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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 2018: T.J. Harper, clinician

TJ HarperT.J. Harper is associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Providence College, where he also chairs the Department of Music.

Harper has been honored for his teaching at all levels. Early in his career, he taught music at the middle school and high school level in in the California public school system. At Providence College he was named Teacher of the Year in 2015 and has received the Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award. He conducts three choral ensembles on campus: I Cantori, the Concert Chorale, and the Oriana Women’s Choir. He has also served as music director of the Junior Providence Singers.

Harper received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with honors from the University of Southern California. He serves as guest conductor, clinician, and jury member in the United States and internationally and is a strong advocate for undergraduate music education and for choral music in public schools and institutions of higher education.

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 26, 2018, from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • The location: Rhode Island College, Nazarian Center for the Arts/Sapinsley Hall (directions)
  • How to register for the YMCF: Download the flyer/registration form, fill it out, and send it in. We can also handle walk-ons on a space-available basis on January 26, but it’s better (and cheaper) to register in advance.
  • You have questions? Call Heather Bryant in the Providence Singers office at 401-751-5700.