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Why I sing

Mel Shelly | Tenor Emeritus
When God decided to become spiritual, she didn’t want to be alone, so she divided her best songs into many parts and spread them across the world. Every now and then, through some mysterious, transcendent serendipity, some of those remarkable pieces of her song come together when we assemble. Usually in rehearsal. Who would not want to be a part of this?


Philharmonic, Providence Singers strike the right balance in Messiah
“Those who look to Handel’s majestic Messiah as their holiday staple were in for a real treat Saturday night, when the Rhode Island Philharmonic teamed with the Providence Singers for a memorable performance of this timeless classic at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.”   — Channing Gray/The Providence Journal

Our fourth recording
Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living

Requiem for the Living, performed November 2014, was the Providence Singers’ first encounter with the music of Dan Forrest. In performance, the work proved unexpectedly powerful for singers and audience alike — so much so that it became our fourth commercial studio recording.

The CD package, with text and performance notes, is available now:

  • securely online through PayPal (use your credit card or PayPal account)
  • from a Singer you may know (check our roster)
  • at any Providence Singers concert this season

Individual tracks are available for download at CD Baby.

Our next performance  

Of Sea and Sky  |  Saturday, March 10, in Cranston; Sunday, March 11, in Bristol
Day, night, moon, sky, autumn, clouds, tempests, waves, sunrise, lakes — the Providence Singers celebrates the majesty of the natural world and the music it has inspired from Johannes Brahms in 1884 through Jake Runestad in 2015. We will sing of Leonardo da Vinci’s fascination with flight (Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine) and offer a concert version of the U.S. Navy Hymn, “... for those in peril on the sea.”
Program details  |  Get tickets

Still to come this season

  • Opera Choruses  Saturday, May 19, on the 17th floor of the Biltmore Hotel
    Our spring concert will be a glorious journey through the world of opera, done up in fine formal style as a gala concert to benefit choral education and performance. Count on it: Giuseppe Verdi’s creations will be there for sure, with contributions from Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, and a number of their talented friends.
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Coming in January:
T.J. Harper to lead 2018 Young Men’s Choral Festival

Yes, Real Men Sing!® — and they get better at it every year. Providence College’s T.J. Harper, an internationally respected choral educator and conductor, joins us as choral clinician.

The YMCF is a single, jam-packed day of music, camaraderie, pizza, and performance for choral young men in grades eight through twelve — with continuing education opportunities for choral educators and conductors. Friday, January 26, 2018, from 1 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Rhode Island College.   More about YMCF  |  Registration Form

Recordings of the Providence Singers

Dan Forrest: Requiem for the Living
Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living proved to be a powerful work in performance for both singers and listeners. He wrote it in 2013. The Providence Singers performed it in November 2014, together with three Bach motets. Little more than two years after the concert, the Singers had finished its initial Kickstarter campaign, raised additional funds, and booked a recording session at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The CD was released December 5, 2017. More ...

Lou Harrison: La Koro Sutro
Our friends at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and brought Lou Harrison’s music to market. BMOP paired the Singers’ recording of La Koro Sutro with Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan to make an extraordinary CD, released in July 2014. Program Notes  |  Read the Globe’s review

Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale
Jonah was a difficult prophet. He tried to wriggle out of divine assignments and whined loudly enough to annoy even God. Dominick Argento used medieval poetry, the Book of Jonah and other sources to prepare the libretto for this composition. More ...

Lukas Foss: The Prairie
Lukas Foss fled Nazi Germany with his family – first to Paris in 1933 and then to the United States in 1937. He was 15 when he arrived in Philadelphia to begin his studies at the Curtis Institute. Foss embraced his new homeland – “... as a boy of 15, I fell in love with America,” he said – becoming a U.S. citizen in 1942. He found Carl Sandburg’s poem when he was 19 and began almost immediately to set it to music, adapting it himself without a librettist. The Singers loved it as well. More ...