Auditioning all voice parts for its professional choir for the 2017-2018 season.
Those auditioning will be considered for regular positions as well as a place on the sub/extra list.
This is an Anglo-Catholic parish, and the 11:00AM Solemn High Mass features the Gregorian minor propers chanted by the tenors and basses, a choral Mass Ordinary, and solos, anthems, motets, and congregational singing appropriate to the day.
Tenors and basses are generally called at 9:00 on Sunday morning to rehearse the chant, and are paid $85. Sopranos and altos are generally called at 9:15, and are paid $80. There are no regular mid-week rehearsals. Major holy days, substantial solos, significantly longer calls, and any special rehearsals are paid extra. There are also additional calls for Choral Evensong, Lessons & Carols, and selected feasts, which are paid according to this system.
Tenors and basses chant year-round, while the full choir sings from Michaelmas (transferred in 2017 to October 1st) through Corpus Christi (transferred in 2018 to June 3rd). There are occasional soprano/alto-only or tenor/bass-only Masses, depending on repertoire.
The ideal singer is:
-a capable soloist
-an experienced ensemble singer
-comfortable adapting vocal color and style to the period and to his/her section
-a self-sufficient musician and quick learner
-willing and able to sing one-per-part when required
-a good and friendly colleague
-respectful of the religious context
-available for the vast majority of all calls, including Christmas Eve, Holy Week, Easter, etc.
Singers are sent scores and detailed information in advance (via email), and are expected to come prepared. Each person is expected to know his/her skills, and to spend as much time in preparation as necessary. Excellent sight-readers will spend much less time in preparation than average sight-readers, but the standard once assembling for rehearsal is the same for all.
Hoping that you will consider joining the choir as it strives to maintain the excellence for which it is known, in service of God and the parish. If you are interested in auditioning, please follow the link to complete the survey.
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