Music

Music is an integral part of life at St. Michael’s. Not only is it a central vehicle for the praise of God, but it binds us as a community as well. Our parish choir is made up of dedicated people who are enthusiastic about the role music plays both in their personal lives of faith, and in the weekly experience of our congregants. 

You can find more about the music at St. Michael’s on the YouTube channel here.

Join the Choir!

Participation in the St. Michael’s choir is open to adults with some musical ability, who are eager to work alongside others in a spirit of friendship. An informal consultation with the music director is required; please speak with Nicholas Rocha in person or via email if interested (music@stmichaelsbristolri.org). 

Obligations:
Thursday Rehearsal (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Sunday Morning Warm-Up (9 am – 9:45)

Sunday Service (10 am – 11 am)

Paul M. Patinka (they/them/Mx.) lives in beautiful Providence, RI, with their husband and two cats working as a voice pedagogue, freelance musician, and independent researcher. They hold a BS in Music Education from Hartwick College, MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware, MM in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech. Their teaching and research interests center around diverse pedagogies and repertoire at the intersection of critical theory, musicology, and vocology. Paul’s collaborative and independent publications appear in the Journal of VoiceJournal of Singing, and College Music Society Symposium, alongside presentations of ongoing research at the NATS National Conference, Voice Foundation Symposium, Pan American Vocology Symposium, and others.

Paul has sung in the ensemble of numerous companies, including Opera San Antonio, Austin Opera, Opera Delaware, Annapolis Opera, Boheme Opera NJ, The University of Delaware, and the Still Breathing Ensemble. They performed as the soloist for Joseph Vella’s Canticle Cantata at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta, with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra on Wolfgang Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and with the St. Anthony choir on Camille Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noêl, and again on the Coronation Mass.

An avid recitalist, Paul enjoys delving into underrepresented composers and works. Their most recent recital featured a complete performance of Stephen Mark Kohn’s American Folk Song Set featuring historical photography of minoritized groups from American history. Additional recitals include A Celebration of Barbara Strozzi, American Women in Song, Women’s Own Stories, and The Seasons, a collaborative recital featuring music based on the four seasons in 12 languages. A particularly enthusiastic lover of chamber works, Paul’s repertoire includes John Corigliano’s Three Irish Folksong Settings, Franz Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, Auf dem Strom, and Der Hochzeitsbraten, Ralph Vaughan Williams Along the Field, Barbara Strozzi’s Hor che Apollo, and a myriad of other chamber works and song cycles.

Section Leaders

St. Michael’s is looking to hire professional section leaders to sing alongside our adult choir, one for each voice part (soprano, alto, & bass). Successful candidates will possess adequate vocal training and a relatively strong ability to read music. Please contact director Nicholas Rocha for more information and/or to schedule an audition. 

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