Despite the pandemic, over 90 members of Providence Singers are still creating choral music. We meet for weekly online rehearsals, record our individual parts for virtual choir videos, and invite the community to join us for skill-building workshops. We're expanding our YouTube channel by posting select concert recordings, which requires licenses and additional fees to the musicians who performed with us. Of necessity, we're all learning new tech skills, and we're exploring new possibilities that will continue to shape our work after we return to live performances.
Because music education is an important part of our mission, the 13th annual Young Men's Choral Festival will go online this year, with three workshops offered on Saturday, January 30. The tuition for workshops and sheet music is only $15, but we would like to make financial assistance available to all young tenors and basses who couldn't otherwise attend. Your donation can help make that possible.
What else can your donation do?
- Create new choral music. Over the years, Providence Singers has commissioned over a dozen new choral works. Our virtual season includes recording one of these commissions: "Westminster Bridge" by Ola Gjeilo. There's a new work in progress by composer Julian Wachner, a former Providence Singers artistic director, to be performed as part of our 50th anniversary celebration.
- Sponsor memorable concerts. We can't offer live performances right now, but we're rehearsing repertoire that we'll share with you as soon as we can.
- Expand opportunities. Providence Singers is a volunteer choir and it's heavily self-funded. Members pay dues, purchase our own music, and make donations to support the organization. This is a big commitment, one that not everyone is in a position to make. Your donations help ensure that no qualified singer is turned away for financial reasons.
- Support the organization. Providence Singers is fortunate to have an exceptional artistic staff: Dr. Christine Noel, artistic director, and John Black, assistant conductor and pianist. We maintain a small office in the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School's Carter Center and employ an office staff of one. Your support makes it possible for the Singers to pursue musical excellence and do the work necessary to keep the organization moving forward.
Thank you for your support during this challenging time.