Providence Singers announces 2015-16 Fassett Fellows
Soprano Olivia Vicente and tenors Joseph and Thomas Burdick have been named Fassett Fellows for the 2015-16 concert season of the Providence Singers. The Fassett Fellowships honor former Artistic Director Charles K. Fassett by identifying and supporting talented young choral singers.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At the first rehearsal of the Providence Singers’ 44th season Tuesday, Artistic Director Christine Noel introduced the group’s 2015-16 Fassett Fellows: Olivia Vicente, Joseph R. Burdick and Thomas Burdick Jr. Established in 1995, the Fassett Fellowships honor Charles K. Fassett, who served the group as artistic director for 21 years.
Fassett 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 yearly dues are paid by the Fassett Fund and they receive special designation in concert programs.
Meet the Fellows
Joseph, left, and Thomas Burdick
Tenors Joseph R. Burdick and Thomas Burdick Jr. are sophomores at Bishop Hendricken High School, where they are members of the Arts Academy Chorus, the Select Chorus, and the Young Men’s Chorus, which has participated in the Young Men’s Choral Festival, an annual choral education program of the Providence Singers. They joined the Providence Singers in the 2014-15 season.
The Burdicks are graduates of the world-renowned St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. The school’s challenging program of musical instruction and choral training included singing six services a week at St. Thomas Church and an annual concert series with St. Luke’s Orchestra, Fretwork, and Concert Royal. They sang on domestic tours and two European tours, including performances at the Leipzig Bachfest, Cathedral Copenhagen, and a performance with Staatskapelle Dresden in 2012 at the anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden.
Soprano Olivia Vicente, from North Attleboro, Mass., is a senior at North Attleboro High School, where she is a member of the Women’s Choir and the Select Choir as well as a member of the marching band and percussion ensemble. She is a section leader in the choirs and a member of the school’s music council.
For four years, Vicente has sung with the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus and sings in both the principal and chamber choruses. She was a member of the RICC group that performed for the 2014 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Baltimore and has performed with RICC in concert with the Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She intends to study music education in college and to become a teacher.
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 longtime 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.
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.
2015-16 Providence Singers Performances
- Signature Works: Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi | November 7-8, 2015
J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140 (“Wachet Auf”); W.A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass; and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria.
- G.F. Handel: Messiah | December 12, 2015
Christine Noel conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence Singers, and soloists in the ninth annual December performance of Handel’s masterwork, part of the city’s holiday performance tradition.
- The British Are Coming! | March 5-6, 2016
British Choral tradition from the 20th and 21st centuries: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi and others, including pieces commissioned for the wedding of HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton.
- Bernstein and Sondheim | April 16-17, 2016
Music composed for the musical theater and concert hall by two giants of modern American composition.
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 | May 6-7, 2016
The Ninth Symphony has marked so many historic events that the United Nations added Beethoven’s autograph to its Memory of the World Programme Heritage list, the first musical composition so honored. The Providence Singers will join the Philharmonic for two performances: Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, 2016.
For tickets, visit www.providencesingers.org or call 401-751-5700.