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Providence Journal
6 May 2013
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23 September 2013
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Providence Singers names Moniz and Silva 2013-14 Fassett Fellows

David Moniz and Nina Silva have been designated as Fassett Fellows for the 2013-14 concert season. The Fassett Fellowships honor former Artistic Director Charles K. Fassett by identifying and supporting talented young choral singers.

EAST PROVIDENCE R.I. — At a recent Tuesday evening rehearsal of the Providence Singers, Artistic Director Christine Noel introduced David Moniz and Nina Silva as Fassett Fellows for the 2013-14 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 seasons.

Fellowships are awarded to high school or college-age students or recent college graduates who have excelled in choral organizations and wish to continue those musical interests. 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 2013-14 Fassett Fellows

David MonizDavid Moniz is a music education major at Rhode Island College. Currently in his senior year, Moniz is student teaching at Barrington High School. He has performed with the Rhode Island College Chorus and Rhode Island College Chamber Singers, and has served as tenor section leader in several church choirs in Providence and East Providence. He is also a member of the a cappella quartet Dave’d & Confused. Moniz joins the Providence Singers this fall as a member of the tenor section.

Nina SilvaNina Silva is a senior music education major at Rhode Island College. She is currently a member of the Rhode Island College Choir, Chamber Singers, and Dave’d & Confused, a student-run vocal quartet. Silva has studied voice privately with Susan Rodgers for the last three years. She is a staff member of the Rhode Island Children Chorus and will be serving as a section leader at All Saints’ Memorial Church in Providence starting this fall. Silva joins the Providence Singers this fall as a member of the soprano section.

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 concern that general musical literacy and musicianship 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 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 Christine Noel, 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 the Dave Brubeck Quartet at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Chorus preparation is assisted by Mike Galib, assistant 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 Paulette LaParle.

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

2013-14 Providence Singers Performances

  • The Planets, October 19, 2013, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Vets
  • The Britten Legacy, November 9 - 10, 2013, in Providence and Cranston
  • Handels’s Messiah, December 7, 2013, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Vets
  • Haydn and Mozart, March 1, 2014, in Providence
  • All American, April 26 - 27, 2014, in Providence
  • Daphnis et Chloé, May 10, 2014, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Vets

For tickets: www.providencesingers.org, 401-751-5700