“The fine Providence Singers dispatched [the Esperanto text] on lovely rivers of pentatonic melody”
The Boston Globe
15 November 2009
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015
For Immediate Release

Contact: MJ Daly
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Collette Royer named communications director of the Providence Singers

Collette Royer, a former merchandizing, marketing, and regional store manager for Donna Karan International, has been named communications director of the Providence Singers. Royer begins her work today as the Singers begins its 2015-16 season. She succeeds Jenica Reed.

Collette Royer
Collette Royer
Newly appointed communications director of the Providence Singers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Singers has appointed Collette Royer, a former merchandizing, marketing, and regional store manager for Donna Karan International, as its director of communications. Royer begins her work with the Singers today, as the group starts rehearsals for the first concert of its 2015-16 season.

“Collette’s strong background in marketing, communications, and event management will help support the Singers’ performance and educational mission,” said MJ Daly, the Singers executive director, to whom Royer will report. “She has used her expertise effectively as a volunteer for several arts organizations in Boston and New York.”

Royer is a native of San Diego, where she studied astronomy at San Diego City College and at the University of California–San Diego. She began her career as an account executive for Castle Advertising, a boutique advertising agency in San Diego, before entering the fashion business.

She began working at Nordstrom in 1991, where she was a regional buyer, and has worked at Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani USA, and Donna Karan International, where she was a regional manager.

In addition to her sales and merchandising experience, she was also responsible for planning and execution of marketing events and fashion shows and has participated in fund-raising initiatives for charity and art organizations in Dallas, Boston, and New York. She served as a member of the Sapphire Necklace Gala committee for the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art from 2004 to 2008.

In 2012, Royer began a sabbatical year of travel that took her to Southeast Asia, Australia, and Europe for informal exploration of art and cultural history. On her return to the United States, she settled in Providence, where she intends to help advance the city and state’s art and cultural renaissance.

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 44th Season

  • 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.