Two RIC students win soloist competition

Dania Hadi

Kristina Marsland
RIC seniors Dania Hadi and Kristina Marsland were among the four winners of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra’s second annual Collegiate Vocal Solo Competition.

Hadi, a soprano, is a student of Teresa Coffman, professor of music and leader of the RIC choral program.

Marsland, a mezzo-soprano, is a student of Edward Markward, professor of music and director of the college’s Symphony Orchestra.

Antonio Rodrigues (tenor), a freshman at the Community College of Rhode Island, and Heath Mayo (baritone), a freshman at Brown University, were also competition winners.

“This year’s entrants were outstanding and demonstrate the depth of musical talent that Rhode Island’s colleges, universities and community colleges have the pleasure of training,” said Markward, artistic director of the Civic Chorale & Orchestra.

The four will perform Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C Major, KV220 (“Spatzenmesse”) with the chorale and a 23-piece orchestra in a concert on March 20 at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.

The concert program will also include Charles Ives’ “General William Booth Enters into Heaven,” Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine,” Pachelbel’s “Nun danket alle Gott,” and the premiere of contemporary composer Michael DeQuattro’s “With One Voice,” commissioned by the chorale.

The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, established in 1957, is comprised of approximately 90 men and women from Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. The orchestra consists of local professional musicians, including many members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. The chorale presents at least three concerts of major choral works a year.

For tickets to the March 20 concert, call (401) 521-5670 or email