Collegium Cantorum – Audition for Singers

Dalhousie University’s community choir, Collegium Cantorum, is auditioning for new members for their 2022-23 performance season. The choir is conducted by Gary Ewer, accompanied by collaborative pianist Tara Scott. It’s a mixed-voice choir which performs music from many different genres and styles, including classical, baroque, folksong, from both sacred and secular choral worlds. Rehearsals are 7-9 pm Monday evenings, September through March, at the Dal Arts Centre

Auditions will take place in late August and early September. If you would like to book an audition, or if you would like more information about how you can become a member of Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum, please contact Laurie Ewer at (902) 864-3090, or write ewer.laurie@gmail.com

World Symposium on Choral Music 2023 – Call for Applications is now Open!

This is a message from the International Federation for Choral Music:

We are happy to announce that the World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM), one of the biggest events of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), will be held in Turkey from 25th to 30th of April 2023 with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The event will be organized by the Turkish representative of IFCM, the Choral Culture Association.

We kindly ask you to share these application calls here below with as many choirs and lecturers of your network. The theme of 2023, “Changing Horizons”, aims to introduce as many singing traditions as possible from across the globe. Sharing these calls in your network and region will help have them represented. Thank you!

Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Apply now!

WSCM 2023 encourages submissions of programs that align with the symposium theme “Changing Horizons“, a theme that we hope will be interpreted freely and with flair, drawing from a broad range of repertoire and styles.

How to Apply:


Choral Leaders
Apply now!

WSCM 2023 encourages presentation proposals that align with the symposium theme “Changing Horizons“, a theme that we hope embraces the richness of as many singing traditions as possible from across the globe.

How to Apply:

Application deadline for all submissions: August 15, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Job Posting – Sing Summer Camp Nurse

Sing Summer Camp Nurse
Dates: Sunday, August 14th – Saturday, August 20th, 2022
Location: Berwick United Church Campgrounds

As Camp Nurse, you will primarily work alongside the Junior Choir Camp staff to
support campers with their medical needs. Duties include administering and
documenting medication, assessing and treating minor injuries, and working with
counsellor and kitchen staff to manage camper allergies and intolerances. In addition,
the camp nurse will take inventory of and organize medical supplies, medications, and
patient information. As this is a residential camp, the camp nurse may also provide
support to campers who are struggling with homesickness. As our Youth Choir Campers
are expected to administer their own medications, the camp nurse will only assist them
on a per-need basis. Accommodations will be provided to the selected candidate on the
Berwick United Church Campgrounds.

Key responsibilities:
• Administering and documenting medications to campers
• Administering basic first aid on minor injuries
• Supporting campers as they navigate homesickness
• Working with counselor and kitchen staff to ensure camper

Compensation:
Compensation for this role will be $500. Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan amounts will be deducted.

Qualifications:
• Must be a licensed nurse (both LPNs and RNs are eligible)

To apply, contact: ryan@nscf.ca

JOB POSTING – EVENT COORDINATOR

Unison Choruses Canada is a federal not-for-profit organization created to produce the Unison Festival, for 2SLGBTQIA+ choirs, every four years. The festival brings together choirs from across Canada for a non-competitive celebration of choral music in the queer community. This exciting and fun-filled festival is being held in Halifax NS from May 19 to 22, 2023, at the Halifax Convention Centre; and will host over 500 delegates and hundreds of local concert goers.

The Halifax-based Festival Planning Committee is looking for an Event Coordinator. The ideal candidate is an energetic, detail-oriented, and dedicated person who can work both independently and as part of a dynamic team. The Coordinator reports to, and takes direction from, the Festival Co-Chairs; and works in collaboration with the Festival Artistic Directors, the Unison Administrator, and volunteer committees. The Coordinator will organize, promote and execute the concerts, workshops, social events, and other activities that make up the Festival schedule. Key responsibilities include event management and administration, financial coordination, and relationship management with local partners and supporters. In addition, the Coordinator will work in cooperation with team members in marketing communications and volunteer coordination.

DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

BEFORE THE FESTIVAL

• Work extensively with Integra Planner software in collaboration with Unison Administrator; manage registrations; provide first-level support to choruses and delegates; prepare for in-person registration and delegate badge pick-up

• Manage contracts and coordinate logistical details for Festival venues and event sites, social events, delegate accommodations, delegate services, and hospitality

• Manage contracts and coordinate logistical details for guest artists, accompanists, workshop leaders, guest speakers, other professionals hired for the Festival

• Arrange and manage food and beverage contracts

• Manage logistics such as transportation, parking, schedules, and signage

• Oversee production of passes, tickets, delegate packages, festival programs, and other materials required for the Festival

• Coordinate Festival updates on Unison website

• Provide support as needed to marketing communications and volunteer coordination

• Assist the financial team with developing cost projections

• Provide administrative support to the Festival Planning Committee and subcommittees

• Reports to the Co-Chairs and updates the Festival Planning Committee regularly. Keeps other stakeholders fully informed of Festival preparation progress. Stakeholders may include the Festival Artistic Directors, Unison Administrator, venue managers, volunteers, etc.

• Liaise with Festival Planning Committee members, other Unison personnel, key volunteers, contractors, vendors, and Unison partners

• Maintain records and official documents pertaining to the Festival

• Ensure the Festival follows all applicable standards for health and safety, legal and insurance obligations

• Act as principal liaison with the Halifax Convention Centre (Festival venue)

• Direct the work of an Assistant Coordinator

• Other duties as may be required or assigned

DURING THE FESTIVAL

• Oversee and manage onsite registration, information, and orientation for delegates and contracted staff

• Oversee and manage Festival Store

• Oversee set-up, operation, and take-down for Festival events

• Serve as a point of contact for venue personnel and outside vendors, contractors, and suppliers

• Ensure that the Festival is run according to plan and troubleshoot problems that arise onsite during the Festival

• Assist in the collection of data about Festival event attendance, market impact, and other relevant statistics as determined by the Unison Board of Directors

AFTER THE FESTIVAL

• Manage post-Festival wrap-up of contracts

• Produce a post-Festival report for the Festival Planning Committee and Unison Board of Directors, detailing the activities carried out by the Event Coordinator and documenting lessons learned

• Assist in the collection of feedback from delegates, volunteers, and audience members

• Ensure that all documents relevant to the Festival are transferred to the Unison Administrator

QUALIFICATIONS

• Proven event management experience

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to both lead and work with others

• Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal

• Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, email, etc.) and facility to learn new software quickly, such as the Integra Planning Software

• Excellent time management and organizational skills

• Demonstrated ability to identify key issues and creatively and strategically overcome internal and external challenges and obstacles

• Previous experience working with not-for-profit artistic organizations is considered an asset

• Previous experience working with choirs or choral music programs is considered an asset

• English and French bilingualism would be considered an asset

EDUCATION

The successful candidate will have appropriate university or community college education and at least three years of experience in managing similar events.

CONTRACT PERIOD AND COMPENSATION

The contract period is from mid-August 2022 to early June 2023, and will not exceed 500 hours. Months leading in to the Festival will ramp up as needed with more hours required as the event draws near. During the Festival itself, the time commitment will be at least 12 hours per day. The Coordinator is required to be available and onsite for the duration of the Festival (May 19 to May 22, 2023). During the lead-up, the Coordinator must be available to accommodate evening and weekend activities such as Planning Committee Meetings and Unison events. The Coordinator is responsible for providing their own workspace and basic computer equipment. A valid driver’s licence and access to a personal vehicle is required for the position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Expenses will be reimbursed as per Unison policy.

TO APPLY

Submit letter of application and resume to positions@unisonfestivalunisson.ca by 4:30 pm on June 17, 2022. Letter should include a clear statement of contract fee expectation. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Unison Choruses Canada values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity for us means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We value new perspectives, original ideas, and individuals who support this same commitment. We strongly encourage members from the Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, persons with disability, refugee and newcomer communities to express interest in the position.

The Unison Festival will take place within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship”. We acknowledge and honour the Mi’kmaq people who have cared for and continue to care for this land. Unison Chorus Canada is continuing to learn and evolve, to walk together with the many Indigenous nations of Canada in the preservation and celebration of cultural traditions.

Job Posting: Valley Voices Seeks Branding & Graphic Design Quote

Valley Voices is an a cappella chorus that welcomes all women. Based in Kentville, Nova Scotia, members come from communities throughout the Annapolis Valley and beyond.

Valley Voices is requesting quotations for a rebranding of the organization, including:

  • new professional visual branding, including logo, for Valley Voices
  • meeting Harmony Inc standards
  • eye catching, appealing and representative for recruitment of new members
  • belonging to us and be totally “owned” by Valley Voices
  • suitable for multiple uses, including but not limited to digital uses (high and low resolution), pamphlets, bookmarks, business cards, banners, name tags, clothing
  • Deliverables:
    • jpg, pdf, png formats
    • varying file sizes, including ability to be enlarged to poster size
    • B&W and colour versions
    • RGB and CMYK list of colours used

For full details, click here.

Please send any quotations or inquiries to fierybrook@gmail.com.

Choir of the Earth: Help Spread the Music of the Shchedryk Children’s Choir

A MESSAGE FROM CHOIR OF THE EARTH:

There are times in life when we can really make a difference.

This is one of those times.

There is an internationally renowned Children’s Choir in Kyiv and they need our help. Not financially – musically.

They recorded two pieces of music just before the war in Ukraine and they sent these pieces last week to Saul Zaks, who taught us MISATANGO. Saul immediately called us to see if we can help to spread this beautiful music to the world. On your behalf, I said we would do everything within our power to help.

Please read our webpage, listen to the two tracks and pass on the link to as many people as you can.

https://choiroftheearth.com/shchedryk-childrens-choir-kyiv

We can help by spreading their music across the globe and making a difference.

Always here when you need us,

MARK STRACHAN
mark@choiroftheearth.com

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo: Call for Youth Choristers!

The Children’s Choir In The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is looking for choir members. This is an exciting opportunity for children in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. Singers should be fast learners, responsible, love to sing, and follow directions. Choir experience is an asset.

The choir rehearsals begin in May on Sunday evenings as well as the first two Sundays in June. The intensity and frequency of rehearsals, once in the Scotiabank Centre, begins near the middle of June.

Here’s an early rough draft of the rehearsal schedule at the Scotiabank Centre:
  • June 14 –17 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 18 – 19 – Some day and evening rehearsals
  • June 20 – 22 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 23 – Student Matinee (first dress rehearsal) – begins at 10:00 am
  • June 24 – Second Dress rehearsal (Could be afternoon or evening)
  • June 25 – Preview show 19:00 – 22:00
  • June 26 – Matinee show, 14:00
  • June 27 – 30 – Evening performances 19:00 – 22:00
  •  July 1 – 2 – Matinee shows 14:00.
Some things to consider for student performers
  • Fast learners, responsible, love to sing, follows directions 
  • memorization of all music is required.
  • there will be no social distancing on the stage.
  • while performing, we will not be wearing masks
  • we move quickly in the dark while loading and unloading the set
Additional information
  • costume parts are provided, white dress socks and black dress shoes are not.
  • Choir members will receive 
    • two complimentary tickets to the Preview show
    • a cast T-Shirt 
This information is meant to be helpful for any prospective choral singers.
 
To schedule an audition please contact the Tattoo Office at: info@nstattoo.ca and mention Children’s Choir in the subject box.

The choir rehearsals begin in May on Sunday evenings as well as the first two Sundays in June. The intensity and frequency of rehearsals, once in the Scotiabank Centre, begins near the middle of June.

Here’s an early rough draft of the rehearsal schedule at the Scotiabank Centre:
  • June 14 –17 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 18 – 19 – Some day and evening rehearsals
  • June 20 – 22 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 23 – Student Matinee (first dress rehearsal) – begins at 10:00 am
  • June 24 – Second Dress rehearsal (Could be afternoon or evening)
  • June 25 – Preview show 19:00 – 22:00
  • June 26 – Matinee show, 14:00
  • June 27 – 30 – Evening performances 19:00 – 22:00
  •  July 1 – 2 – Matinee shows 14:00.
Some things to consider for student performers
  • Fast learners, responsible, love to sing, follows directions 
  • memorization of all music is required.
  • there will be no social distancing on the stage.
  • while performing, we will not be wearing masks
  • we move quickly in the dark while loading and unloading the set
Additional information
  • costume parts are provided, white dress socks and black dress shoes are not.
  • Choir members will receive 
    • two complimentary tickets to the Preview show
    • a cast T-Shirt 
This information is meant to be helpful for any prospective choral singers.
 
To schedule an audition please contact the Tattoo Office at: info@nstattoo.ca and mention Children’s Choir in the subject box.