Providence Singers announces 2014-15 Fassett Fellows
Sopranos Erin Flood, Sammie Jennings, and Catherine Monfette have been named Fassett Fellows for the 2014-15 concert season. The Fassett Fellowships honor former Artistic Director Charles K. Fassett by identifying and supporting talented young choral singers.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — During a recent rehearsal of the Providence Singers, Artistic Director Christine Noel introduced the group’s 2014-15 Fassett Fellows: Erin Flood, Sammie Jennings, and Catherine Monfette. Established in 1995, the Fassett Fellowships honor Charles K. Fassett, who served the group as artistic director for 21 years.
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.
Meet the Fellows
Soprano Erin Flood, from Smithfield, R.I., is a recent graduate of Rhode Island College with a bachelor’s degree in music performance. Flood studied under Susan Rogers and sang with the Rhode Island College Chorus and Chamber Singers.
Flood has sung with several choirs in the area including Carillon Women’s Chorus, Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, and the First Universalist Church of Providence’s choir, where she was a section leader. She was awarded the Cantor Jacob Hohenemser Music Award and the Rita Bicho Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Voice.
Soprano Sammie Jennings of Seekonk, Mass., is a freshman at UMass–Dartmouth who plans to major in nursing and minor in music. For six years she has been a member of the Rhode Island Children's Chorus, participating in both the principal and chamber choirs. She has participated in numerous events performances and events with the chorus, including attending American Choral Directors Association national conference in Baltimore in February 2014.
During high school, she taught private flute lessons and was the drum major of the marching band. Her senior year she also received the John Philip Sousa Award in recognition of her outstanding musicianship and leadership. She is now a member of the senior staff of the Rhode Island Children's Chorus and works with the training, lyric, principal, and chamber choirs.
Soprano Catherine Monfette, from North Smithfield, R.I., is studying at the Community College of Rhode Island. She has sung with both the CCRI Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers, of which she served as vice president.
Monfette began her vocal training 12 years ago in the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, where she currently serves as teaching assistant and vocal mentor. She has also sung with the Clark University choruses and the Carillon Women’s Chorus. Highlights from her work with the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus include collaborations with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, choruses of Providence College, Boston University, Clark University, and invitational performances at MENC and ACDA conventions.
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
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 makes frequent 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, with the Dave Brubeck Quartet at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival, with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and with New Bedford Symphony.
Michael Galib, assistant conductor, and Patrice Newman, pianist, assist with concert preparation.
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.
The Providence Singers receives general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
2014-15 Providence Singers Performances
- Bach and Beyond, November 22-23, 2014
- Messiah, December 20, 2014, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic
- Mass and Magnificat, March 28-29, 2015
- Carmina Burana, May 9, 2015, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic
For tickets: www.providencesingers.org, 401-751-5700.