In 2010, Andrew founded and has since directed the Jamaica Choral Scholars. The choir is the resident ensemble of the Jamaica Choral Scholars Festival, an annual event featuring performances of Jamaican choral music. Since 2010, the group has remained committed to this body of musical works though a variety of media, including concerts, commissions, lectures, seminars, video production, and recordings.
An auditioned ensemble, members of the Jamaica Choral Scholars possess a desire to perform, and study topics related to, Jamaican choral music. Members of the Jamaica Choral Scholars combine these affinities to create a special acumen highlighting excellence in vocal performance and scholarly activity.
For ten years, the group has performed existing works and brand-new commissions of Jamaican choral literature, ranging from anthem-length pieces to extended works for choir and orchestra. Among these works are the oratorio Jonah by Samuel Felsted; and both First Jamaican Mento Mass and Second Jamaican Mento Mass by Lisa Narcisse. The group has also premiered some of Andrew's extended Jamaican works for choir and orchestra, including his second symphony, Nyabinghi; and the oratorios Jiizas a go Baan and Jiizas Pashan azkaadn tu Matyu with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica, both using text from the Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment.
The Jamaica Choral Scholars is hosting virtual auditions for the 2020-2021 season! Prospective singers may join the choir from anywhere in the world! Among the performance opportunities will include the virtual staging of the eleventh installment of the Jamaica Choral Scholars Festival in early December, featuring performances of existing and brand-new Jamaican choral works. If you're a highly motivated singer with a desire to perform and study Jamaican choral music, apply today!
Please include the items below in an email to :
Write a short and concise bio detailing your experience as a vocalist, performer, and ensemble participant.
Include your email, contact number, and a headshot taken within the last two years.
Include the names and contact information of two references that can speak to your musical abilities and experience.
Provide a private YouTube link, or upload a video via wetransfer.com, of you performing, as a soloist, a song of your choice (classical art song, hymn, patriotic song, pop song, or musical theatre item). Your selection should showcase the tone and range of your voice, and your ability to perform with precision, expressiveness, and beauty. Accompaniment as you sing—live or pre-recorded—is preferred but not required.
In the subject heading of your email, please put 'Your Name: JCS 2020 Auditions'. All of your audition materials are due no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, to . You will be notified shortly thereafter if you are selected for a callback.