Presbyterian Association of Musicians Choral Anthem Composition Contest

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians invites composers to submit entries for its first choral anthem composition competition. Eligibility: Any composer may submit an entry, with the following exceptions: PAM Executive Board members and their immediate families. Entry Deadline: October 1, 2015 (Email time stamp or postmark) Award Notification:  No later than December 31, 2015. PAM … Read more

Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Music Scholarship Seeks Applicants and Donors

Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Music Scholarship Seeks Applicants and Donors for Third Annual Award The Ruggieri Scholarship Committee, under the fiscal sponsorship of the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC), is looking forward to awarding the third annual Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Music Scholarship this spring. This award was established to honor Mr. Ruggieri—conductor, composer, and vocalist—who … Read more

Farewell, West Coast Auditions

UPDATED Nov 2016:  Dead link alert!  The website has (probably long) since been dismantled, but the Facebook page is still available.   A valued rite of passage for opera hopefuls, the West Coast Auditions have announced their own demise on Facebook via a short post (copied below).  This annual ritual in San Jose, CA has provided … Read more

CD release: Brian Asawa and Diana Tash, ‘Spirits of the Air’

Countertenor Brian Asawa and mezzo-soprano Diana Tash met at LA Opera in 1995, and discovered a musical and personal connection that sparked collaborative magic.  That connection has grown and evolved into what is now known as The Baroque Project, allowing the duo to perform together all over, with their very personal interpretations of exquisite Baroque … Read more

Listers afar: Notes from Wolf Trap

Tracy Cox, a former Lister and fabulous soprano now traveling far and wide with her talents, soloed last night at Wolf Trap for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and shared some salient thoughts on Facebook about that work and ultimately, about why we sing.  With her permission, we share them here, in the hope that it will … Read more

Project report: Massenet’s ‘Thérèse’ comes to light

by Kevin St. Clair Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience:  you hear a recording or performance of a little-known opera and find yourself enchanted by the beauty and power of the music.  You ask yourself why this piece isn’t better known, why opera companies have neglected it – and you wonder if there’s something you … Read more

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