Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Harmonium Choral Society Holds Auditions for New Members

AUDITION NOTICE:

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HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY
WHEN: by appointment only from August 30, 2018 through September 5, 2018
WHERE:
Grace Episcopal Church, Madison Ave., Madison

Harmonium Choral Society has a limited number of openings in all voice parts for experienced singers with good sight-reading ability. Auditions for the 2018-2019 concert season will be held with Artistic Director Dr. Anne Matlack. Please visit http://harmonium.org/auditions for more information and scheduling.

Weekly rehearsals resume Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mendham. Harmonium schedules three major concerts—held in December, April, and June—as well as a Chamber Singers concert and special appearances throughout the year.

This year’s December concert, Navidad Nuestra, features Christmas works from South and Central America, including the charming title piece by Ariel Ramirez. It will include percussion and accordion accompaniment, as well as Darren O’Neill on guitar. The concert will be performed Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8pm and Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3pm at Morristown United Methodist Church.

Harmonium’s select Chamber Singers will present a concert with works by Gibbons, Arcadelt, Kevin Puts, Sarah Rimkus, Michael Rosin, and more, plus Hindemith’s Six Chansons. It will be performed Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison and Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3pm at Christ Church in Short Hills.

In April, Harmonium Choral Society will present a major masterwork, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. There will be only one special performance, Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 1:30pm at St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton in Morris Township. It will include double Baroque orchestra The Sebastians, professional soloists including Dann Coakwell as Evangelist, and supertitles for English translation.

The June concert, A Thousand Beautiful Things, will include eclectic and uplifting selections from Annie Lennox to Palestrina. It will feature Esenvalds’s Only in Sleep, Gjeilo’s Unicornis Captivatur, and the winner of the 22nd annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest. The program will be performed Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 7:30pm at Grace Church in Madison.

Harmonium concert soloists are usually selected from the chorus’s 100-voice membership, over one-third of whom are professional musicians and/or music educators. Singers are also invited to audition for the Harmonium Chamber Singers, a 20-voice vocal ensemble selected from the full Harmonium chorus.

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MORE ABOUT HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY

Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations. The 100-voice choral society has been recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming, and has commissioned and premiered works by Amanda Harberg, Matthew Harris, Elliot Z. Levine, Harmonium's composers-in-residence Mark Miller and Martin Sedek, and others.

Directed by Dr. Anne J. Matlack of Madison, Harmonium’s season consists of four subscription concerts held in December, March, April, and June, as well as numerous special events and partnerships. Harmonium, known for its eclectic programming, choral excellence, and community spirit, sponsors commissions and musicianship workshops, as well as an Outreach Chorus that performs in schools, nursing homes, and other venues. Harmonium sponsors an annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in the 2016-17 season. This innovative program won the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. Harmonium has toured internationally to England and Wales, Eastern Europe, Northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, and Greece and Turkey, and most recently traveled to the Baltics in the summer of 2016.

To learn more about Harmonium, please visit Harmonium.org.