Could ten weeks change your life? What if you spent those weeks all alone on a fire lookout tower in the Pacific Northwest near Mount St. Helens, with your only human contact from the once-a-week food delivery? That’s what put Morten Lauridsen on track to becoming one of the greatest living composers. This book is intended to help you understand and delight in Lux Aeterna.
Calling soprano and alto voices of all genders and gender identities to join the 21V roster for its inaugural performance project, Beyond Binary, exploring the myth of us vs. them. Compensation is $450. Please submit an audition request form by January 14, 2022. For more information please visit our auditions page or contact us at .
Founded in 2021 by Dr. Martín Benvenuto, 21V explores a broad identity of 21st century music of the Americas, inspiring awareness and advocacy for underrepresented American continent perspectives. To inaugurate its first season, 21V recently released a video performance of its first commissioned work, Praise Song for Tulsa.
Livermore, Calif. – The Valley Concert Chorale, the Tri-Valley’s premier chorus for over 50 years, has returned to in-person rehearsals and seeking new singers. Auditions are available by appointment on January 14 and 24. Details are as follows:
Auditions by appointment
Mondays, January 14 and 24
Call (925) 866-4003 or text (925) 216-7084
Full vaccination required and mask
Rehearsals and auditions location:
First Presbyterian Church
2020 Fifth Street, Livermore, CA 94550
The Chorale is seeking experienced singers with sight-reading skills who enjoy singing exciting and challenging music. The Chorale performs three concert sets a season with a wide variety of music ranging from classical to contemporary, and folk to jazz. The Chorale’s next performance is March 12 and 13 entitled “Celebrate the Night: Songs of Dreams, the Moon and the Stars.”
The 10 minute appointment will include vocalizing (to determine range), reading from one page of a motet, and a clapping exercise. Singers must commit to the season with Monday evening rehearsals held at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore.
More information about the Valley Concert Chorale is available at www.valleyconcertchorale.org 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.
We’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from Tim Knight Music! We are starting the year on a very positive note, with a jotter full of plans for new events, projects and releases and, as we did last year, we’d like to gift you a free piece of Choral music which you can hopefully enjoy singing with your choirs when you are able to do so.
Auditions are being scheduled now for soprano and alto singers. Auditions are by appointment and are held in the sanctuary of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church (630 Massachusetts Ave.) in Arlington, MA. The audition takes approximately 15 minutes and consists of vocalization, pitch-matching, and sight-reading exercises. Singers are asked to prepare a song of their choice to demonstrate vocal quality, technique, and musicality. This song need not be a formal aria or art song: it can be a simple hymn or folksong. Please note that this song will be performed without accompaniment as there will be no accompanist at auditions. For more information visit: https://www.cantilena.org/audition
Cantilena, a women’s chorale, is an ensemble of approximately 40 singers, dedicated to performing music written for the treble voice. Our challenging and diverse repertoire spans the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes works in many different languages and musical forms. We strive to introduce both our members and our audience to works they are unlikely to encounter in other forums, with an emphasis on music composed specifically for women’s voices. The ensemble is directed by conductor, Elinor A. Armsby.
Auditions on January 4th!
Ember is an 8-part SATB ensemble for experienced singers who can read music. The ensemble stands out for its programming, which focuses on telling a meaningful story over the course of a full concert season. Artistic Director Deborah Simpkin King is well known for her new music advocacy and extensive collaboration with living composers. Ember holds auditions at the beginning of each concert cycle. Interested singers should reach out to us online at EmberArts.org/auditions. While the performance standard for membership is high, what knits Ember together is the experience of music as a living, breathing thing, connected to our daily lives, and filled with meaning. The Ember family always welcomes new members who share this passion for storytelling through song.
Auditions are held at Opera America and consist of vocalizing, singing a prepared aria, art song or show tune, and sight reading. Ember singers read music, and work with heightened ensemble discipline and flexibility to maximize expressive potential. Clear tone and excellent intonation are necessary for a successful audition. Ember is a mix of professional and experienced avocational singers, and we welcome auditions from both. We look forward to meeting you!