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​PC Choral/Vocal Student Profile

Eliza Mandzik
Class: 2013
Major: Music and Political Science
Concentration: Voice

My experience in the Providence College Department of Music has been everything that I could ever hope for and more.  Coming from a classical voice background, it was very important to me that I find a program where I would be challenged and given ample opportunity to grow, as both a musician and a performer. As a student in the Music Department I have benefitted from involvement in such ensembles as Concert Chorale, Opera Workshop, and Musical Theater Workshop. Each of these groups has enabled me to explore and cultivate the skills necessitated by a unique genre of music, under the guidance of exemplary members of the Music faculty. Both the students and professors of the department are wonderfully supportive of one another and demonstrate a genuine commitment to growth and excellence, both individually and collectively. I am looking to study abroad in Vienna during the spring of my Junior year and the faculty has been more than willing to assist me in any and every way imaginable.
I have enjoyed more memorable moments this year than I could ever hope to recount, but the one that stands out most clearly to me is the performance of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass that, in many ways, made up the culmination of my Freshman year. To perform the mass, we combined the Concert Chorale and I Cantori with  Symphonic Winds, our orchestra. The combined energy of all three ensembles, each member pouring every ounce of their being into the music and allowing him or herself to be completely immersed in the sublime beauty of the moment, was an extremely powerful experience indicative of what makes the Providence College Department of Music magnificent - the readiness of its members to unite in order to elevate one another to the highest levels of musical achievement. It is a true delight and privilege to be a part of the Providence College Music Department and I look forward to the years and experiences to come.

Chelsea Kane
Class: 2013
Major: Music Education 
Concentration: Voice
I have participated in I Cantori, Concert Chorale, and the Oriana Womens Choir. I sing because it is an emotional connection between not only those you are singing with, but those in the audience you are singing to. Each piece we perform brings forth different emotions that maybe some of us never thought we could feel. Singing to me is a release of all the emotions we never feel and it is a unifying experience to be part of a choir whose members value the power of music just as much as I do. Performing together as a cohesive group is a powerful experience and being able to sing in the choirs at Providence College has allowed me to cherish every rehearsal and performance. In the past 3 years, I have had a few life changing experiences while singing with the PC choirs. Most recently, we collaborated with Brown University choir and orchestra and performed Beethoven 9 at Veteran's Memorial Hall in Providence. It was a thrilling experience working with such talented musicians and bringing the choirs of Providence together to sing an impressive and monumental piece of music, it is something I will never forget.

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