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Three RIC students winners of R.I. Civic Chorale’s vocal competition


Vocal solo winners Arielle Rogers, left, Samuel Brunner and Jacqueline Pina.
RIC students Jacqueline Pina, Arielle Rogers and Samuel Brunner were among the four winners of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra’s third annual Collegiate Vocal Solo Competition.

Pina, a soprano, and Brunner, a tenor, are senior voice students of Fredric Scheff; Rogers, a mezzo-soprano, is a sophomore voice student of Georgette Hutchins. Scheff and Hutchins are RIC adjunct faculty members.

The other winner was Tom Curry, a baritone who is a junior at Boston University,

“Hearing the excellent entrants of this contest is always a pleasure,” said Edward Markward, conductor and director of the Civic Chorale and Orchestra.

“It reminds us just how rich and varied the musical talent is at New England’s community colleges, colleges, and universities. We are grateful for the opportunity to perform with these artists near the starts of their careers,” added Markward, who is also a RIC music professor and conductor of the RIC Symphony Orchestra.

The students will perform as soloists with the Chorale and its orchestra in a concert of all-British compositions titled, “The British are Coming” on March 26. The work on the program that will include the winning soloists is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music.”

Other compositions on the program include Karl Jenkins’ “Requiem,” Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony,” and Vaughan Williams’ “Flos Campi,” which will feature Consuelo Sherba as viola soloist.

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, established in 1957, consists of approximately 90 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.

The concert will be performed at The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Providence. For tickets, call (401) 521-5670 or email info@ricco.org.