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Joseph J. Amante y Zapata

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Dr. Joseph Amante y Zapata is professor of music at CCRI and as Director of Choral Activities, he conducts both the CCRI Chamber Singers and Chorus. He is a regular vocalist at religious services and is a violist with the South County Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Strings Orchestra at the Neighborhood Guild in Peace Dale.

The CCRI choirs have premiered two choral works of New Spain, which Dr. Amante transcribed. Recently, he has collaborated with a colleague from Indiana, Dr. John McIntyre, commissioning a piece for the CCRI choirs. The piece was debuted at the Fall 2015 concert, Anchor of Hope (see http://jsmcintyre.com/). "Most important to me, and to my students, is that they broaden their experience both within and outside of the classroom. I have taken the CCRI choirs to a choral competition at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, to Boston to participate in a choral festival alongside the Boston Pro Musica, and to New York City to participate in a community college festival at Carnegie Hall."

Dr. Amante has been an officer of the American Choral Directors Association for many years in the states California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Amante and his wife, Terry Deeney, also a professor and associate dean at URI, reside in South Kingstown with their son, Christian and daughter, Olivia.

Education

  • D.M.A. major in Choral Music (minor in Vocal Pedagogy) 2002
    • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    • Treatise: Sacred choral music in Colonial Mexico, 1650-1750: An Introduction
    • Awarded: Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists
  • M.M. in Choral Conducting 1989
    • New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
  • B.A. in Church Music 1987
    • Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

Complete c.v. - Word doc.

  • Active committees
    • CCRI Academic Advisory & Social Media subcommittee
    • CCRI General Studies Task Force
    • CCRI Prior Learning Assessment(PLA)
    • Rotary CCRI Rotaract Chapter advisor
    • Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra(RICCO) Board & Artistic Committee

Classes

Choral ensembles, Sight Singing & Ear Training, Music History, Music Appreciation.

Learning Resources

MUSC 1160-600

MUSC 1160-602

Choir Facebook group

Presentations and Activities

March 31, 2017 7PM CCRI Opera Workshop presents
Offenbach's "Orpheus in the underworld"
Prof. Emily Noel, director
incl. members of CCRI Chorus
CCRI Bobby Hackett Theatre

April 1, 2017 7PM CCRI Opera Workshop presents
Offenbach's "Orpheus in the underworld"
Prof. Emily Noel, director
incl. members of CCRI Chorus
CCRI Bobby Hackett Theatre

April 23, 2017 3PM Ed Drew Memorial Scholarship Concert
Retired RI Music Educators
CCRI Chamber Singers, Joseph Amante, director
Sinclair Room in Ross House, Moses Brown School

April 25, 2017 7:30PM URI Spring Choral Concert:
URI University Chorus and CCRI Chorus & Chamber Singers
Drs. Audrey Cardany and Joseph Amante, directors
Ariel Ramirez' "Misa Criolla" and other works
URI Fine Arts Center
FREE

May 1, 2017 7:00PM Spring Choral Concert:
CCRI Chorus & Chamber Singers and URI University Chorus
Drs. Audrey Cardany and Joseph Amante, directors
Ariel Ramirez' "Misa Criolla" and other works
CCRI Bobby Hackett Theatre
FREE

May 8, 2017 12PM CCRI Percussion Ensemble
Charlie Kalajian, director
CCRI Chorus & Chamber Singers
CCRI Great Hall, Knight Campus
FREE

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This page developed and maintained by Joseph J. Amante y Zapata. Send comments and suggestions to amante@ccri.edu.

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Last Updated: 5/16/17