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Music Notes: Job Opportunities



Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions for violin, cello, and bass. If interested, please visit their website.

Atlantic Music Festival

AMF Fellowship provides complete coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the four weeks of residency. The program offers gifted young artists opportunities to perform and collaborate with internationally renowned artist-faculty members as resident artists of the Atlantic Music Festival. Eligibility requirement and submission information are available online at the official AMF Institute website: The late submission deadline is February 20, 2017.

National Youth Orchestra - China

NYO-China is a new FREE summer orchestra program for Chinese citizens. Students ages 14-21 are welcome to apply via online application and recorded audition due March 15, 2017. Learn more here or through their informational video

United States Navy Band Trumpet Player

The United States Navy Band has an immediate opening for the position of trumpet instrumentalist in the Concert/Ceremonial Band. (Starting salary is $58,308-$65,292 plus benefits.) The audition will be held Monday, April 24, 2017. Resumes are due by Friday, April 7, 2017. Please contact or 202-433-2840 for more information on submitting your resume.


United States Navy Band Banjo Player

The United States Navy Band is searching for a banjo player to be part of the "Country Current" group. The player must also double on guitar, as well as background vocals.

To receive audition materials and pre-screening instructions (if applicable), please send a resume (PDF or Word documents only) to In the subject line of your email please include the name of the ensemble and the instrument.

For more information about Navy Band auditions, email or contact the auditions supervisor at 202-433-2840.

Yellow Barn Program Festival

July 2 – August 6, 2017
Seth Knopp, Artistic Director
David and Janet Wells, Founders

2017 Application for Individual Musicians

2017 Application for Summer Ensemble Residency

Yellow Barn's core program is a five-week intensive summer chamber music program for outstanding students and young professionals. Participants explore chamber music repertoire with an internationally renowned faculty, rehearsing and performing together in 20 concerts at the Big Barn, Yellow Barn's intimate concert hall in Putney, Vermont. Repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the present day, and often affords participants the opportunity of working with visiting composers. Participants are housed, share their meals, and have access to rehearsal and practice studios on Yellow Barn's summer campus at The Greenwood School.

Activities for pre-formed ensembles will be tailored to the needs of each group invited to participate. Performance opportunities for the ensemble, and the involvement of its individual members in projects outside the ensemble, will be determined accordingly. Ensembles should be full-time groups who have been playing together for a minimum of one year, and who have the shared desire to establish themselves as a lasting entity. All instrumental combinations are considered.

Yellow Barn alumni have founded and joined major chamber ensembles, are members of the world's finest orchestras, and are respected educators in the music world. Yellow Barn alumni ensembles include eighth blackbird, So Percussion, Due East, and the Ariel, Chiara, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets.

This program is open to 36 musicians in the early stages of their professional careers. Most participants in this program are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from conservatory, or graduate school.

For more information about Yellow Barn's unique program, please read our educational philosophy and see application information here. 



BMI Student Composer Awards 2017

At a meeting in Chicago in June 1951, BMI invited a group of composers and educators to devise a plan to encourage and aid young composers. The result was the BMI Student Composer Awards, which today, more than 60 years later, are widely regarded as the premier recognition for young American composers of classical music. Awards are given for compositions - instrumental, vocal, or electronic (or any combination thereof) - submitted by students actively engaged in the study of music. The Permanent Chair of the Awards, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, presides over a rotating judging panel that has in recent years included such icons of contemporary-classical music as Bernard Rands, Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Tobias Picker, Ingram Marshall, and Gunther Schuller, as well as well-known newer voices such as Kevin Puts, Kristin Kuster, and Sean Shepherd.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of a country in the Western Hemisphere
  • Currently studying music, either in an educational institution or privately
  • Under the age of 28 as of time of submission
  • Has not won a BMI Student Composer Award more than two times (Honorable Mention excluded)

Prizes totaling $20,000 and ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. The judges shall have the right to determine the amount of each award to be given and the number of such awards to be made, as well as the right to make no awards or to make awards totaling less than such full amount. The William Schuman Prize will be given to the score judged “most outstanding” in the competition. This prize is given in memory of the late William Schuman, who served for 40 years as the chairman and then chairman emeritus for the BMI Student Composer Awards. The Carlos Surinach Prize is awarded to the youngest winner in the competition, in honor of the late Carlos Surinach, a premier composer of the twentieth century and generous supporter of the BMI Foundation’s programs for young classical composers.

All interested can learn more at


Jazz Arranging Competition

Nick Finzer's record label, Outside in Music, is hosting a competition to arrange, record and submit an original version of one of their unreleased songs from the album. The winning version will be shared with Mr. Finzer's community of artists and fans to help increase your visibility, and give you a new audience to connect with. Additionally, winners will get free digital downloads of the new album, as well as physical albums and merch for the winning group. The arranger will also get 2 free tickets to any show of Nick's that is redeemable anytime. Additional details can be found here.


2017 CS Vocal Competition

Registration is now open for the 2017 CS Vocal Competition.

Use the biggest discount code we offer, EARLY2017, before October 15.

Save $35 off registration and you get all rounds of the competition with feedback at every step, no accompanist fees, and all of the classes, the College Expo & Exhibiting, and the other CS Convention events in Chicago in May 2017.


Sing in the First Round at a live location or via an online application and advance to the finals in Chicago—all qualified singers advanced so there is no limit of First Round finalists.

Come be a part of the largest vocal event of its kind in the world! Last year we had more than 1,800 participants from across the world including Beijing, Nigeria, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United States and more will come this year.

Come share your talent and your passion for singing with the rest of the CS Music Community!



Music Lesson Instructors; Marketing/Social Media Intern Openings

Just Rock is an innovative music lesson company inspiring confidence building instruction. Our studio location is in the Hyattsville Arts District. We are looking for music lesson instructors in voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, woodwind, strings and more. We are ALSO looking for marketing and social media interns to help us in attracting more clientele. If interested in either position please email for more details. For more info on the company please check us out at Enjoy our link


Music Ministry Leader

Oaklands Presbyterian Church is seeking a part time Music Ministry Leader with the skills and sensitivity to serve as a unifying and energizing presence to shape worship that honors God, invites experiences of learning and growth, and inspires us to love, worship, and serve. If you feel called, please click here for a full job description and information about where to send your resume.




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