“... a dreamy take on ‘Neptune’ ... fades into the distance with the hushed pulsing of an off-stage women’s choir. The women of the Providence Singers did the honors”
Channing Gray
Providence Journal
19 October 2013
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014
For Immediate Release

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M.J. Daly named executive director of the Providence Singers

M.J. Daly, former director of fund development, public relations, and marketing for the Urban League of Rhode Island, has been named executive director of the Providence Singers. Daly will begin her duties August 1, 2014, succeeding Allison McMillan.

M.J. Daly
M.J. Daly
Executive director-elect of the Providence Singers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Board of Trustees of the Providence Singers has unanimously elected M.J. Daly as the Singers’ second executive director. Daly accepted the position following a special Board meeting on June 26, 2014. She will begin her duties with the Singers on August 1, succeeding Allison McMillan, the Singers’ administrative leader for the last 16 years.

“The Board’s selection committee found M.J. Daly to be a very energetic leader with substantial experience in the nonprofit community and a passion for the arts,” said Josh Krugman, Board chair. “Her skill and ideas about fundraising and development are a good match for the Singers, a strong and growing arts organization.”

Daly holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in theater from Emerson College. She has served as administrative assistant for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and as executive assistant to the vice president for development at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In 2001 she was appointed executive assistant to the president and CEO of Urban League of Rhode Island and was promoted to director of fund development in 2009.

In her time at Urban League, Daly has researched and prepared grant proposals, including a recent campaign of 12 proposals totaling more than $2 million in requests; organized and hosted three major annual events; and led donor cultivation and stewardship for both individual and corporate donors. She continues her interest and career in theater, currently in Mixed Magic Theatre’s production of Simply Phenomenal, which runs through July 31.

“These are demanding times for many of the nation’s arts organizations,” said McMillan, who will continue her work through July and remain available during the transition. “M.J. Daly will bring the experience, energy, and creativity the Singers needs to continue its upward trajectory and pursue its mission of choral performance, training of young singers, and cultural contributions locally and nationally. I believe our future is bright indeed.”

The Providence Singers

Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is one of the leading choral performance organizations serving southern New England. The 100-voice auditioned chorus, led by Artistic Director Christine Noel, presents an annual concert series and makes frequent guest appearances throughout the region.

The Providence Singers commissions and performs new works, with support from its Wachner Fund for New Music. It receives general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Performances in our 43rd Season

  • November 22-23, 2014: Bach Motets and Requiem for the Living
    Three motets of Johann Sebastian Bach (Komm, Jesu, Komm; Lobet Den Herrn; Jesu, Meine Freude) and Dan Forrest’s 2013 Requiem for the Living. Performances in Providence and Bristol.
  • December 20, 2014: Messiah
    Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Providence Singers in G.F. Handel’s Messiah.
  • March 21-22, 2015: Dvořák Mass in D
    Antonin Dvořák: Mass in D; Franz Biebl: Ave Maria; John Tavener: Song for Athene; Arvo Pärt: Magnificat; Felix Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer. Performances in Providence and Bristol.
  • May 8-9, 2015: Carmina Burana
    The Providence Singers joins the Rhode Island Philharmonic for “Rush Hour” and regular season performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.