Music, Arts & Performance
A Cappella Club / Anaclastic / Art Club / Blackfriars Theatre / Cheerleaders / Concert Band / Dance Club /Dance Company / Dance Team / Friars Cell / Footprints Gospel Choir / Irish Dance Club /Jazz Band / Japanese Animation Club / PC Band / Special Guest / Stage Band / Strictly Speaking / PC Women's Chorus / Concert Chorale / I Cantori / Orchestra / Liturgical Choir
A Cappella Club
The Providence College A Capella Club consists of three groups: Special Guest (all-male), Anaclastic (all-female), and Strictly Speaking (coed). Each year, in addition to their annual Fall, Spring, and Invitational concerts, the groups participate in over a hundred performances combined - from singing the National Anthem at Friars games at the Dunk, to Christmas carols at the annual tree lighting, to entertaining walkers at Relay for Life, and parents on Family Day. The three groups spend the year perfecting popular songs of varying genres and are known across campus for bringing memorable usic to everyone in the PC community.
MEETINGS: 3 times/week, 6 hours total, TBA at first meeting. Auditions for all groups will be held within the first few weeks (will be announced).
The focus of Art Club is to extend creativity and fun to the PC campus, as well as giving back to the Providence community as a whole. Art Club hosts weekly meetings focused on artistic projects and games. The club has become known for its popular PC Post Secret event where students anonymously mail their secrets for a campus exhibition. The club also hosts a student art show, drawing circle, attends a monthly gallery night in Providence, and encourages students to join in Art and Art History departmental events. The club most prides itself on its involvement with San Miguel school, where a weekly art club is held for the students ages 10-14.
The PC Cheerleaders promote spirit and sportsmanship at many athletic, alumni and school activities. We believe in developing well-rounded student-athletes. We encourage men and women interested in cheerleading to join us at our annual collegiate summer camp.
Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)
The PC chapter of CMENC is open to all music education majors. PCCMENC allows prospective music educators to network with and gain advice and teaching strategies from other music education majors and music educators throughout Rhode Island, the northeast, and even the national level through annual conferences and events held by the PC chapter or other university chapters. Smaller events are put on by the PC chapter to create a support system between underclassmen and upperclassmen as they advance through the major. Involvement of this group also includes annual registration with the National Group at www.menc.org.
Do you love music? Do you love to sing? Did you sing in choirs throughout your life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Concert Chorale is the group for you! Concert Chorale is PC's largest mixed chorus, open to all students with or without choral experience. A wide variety of repertoire is chosen for at least two concerts a semester. Concert Chorale also serves as one of PC's touring ensembles, traveling to Russia in years past, and in May 2011, Rome and Malta. Concert Chorale is also considered a course, with 0.5 credits earned a semester. Singing evaluation is required with Dr. Harper during the first week of classes.
Rehearse 2.5 hours a week. This band performs serious concert music for wind and percussion including works of the great British and American band composers of the Twentieth Century as well as orchestral transcriptions from the earlier style periods of music. Students will rehearse regularly and perform in concert each semester. Rehearsals will include ensemble development and stylistic performance appropriate to the pieces being performed. Open to all students with a prior instrumental background.
Dance Club is a student run, student choreographed club. Its mission is to extend the art of dance to the entire PC community. No experience is necessary and any PC student is welcome to join. Dance Club offers all styles of dance including, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and others.
The PC Dance Company has about 25 members and holds auditions each fall at the beginning of the semester. Dance Company members typically dance about 6-8 hours each week, mostly in the evenings. There is a mandatory Company class once each week, and rehearsals throughout the semester. Choreography is done by faculty, guest artists, and students. Athough the predominant style of the Company is modern dance, both jazz dance and ballet are also important. Company class is taught by faculty and guest artists, in order to expose students to a range of styles and teaching approaches.
The Providence College Dance Team performs at men's and women's home basketball games and at Midnight Madness. The team also attends a number of hockey games, as well as other PC and community activities. The squad choreographs their own dances and works together to entertain the fans and serve as role models for the PC community.
Footprints Gospel Choir
The mission of Footprints Gospel Choir at Providence College is to uplift, encourage, and enlighten others about the power of the Holy Spirit through the form of music. The choir performs a variety of genres including contemporary gospel, hymns, and spirituals. A guiding principle of the group is to provide an alternative form of praise through energized and interactive concerts, fundraisers, and benefit performances. We believe that with the inspiration of God and the catalyst of song, we all can grow closer to Christ through the creation of a loving fellowship.
An ensemble designed to enhance the reading development and performance of guitar and electric bass players. Styles of music covered will be dependent on students' declared concentrations. Required for all music majors and minors for whom guitar or electric bass is the major instrument. Open to all guitarists and electric bassists by audition or permission of instructor.
This small, auditioned mixed chorus is Providence College's premier choral ensemble, used both on and off campus when ambassadors of quality music are needed. This group performs a wide assortment of exciting music, both sacred and secular literature that represents a span of nearly 600 years in choral singing. This ensemble has performed in venues ranging from St. Petersburg, Russia to New York City. I Cantori is typically comprised of music majors and minors, although all are invited to audition the first week in September.
Irish Dance Club
Initiated in 2005, the the club continues to grow. In its first two years, the club has approximately 30 members, and over 60 students have participated in events and practices. The club encourages new members to join!
This group performs jazz from the modern jazz period, swing era, bebop era, and other style periods of jazz. Students will be given experiences in stylistic performance of large and small group jazz. Instrumentalists interested in jazz who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or a rhythm section instrument are encouraged to enroll. Other instrumentalists and singers should consult the instructor before enrolling. Students will rehearse regularly and perform each semester. Placement by group audition.
Japanese Animation Club
This group performs for athletic and college events and community service performances. Music performed includes popular, jazz, rock, concert, seasonal, and other styles appropriate to these situations. Rehearsals focus on achieving accurate intonation, balance, blend, and other aspects of exemplary ensemble performance. All students with an instrumental background are welcome, placement is by the director. Regular attendance at all rehearsals and all performances is expected.
Special Guest is PC's first and only all-male a cappella group. A member of the A Cappella Club, we are continuing to grow. Special Guest has become one of the most respected a cappella groups in the Providence area. We give approximately 100 performances on and off campus every year. From the National Championships of Collegiate A Capella, to concerts in McPhail's, to the TDBank Garden in Boston, we are known for our fun, off-beat style and our eclectic repertoire of popular and contemporary music.
Just under three years old, Strictly Speaking has come a long way since its inception. Our goal is to develop our technical skills as well as gain a larger fan base. We participate in all of the A Cappella Club events, as well as other independent events.
PC Women's Chorus
This non-auditioned chorus will meet twice a week and serve as an introduction to choral singing for the beginner as well as serving the more experienced singer interested in examining a variety of musical styles.
This small auditioned mixed chorus is Providence College’s premiere choral ensemble, used both on and off campus when ambassadors of quality music are needed. Members are drawn from the Concert Chorale, allowing this group to be showcased on tours. This group performs a wide assortment of sacred and secular literature appropriate for the chamber ensemble.
This ensemble incorporates musicians who play an orchestral instrument. Previous experience with a string instrument is required. The ensemble rehearses one-and-a-half hours twice a week and will explore a wide range of repertoire for orchestra from Baroque to contemporary music. The orchestra will also perform in concerts sponsored by the Music Department during each semester of the academic year.
Liturgical Choir is the group of students that sing at the liturgies. There are no auditions. The choir is open to anyone who has the desire to sing for God.