Monica Maye named executive director of the Providence Singers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — At a specially convened meeting Tuesday evening, June 19, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Providence Singers named Monica Maye as the Singers’ third executive director. She succeeds MJ Daly, who concluded four years of service at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Joshua Krugman, who led a four-month national search conducted by the Board’s Personnel Committee, introduced Maye to the full Board as the committee’s preferred candidate. Following a presentation by Maye and a discussion with the trustees, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Maye to the position. She will begin serving July 1, the start of the Singers’ 47th season.
“Monica Maye’s experience and skill, both as a nonprofit leader and as a vocal musician, will serve her and the Singers well,” said Board Chair Elizabeth Lange Zarlengo. “The Singers’ artistic achievement, educational programs, and organizational resources have been growing steadily. We look forward to a very bright future with Monica.”
“Planning is already underway to celebrate the Providence Singers’ 50th performance season,” said Artistic Director Christine Noel. “This is an exciting time for us. I welcome Monica’s experience and energy as we envision what the Singers can and will achieve in the years to come.”
Maye, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (B.A., music history) and the University of Minnesota (M.A., music composition), began her career in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where she was the founding artistic and executive director of Listen, an avant-garde performing arts organization centered on the human voice. She directed and produced more than 20 original productions in addition to incorporating the organization and leading its fundraising and marketing efforts. She also taught voice, composed music and, for 11 years, served as an artist-in-residence for Minnesota Public Schools.
From Minnesota, Maye moved to the New York area, where she continued her musical interests and developed her abilities as a nonprofit leader. She was director of development and communications at the Thurnauer School of Music, a music school affiliated with JCC on the Palisades, one of the leading Jewish community centers in the greater Manhattan area. She later served as director of development communications and donor relations at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. Beginning in Minnesota and continuing throughout her career to date, Maye has been a consultant to a variety of nonprofit groups both in the musical arts and in community service, offering expertise in fund development, financial management, and communications.
In parallel with her musical and performance art activities, Maye developed an interest in health and wellness and the somatic aspects of performance. She completed a four-year course of study at the School for Body-Mind Centering in Amherst, Mass., and later completed the coursework for a doctorate in public health (ABD) at New York Medical College. She now lives in Cranston, R.I.
“The Providence Singers is clearly a musical pillar in Rhode Island’s creative community,” Maye said. “I am thrilled at this opportunity to build on its tradition of artistic innovation, musical integrity, and programs for young singers and to extending its commitment to develop and sustain healthy, artistically engaged communities.”