The Frequently Asked Questions
Who are we?
We’re a different group every year. We don’t know the roster until we start rehearsals for the concert season, but we do know this:
- We are high school students drawn from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts.
- There will be somewhere between 40 and 60 of us, chosen through audition.
- We really like to sing, and we’re pretty good at it. (Auditions are competitive, yes, but they’re not at all stressful. You’ll probably enjoy them whether you join the Junior Singers or not.)
What do we do?
We rehearse at the Carter Center Wednesdays from 6:15 to 9 p.m., preparing music that we perform in concert. We do high-quality choral music, from early Renaissance to stuff that’s not even written yet. This fall, we’ll start rehearsals on Wednesday, September 7, and present our own concert in November. In past seasons, we’ve performed with Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Providence Singers, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. And, um, yes it’s true: We have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Who leads us?
Paulette LaParle, our music director, is a specialist in choral conducting and music education for high school students. She was the choral arts instructor at Barrington High School for more than 30 years and has conducted the University Chorus at the University of Rhode Island.
Victoria Lambrozo, a really great pianist, is our accompanist. She studied music in Ukraine at Mariupol Music College and received her master's degree in piano from Odessa Conservatory of Music (class of 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.
What does it cost?
Tuition for the program is $250 for everything you’ll need, including music purchase or rental. Need-based scholarships are available for all qualified students with demonstrated financial hardship. You can contact the office for information about scholarships.
Do I need to be good at reading music?
The JPS is mostly interested in what your voice sounds like — how high, how low — and your musical aptitude, like whether you can match a pitch. The audition is about 10 minutes long and includes some basic sight-reading for placement purposes, but sight-reading ability will not be the deciding factor in your audition.
How do people sign up?
Auditions will be held at the Carter Center on Wednesday, August 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. or by appointment. Making an appointment is as easy as calling the office at 401-751-5700 or sending some e-mail. This is also your best source of information about the program, rehearsal schedules, fees, and scholarships. Ask anyone who’s done it: You’ll learn a lot, meet some great kids, and you won’t soon forget the experience of performing in a major choral arts venue.
The Junior Providence Singers
667 Waterman Avenue
East Providence RI 02914
How is all this possible?
We have two great organizations behind us to provide artistic and organizational support: The Providence Singers and The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. It’s an amazing collaboration.