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Why I sing

Mark Nickel | Tenor
In grade school, all my teachers played the piano, so singing was something we did every day. Being old enough for the real children’s choir in fifth grade was an important rite of passage. There were great choirs available through high school, college, grad school, and now here in Providence. Choral singing stays with you — and you with it — if you’re lucky enough to start early.


Summer is for singing

We provide a welcoming conductor, a highly supportive accompanist, and sheet music if you need it.
You bring the voice.

  • A Sunday afternoon hymn sing  |  3 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019, Greenwood Community Church, Warwick
    Be a vocal presence on a Sunday afternoon. The Singers’ Assistant Conductor Michael Galib will lead a spirited round of hymn singing with the Singers’ pianist John Black at the organ. A $5 donation is suggested, and a light reception will follow the singing. Directions

A preview of our 2019-20 season  

Gustav Holst: The Planets  |  Friday-Saturday 18-19 October 2019
The women of the Providence Singers join the Rhode Island Philharmonic for a performance of Gustav Holst’s early 20th-century orchestral suite. Bramwell Tovey conducts.

Fauré: Requiem and Whitbourn: Luminosity  |  Saturday 9 November 2019
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, paired with Luminosity, a major work by James Whitbourn from 2007. Christine Noel conducts the performance in the restored McVinney Auditorium.

Handel: Messiah  |  Saturday, 14 December 2019
Bramwell Tovey conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Singers, and soloists in the annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece — a holiday tradition in Providence since 2007.

A Night on Broadway  |  Saturday 28 March 2020
The Singers returns to the Biltmore Hotel for its second gala concert, this time featuring the chorus and soloists performing highlights from the musical theater.

Verdi: Messa da Requiem  |  Friday-Saturday 1-2 May 2020
The Singers concludes the 2019-20 season as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1874 Messa da Requiem. Bramwell Tovey conducts.

Singing in summer
The 2019 JPS moves to the campus of Barrington High School

The JPS — Junior Providence Singers — is a summertime deep-dive choral enrichment program for singers of high school age. Beyond vocal training, musicianship, and choral skills, JPS offers master classes, techniques for movement and stage presence, and much more — all aimed at a final-session, not-to-be-missed concert August 15. This year, JPS will convene at Barrington High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 16 through August 15, from 6:15 to 9 p.m.

More about JPS  ||  Download forms:  Application  |  Financial aid  |  Teacher’s recommendation

Recordings of the Providence Singers


Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living
Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both singers and listeners. He wrote it in 2013. The Providence Singers performed it in November 2014, together with three Bach motets. Little more than two years after the concert, the Singers had finished its initial Kickstarter campaign, raised additional funds, and booked a recording session at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The CD was released December 5, 2017.
Notes and text  |  Download at iTunes | Amazon | Google Play

Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
La Koro Sutro, sung entirely in Esperanto and accompanied by an American gamelan — built for performances in Boston and Providence by our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project — was exotic, immediately engaging, and unlike anything the Singers had encountered before or performed since. BMOP paired the Singers’ recording of La Koro Sutro with Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan to make an extraordinary CD, released in July 2014. Program Notes  |  Read the Globe’s review

Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale
Jonah was a difficult prophet. He tried to wriggle out of divine assignments and whined loudly enough to annoy even God. Dominick Argento used medieval poetry, the Book of Jonah and other sources to prepare the libretto for this composition, preserving ancient alliterations and a great deal of wit and charm: “Even the casual listener will notice that the whale (the trombone solo in the Intermezzo section) gets the best tune in the work. And this is as it should be since I consider the whale, not Jonah, to be the hero of the piece.” Notes on the work ...

Lukas Foss: The Prairie
Lukas Foss fled Nazi Germany with his family – first to Paris in 1933 and then to the United States in 1937. He was 15 when he arrived in Philadelphia to begin his studies at the Curtis Institute. Foss embraced his new homeland – “... as a boy of 15, I fell in love with America,” he said – becoming a U.S. citizen in 1942. He found Carl Sandburg’s poem when he was 19 and began almost immediately to set it to music, adapting it himself without a librettist. The Singers loved it as well. Notes and composer’s commentary ...