Vocalypse Productions: Audition Call for Upper-Voiced Singers

Ordo Virtutum (shorter Scivias version) by medieval German composer Hildegard von Bingen (staged version)
O Greenest Branch (world premiere) by Canadian composer James Rolfe (concert version)
Set up your audition NOW by emailing:
Read more about Vocalypse here: www.vocalypse.ca

End of August and throughout September – 2 to 3 musical rehearsals weekly
Late September into October – musical and blocking rehearsals
21, 22, 23, 24 October, 2021 – 4 performances at Saint Patrick’s Church, Halifax
Number of singers: 8 women (sopranos and mezzos: both plain chant and 2 part choral singing)
Experience required:
Choral experience
Sight reading ability
Experience singing plain chant (without vibrato)
Some theatre experience (the Bingen will be staged)
Audition date: August 11th between 2 and 5pm
Audition requirements:
You will be required to sing an excerpt of the Bingen and the Rolfe and an organum excerpt, which you will receive in advance.
About the show:
Ordo Virtutum (Order of the Virtues) is an morality play, or sacred music drama, by St. Hildegard von Bingen, composed c. 1151. It is the earliest morality play by more than a century and some would call it the first opera. It is the only Medieval musical drama to survive with an attribution for both the text and the music. A shorter version (which we will perform here) of Ordo Virtutum appears at the end of Scivias, Hildegard’s most famous account of her visions. It is also included in some manuscripts of the Symphonia armoniae celestium revelationum (“Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations”). It may have been performed by the convent nuns at the dedication of the St. Rupertsberg church in 1152.
O Greenest Branch is a new work for soprano, female chorus, congas, and organ. In the words of composer James Rolfe: “The beauty and devotion of Hildegard’s music are still fresh today; yet, at the same time and in the same place it was created, mobs were murdering Jews in the name of Christianity. To try to reconcile the jarring dissonance between these stories, I have set to music two mediaeval Hebrew poems-which mourn the Jewish victims of Crusader massacres which occurred during Hildegard’s lifetime–alongside three texts of Hildegard and a 20th-century lament by Chaim Nachman Bialik. This work opened a door for me to deal creatively with my family history: I am descended from Rhineland Jews who survived centuries of exile and violence, from the First Crusade in 1096 through to the Holocaust. We all live in the shadow of genocide, whether it took place in Canada or elsewhere; I hope that what is personal for me will also connect to listeners.”
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Accompanist needed in Annapolis and Digby Area

Posting for a keyboard accompanist in the Annapolis & Digby area.
Three choirs in this area would like to have one accompanist to work
with all of them.

It is essential that the accompanist reads music, can accompany choral
singing, and works well with others. We sing repertoire of all kinds.
We usually have a Christmas concert and a spring concert. The
accompanist would be required for three rehearsals before the concert, a
dress rehearsal and the concert.

March 30th is the deadline for interested musicians to apply.

If you are interested in making music with some wonderful people,
please contact:
Deirdre at deirdreormerod@eastlink.ca  OR
David at davjac411@gmail.com

National Youth Choir of Canada Virtual Choir Performances

“All Of Us” from “Considering Matthew Shepard”
Composer: Craig Hella Johnson; Text: Michael Dennis Browne and Craig Hella Johnson
Performers: Choral Canada’s National Youth Choir of Canada alumni
Sheet music available at Hal Leonard; please visit https://www.halleonard.com/
Conductor: Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée; Apprentice Conductor: Thomas Burton
“May our songs, discussions, and learning experiences also lead to meaningful and lasting actions towards greater inclusion, diversity and equity in our choral community—let us be part of the change so it can truly be All of Us.” – Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée

*WORLD PREMIERE* – She Walks In Beauty
Composer: Kevin Pirker; Poet: Lord Byron (George Gordon), 1788-1824
Performers: Members of Choral Canada’s 2020 National Youth Choir of Canada
Sheet music available at Cypress Choral Music; please visit https://cypresschoral.com
Conductor: Jean-Sébastien Vallée; Apprentice Conductor: Thomas Burton
This is the winning composition of Choral Canada’s 2020 National Competition for Choral Writing – Diane Loomer Award
Angela Myshkowsky (MB), Avery Opalka (NS), Beverley Rockwell (NT), Brianna Penner (SK), Diana Rockwell (NT), Élie Lefebvre-Pellegrino (QC), Emily Parker (ON), Eva Stone-Barney (QC), Grace Rose (NL), Greer Schatz (NL), Julia Brotto (ON), Kai Leung (ON), Katharina Unruh (MB), Kiley Venables (ON), Luke Munchinsky (MB), Natasha Gosling (BC), Nathan Gritter (ON), Oliver Dalton (BC), Ryan Henwood (NS), Stephen Gagnon-Ruscio (ON), Tim To (AB), William Ireton (SK)
Join our supporters of the Choral Canada’s National Youth Choir of Canada professional training program by donating here today: https://www.canadahelps.org/…/choral-canadacanada-choral/

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church seeks Accompanist

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Dartmouth seeks a Piano Accompanist for their choir. The choir is made up of 12-14 singers who love to sing! Commitment entails a one hour practice on Wed night and a Sunday worship at 10:30 am. This is a paid position.

For inquires please contact: Jocelyn Ryan-Wiggin

902 293 9609 (Cell)

jrwiggin58@gmail.com (Email)

Digby High C’s Festival Seeks Accompanist

The annual High Cs Choral Weekend in Digby is searching for an accompanist for the weekend of May 15th to 17th to accompany the conductor. Accommodations provided by Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa. Please contact Carol Clayton for more details 902 221 6171

Visit the High C’s Website for more information about the festival.

About the High C’s:

High Cs is sponsored by the Digby Choral Federation.

This festival for choral singers starts in the Digby Pines Spa and Resort on Friday and Saturday and concludes with a mass choir concert on Sunday evening in the gothic Saint Bernard’s church.

All choristers are invited to attend and perform. The weekend includes rehearsals of the mass choir, workshops to improve choral skills, a wine and cheese social Friday in the Grand Lounge of the Pines, and a Conductors Appreciation Banquet Saturday evening.  This fun and challenging weekend, with fine food and warm hospitality concludes with another rehearsal and a mass choir concert Sunday.
Although the majority of choristers come from between Pictou and Yarmouth, singers have come from PEI, New Brunswick, all over Nova Scotia and even Ontario and British Columbia.

Middleton Choral Society seeks Director

From the Middleton Choral Society:

The Middleton Choral Society, a community choir in Middleton, NS for more than 40 years, is seeking a qualified conductor to start in September, 2020.

The choir is accustomed to weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, with concerts in late fall and late spring.
Details, including the honorarium, can be discussed with any expression of interest. If interested, please send contact information with any questions to:
Phyllis Bennett at rib@ns.sympatico.ca or text 902-825-9433 by April 1, 2020.
Thank you.

Job Posting: Associate Professor, Choral Studies, Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting

(From the University of Toronto: For FULL POSTING, visit:
March 16, 2020, Open until filled
Associate Professor / Professor – Choral Studies – Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting  1905335

The Faculty of Music, University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of choral studies and choral conducting. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor  with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2021. The start date is negotiable. The successful candidate will be eligible to hold the endowed Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting.

A doctoral degree in music, or a university degree in music with extensive exceptional professional experience is required. Applicants must have extensive experience in choral studies and choral conducting with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and a superior professional conducting profile.

Excellence in creative professional activities and research is required, evidenced by a track record of performances for major venues, organizations, and festivals, collaborations with established artists and ensembles, public presence through broadcasts, recordings, and digital media platforms, recognition through critical reception, academic and professional publications, and arts grant support. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated commitment to choral education in a wide range of styles and repertoire and an excellent track record in conducting education as demonstrated by the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties will include some combination of conducting one or more of the university choral ensembles and overseeing all Faculty of Music choral activities; teaching undergraduate and graduate music courses in choral music and conducting, which includes individual conducting lessons; research supervision and mentoring of conducting students at the masters and doctoral levels; and leadership in community choral engagement and collaborations.

The Faculty of Music is a division of the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university. Located in the heart of one of North America’s most diverse and culturally vibrant cities, the Faculty of Music plays a vital part in Toronto’s active musical life and offers degrees in composition, music education, music and health sciences, music technology and digital media, musicology/ethnomusicology/music theory, and performance, including jazz and opera. There are approximately 900 students, 570 undergraduate and 330 graduate students. The Choral Area currently includes four choirs involving approximately 200 music majors.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, a complete and current curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and links to samples of your work including rehearsal and concert videos. All application materials must be submitted online.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply . We recommend combining attached documents into two or three files in PDF/MS Word format. Links to media files should be provided on a separate list. If you have any questions about this position please contact Prof. Don McLean at dean.music@utoronto.ca.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference, printed on letterhead, signed, and sent directly to the search committee: Prof. Don McLean, Search Committee Chair and Dean, Faculty of Music, at dean.music@utoronto.ca by the closing date of March 16, 2020.

Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2020. Applicants should endeavor to have all materials, including reference letters, submitted by then; however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For more information about the Faculty of Music, please visit our home page at http://www.music.utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP .

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


(From Stagecoach Arts)


Stagecoach Theatre Arts, the world’s largest and most successful performing arts network of schools for children and teens is looking to hire a qualified voice instructor to join our team for SATURDAYS MORNINGS for the 2020 School Year (January-June).

The ideal applicants should have a strong training, teaching and performance background in Singing / Voice Instruction.

Applicants should also be passionate, positive, committed, creative, have good classroom control, and experience working with groups of children ages 6-16 yrs. A vulnerable sector police check will be required for all hired teachers.

The job would include preparing and teaching compelling, quality voice lessons for musical theatre classes and generating material for term performances and productions.

We provide an encouraging, fun and supportive working environment, with strong core values, opportunity to grow, exciting teaching workshops and a good hourly wage.

Teaching experience is required.

Please contact Kristi Wenaus, Principal for more information on our school.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $30.00 /hour


Podium 2020 Early Bird Registration December 1, 2019

Early Bird Rate (November 1 – December 1, 2019)
Delegate or Presenter
$471.40 ($410 + $40.90 QST + $20.50 GST)
Advance Rate (December 2, 2019 – February 1, 2020)
Delegate or Presenter
$534.63 ($465 + $46.38 QST + $23.25 GST)
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Student Delegate or Presenter (November 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020)
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Retiree and Lifetime Member (November 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020)
$471.40 ($410 + $40.90 QST + $20.5 GST)
University Group registration per delegate (November 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020)
$304.68 ($265 + $26.43 QST + $13.25 GST)
($265/person, minimum 4 people or 3 people+1 professor)

Other Registration Rates
Participating Choir Group registration (per chorister) (November 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020)
$74.73 ($65 + 6.48 QST + 3.25 GST)
($65/chorister, for conference only – minimum 5 people participating at PODIUM)