The week ahead: November 10-17

There are two choral events this coming Friday, November 13:

  • The Junior Providence Singers will close their  10-week choral program with a closing concert at 7:30 PM at the Carter Center in East Providence. Paulette LaParle, conducting. The event is free and open to the public.
  • The Assabet Valley Mastersingers will perform Mozart’s Requiem and Karl Jenkins’ Te Deum with orchestra at 8 pm St Luke the Evangelist Parish in Westborough, MA. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director, with Elissa Alvarez, soprano; Margaret Lias, mezzo; Matthew Anderson, tenor; and Thomas Jones, baritone.

For more information, including directions to the venues, please visit the Calendar page.

The week ahead: November 2-9

The Providence Singers will present the first concert in their 2015-2016 season, featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140 (“Wachet Auf.”)  There’s also a Sunday afternoon lecture on the “Hidden Lessons of the Spiritual.”  Visit the Calendar page for more detail.

Kenneth Bozeman workshop, October 3 and 4

KENNETH BOZEMAN in BOSTON! October 3rd and 4th, internationally published voice science author and voice clinician Kenneth Bozeman will be coming to Boston for a workshop and masterclass based on his book, “Practical Vocal Acoustics.” He is especially gifted at explaining the often complex subject of formants, formant tuning, and acoustic registration events in the singing voice. This workshop and masterclass will be free of charge and marks a new collaboration between the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and NATS Boston. FREE! FREE! FREE! Details at the Boston NATS website. 

Choral Workshop by RI Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association

The RI-ACDA will present a workshop on Saturday, October 24th from 8:30-11:30am at Rhode Island College, Nazarian Center room 193. The event is free for RIACDA Members, $30 for
Non-ACDA members.

Donald St. Jean, from Salve Regina, will present:
“How do you say that?”

Our focus on language should go beyond basic pronunciation to include articulation, resonance, and register. Diction being the shaping of our vocalizations into culturally appropriate and recognizable sounds, we must delve deeper into the making of sounds if we truly want to teach our students to sing in any language – be that Italian, Spanish, Latin, German, French, or our own “foreign” language: English. In this workshop, we will cover not only the choice of language sounds but the making of those sounds. We will focus on the International Phonetic Alphabet as the vehicle for representing these sounds in writing. Finally, we will address common misarticulations and mispronunciations that are associated with “Rhode Islandese” in an attempt to improve the tone quality and understandability of our choral ensembles.

Dr. Teresa Coffman, from Rhode Island College, will present:
“Musicality Through Movement”

Will explore how movements made by choristers, as well as by conductors, can help or hinder phrasing, diction, vowel uniformity, breathing, and tone quality. Ideas and suggestions from participants encouraged.

Mark Conley, from the University of Rhode Island, will present:
“ Authentic Performances”

This workshop will explore how to aim for a more authentic performance of choral music from other cultures, using the presenter’s experiences and archival footage from eastern Africa to provide examples.

For more information, visit the RIACDA website. 

RI Civic Chorale holds 8th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra will be holding auditions for its 8th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition on October 24, 2015, at 1:30 pm, at the Music Mansion, 88 Meeting St., Providence, RI. The four winners will be featured soloists in the Chorale’s March 12th concert, which includes works by Haydn, Schubert, Elgar, and Gjeilo. Entrants must be enrolled at an institution of higher education in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut at the time of the audition. For application and more information, please visit or call: 401-521-5670

Mid-month newsletter for Choral Administrator is out

The mid-month newsletter reminder went out last night to the Choral Admin mailing list. This gives a preview of the October 1 newsletter and an opportunity for admins to review, revise, and add information they’d like the 500+ newsletter subscribers to see.

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North Kingstown Community Chorus seeks new director

North Kingstown Community Chorus Director

We are looking for a replacement for our founder and director who, after 30 years, has announced her retirement in 2016.

The North Kingstown Community Chorus:

  • Gives two concerts a year in early December and early May, with Saturday and Sunday performances of each concert
  • Has approximately 100 adult singers for the winter and spring concerts
  • Has 25+ youth singers who perform in the winter concert only
  • Does not require auditions
  • Sings a variety of songs including Broadway show tunes, gospel and patriotic and holiday songs. (We don’t do master choral works!)
  • Gets a large and enthusiastic audience of almost 1,000 people in each concert weekend
  • Rehearses on Tuesday evenings for three months before each concert
  • Gives back to the community via nursing home sing-alongs and participation in parades and other community events
  • Has a strong board of directors and many other member volunteers who take care of the logistical and financial aspects of the chorus

As our director, your duties will include:

  • Selecting the music
  • Planning and leading weekly rehearsals that inspire and train the singers
  • Organizing and conducting concert performances that have wide audience appeal
  • Selecting an accompanist, and band members, as appropriate
  • Working with the board of directors to keep the organization vibrant and moving forward

The ideal candidate will be:

  • An excellent singer with extensive voice training. (However, our director doesn’t do solos)
  • An accomplished choral director with 2+ years of experience
  • A strong leader and communicator
  • Community minded
  • Someone with a sense of humor!

Compensation: $4,000 to $5,000 annually, commensurate with experience. (And the everlasting gratitude of the chorus and community!)

To apply: Send cover letter, resume’, and three references in PDF format to by October 23, 2015

For more information: Visit