East Providence teacher Rappa leads Providence Singers festival finale

Martin Middle School music instructor serves as clinician for event

Posted 1/23/20

PROVIDENCE — District teacher Rob Rappa, once a tenor, tenor section leader and member of the Providence Singers Board of Trustees, returns to the organization  as clinician for the …

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East Providence teacher Rappa leads Providence Singers festival finale

Martin Middle School music instructor serves as clinician for event

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PROVIDENCE — District teacher Rob Rappa, once a tenor, tenor section leader and member of the Providence Singers Board of Trustees, returns to the organization  as clinician for the Singers 2020 Young Men’s Choral Festival.

Since 1999, Mr. Rappa has been choral director at the Edward R. Martin Middle School in in city. His choruses have won honors at state and regional festivals and are regarded as among the highest performing groups in the state.

According to a press release from the organization, Mr. Rappa “has been an effective and tireless advocate for choral education, recently serving as president of the Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA) and the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (RI-ACDA). His classroom has been open to student teachers and collegiate practicum classes, helping to train the next generation of music educators, and he has traveled to Washington several times in recent years to advocate and lobby for music education issues.”

Mr. Rappa also oversees the RIMEA All-State vocal auditions at both junior and senior levels. He has been a guest conductor of the Rhode Island College Men’s Choir, the Rhode Island Jr. All-State Honor Choir, and the Junior Providence Singers Treble Chorus, and has planned, presented and served as a clinician for many workshops around New England.

As 2020 clinician, Mr. Rappa’s involvement with the Young Men’s Choral Festival comes full circle: He attended and performed with the first YMCF in 2009.

The festival takes place all day Friday, Jan. 24, ending with a 7 p.m. concert, free and open to the public in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College in Providence.

For more information visit https://providencesingers.com/young-mens-choral-festival.

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