North Carolina Master Chorale Seeks Experienced Singers

North Carolina Master Chorale Seeks Experienced Singers

The North Carolina Master Chorale will be holding auditions for experienced singers in August 2017. The Chorale rehearses Tuesday evenings in downtown Raleigh. Highlights of the 2017-2018 season include Berlioz’ Requiem, a concert of selections from Masses by Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, and our annual holiday concert Joy of the Season.

The Master Chorale, in its role as Resident Chorus of the North Carolina Symphony, will also sing performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Opportunities for Chamber Choir projects exist with the Symphony as well as on the Chorale’s concert season. Additionally, the Chorale will reprise the popular Messiah production with the Carolina Ballet.

Visit the NCMC website to arrange an audition or for more information.

Piedmont Chamber Singers to Hold Open Call Auditions

Piedmont Chamber Singers to Hold Open Call Auditions

Piedmont Chamber Singers (PCS) will hold open call auditions for their 40th anniversary season on Tuesday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening in the Choir Room at Maple Springs United Methodist Church at 2569 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem.

PCS is currently seeking new choir members for all voice parts.

Singers will be asked to sing a few short vocal exercises and sight-read a short passage. Those wishing to be considered for solos or section leader positions should bring a short aria or art song to perform.

Find more information about PCS on their website, or find the events on their Facebook page.

All are Invited to Lift Every Voice in Raleigh

All are Invited to Lift Every Voice in Raleigh

On Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 pm, all are invited to Church of the Nativity in North Raleigh for Lift Every Voice, a special concert event that includes music, spoken word and much more.

The event will feature music, poetry, drama by Mike Wiley, and storytelling with young people from Lift Every Voice, a ministry of the diocese bringing young people from Botswana, Cape Town, and the United States together to address racial injustice and practice living reconciliation.

Admission is free, and donations are welcomed. The group is also seeking sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and towels for the 27 guests from Africa.

Contact Beth Crow by email or phone (919-208-0438) for more information.

Learn more about Lift Every Voice and listen to music by this group.

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St. Stephen’s Choir School Seeks Students for 2017-18 School Year

St. Stephen’s Choir School Seeks Students for 2017-18 School Year

Registration for the 2017-2018 St. Stephen’s Choir School year is now open. Beginning on September 5, the program takes place on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is open to all elementary-aged students (Grades K-5). The Choir School takes place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, located in the Hope Valley neighborhood in south Durham.

Weekly schedule:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Arrival, snack, recess
  • 5:00 p.m. – Rehearsal and Musicianship
    This time will be split up each week between rehearsing music and learning vocal technique, musicianship, music theory, etc.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Dismissal

The Choir School follows the Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life curriculum, which provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to developing musicianship in young singers. Students will be split into two choirs based on grade (K-2 and 3-5), with a teacher for each group. In addition to the regular Tuesday rehearsals, students will sing in three to four Sunday morning services during the year.

There is a one-time registration fee of $25, and tuition is $20/week (paid in monthly installments). The tuition covers all materials for the year, snacks, and a vestment for services. The 2017-2018 program year will run September 5 through December 19, and the spring semester will run January 2 through June 5 (no rehearsal during Durham Public Schools’ Spring Break, the week of April 2). Registration deadline is Friday, August 4.

To register and learn more, please visit: www.sscsdurham.org

Body of Voices: Vocal Enrichment for Choral Singing

Body of Voices: Vocal Enrichment for Choral Singing

Join Duke Voice Care Center and Duke Chapel for an interactive workshop on singing, speaking, and vocal health. The workshop will take place August 11-12 in Goodson Chapel in Duke Divinity School on Duke’s Campus.

Guest instructor, Dr. David Harris, will lead participants in group singing and hands-on learning sessions, unlocking he complexities of voice science to help you achieve a healthier, more fulfilling vocal experience. Choral singers, choral conductors, music educators, church musicians, praise and worship singers, a cappella vocalists, and anyone who is interested in feeling with their voice work with greater ease will benefit from this immersive event. There will also be demonstrations on speaking voice wellness for vocal professionals such as conductors, teachers, clergy, and more. Download more about the Voice Enhancement Workshop.

Schedule:

Friday, August 11, 2017
9:00 am – 5:30 pm; 8:00 pm concert

Activities include:

  • The power of knowledge: How understanding vocal anatomy and acoustics can make leading a choral rehearsal significantly easier and more fulfilling
  • Vocal register for choral singers
  • Exercises related to tongue, jaw, and vowel modification in choral singing
  • Vocal technique for classical and contemporary singing styles
  • Evening group singing and choral master class in Duke Chapel (at 8:00 pm)

Saturday, August 12, 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Activities include:

  • Morning Hymn Sing service in Chapel
  • Vocal health for singers, clergy, choral conductors, and teachers
  • Integrating emotion into chorus practice and performance
  • How to motivate singers to find authentic performances
  • Utilizing voice-illuminating technology
  • Breakout sessions for individual professional voice needs

Registration:
To register, visit: events.duke.edu/voices

Pricing and fees:

Full 2-day workshop
– Register before July 28, 2017: $50
– Register after July 28, 2017: $60

Single day workshop
– Register before July 28, 2017: $40
– Register after July 28, 2017: $50

Speakers
Dr. David Harris ( www.drdavidharrismusic.org ) & Duke Voice Care Center team ( www.dukevoicecare.org )