About Us

 

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Our mission

The Providence Singers presents choral performances of distinction to connect singers, listeners, performers, and composers in creative exploration of the choral art. It performs diverse choral works to preserve the choral tradition and extends that tradition by commissioning and performing new compositions. Through its concerts and recordings, and by fostering the musical growth of its membership and young singers, it sparks creative connections that nurture lifelong choral singing and civic engagement.

Our vision

The Providence Singers champions choral singing, innovation and public engagement. It will be a cultural resource that offers performances of consistently high artistic achievement, educational programs that expand enjoyment and participation, and recordings that bring choral music to wider audiences. 

Our values

Excellence

We value and strive for excellence in all our artistic and organizational endeavors.

Engagement

We value dynamic and responsive engagement with our audience, singers, other arts organizations, and members of our community.

Education
We value education of our members, audience, and young singers.

Innovation
We value expanding the choral art form through performance and commissions of new choral music, and by identifying new ways to engage our community in choral music.

Staff

Christine Noel was appointed artistic director in 2013. She has led the Providence Singers through world premieres, commissions, and the organization's fourth commercial recording — Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. She holds a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. Noel is the founder and artistic director of the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus and is an active guest conductor and clinician.

John Black is the Singers’ assistant conductor and pianist. Black is director of music at Greenwood Church, where he founded and conducts the 50-voice Greenwood Concert Choir. He is working toward the Master of Sacred Music degree in organ at Boston University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and music education (respectively) from Rhode Island College. 

Elaine Cunningham accepted the role of executive director in December 2018, serving as the chief executive officer of the organization. She is a former music educator and a New York Times best-selling writer.

 

Governance

The Providence Singers is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of 14-18 trustees who serve staggered three-year terms. In addition, the artistic director and executive director serve as non-voting ex officio members of the Board. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction, planning, and financial health of the organization and for assuring that the Providence Singers fulfills its musical and artistic mission.