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WCUCC is in search of a kind and skilled Bass / Baritone staff section leader for the remainder of our upcoming season which begins in January.  Stipends range from $75-$125 per call depending on the event. 
 
The regular commitment includes:
Weekly Thursday evening rehearsals: 7:30 – 9:30pm
Weekly Sunday Service at 10:00am, with 9:00am rehearsal
Several larger performances throughout the year, for which ringers are always hired (Details)
 
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 three public concerts per year to raise money for charity. The latter group performs large-scale works (recently: Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Cerrone The Branch Will Not Break, Shaw To The Hands) collaborates with local music ensembles (recently: Eya, Washington Conservatory Orchestra, and Great Noise Ensemble) and fantastic guest soloists (recently: Lena Seikaly, Laura Choi Stuart, George Singleton, Richard Giarusso, Aani Bourassa, and poet Slangston Hughes).
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, etc..
 
Communicate with the Music Director to ensure substitutes are found when you are absent
 
Can occasionally lead a sectional rehearsal .
 
If you would like to audition for the Soprano or Bass position, 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 until the position is filled - NOTE: this may include being invited to sing as part of a solo quartet on Sundays of Advent (paid). We’re currently still wearing masks during the service. Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces or excerpts; accompaniment is provided if necessary, risky selections are encouraged.
 
If you would like to simply be on our radar as a sub or ringer, please send some information about you and at least one recording to Alec Davis (//This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" data-link-type="web" style="color: rgb(41, 75, 147); font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you prefer, live auditions can also be scheduled and accompaniment provided if necessary.
 
Da Pacem Domine (Pärt)
Missa Brevis: Gloria (Kodaly)
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel (arr. Dawson)
Cloudburst (Whitacre)
Three Nocturnes (Forest)
Passion and Resurrection (Ešenvalds)
 
Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether (Friedell)
Woke Up This Morning (Spiritual)
Ubi Caritas (Durufle)
Revelation Introit (Davis) Premiere