HRMC Seeking Accompanist
Stepping Out Productions, Inc. is seeking a dynamic person to join the Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus as Accompanist. The Accompanist works collaboratively with, and reports to, the Artistic Director of the HRMC. Founded in 1997, the HRMC is a 16-24 voice chorus that offers the Tidewater region a wide variety of choral genres that celebrate the entire spectrum of our community; with a focus to the GLBT community. The HRMC tours quadrennially to the GALA International choral festival.
The successful candidate is responsible for:
- Rehearsing with the HRMC on Monday evenings (7:00 - 9:30 pm) late-August through June.
- Rehearsing with the HRMC, ensembles or soloists as negotiated with the Artistic Director.
- Accompanying the HRMC, or its ensembles, at all performances.
- Leading sectionals/rehearsals as necessary.
- Securing an approved substitute should the accompanist be unable to attend a scheduled rehearsal.
The successful candidate should have the following skills:
- Collegiate level training, displaying technical/musical mastery of the Piano.
- Fluency in accompanying traditional choral literature.
- A high level of comfort in accompanying Broadway and contemporary popular literature.
- The ability to accompany 3-4 part open score.
- The ability to improvise an accompaniment from a lead sheet.
- Display strong sight reading skills.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have strong competency playing the Organ.
- Have the ability to create vocal practice MP3 files using notation/sequencing programs such as Sibelius, Finale, Cakewalk, Cubase, etc.
Salary is $20 per rehearsal hour ($50 per 2 ½ hour rehearsal), $75 for each concert/performance period (approximately 3 ½ -4 hours).
To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to:
Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus
P.O. Box 12023
Norfolk, VA 23541
To apply by email, send application materials (PDF or MSWord format) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly indicate in your letter where you found out about the position vacancy.
Stepping Out Productions, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer.
The Hampton Roads Men's Chorus, like nearly all arts organizations, relies on its patrons for its existence. Concert ticket sales amount to a very small percentage of our revenue and our expenses are large. On this page, we offer you the opportunity to make a financial contribution to the chorus in whatever amount you choose and to choose for which program or purpose you are donating. Every donation is much appreciated by the Board of Directors and each member of the chorus!
The Valentine-Chappell Fund
As the gay men’s chorus movement continues to grow, many choruses are faced with the problem of finding appropriate music to perform that reflects the life and love of gay men. The HRMC has chosen to remedy this problem by establishing the Valentine-Chappell Fund to commission new works for men’s choruses.
The fund was originally established in 2001 to honor Michael D. Valentine, former chorus member and Board President. Michael was a charter member of the HRMC and was quite active in the arts community performing in off-Broadway shows and AIDS benefits. He also founded The Beyond Prime Time Players.
The HRMC used the Valentine Fund to commission Thus Was My Love which the Chorus premiered on June 12, 2004 and performed at the GALA International Festival VII in Montreal in July 2004.
Michael shared his life for 19 years with Milton Chappell who served as the Chorus’ accompanist for eleven years. Those who knew them as a couple saw them as soul mates. They added to each other in a way that made both of them better men.
Following Milton’s death in August 2007, the Board of Directors unanimously approved renaming the Valentine Fund the Valentine-Chappell Fund to honor these two remarkable individuals who each impacted the chorus in so many positive ways.
It is only fitting that the first commission of the Valentine-Chappell Fund was entitled “Vows”. The work, composed by Scott Henderson, focuses on the sanctity of the relationships of same-sex couples and on the issue of gay marriage. “Vows” had its premier performance on May 24, 2007 in Norfolk and was performed by the HRMC at the Eighth International GALA Festival in Miami in July 2008.
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The General Fund
Donations to this fund are used for everyday operating expenses: payroll, rehearsal hall rent, venue rentals, etc.
The Travel Fund
As you can imagine, it's not inexpensive to move a chorus of 25 or more men, particularly not as far as Denver, Colorado which is the next location for the quadrennial GALA Festival. Your donation to this fund is greatly appreciated.