Christine Noel, DMA. Founder and Artistic Director
Christine Noel, co-founded the RI Children's Chorus in August, 2003. High teaching standards, musical excellence, and her love for mentoring youth provided the foundation for its development into an award-winning children's chorus, which now comprises six performance ensembles, serving children ages 7-18 years. Dr. Noel has conducted RICC at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Providence, and at the 2009 conference of the National Association for Music Education. In addition to her work with the RI Children's Chorus, Dr. Noel is the Artistic Director of the Providence Singers. Each December she conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Singers in Handel’s Messiah. She recently conducted the Singers with orchestra in a commercial recording of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013) and collaborated with composer Ola Gjeilo in the world premiere of his "Westminster Bridge," commissioned by the Providence Singers.
Dr. Noel is an active guest conductor, festival clinician and adjudicator. She has served on the music faculty and as Director of Choral Activities at Clark University (MA), where she devised a curriculum in Sight-Singing and Ear Training. She has also served as Musical Director at Trinity Repertory Company. She received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Boston University. Fluent in Italian, she completed the superior level of Italian studies at the University of Florence and served as Assistant Conductor and vocal coach for Italian choirs, Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro di Firenze. Dr. Noel holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from RI College, where she was the recipient of a Ridgway Shinn Fellowship for study at the Kodály Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Joyce Wolfe, Co-founder and Executive Director
Joyce Wolfe co-founded the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus with Christine Noel in 2003. As Executive Director of RICC, she oversees the many, varied administrative needs of the organization. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Ms. Wolfe has had a lengthy career in education as a teacher in Cranston and Woonsocket schools. For many years she was a partner/manager of the Village Realtors agency of Chepachet. She is a longtime member of the Providence Singers and the Carillon Women's Chorus. As a parent and former teacher, Ms. Wolfe's business acumen and experience in working with children ensure the RI Children's Chorus members and their families the finest possible choral and educational experience.
Cassie Goryl, Chorus Manager
Cassie Goryl manages the administrative needs of RICC. Cassie is a graduate of Bryant University, where she obtained credentials in Communication, Marketing, Business Administration, and Human Resource Management. She is passionate about music and arts education for youth, and finds herself inspired by the talent of our students. A lifelong singer, Cassie is a proud member of Carillon Women’s Chorus based out of Lincoln, Rhode Island. In addition to her role with RICC, she also works full-time at the Rhode Island School of Design as a Human Resources Partner for Campus Services and Communications. Cassie loves working alongside our staff, and looks forward to getting to know the students and families who participate in our choirs. If you see her at the desk in East Greenwich on Thursdays, be sure to stop by and say hello!
Sarah Prickel-Kane, Conductor (Training Choruses)
Sarah Prickel-Kane holds a B.M. in Music Education from RI College, where she graduated with honors. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education, with a concentration in choral conducting, from Florida State University. Sarah is the choral director at Narragansett High School, as well as musical director for the Narragansett School Systems theater productions. Active in local music education, Sarah serves on the executive board of the RI Music Education Association and is a frequent festival manager, adjudicator, and clinician. She also serves as Youth Choir Chair on the executive board of RI American Choral Director's Association. In 2016, Sarah was the guest conductor for the Rhode Island Jr. All-State Treble Chorus. Sarah has won several vocal awards, including the Providence Singers' Fassett Fellowship in 2012. In the past, she has served as music teacher at West Glocester Elementary School and as Artistic Director of the Carillon Women's Chorus. Sarah also maintains a private violin, piano and voice studio.
Jackie Soares, Lyric Chorus Conductor (East Providence)
Jacqueline Soares has been the Choral Director at Pilgrim High School in Warwick, Rhode Island since 2010, where she conducts the Concert Chorus, Chorale, and the Women’s Chorus. Under her direction, the award-winning Choral Department has competed and traveled throughout the Northeast and Canada. Mrs. Soares received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Rhode Island College, and before her tenure at Pilgrim High School, she had the opportunity to teach Junior High Chorus as well as Elementary General Music/Chorus from 2006-2010. Mrs. Soares is an active member in the Rhode Island Music Education Association, and has managed All State ensembles for several years, including Senior All State Mixed Choir and the Junior Treble Choir. She has directed children's choirs, adult church choirs, and musicals at Pilgrim High School, the Zeiterion Theatre (New Bedford, MA), and at Bristol Community College (Fall River, MA). In 2016, Mrs. Soares was honored by her students when she received Turn to 10’s prestigious Golden Apple Award for teaching. In 2018, Mrs. Soares guest conducted the distinguished Rhode Island Junior All-State Treble Chorus.
John Black, Pianist, Lyric Chorus (East Greenwich), Chamber and Honor Choirs
John Black is the Director of Music and principal organist at Greenwood Community Church, the largest Presbyterian church in Rhode Island, where he directs six major ensembles including the Greenwood Concert Choir. John recently conducted selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra, both as part of the Music at Greenwood community concert series. A candidate for the Master of Arts degree in teaching music at Rhode Island College, John holds a B.A. in music with studies in piano, voice, and conducting. John is the collaborative pianist for the Providence Singers, accompanying rehearsals and performing in concert when programming includes piano or organ. He also serves as organist at Saint Mark’s Church in Jamestown, and is a frequently called upon accompanist throughout New England.
Jennifer Bond Baker, Pianist, Training Chorus
Jennifer Bond Baker, Pianist, directs choirs and teaches music classes to homeschooled students grades 5-12 through Good Company Tutorials in Attleboro, MA. Composing and arranging music to suit her students is her specialty. She has been privileged to enjoy piano, choral, and vocal studies with various masters in Dallas, TX, and more recently at New England Conservatory. A lifelong pianist, she plays for weddings and churches, currently serving at Pilgrim Reformed Bible Church in Duxbury, MA. She is a member of the Providence Singers and has a small private piano studio in North Smithfield, RI.
Christian Black, Pianist, Lyric Chorus (East Providence)
Christian Black serves as Music Associate at Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian, Warwick, RI, where she regularly provides piano and organ music for worship services and concerts. She began studying piano at age three and violin at age five, and is currently a performer of organ, piano, French horn, trombone, euphonium, vocal, clarinet, and percussion music. Christian plays trombone in the RIPYO symphony, which performs side by side with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. In addition, she serves as the piano accompanist for the choruses at Barrington High School. Christian’s aptitude for music and ability to perform in many styles have been highlighted in her performances with several jazz and wind ensembles, including at the Newport Jazz Festival. Christian has been accepted into RIMEA All-State on winds trumpet, jazz trumpet, winds trombone, jazz trombone, jazz piano, vocal soprano, vocal alto, winds French horn, winds euphonium-baritone, and winds clarinet, having earned number one rankings on several of these instruments. As a piano soloist, she is the vice president of the Chopin Club of Rhode Island, and has received scholarships from the Chaminade Club. In her spare time, she composes and arranges choral and orchestral music.
Olivia Vicente, Senior Staff Teaching Assistant, Honor Choir, Chamber Chorus, Lyric Chorus
Olivia Vicente, senior staff assistant with the RICC Honor, Lyric and Chamber Choirs, has been with the RI Children's Chorus for seven years. She is a member of the Providence Singers, also serving on the Singers executive board, and is a cantor at St. Mark’s Church in Jamestown, RI. Olivia is currently working toward a degree in music education at RI College, where she is an active member of the Concert Chorus and auditioned Chamber Singers. Passionate about music education, Olivia is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and regularly participates in area conferences and festivals. Olivia is an avid vocalist in southern New England, frequently called upon to serve as soloist and choral assistant in numerous settings, and is a regular soloist and section leader for the music program of Greenwood Community Church in Warwick.
Nathaniel de Vries, Senior Staff Teaching Assistant, Honor Choir
Tenor Nathaniel de Vries, from Uxbridge, MA, is a freshman at Worcester State University with a major in Mathematics and a double minor in Physics/Music. Throughout his high school career, Nathaniel participated in several choirs with various homeschool groups. A member of a student-led and advanced A Cappella Choir for three years, he arranged choral pieces for the group and served as the primary voice percussionist. As a drummer and guitarist, he has performed with different groups in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. In his spare time, Nathaniel writes original folk compositions, which he performs in coffee-houses and cafes in the area.
In his senior year, Nathaniel joined the RICC Advanced High School Honor Choir and performed with them in their Winter and Spring seasons. Currently serving as Senior Staff for the High School Honor Choir, he hopes to continue growing in his musical abilities. He recently joined the Providence Singers and was awarded a Fassett Fellowship.
Abby White, Junior Staff, Training Chorus Assistant
Abby White is a proud and dedicated member of RICC Chamber Choir, Honors Choir and Mentor of the Training Choir (EG). Abby is an honor student and enjoys performing in musicals including: Aristocats (Duchess), Fame (Miss Bell), Annie (Annie), The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Willy Wonka (Charlie). Abby was nominated for 'Best Leading Actress' for Ariel by the MA Educational Theatre Guild. Abby participated in The Music Institute at RIC, a Master Class at Academy Players and recorded an album with Bill Harley. She studies private voice and piano and guest sings at weddings and various fundraisers. Abby is honored and blessed to be part of the RICC family!