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Providence Journal
15 December 2019
(Handel Messiah)



10 October 2018
For Immediate Release

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Providence Singers announces Fassett Fellows for the 2018-19 season

Providence Singers members Dylan Bowden, Kristin Choiniere, Cecily Rea, and Jordan Sousa have been selected as Fassett Fellows for the 2018-19 season. The Fassett Fellowships were created in honor of former Artistic Director Charles K. Fassett to identify, recruit, and support talented young choral singers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Artistic Director Christine Noel recently introduced the Providence Singers Fassett Fellows for the 2018-19: Dylan Bowden, Kristin Choiniere, Cecily Rea, and Jordan Sousa. All of this year’s Fassett Fellows received early choral training in the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus (RICC).

Established in 1995, the Fassett Fellowships honor the late Charles K. Fassett, who served the Providence Singers as artistic director for 21 years. Fellowships are awarded to high school or college students or to recent college graduates who have excelled in choral organizations and wish to continue their musical interests. Candidates must be admitted to membership in the Providence Singers through the regular audition process. The Fassett Fellows receive special designation in concert programs and the Fassett Fund pays their Singers fees for the year.

Bass Dylan Bowden is a freshman at Rhode Island College in Providence, double majoring in musical theatre and speech, language, and hearing science. Since he was 7 years old, Bowden has studied accordion and performed in multiple venues, including churches, nursing homes, and competitive settings. He has also appeared in several theatrical productions, including Stadium Theatre’s award winning The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In addition to his years in the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus High School Honor Choir, Dylan participated in the 2017 Young Men’s Choral Festival led by Rollo Dilworth, the Junior Providence Singers under Paulette LaParle, the Pilgrim Chorale under Jacqueline Soares, and the 2018 RIMEA All-State Mixed Chorus led by Wendy Moy.

Soprano Kristen Choiniere is a senior at East Greenwich High School. She has been singing her whole life, joining her school’s choir in third grade and continuing her singing throughout middle school. She now helps lead a student-run chorus at her high school. Kristen, a member of the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus Chamber and Honor Choirs, had the opportunity to sing with the Cape Town Youth Choir from South Africa in 2017. She plays viola in her school’s orchestra and plans to audition for the All-State choir this fall.

Soprano Cecily Rea, a senior at Barrington High School, has been singing all her life. She has been a part of the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus for seven years in the Honor and Chamber Choirs. She is also a part of her school’s select Choral Ensemble and has been selected for All State choirs for the last five years. Cecily also plays alto saxophone and is a part of her school’s Jazz Ensemble.

Tenor Jordan Sousa currently attends the Community College of Rhode Island and will transfer to the University of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College for a degree in fine arts with a concentration in music. After three seasons as a member of the Rhode Island Children Chorus and an appearance with the South African Youth Chorus, he remains with the Children’s Chorus as a tenor mentor. Jordan has been in school choruses since the fourth grade and continues at the Community College of Rhode Island in the Chamber Singers, led by Joseph J. Amante y Zapata.

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 needed to be more strongly supported, including increased levels of choral music appreciation for performers and audience. The Fassett Fellows program identifies highly talented young singers 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 Orchestra. 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 the New Bedford Symphony.

Michael Galib, assistant conductor, and John Black, 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.

Concert information and tickets for the current season are available at providencesingers.org or by calling the Providence Singers office at 401-751-5700.