Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ember to Host Auditions This Summer for Its Critically Acclaimed Choral Ensemble

Vocal Ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson
Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D. ~ Artistic Director & Founder

Ember, (Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, Founding Artistic Director) the critically acclaimed choral ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson will hold auditions by appointment on Wednesday, June 23 from 4PM-6PM at the Opera America Building (330 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10001). 

To make an audition appointment, please visit
 or email For more information you may call 888.407.6002, ext. 3.

Audition appointments are also available in New Jersey on August 31 from 7PM-9PM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church (217 Prospect St, South Orange, NJ 07079) and again at Opera America in New York City on September 1 from 6PM-8PM.

Ember’s core belief is that music has a unique power to affect the human heart and soul. Ember is committed to excellence in innovative programming and performance; leadership through promotion and performance of new choral music and vibrant, creative engagement with young artists. Ember seeks to inspire fresh thinking about topics of social significance through innovative programming.

Ember boasts an internationally recognized new music advocacy initiative and an impressive history of premiere performances. Conducted by its founder, Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, the choir performs its full concert season in both New Jersey and Manhattan with virtual performances available internationally. Its members have been drawn together by a shared love of great choral music and by dedication to the highest standard of performance. The group is admired by both its audiences and the critics. The Classical New Jersey Society Journal raved: “The most warmly rounded . . . blend I have ever heard in a live choral concert.”

Ember singers include a high percentage of active professional musicians, young emerging professionals, and experienced avocational musicians. Solo technique is supported Ember’s approach to tone. Singers come from an exceptionally wide geographical radius from both sides of the Hudson River.. All of our rehearsal and performance venues are highly accessible via mass transit. The 2021-2022 season will feature a performance tour in Greece.

What is expected in the audition?
Requisites for auditioning include previous choral experience, music-reading ability, and a clear voice with good intonation. Auditions consist of a prepared solo, sight singing, and an interview with the Artistic Director.

Is there a financial commitment?
There are no membership fees or dues. However, singers are expected to purchase their own music.

How do I audition for solo work?
All solos are assigned to ensemble members. Indicate your desire for solo work in your preliminary audition conversation. You may be asked to prepare specific music for solo auditions.

Where do I sign up for an audition?
To make an audition appointment, please visit or email For more information you may call 888.407.6002, ext. 3.

Schola Cantorum on Hudson (Ember), a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Dr. Deborah Simpkin King (Founding Artistic Director) and Karen Gonon (Executive Director) is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Investor’s Foundation. 


Founded in 1995 as an independent 501c3, the Schola Choral Arts organization has grown in depth and influence. It performs (as Ember) its full season in both Manhattan and South Orange, NJ, and enjoys international recognition particularly for its work in advocacy of new choral music. The organization is home to PROJECT : ENCORE, which serves as a bridge connecting composers with conductors who seek new music of exceptional quality.
Fundamental to Schola’s core values is the belief that music has a unique power to affect the human heart and soul, inviting each of us to become fully aware, mindful individuals. It is part of Schola’s mission to extend the role of Art beyond that of its own intrinsic value, leveraging it to bring visibility and expansive thinking to issues of human significance.The areas of social significance selected for full-season thematic exploration are supported by advisory task force activity and podcast promotion.
Core to the mission of Ember and Schola Cantorum on Hudson is to bring innovative programming designed to touch lives, inspire leadership through promotion of new music and enhance meaningful engagement with young singers.  For more information visit