Joseph Amante y Zapata

photo of Dr. Joseph Amante y Zapata, director of RWU Chorus
Joseph Amante y ZapataAdjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

Director, Roger Williams University Chorus


Bachelor's, Point Loma Nazarene University; Master’s, New England Conservatory of Music; Doctorate, University of Southern California

Dr. Joseph J. Amante y Zapata is professor of music at the Community College of Rhode Island and is adjunct professor for Roger Williams University Chorus beginning Fall 2018. 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 y Zapata also music directs theater productions and has recently been a member of Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield, R.I. He is a violist with South County Chamber Orchestra, violist and assistant music director of Rhode Island's Ocean State Pops Orchestra, as well as a mandola player in L'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble.

Beyond Rhode Island, Amante y Zapata has traveled with the CCRI choirs to Boston, for Boston Pro Musica, to New York’s Carnegie Hall, and to McGill University in Montreal. His CCRI choirs have premiered two choral works of New Spain, which Dr. Amante has transcribed nine.  He also teaches the Latin & Caribbean Music course at RWU.

Amante y Zapata and his wife Dr. Terry Deeney, also a professor at URI, reside in South Kingstown, R.I., with their son and daughter.