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9 October 2012
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Providence Singers names Kane and Kelleher 2012-13 Fassett Fellows

Sarah Kane and Meghan Kelleher have been designated as Fassett Fellows for the 2012-13 concert season. The Fassett Fellowships honor former Artistic Director Charles K. Fassett by identifying and supporting talented young choral singers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At a recent Tuesday evening rehearsal of the Providence Singers, Artistic Director Betsy Burleigh introduced Sarah Kane and Meghan Kelleher as Fassett Fellows for the 2012-13 season. Established in 1995 for the 1995-96 concert season, the Fassett Fellowships honor Charles K. Fassett, who served the group as artistic director for 21 years.

Fellowships are awarded to high school, college-age, or recent college graduates who have exceled in choral organizations and wish to continue their musical interests through a choral organization. Candidates must be admitted to active membership in the Providence Singers through the regular audition process. As fellows, their first year’s dues are paid by the Fassett Fund and they receive special designation in concert programs.

The 2012-13 Fassett Fellows

Sarah KaneSoprano Sarah Kane is in her final year at Rhode Island College, where she is majoring in music education with a concentration in voice. For nine years, she has studied in the studio of Dr. Fredric Scheff.

Kane has sung with several choirs in the area including Carillon Women’s Chorus, Rhode Island College Chorus and Chamber Singers, Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, and the Community Church of Providence’s choir, where she was a section leader. She was awarded the Bryer-Krueger Music Award, the Rita Bicho Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Voice, and the Helen and Sylvan Forman Music Scholarship.

Meghan KelleherSoprano Meghan Kelleher, from Rumford, R.I., is a recent graduate of Brown University with a bachelor of arts in music. At Brown, Kelleher was a student of Dr. Brad Fugate and sang with the Brown University Chorus, where she was a repeat soloist. During high school, she sang with the Junior Providence Singers.

Kelleher is the recipient of the 2011 David Laurent Prize for Vocal Excellence from the Brown Music Department and won the top prize in the 2012 NATS Boston Musical Theatre Competition. Her background in musical theater has inspired her to compose and co-write several musicals. She plans to begin a master’s program in vocal performance next fall.

The Charles K. Fassett Fund

The Providence Singers established the Charles K. Fassett Fund in May 1995 as a permanent tribute to Charles Fassett’s 21 seasons as the group’s artistic director. As a conductor, music educator, and long-time director of choral activities at Wheaton College, Fassett often expressed his con¬cern that general musical literacy and musi¬cianship be sustained, including choral music appreciation for performers and audience alike. The Fassett Fellows program identifies highly talented young singers, often recent college graduates, who have participated in choral organizations and are looking for an organization through which to continue their interests.

The Fassett Fund pays first-year dues for all Fassett Fellows, and the fellows receive special recognition during the concert season.

The Providence Singers

The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of masterworks and contemporary works, creative collaborations, new music commissions, and education programs.

Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is one of the leading choral performance organizations serving southern New England. Led by artistic director Betsy Burleigh, the 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series and frequently makes guest appearances throughout the region, including annual concerts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The chorus has also performed with the Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Providence Festival, and with Dave Brubeck at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Chorus preparation is assisted by Christine Noel, associate conductor, and Patrice Newman, pianist.

The Providence Singers advances the choral art through the commission and performance of new works, with support of its Wachner Fund for New Music. It also sponsors the Junior Providence Singers, a choral training and performance program for high school students, directed by T.J. Harper.

The Providence Singers receives general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Performances for the 2012-13 season will include:

  • Durufle’s Requiem, November 3 and 4, 2012, in Bristol and Providence
  • Handel’s Messiah, December 8, 2012, as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic at The Vets, Providence
  • Haydn’s The Creation, February 9, 2013 as guests of the New Bedford Symphony at Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, and February 10, 2013, in Temple Emanu-El, Providence
  • “Fit for a Queen,” April 6 and 7, 2013 — Majestic music celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, 60-year reign, and diamond jubilee, with performances in Providence and Bristol
  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, as guests of the Rhode Island Philharmonic at The Vets, Providence