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Opera Sacra is seeking singers in all voice parts for "An Evening With Dave Brubeck," to begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 on the Center for the Arts Mainstage, UB North Campus. The program will feature jazz great Brubeck and his quartet performing "La Fiesta de la Posada," a pageant about a Christmas Eve fiesta in a Mexican village. The work is scored for mixed chorus, children's chorus, four vocal soloists, chamber orchestra and a jazz quartet. Call 833-0298 for information.

Pick of the Crop Dance is seeking dancers of all ages for its upcoming production of "Cinderella." Auditions will be held Sept. 25 and 26 in Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St. Rehearsals for the show will begin the weekend of Jan. 8, with the show to be performed April 4 to 9 on the Center for the Arts Mainstage, UB North Campus. Call 881-3824 for a complete audition schedule (time slots vary according to age and ability), or visit the group's Web site at


Buffalo Ensemble Theatre is seeking three women for parts in "Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief," a comedy by Paul Vogel. Auditions will be cold readings by appointment only, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Parts are available for women ages 18 to 20, 20 to 25 and 30 to 40. Auditioners should also bring an updated resume and head shot. Call 855-2225 for an appointment.

St. Joseph Cathedral will hold auditions for paid and volunteer choir positions (all sections) from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the rectory at 50 Franklin St. Volunteer members should be able to read music, have a good blending voice, possess a professional attitude and be available for rehearsals, liturgies and concerts. Requirements for paid positions include advanced sight reading ability, academic or professional vocal training, and the ability to encourage and elicit cooperation within the section. Those auditioning for a paid position should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 854-2561.

Area artists

Jonathan Griffith has been appointed music director of the Christian Foundation for Performing Arts, replacing Douglas Wendt, who held the post for 17 years. The organization sponsors the all-volunteer Festival Chorus and Orchestra, which presents gala concerts several times a year.

Works by Kenmore artists Catherine Koenig, Robert Freeland, George Palmer, John Percy and Rita Argen Auerbach were recently selected for permanent display in the Village of Kenmore Municipal Building, Delaware Road, Kenmore. The occasion helps mark the 100th anniversary of the village.

Arts in Education Institute of Western New York is seeking experienced musical theater artists and trained vocalists for paid and trained positions within area schools. The institute provides classroom residencies, performances and tours in all disciplines of dance, drama, music and visual arts to students of all ages and their teachers. Interested persons should send a resume and cover letter by Wednesday to: Arts in Education Institute of Western New York, 1050 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14225. Call 630-4222 for information.

Funding opportunities for individual artists working in all disciplines are available through the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County and New York Foundation for the Arts. Special Opportunity Stipends are available for artists living in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Deadline for application is Sept. 27. Application seminars will be held as follows: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Arts Council, 700 Main St., and 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. For information or to receive an application, call the council at 856-7520.

Studio Arena Theatre is seeking volunteers for general office activities such as mailings, errands, clerical and computer work. Opportunities to see opening-night performances and attend cast party receptions will be extended to volunteers and a guest. For information, call 856-8025, Ext. 1744.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra will begin rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Amherst Central Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Amherst. Permanent vacancies and opportunities to substitute at rehearsals and concerts occasionally occur. Interested adult musicians are asked to call the group's personnel director at 625-8754 for information.

Street performers are encouraged to apply for the 11th annual First Night Buffalo, a drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration held downtown between 7 and 11:30 p.m. Strolling musicians, mimes, jugglers and other creative movement artists are wanted to entertain patrons along Main Street. Artists will receive an honorarium, complimentary First Night admission button and other benefits. Call 631-5731 or (800) 247-1466 for an application. Deadline for submission is Sept. 15.

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