Christine Noel named sixth artistic director of Providence Singers
The Board of Trustees of the Providence Singers has chosen Christine Noel as the choral organization’s sixth artistic director. Noel, currently the Singers’ associate conductor, has been a member of the artistic staff since 2006. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2013.
Artistic director-elect of the Providence Singers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Christine Noel, associate conductor of the Providence Singers, has accepted appointment as the choral organization’s sixth artistic director. The Board of Trustees selected Noel at a special meeting Wednesday evening, February 20, 2013. Noel’s appointment is effective July 1, succeeding Betsy Burleigh.
“Christine Noel is a superb musician and choral leader who is deeply committed to the Providence Singers,” said Joshua Krugman, the Singers’ Board chair, who also chaired the selection committee. “As associate conductor, she has helped accelerate the Singers’ artistic growth. Her academic attainments, international study, and achievements as a choral leader made her an outstanding candidate as the Singers’ next artistic director.”
In addition to her work with the Providence Singers, Noel is director of choral activities at Clark University and artistic director of the Carillon Women’s Chorus of Rhode Island. She is the founder and artistic director of the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, one of New England’s premier choral organizations for children, which has performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference.
An honors graduate of Rhode Island College, Noel earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at Boston University, where she studied with Ann Howard Jones and David Hoose. She studied in Italy for several years and completed the superior level of Italian studies at the University of Florence. In Italy, she served as assistant conductor and vocal coach for Italian choirs Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro di Firenze. She is also a graduate of the Kodály Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.
“As conductor and artistic consultant, Christine knows the Singers and is already active in shaping its sound and its program,” said Allison McMillan, the Singers’ executive director. “I welcome her as artistic leader, and I look forward to a bright and engaging choral future.”