Winners will perform with the Chorale and a professional orchestra
The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, Rhode Island’s oldest continuing community choral ensemble, proudly announces its fourth annual COLLEGIATE VOCAL SOLO COMPETITION taking place in January. Four winners in the categories of Soprano, Mezzo-soprano (or Alto), Tenor and Baritone (or Bass) will appear as soloists with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra in its March 3, 2012 concert.
The work on the program that will include the winning soloists is Bach’s Mass in G-Major. In addition to the opportunity to perform with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and the group’s professional orchestra, and to receive the publicity prior to the performance, each soloist will be awarded $200.
“Last year’s contest brought out excellent musicians” says Dr. Edward Markward, conductor and music director of the Chorale, “And the winners were outstanding in concert. The success of this competition led us to expand it to include students at colleges in Connecticut and Massachusetts.”
Judges for the competition are three of New England’s most respected singers who have appeared on numerous occasions as soloists with the Chorale.
The competition will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2012 between 2:00-6:00 p.m. in Providence College’s Ryan Concert Hall in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Providence, RI. Each entrant should be prepared to sing an aria or art song of his/her choice. An accompanist will be provided.
Contestants must be enrolled as students at any institution of higher education in Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts and must be recommended by a teacher at their schools. The recommendation is indicated simply by a signature on the application form.
Upon receipt of the application, the entrant will be assigned an audition time. A $25 entry fee in the form of a check made payable to RICCO should accompany the application form, which must be submitted to RICCO by January 13, 2012. Additional application forms can be obtained from our web site at: www.ricco.org.
The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra was established in 1957 and consists of approximately 80 men and women from 27 different towns in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. The orchestra that accompanies the chorale is made up of professional musicians, including members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Soloists who perform with the chorale are highly respected professionals in the world of opera and classical music. The Chorale strives to ensure a growing and vibrant arts culture through participation, outreach, education, and advocacy.
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