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Hudson Chorale (Rehearsals in Pleasantville) Welcomes New Members in January (1/29/18)


Come sing with Westchester’s largest community chorus!  Hudson Chorale is welcoming new members in all voice parts (SATB) to join them for an exciting June 2018 concert that will appeal to choral singers of a wide range of musical preferences. Singer-friendly auditions will begin on Monday, January 29, 2018, by appointment, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm prior to the first rehearsal.  Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15 – 9:45 p.m. at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville, NY.  To receive additional information and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Jeanne Wygant at JeanneWygant@optonline.net or call 914-478-0074.


The concert program, entitled A Celebration of America, will be performed on Friday, June 1 and Sunday, June 3, 2018, and features three American composers and their works:  Vincent Persichetti’s Celebrations, along with highlights from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, plus the world premiere of two original commissioned works by composer Robert Convery.  Both performances will be at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church. 


Music Director Maestro Ira Spaulding is a choral conductor, singer and master class instructor whose career spans 40 years of performance in more than 60 countries.  He is currently Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York and maintains a career abroad as a singer and conductor.  The chorus’ Accompanist/Assistant Music Director, David Baranowski, is a household name to choral singers in the Westchester area due to his virtuosity on piano, keyboard, organ and harpsichord.

Full News Release: http://hudsonchorale.org/hudson-chorale-calls-for-new-members-in-january/

To learn more about the chorus, visit the website at www.HudsonChorale.org.



Deadline 1/29/2018
Deadline 2 2/5/2018
Contact Name Jeanne Wygant
Contact Email JeanneWygant@optonline.net
Website http://www.hudsonchorale.org

Hudson Valley Music Club Annual Student Awards Competition



TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 (snow date: March 11, 2018)



Four winners will be selected at the Hudson Valley Music Club Student Awards Competition.  The winners will perform at a public concert sponsored by the Hudson Valley Music Club on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club.


– High school students residing in or attending a school in Westchester County.
– Solo performers (instrumental and vocal) or chamber ensembles (including vocal groups) with up to six       musicians.

– A student may send in 2 applications, one as a solo performer and one as a member of a chamber ensemble.  However, a student who was a previous winner in either category (regardless of instrument or group) is not eligible to audition again in the same category.

Audition requirements: 10 to 15 minutes in duration to include one work or several short works from the classical music repertoire.  If selected as a winner, the student or group will perform the same program for the Hudson Valley Music Club Student Awards Concert.  Please select a balanced program that will allow us to evaluate a performer’s musicality as well as technical ability.


– Auditions will be scheduled at 15-minute intervals.

– Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The first 20 applicants will be notified of an audition time after receipt of an application form and the application fee.  Waitlisted applicants will also be notified.

Dates: February 3, 2018 Postmark deadline for application and fee

March 4, 2018 Auditions

(Snow date: March 11, 2018)

April 23, 2018 Awards Concert at 1:00 pm

Winners:  Each winner will receive publicity and a cash award.  The cash award for a chamber group will be the same as that for a soloist and will be shared equally by all members of the group.

Piano accompanist:  If a piece has piano accompaniment, an accompanist must be provided by the student.  Although the piano accompanist will not be judged, his/her playing will have an impact on the musical presentation of the student’s audition.  Therefore, please give careful consideration to the choice of accompanist.  The same accompanist must play at the Awards Concert.


 Audition attire:  Please come appropriately dressed for your audition.  You should look professional, but be comfortable. 


View past award-winning performances on Hudson Valley Music Club YouTube Channel.    


For further information, contact Atsuko Sasamura, Student Awards Co-Chair hvmcawards@gmail.com



Hudson Valley Music Club


Please mail *:

(1) this application (a chamber/vocal group will be considered as one application, but please include one application form for each member, all in one envelope),

(2) a short music resume (for groups, either a group resume or a resume for each member of the group), and

(3) an application check in the amount of $20 payable to Hudson Valley Music Club (the fee is not refundable if an audition time is allocated) to:  

Atsuko Sasamura

HVMC Student Awards

37 Tompkins Road

Scarsdale, NY 10583

*E-mail applications will not be accepted

*Any special audition time requests must be made at time of application.


Please select one:


            Chamber Group ( _____ members)

Student instrument/voice type

Student name

Student school

Student grade

Student age

Student address


Student phone

Student e-mail

Accompanist name (if applicable)

Parent or guardian name

Parent or guardian e-mail

Parent or guardian home phone

Parent or guardian cell phone

Private music teacher name

Private music teacher e-mail

School music teacher name

School music teacher e-mail

Audition Repertoire
















Deadline 2/3/2018
Contact Name Atsuko Sasamura
Contact Email hvmcawards@gmail.com

High school clarinet, horn, bassoon and string players invited to audition for Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra to Hold Auditions

High school clarinet, horn, bassoon and string players invited to audition to be part of 2017-2018 season

 High school clarinet, horn, bassoon and string players are invited to audition for Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra for the 2017-2018 season. Auditions will be held at the School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Festival Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra for high school students at the highest level of technical ability and musical artistry. Lauded as one of the finest high school orchestras in the United States by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Festival Orchestra is open, by audition, to students in grades 9-12, regardless of where they study music.

Under the direction of Conductor Jun Nakabayashi, the Festival Orchestra performs three concerts annually; two are with guest artists of international stature in full-length concerto performances. The final concert of the season is held at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Members participate in the New York Philharmonic Academy Jr. Program which includes attending a New York Philharmonic rehearsal and post-rehearsal discussion at Lincoln Center and an evening of sectional coaching at the School by members of the Philharmonic.

Repertoire for the 2017-2018 season includes:

  • Beethoven: Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
  • Haydn: Cello Concerto in D
  • Mahler: Adagietto
  • Milhaud: Chamber Symphony No.2 and No.3
  • Mozart: Flute Concerto in G
  • Rossini: Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia
  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Repertoire subject to change.

2017-2018 Concert Dates:

  • December 9, 2017
  • March 11, 2018
  • June 9, 2018

Audition requirements:
Applicants must perform a 2 minute section from a piece written for their instrument that is comparable to a NYSSMA Level 6 piece; scales; and prepared excerpts. Excerpts can be downloaded at http://hbms.org/festival-orchestra.php

For additional information, or to schedule an audition:
To schedule an audition, contact Orchestra Manager Mark Kushnir at 845-429-1032 or e-mail festivalorchestra@hbms.org.

About the New York Philharmonic Academy Jr.:
Hoff-Barthelson Music School is the only music school in the tri-state area to have been selected by the New York Philharmonic as a partner in its Philharmonic Academy Jr. Program, which involves training of pre-college students by Philharmonic musicians in partnership with institutions in New York committed to strong orchestra programs.

About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:
Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County’s most cherished cultural resources. Open to people of all ages and abilities, Hoff-Barthelson serves as a center where anyone can pursue their interest in music and reach their highest potential. Students encounter a vibrant, nurturing community of music-makers, often forming relations that last a lifetime. The School will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2019-2020.


Deadline 9/6/2017
Contact Name Mark Kushnir, Orchestra Manager
Contact Email festivalorchestra@hbms.org
Website http://hbms.org/festival-orchestra.php