Classes starting in January!

img_0022-1We intended on writing separate posts for each class starting up in the January/spring semester, but our current production of “Mary Poppins” has made it difficult to do anything else! Instead, we will group similar classes together. In these posts, we will get to know the teacher and take an in-depth look at what is being offered. Many classes are filling quickly, so register soon!




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This year, we are offering three levels in the Sing Out arena:







Laura Jenkins

Laura Jenkins

All three will be taught by Laura Jenkins, with an intern assistant directing the youngest class. Laura Jenkins holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music, Voice Performance, from the University of Massachusetts.  A classically trained soprano, Laura has appeared in a variety of venues and genres throughout Western Massachusetts and the Providence, RI area, including recital, oratorio, operetta and musical theatre/cabaret settings.  She has been a featured soloist with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Keene Chorale, Arcadia Players and Quinnebaug Singers.  She has also been a regular performer for the Tuesday Morning Music Club and Wistariahurst Museum Recital Series in Springfield, MA.  Laura has also taught voice as an instructor at the Springfield Community Music School for ten years, as well as running a private studio out of her home for over twenty years.  As a director, Laura was music director at West Springfield Covenant Community church for many years, coordinating and leading music worship as well as conducting both adult and children’s choirs.  Here in Providence she has appeared with the Providence Singers both as a chorister and soloist, and serves on the music team at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Laura is skilled at encouraging beginner voices while challenging more experienced singers, and the warm and welcoming atmosphere fosters a comfortable environment for students to discover their voices.





High Notes Children’s Choir

In this fun class, students will explore music by learning how to sing in a chorus. Using singing experiences through imitation, their training will include developing vocal skills, musicianship and sight singing skills, rhythm, and harmony. This year’s class will be woven into our Junior Production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which will be performed on Saturday, April 8, 2017 @2:00pm. Led by Laura Jenkins and a team of experienced interns, “High Notes” will be a class they won’t stop talking about.



High Notes Junior: Ages 4-8

10625018_10205974159694119_5333395405999713290_nThis fun, interactive class will offer young singers preparatory skills for a variety of musical endeavors.  This introductory level class will teach elementary musical and vocal skills through a combination of music, movement and fun activities.  Children will be encouraged to explore their voices and innate musicality in an emotionally safe, integrated learning environment that encourages self-expression and enjoying the gift of music.  Students will perform onstage with the Spring Junior Production, as well as host an in-class performance for friends and family.



High Notes Advanced: Ages 9-14

This intermediate level choir will give students the opportunity to grow and develop more advanced musical and vocal skills in a true choral setting.  No music reading skills are required for this class.  Students will enjoy learning to sing more challenging, yet age appropriate music, including learning to harmonize.  Students will perform onstage with the Spring Junior Production, as well as host an in-class performance for friends and family.


Schedule for Both High Notes classes:

  • MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, January 5 @12:00
  • Thursdays, Jan 12- April 6 (12 weeks)* @1:45-2:45 (High Notes) and 2:45-3:30 (High Notes, Jr)
  • Dress Rehearsal is April 6 (which will be the class time that day); Production is Saturday, April 8
  • *no class February or April vacation, except if needed as a snow make-up


For cost and to register, click here!


Intro to Vocal Technique for ages 13-18

This class will introduce the fundamentals of good vocal production in an encouraging and safe group environment.  Focus will be on learning and establishing the foundations of healthy singing and vocal care.  Students will learn the basics of posture, breathing, vocalizing, diction, vowel formation and how to apply their techniques to repertoire.

This class is part of the High School Credit Track! For more information, click here!

  • MANDATORY OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, January 5 @12:00
  • Thursdays, Jan 12- Mar 9 (8 weeks)* @12:30-1:30
  • *No Classes over February vacation, unless a snow make-up day is needed

For cost and to register, click here!


14976779_1232435993497325_3780050366578392321_oWhile we have you here: Do you have your tickets yet? “Mary Poppins” is our biggest musical yet, and it takes the stage on November 18+19, 2016. Just the thing to kick off the holiday season after a tough election season. Let this heartwarming tale remind you that Anything Can Happen if you let it. Full of amazing special effects, costumes, and a tremendously talented homeschooled cast, it’s worth the trip to the gorgeous theatre in Pawtucket. Click on “Now Playing” for tickets!



Jen Roca for all of us at AWIP

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