Our first online season
Providence Singers invites the public to online vocal workshops
Members of the Providence Singers are rehearsing via Zoom this season and have access to additional online vocal workshops, composer interviews and other features. Five workshops are open to the public for a nominal fee in February, March, and April.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Singers, a 100-voice concert choir led by Artistic Director Christine Noel, will host its second series of online workshops this season. The workshops will cover a range of topics of particular interest to singers everywhere, including vocal health, choral technique, lifelong care of the voice, and vocal production, as well as a presentation by an internationally known composer.
The entire workshop series, offered to Providence Singers members as part of the 2020-21 online season, is also available to the general public for a nominal fee. Registration, additional information, and access to the Zoom sessions are available at the Singers registration site.
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The five scheduled workshops:
6 p.m. Sunday, February 21
Elizabeth Eschen: Vocal Technique for Choral Singers
Boston-based mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Eschen teaches voice at Harvard University, Radcliffe College, and Gordon College. Choral music is a primary focus of her singing career, both as a soloist in oratorio, and as a member of vocal ensembles such as Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, Manhattan Chorale, and the Lorelei Ensemble.
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Steven West: Singing Through the Decades
Stephen West has a long and distinguished career as professor of music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Many of his graduated students are enjoying success in opera and musical theatre, and his music education graduates are teaching at major universities. West’s workshop will focus on healthy vocal techniques to sustain decades of singing, with special emphasis on older singers.
7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9
Lauren Schiff: The Alexander Technique
Lauren Schiff has been a full-time professor of the Alexander Technique at The Juilliard School since 1993, working with singers and instrumentalists at all levels. A former professional trumpet player, she is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Music and has a Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music.
1 p.m. Sunday, April 11
Ēriks Ešenvalds: The Time Has Come
Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. A popular public speaker, he often leads workshops on his music, including his TED talk “The Northern Lights.” The Singers will prepare a “virtual choir” performance of The Time Has Come, Ešenvalds’ setting of an excerpt of Nelson Mandela’s inaugural address as president of the Republic of South Africa.
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27
Kevin Deas: Vocal Masterclass
Kevin Deas has gained international renown as one of America’s leading bass-baritones. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess. His twenty-year collaboration with late jazz legend Dave Brubeck has taken him to Salzburg, Vienna and Moscow in performances of To Hope! He has performed Brubeck’s Gates of Justice in New York and at the Newport Jazz Festival, where he shared the stage with the Providence Singers. In addition to his solo and recording career, he is on the performance faculty of the Princeton University School of Music.