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Joseph J. Amante y Zapata

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MUSC 1050 Music Before 1750
MUSC 2810 Ear Training & Sight Singing IV
MUSC 1165-001 History of Rock
MUSC 1165-600 History of Rock online
MUSC 1220D Chamber Singers

My email address at Roger Williams University is: [email protected]


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 also the music director for the Roger Williams University Chorus as well as instructor of Latin and Caribbean music history.

"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.  He has been an accompanist for music instructors as well as a part-time keyboardist and vocal soloist at various churches throughout Rhode Island.  Dr. Amante also music directs theater productions and has recently been a member of Contemporary Theater Company (Wakefield, RI).  He is a violist with Rhode Island's Ocean State Pops Orchestra and South County Chamber Orchestra as well as a mandola player in L'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble.

Amante and his wife, Dr. Terry Deeney, a professor at URI, reside in South Kingstown, RI with their son and daughter.


  • 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 CV


Choral ensembles, Sight Singing & Ear Training, Music History and History of Rock

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Academic Focus

As a professor of music, I believe that every student can benefit from music instruction regardless of socio-economic status, physical or intellectual ability. That instruction should be well prepared and taught with passion to help each student realize his or her own individual potential and abilities. Moreover, I never teach music technique as an end in itself. For instance, many people think that once they learn the notes then they have mastered the "song."

Music is for everyone and for any age. I have and continue to seek out opportunities to unite with other musical organizations outside of school.

One of my interests is the choral music of the Viceroyalty of New Spain and I have transcribed three Salve Reginas and three Magnificats as well as smaller works. If you are interested in acquiring some of this work for performance please email me directly.

Magnificat for 3 four-part choirs, Bernardo de Peralta Escudero (d. 1617)
Magnificat primi toni, Francisco Lopez Capillas (1614-1674)
Magnificat secundi toni, Hernando Franco (1532-1585)

Salve Regina a5, Pedro Bermudez (1558-1605)
Salve Regina a4 de Contra altos, Pedro Bermudez (1558-1605)
Salve Regina a4, Pedro Bermudez (1558-1605)

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