A recently formed group is giving student singers a new outlet for their talent.
Rhody Rhapsodies, originally formed last semester under a different name, performs contemporary music and develops arrangements themselves. The club is managed by co-presidents Nicholas Castro and Molly Seasholtz.
The club originally formed last semester under the name ‘Pitch Slapped.” The change of name to Rhody Rhapsodies was suggested by group member Kelly Mazzanobile.
Prior to callbacks, which concluded last week, there were eight members of Rhody Rhapsodies. Despite main auditions having been completed, anybody at URI is welcome to try out.
Castro said that auditions are a two round process.
“The first round involves singing anything the person feels they excel in and some vocal memory exercises,” he said.
“The second round is when we give the people auditioning a set song to prepare for their voice part. Afterwards, we teach them one of our songs and test how well they blend with others.”
They also like to be creative in assigning parts.
“We are very open to female tenors and basses, as well as male altos and sopranos,” Castro said. “If they can hit those notes confidently and sound great doing it.”
Rhody Rhapsodies has two meetings every week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.
“During a typical meeting, I teach the parts and deal with the more musical aspects,” Castro said. “I help teach expression, do some exercises to increase the quality of the singers’ voices, and teach the actual parts.”
Rhody Rhapsodies’ first performance of the fall semester will be held on October 9 at the LGBTQ Center’s Cultural Carnival. The group has not yet sung together this year, but did a rendition of “Pompeii” by Bastille last year.