Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ is seeking a kind, professional, and skilled Soprano to serve as a Section Leader throughout the choir season (September-June), as part of a quartet of other section leaders, AND as a soloist throughout the year.  Stipends range from $75-$125 per call depending on the event. 

The regular commitment includes:

-Weekly Thursday evening rehearsals: 8:00 – 10:00pm
-Weekly Sunday Service at 10:00am, with 9:00am rehearsal
-Several larger performances throughout the year

The music program at Westmoreland is expansive, diverse, and of high quality, and is part of an open and affirming congregation.  

The core of the program is made up of two choirs: one that prepares music for Sunday Services, and an add-on community chorus which prepares 4 public concerts per year to raise money for charity. The latter group performs large-scale works (recently: Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Kodály Missa Brevis, Cerrone The Branch Will Not Break) many times collaborating with local music ensembles (recently: Eya, The Apollo Symphony, Beau Soir Ensemble, and the Great Noise Ensemble) and fantastic guest soloists (recently: Lena Seikaly, Laura Choi Stuart, George Singleton, and organist Christopher Betts).

If you enjoy an expansive idea of what can be an effective part of Sacred Music (Standards, Spirituals, Jazz, Music Theatre, Avant-garde, etc) the opportunity to collaborate on bigger projects, and work with a motivated mix of amateur and professional musicians, please apply!

As a soloist, please be able to demonstrate stylistic versatility and professional demeanor.  As a section leader, it can be expected that you:
-Are an advocate for your section before you are a performer in your own sense
-Have the requisite sight-reading skills to help lead your section
-Take sufficient notes to be able to answer questions from your section regarding breathing, pronunciation, articulation, ect.
-Communicate with the Music Director to ensure substitutes are found when you are absent
-Can occasionally lead a sectional rehearsal 

Please send a statement of interest and/or a resume to Alec Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Auditions will be scheduled on an individual basis from August 1-20. Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces or excerpts; accompaniment is provided if necessary.

Concert Excerpts:
Pärt: Da Pacem Domine
Kodály: Missa Brevis – Gloria (excerpt)
Dawson: Ezekial Saw de Wheel

Service Excerpts:
Durufle: Ubi Caritas
Spiritual: Woke up This Morning
Davis: Revelation Introit II (premiere)