The Greenwich Village Chamber Singers (GVCS) are always eager to welcome singers who want to become part of our tradition of high-quality choral music in the Village. In a medium-sized choral group every voice really makes a difference. GVCS is known for its beautiful timbre, high standards of musicianship, and innovative programming.
We are interested in experienced singers with good sight-reading skills. Please feel free to contact us if you are not sure of your level. Auditions are brief and relatively informal and include testing of sight-reading, pitch, and rhythm. At present, we are looking for singers in all voice parts.
To arrange an audition send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646.543.9605.
Our season typically runs from early September through late May. Our rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 224 Waverly Place at 11th St. (one block west of 7th Avenue) in Manhattan, with the addition of one Saturday “marathon” rehearsal per season, to be announced. Regular rehearsals run from 7:30 pm until 9:45 pm. We ask for a commitment from our singers to regular attendance at rehearsals.
We perform two or three concerts each season, and most often on Friday evenings. We generally have two dress rehearsals per concert, usually on Monday and Wednesday evening of concert week. Most concerts are performed only once, although on occasion, we expand some of our concerts to two performances. Concerts are held at various Manhattan venues, including St. Joseph’s Church and Grace Church (both in the Village), Saint Peter’s Church in the Citicorp Center, FIT, Hunter College, Calvary Episcopal, and St. George’s. Members are strongly encouraged to sell tickets to our concerts, but are not required to sell any specific number of tickets.
Concert dress for women is a floor-length black skirt, a long-sleeved black blouse and a pearl necklace; concert dress for men is black tie.
We order all music in bulk and make copies of scores available to our members at cost. Members are expected to buy the music for each concert from the chorus.
Membership dues range from $150 to $210 per year, depending on the age of the member and whether we are performing a two or three concert season.