Vocal Music / Glee

Be part of the hottest vocal ensemble around! Vocal Music/Glee is an opportunity to hone your pitch, harmonization and vocalization as well as performance techniques. Led by professional artists, you will explore your vocal instrument, and enhance your onstage skills both as an individual and as a member of the ArtsFest 2017 ensemble. Under the guidance of your Artist in Residence, you will be challenged to learn a variety of songs for the ArtsFest Showcase for your peers from JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest—the grand finale of JCC Maccabi.

Audition Requirements – Vocal Music/Glee 2017

What are we looking for?

  • A passion and enjoyment for approaching and performing music
  • A curiosity about various styles and a desire to experience new music
  • Risk-takers who are ready to work on vocal projection and performance skills
  • People who enjoy being part of a team
  • Experience in at least two of the following: Solo performance; Ensemble or choir performance; Onstage experience…singing, dancing, or acting
  • Have the ability to hold pitch while singing harmony with others
  • Be able to follow a basic chart, or to read music

In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit a video sample of your work. Please record a video of yourself singing a song of your choice a cappella or with accompaniment, either from a pianist or a karaoke tape or CD.

Once you have recorded the video, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into your audition form.

Please answer the following questions in the text boxes provided on the application.

  1. Tell us briefly about your experiences in music at school, home, and in workshops/classes.
  2. How do you wish to further your work/skills in music while at ArtsFest?
  3. Why do you want to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest?
  4. Tell us about the piece you chose and why you chose it.
  5. Anything else you would like us to know about you and your music skills?
  6. Please provide the link to your video audition.

* For basic instructions to upload a video to YouTube, please click here

2017 Artists in Residence: Coreen Duffy and Alan Mason

Coreen Duffy serves on the faculty of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she conducts the Women’s Chorale and teaches conducting, choral arranging, music in Hebrew culture, choral literature, and music history. Coreen is the founding artistic director of the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale of South Florida, which has performed locally and nationally. A composer-conductor, her choral works are published by Walton Music, ECS Publishing, and Pavane Publishing. Coreen served two terms as repertoire and standards chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and has designed special Jewish choral music performance and interest sessions at two National ACDA Conferences (Dallas, 2013 and Chicago, 2011).

Coreen earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, a Master of Music from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, and a law degree and bachelors’ degrees in music and English from the University of Michigan.

Alan Mason is one of the nation’s most distinguished directors of sacred Jewish music concerts and religious services, and is the President of the Guild of Temple Musicians. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami and is a retired Associate Professor of Music from Barry University. Alan is an accompanist for the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantors Assembly, the Union for Reform Judaism, and is the conductor of HaZamir Miami, a chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir.