For over 50 years, the Providence Singers has been an auditioned choir of dedicated singers who enjoy singing challenging, interesting music.
Our seasons typically offer a wide range of music, from choral masterworks to music we have just commissioned. Performances include guest appearances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, both for an annual Messiah and for one of the Philharmonic's classical subscription concerts.
We're looking for experienced choral singers who can:
read and interpret a musical score, including notes, dynamics, and other markings;
sing expressively, in tune, and with a tone quality appropriate to choral music;
prepare music prior to each rehearsal;
sing all concerts in every season.
When and where
Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 7:15-10:00, at the RI Philharmonic & Music School (Carter Center) at 667 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, with additional rehearsals on concert weeks at the performance venues.
Member fees are $150 for the season. Payment plans and scholarships are available; please email us for more information. Members purchase their own music. The cost varies from concert to concert, with an average of approximately $25 per concert cycle.
What an audition is like
Auditions are short, low-stress, and encouraging. You will be asked to:
Vocalize to show your range and intonation;
Sight-read a short choral excerpt with accompaniment;
Please prepare "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Messiah through the end of your first melisma on the word "born. Here's a link to the music.
Please prepare an art song, an aria, or a choral piece (maximum three minutes) that shows your ability to sing with a relaxed, warm tone quality that would be conducive to blending with other voices (minimal vibrato, no edge to the sound.) Please, no hymns. Memorization is not required, but please bring a copy for the accompanist. Select something you enjoy and are comfortable singing.
How to start the process
Please fill in and submit the form below. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours, or if you have have questions, either call the office (401-751-5700) or send an email.