Church of the Holy Family (NYC) seeks professional choir members
  • pjmurray
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    The Church of the Holy Family, the United Nations Parish, New York City is currently accepting applications for all positions in its professional choir (SATB). The choir sings on Sundays at the 11:00 a.m. Mass (novus ordo) during the academic year. Pay is $125 per Sunday (pre-Mass rehearsal and Mass) and approx. $25/hour for additional rehearsals. The Sunday schedule consists of a 9:30 a.m. rehearsal in preparation for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. There are extra liturgies at Christmas and during the Easter Triduum (Holy Week). As the United Nations Parish, the choir is occasionally asked to provide music for prayer services in conjunction with the UN, often attended my many diplomats. While there are no weekly rehearsals scheduled, extra rehearsals will take place at the beginning of the season and in advance of Christmas and the Easter Triduum. A full schedule of appearances is provided at the beginning of the season.

    The Holy Family Choir is an all-professional ensemble that specializes in sacred music (Mass settings and anthems/motets) for the Roman Catholic liturgy, including but not limited to Gregorian Chant, Renaissance polyphony through contemporary choral works. Solo and quartet opportunities are available. Some requirements include:

    • Exceptional Sight-singing and quick learning skills.
    • Strong vocal technique is required.
    • Ability to sing a cappella is required.
    • Able to be independent on own voice-part and be comfortable demonstrating preparedness by singing in a quartet.
    • Ability to sing in English and Latin, as well as other languages, as necessary
    • Strong small-ensemble singing technique and understanding is crucial. Ability to blend volume, tone, and vowels is required.
    • Flexibility on singing various choral styles and periods is required. Ability to switch between several styles of music is required.
    • Working on music outside of rehearsals is expected. Pre-Mass Rehearsals are spent on musicality; not on note learning.

    Singers that would like to apply for a position are asked to contact Paul Murray, Director of Music at and include their curriculum vitae. No phone calls, please. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2011.
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