Junior Providence Singers
Junior Providence Singers (JPS) is a choral training and performance program for high school singers in southern New England, a collaborative program with the Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. JPS is a multiweek summer program offering a healthy approach to singing choral music. Members connect with other singers at weekly rehearsals, expand their vocal and musical skills together, and finish their program with a concert of innovative choral repertoire — music from three centuries to three minutes ago.
JPS welcomes singers who want to supplement their high school chorus instruction, instrumental students looking to “cross-train” in another musical discipline, and singers whose high schools do not currently offer choral education. No audition is necessary, but a teacher recommendation is required.
Paulette LaParle, the JPS music director, will lead two sessions a week — Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 9 p.m., beginning July 18 and ending August 15 with a public concert. All JPS students will explore:
- Enhanced vocal technique in a classical choral setting
- Development of musicianship skills
- Ear training and sight-reading music
- Solo opportunities
The program will also offer in-depth workshops including:
- Techniques for preparing an audition
- A master class in vocal technique (MP3 audition required)
- A study of stage dynamics and onstage presence
- Arranging vocal compositions
Barrington High School
220 Lincoln Avenue
Barrington, RI 02806
Tuition for the five-week session is $250. Payment plans are available and there are some need-based scholarships as well (applications for financial aid must be received by July 1). Refunds are available until July 15.