The Junior Providence Singers is a summertime
vocal and choral enrichment program
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Meet the staff for the 2018 JPS

Paulette LaParle

Music Director Paulette LaParle joined the Barrington High School faculty in 1981, where she initiated the Choral Ensemble, an award-winning choir, and the Electronic Music course, a state-of-the-art technology class. As an active member of the Rhode Island Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association, Paulette served as choral manager for the Junior and Senior All-State Festivals and state chair for Tri-M, the music honors society formerly known as Modern Music Masters. She received the Olmsted Prize for Superior Teaching from Williams College in 2005 and Barrington Public School’s Nominee for National Teacher of the Year 2006. She was a semifinalist for honors as Rhode Island Teacher of the Year 2006 and was named to the 2011 Rhode Island College Alumni Honor Roll. She has also conducted the University Chorus at the University of Rhode Island. Paulette is currently an adjunct music professor at Rhode Island College and Providence College.

Accompanist Victoria Lambrozo studied music in Ukraine at Mariupol Music College and received her master’s degree in piano from Odessa Conservatory of Music in 1994. She has performed extensively in the United States and Ukraine, both as a soloist and an accompanist, and teaches piano in her Barrington studio.

Gabe Alfieri

Gabe Alfieri has appeared as soloist with orchestras and choral ensembles across southern New England. He has been heard in recital at the Newport Music Festival, at Steinway Hall in New York City, on the Steinway-Haus International Recital Series in Vienna, Austria, and elsewhere. He appears regularly with the Boston-based jazz band Green Street Cabaret. His theatrical credits include engagements with Opera Providence, New England Light Opera, and the Trinity Repertory Company. He has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, Providence College, and several other schools in the Boston-Providence area.

Roberta Janelle Bishop

Roberta Janelle Bishop is a native of Rhode Island and a graduate of The Hartt School of Music. She has performed with Boston Academy of Music and the Boston Lyric, Salisbury Lyric, Ocean State Lyric, and Longwood Opera Companies. Her roles include Anežka in Smetana’s Two Widows, Smeton in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Frugola in Puccini’s Il Tabarro. Roberta has also been featured soloist with the Newton Symphony, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Fine Arts Chorale, the Waterbury Chorale, and the Providence Singers. Roberta chairs the voice department at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and is an adjunct professor of voice at Salve Regina University.

Dania Hadi is a graduate of Rhode Island College, majoring in vocal performance. A Rhode Island native, Dania performs regularly as a soloist and is an accomplished arrange. As an undergraduate student at RIC, she began the first music department a cappella group and arranged all its performance pieces, adding body percussion or other elements as needed. She has worked with JPS for several years as an instructor and section leader.

Lara Hakeem

Lara Hakeem has three decades of performing, teaching, and directing to her credit, from summer stock to national tours to the New England circuit. She is Artistic Director for COAAST (Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together) and is currently in private practice, training students for presentations ranging from acting to public speaking, interviewing and more. Lara’s recent roles include Bette in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sylvia in Sylvia, and Vanda in Venus in Fur. Recently she directed Buyer and Cellar, This, The Other Place, and several touring productions related to the addiction crisis through COAAST.