N. Ferrisburg UMC seeks Minister of Music

Minister of Music sought for growing, open and affirming United Methodist congregation. Our Minister of Music directs our choir and plays our Steinway piano for 10am Sunday morning worship. Warm, caring congregation of all ages. We love all kinds of music. We use the regular United Methodist Hymnal, The Faith We Sing, Song and Worship and other resources. We enjoy praise music, global music, spirituals and traditional hymns.
Choir rehearses at 8:45am every Sunday year-round. Most of our choir members sing in area community choruses or with the VSO. They are good singers who learn songs quickly.
Job could be split between a choir director and accompanist piano player. Competitive pay depending on experience and training.
We welcome LGBTQIA persons. We seek to practice a non-judgmental, grace filled faith.
Church website: nfumchurch.org

To contact us: Pastor’s office phone: 802-425-4608 or email Pastor Kim Hornung-Marcy at: khmarcy [@] comcast.net.

Church is located at: 227 Old Hollow Road, North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473. This is a quarter mile east from Route 7. See website for map. We are 25 minutes south of Burlington or 10 minutes north of Vergennes.


Madrigal Festival 2017

Vermont ACDA presents its annual Madrigal Festival on Friday, December 8, 2017. More than 300 students from 15 high schools* across Vermont rehearse during the day. The concert that evening features selections from each of the high school ensembles, and combined works under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Richard Nickerson from Windham, ME (see bio below).  The all-festival chorus will sing Viva la Musica! by David L. Brunner, Muusika by Part Uusberg, and Walk in Jerusalem arranged by Rollo Dillworth.

Our madrigal festival moves to a new location this year- First Congregational Church Burlington located at 38 South Winooski Ave in Burlington, VT!

Tickets for the evening concert, open to the public, are just
$8 adults / $6 students & seniors / $20 family

*Students participating in the festival attend:

  • South Burlington
  • Burlington
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CVU
  • Mount Mansfield
  • Middlebury
  • Harwood
  • Rutland
  • Missisquoi
  • Hazen Union
  • North Country
  • Johnsbury Academy
  • Lyndon Academy
  • Mill River
  • Essex Children’s Choir

 We look forward to hearing high school singers from Vermont!

Richard Nickerson has been Director of Choral Activities at Windham High School in Windham, Maine for the past 30 years. In addition to his duties at Windham High School, Dr. Nickerson is Minister of Music at North Windham Union Church.
In constant demand as a guest conductor and clinician, he has made guest appearances in 18 states, 4 Canadian provinces and 8 European countries. This year, he will conduct festival choirs in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York. He has conducted in major concert venues throughout the world, making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998. He returned to Carnegie Hall last April to conduct a festival choir made up of singers from Maine. He served for 8 seasons (2007-2014), as the conductor of the “Magic of Christmas” Chorus with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He also spent 8 years (2001-2009), as the Artistic Director of the Boy Singers of Maine. His choirs have performed for numerous dignitaries, including 3 US Presidents.
Dr. Nickerson has received numerous awards including Maine Music Educator of the Year, Maine Distinguished Choral Director of the Year and runner up for Maine Teacher of the Year. In January 2009, he was recognized by Choral Director Magazine as one of 10 “Choral Directors of Note” in the United States.  The past December, he was named as a top ten finalist for the Music Educator Grammy© Award.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Maine Music Educators Association, United Church of Christ Musicians Association, American Choral Directors Association and Choral Canada.  In 1997, a group of parents began a scholarship in his name, which is awarded each year to a Windham High School graduate planning to make choral music a part of their college experience.
Nickerson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education, the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music – University of Missouri – Kansas City.
He lives in Windham, Maine with his wife, Linda. He is the proud “papa” of twin daughters, Sarah, a recent graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont and Arianna, a recent graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine and stepfather to Ben and Laura.

Vermont Choral Union seeks new director

The Vermont Choral Union (VCU), based in Chittenden County, Vermont, is seeking a Music Director to prepare and direct this small group of accomplished musicians. This is a part-time position involving weekly rehearsal time of 2½ hours with requisite preparation time. Rehearsals are traditionally held on Monday nights. The rehearsal season normally extends from late August through May and involves two concert programs with at least two performances each. Additional shorter concerts are sometimes performed during the Holiday season. The Music Director will choose and procure the music for the performances. The position also involves some administrative responsibilities, including serving ex officio on the Board of Directors.

The Vermont Choral Union is an auditioned, nonsectarian, community-based SSAATTBB group of 30 to 36 volunteer singers that performs primarily a cappella repertoire from the early Renaissance to the 21st century. Our singers currently range in age from the mid-twenties to mid-seventies. Our performance mission is to provide audiences with exemplary performances that entertain, delight and educate. None of the current singers are full-time music professionals, but all are accomplished musicians who enjoy each other, are adaptable, and work hard to deliver excellent performances.

Interested parties can find a detailed job description here.

All are welcome to visit our website, VTChoralUnion.org, to read about our ensemble.

Anticipated start date: July 1, 2018

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and supporting materials via email to dirsearch@vtchoralunion.org.
Applications received by November 30, 2017, will be assured of consideration.

Application requirements:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae with references (including at least one reference from a singer whom you have directed)
  • Link to a video and/or audio recording of yourself conducting a rehearsal (preferable) or performance
  • List of repertoire that you have prepared and performed as conductor
  • Examples of programs prepared and performed by choirs that you have directed
  • Any other supporting materials you feel would help to describe your musical interests and conducting accomplishments, such as letters of recommendation, media reviews, etc.

Applicants may be asked to participate in an initial telephone interview with search committee members. Application finalists will be invited to participate in a brief in-person interview with a small panel and have a conducting audition with the chorus.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus openings

On January 27 and 28, 2018, the VSO will present joint choral and orchestral Tribute Concerts in honor of Robert DeCormier’s 96th birthday. The performances will be at the Flynn in Burlington on the 27th and at Rutland’s Paramount Theater on the 28th. The chorus and orchestra, conducted by VSO Chorus Director Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, will perform Robert DeCormier’s Legacy and excerpts from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo will conduct the orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 9.
We would love to have interested singers join us for our first rehearsal, then stay to audition to become a member of the VSO Chorus! Our first rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from 1-4pm at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. If transportation to rehearsals is a concern, we have singers from all over the state, so carpooling can be arranged.
Participants may attend the first rehearsal on a walk-in basis, but please notify the Chorus Coordinator, Wendy Grace at vso.chorus@gmail.com if planning to audition. All rehearsals, with the exception of the orchestra-chorus combined rehearsal, are on Saturdays from 1-4pm at various locations around the state. We will not rehearse the Saturday following Thanksgiving, nor will we rehearse together during the month of December. Chorus policy allows for no more than two missed rehearsals.

Wendy Grace, Chorus Coordinator
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Robert composed Legacy in 1981 and dedicated it to his and Louise’s son, Christopher, who died at the age of 23 in 1977. The four poems of the text are autumnal meditations about life and death by Louise’s father, John Dobbs.
Lauridsen’s requiem Lux Aeterna is a perfect companion for Robert’s piece. According to Carol Talbeck “In expressing a human journey to reclaim intimacy with the inner life, Lauridsen seamlessly integrates the musical essence of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. This timelessness can bring home to the listener the recognition of his or her own mortal journey. Perhaps this embracing effect is a reason that Lux Aeterna is widely known to bring listeners to tears.” Morten Lauridsen was named an “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts and is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”

Choir audition & Interest Session for ACDA-East Pittsburgh due April 15

Mark your calendars for the ACDA East biennial conference takes place March 7-10, 2018 in Pittsburgh.

Please note the April 15, 2017 deadline for interest proposals and choir audition materials.
Links to the ACDA East web provide details:

Applications for individual singers (elementary through high school) to perform as part of an honor choir are due June 30, 2017. See details for each choir at acdaeast.org/pittsburgh-2018/


VSO Chorus openings: March 18, 2017 auditions

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus will be holding auditions (especially for baritones and basses) at Christ Church, Montpelier on Saturday, March 18. Join the chorus for a rehearsal from 1-4pm, then stay to audition at 4:00pm. No music needs to be prepared in advance; just come and sing! For more information, or to reserve an audition slot, please email the Wendy Grace, VSOC Coordinator at vso.chorus@gmail.com.

Village Harmony Summer 2017 camps – registration open

Village Harmony
2017 Summer Camps
Larry Gordon, director
Our internationally-renowned US world music summer camps just for teens, just for adults and for mixed-age ensembles this year will take place in New England, the Midwest, the Oregon Cascades, Lithuania, the Republic of Georgia and South Africa.
View and download our 4-page pdf camp brochure here.
Or just go directly to our online registration site to apply.