“But the work really popped with the entrance of the Singers in the ‘Ode to Joy’ finale. At that point there were about 200 musicians making a glorious noise on the Vets stage.”



Real men sing!
The Providence Singers Young Men’s Choral Festival

When did men stop singing in barbershops?

Ask almost any chorus director: “What’s your biggest recruitment challenge?” The almost automatic answer: “Finding enough men who sing, especially tenors.”

That should not be. Choral singing is a wonderfully accessible medium for amateur voices. Plug in at any level; a world of discovery and enrichment opens almost immediately.

Every year since the 2008-09 season, the Providence Singers has organized a day-long choral festival for young men. Led by outstanding choral clinicians — Harvard’s director of choral activities, a Grammy Award-winning conductor — and mentors from college choruses, the group learns good vocal technique, works its way through well-chosen music, and presents a concert at day’s end. There’s plenty of camaraderie, T-shirts, extra-large pizzas, and plain old fun along the way. Choral educators from middle schools and high schools are welcome to join us for professional development opportunities.

The Providence Singers joins with Rhode Island College to present the annual Young Men’s Choral Festival, with mentors and volunteers from Bishop Hendricken High School and Warwick Veterans Memorial High School.

YMCF for 2017: Rollo Dilworth, clinician

Rollo DilworthRollo Dilworth is an internationally respected music educator, conductor and composer. He frequently serves as a guest clinician/conductor for honors, festival, and all-state choirs throughout the United States and abroad, including more than 40 U.S. all-state choirs. In June 2016, he completed his term as chairman of the board of Chorus America, the foremost national organization providing support and advocacy for choral singing and education.

Dilworth is professor and chair of the Music Education Department at Temple University and the author of several textbooks on musical eduction and choral conducting. As a choral composer and arranger, he has more than 150 works currently in print.

The festival ends — how else? — with a 7 p.m. concert, free and open to the public. Mentors and guest ensembles will perform, and YMCF participants will present the results of their day’s work.

How to join us for the day

  • The date and time to put on your calendar: Friday, January 20, 2017, from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • The location: Rhode Island College, Nazarian Center for the Arts/Sapinsley Hall (directions)
  • You have questions? Call Collette Royer in the Providence Singers office at 401-751-5700.