, but "older, heavier voices" is also not a formula for success.  That description makes me suspect the vibrato will be wide enough to accomodate a Mack truck.  Bach must be sung center-pitch with minimal vibrato.  
One more thought about learning the score by ear.  Is the orchestra learning the score by ear?  Where does this ignorant thought about choral musicians come from?  However, the previous sentence is incorrect, because I can't call a non-music-reading-rote-score-learning person a choral musician.
You mention concern for the fast passages.  Again, the Bach B Minor score has some of the most difficult polyphonic measures ever written.  My suggestion is to face reality, respect Bach, and find another music endeavor that fits the ability of the volunteer performers you describe.  There's nothing wrong with singers of advanced age as long as they are capable of reading difficult music and know how sing with proper vocal technique.  The group capability you describe will be vocally exhausted by the end of the first movement.  I wonder if they will even make to the end of the first movement?
Again, I mean no disrespect, but if you are looking for nicey-nice encouraging words, I'm not your man.  Possibly, subsequent posters will offer suggestions, and that's fine.  However, one thing I know for sure - I wouldn't want to be in the audience listening to singers of limited ability performing the Bach B Minor Mass.  Also, if I were a capable singer, I wouldn't want to stand among people with limited choral ability trying to sing the score.
Fortunately, you describe yourself a one of the vocal coaches.  If I were you, I'd tell the organization you've changed your mind.  I'll offer silent meditation for the person scheduled to conduct this concert.  Best wishes!
Classified ad: The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass vocal scores Tom Tropp, %13 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000 have put 48 copies of the Carol Barnett Bluegrass Mass up for sale on My choir had a wonderful experience with this piece, but I'm quite sure it was a one-time deal -- and the scores are SO expensive!
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VERY highly recommended piece! I've done it twice now and think it's fantastic!
Tom Tropp
Lake Forest, Illinois
Classified ad: Colorado Hebrew Chorale and Kol Nashim Announce start of new Seasons Carol Kozak Ward, %13 %b %2015 %16:%Aug:%th 16AugGMT+0000 The Colorado Hebrew Chorale announces the start of its 22nd season, beginning with open rehearsals and auditions on Monday evenings, August 17, 24, and 31, 7:30-9:30 pm. Qualified singers are sought in all voice parts, and no knowledge of Hebrew is necessary. Rehearsals are held at the Hebrew Educational Alliance (HEA), 3600 South Ivanhoe Street, Denver. Exciting fall programs include the annual evening of Hebrew round singing in the Sukkah, and a collaboration with Denver's One World Singers in mid-November, featuring Leonard Bernstein's seminal Hebrew choral work, Chichester Psalms, which marks its 50th anniversary in 2015. Visit our website, phone, or email for further information:, (303)355-0232,
  Kol Nashim, the women's choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, announces the start of its 3rd season with rehearsals and light auditions on Monday evenings, August 17 and 24, beginning at 5:45 pm, also at the HEA. The highlight of Kol Nashim's performance calendar are two "Woman to Woman" concerts, taking place in May 2016, to benefit the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women. Additional information about Kol Nashim is available by contacting Director, Leah Peer (303)766-5324,
Community Forum Post: Coaching Sopranos and Altos for Bach B Minor Mass Cynthia Frank, %13 %b %2015 %18:%Aug:%th 18AugGMT+0000'm one of the voacal coaches for the Bach B Minor Mass. Many of the singers I'll be working with are 55+. Some will learn the score by ear. They are members of local/regional choirs and small ensembles, as well as a number of singers from the choir I direct. There are several techniques I plan to use, but with such varied backgrounds, I'm not sure how much resistance I'll get. We'll certainly work a lot with rhythm (count-singing, too), support/tone, phrasing, intention/blooming through longer notes. I would love suggestions from this group for working with older, heavier voices on the fast passage work.
Many thanks for your ideas and suggestions.
Cynthia Frank
Mendocino Women's Choir
Classified ad: New York City Master Chorale Auditions Erica Kelly, %13 %b %2015 %15:%Aug:%th 15AugGMT+0000 New York City Master Chorale, a 75-member classical chorus, is holding open auditions for singers with significant choral experience and strong sight-reading skills. Auditions for the 2015 - 2016 season will be held on September 9 by appointment. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings in Manhattan at the Turtle Bay Music School.

This season includes a December concert entitled “The Star of Bethlehem”, and a 10th Anniversary Concert at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Orff’s Carmina Burana.  In addition, the Chorale holds quarterly open mic nights and an annual cabaret featuring NYCMC singers.

To schedule an audition please contact For more information about the chorus and to listen to audio clips of the chorus, visit
Announcement: Hodie Christus Natus Est Cheryl Camm, %13 %b %2015 %04:%Aug:%th 4AugGMT+0000 lively and exceedingly popular 4 or 8 part anthem not a new song, but new versions for different voicings have recently been created for performances last Christmas and for the upcoming festive season. I've also made a little video for the song, and there is a brand new recording of the low voices version. You can read all about it here and there are links to the scores.
As I mentioned I have recently adapted the score for ATTB chorus with SSAA semi chorus, and also AATB chorus with SSAA semi chorus, these in addition to the original SSAA/SSAA, TTBB/SSAA and TTBB/TTBB versions.
I hope you enjoy this anthem as many have done before you!
Best wishes with your festive recital planning!