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It's Your Time to Shine

The Northlake Performing Arts Society welcomes new voices to the chorus of excellence. Join us in bringing the sound of inspired music to the Northshore.


Auditions for NPAS are conducted four times per season and prior to the first rehearsal for each concert. If you are interested in auditioning for NPAS, please contact Alissa Rowe at or Amy Prats at about your interest in an audition. Be sure that your name, telephone number and address are in your message.

A member will contact you to discuss the time and place of the audition.

Anyone auditioning must prepare one song for the NPAS musical director. The audition will last approximately 10 minutes including a performance of the selected piece and then the following items will be addressed:

-musical background
-music reading skills/sight reading
-pitch recognition
-vocal range
-tone quality
-commitment level

You will be notified of acceptance within one week of your audition.


During the concert season, rehearsals are on Mondays at the First United Methodist Church, 203 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington, LA. Rehearsals are from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

For photographs of the rehearsal for the 2016 special Country & Western Concert, CLICK HERE.

Doo Wop Concert Tremendous Success

Hundreds of audience members thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 Doo Wop Concert presented in Covington. Many even sang along with the songs featured from the treasured musical era. To see photos, click here.

News From Past Performances

Northlake Performing Arts Society

Contact Information

P.O. Box 2461
Mandeville, Louisiana


About The Northlake Performing Arts Society
Known for musical excellence and award-winning performances, the NPAS Chorale performs major classical works as well as Broadway and contemporary music. Its repertoire ranges from Brahms to Mozart, from Pirates of Penzance and Mikado to Godspell plus a bi-annual Madrigal Feaste. The Chorale has performed under its founder, Laura Lane, director Dr. Meg Frazier and its current artistic director, Dr. Alissa Rowe, as well as Arthur Fagan, Moses Hogan and other distinguished conductors. The Northlake Performing Arts Society is a non-profit organization, funded by gifts and donations from people who share a passion for great music.

Carmina Burana Performance Praised

Alissa Rowe, Artistic Director: "Our April 28th, 2015, performance of Carmina Burana featured Carl Orff's arrangement for two pianos and percussion. The Southeastern Interim Department Head of Fine and Performing Arts, Kenneth Boulton and his wife, JoAnne Barry played piano. Five students from the Southeastern percussion studio played percussion. The performance was a smashing success with over 600 people attending."

​Click here to see photos from the Performance


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Sandy Hughes, President
Vickie Kelley, Vice President
Jennifer Garner, Treasurer
Dale Johnson, Secretary

Board of Directors
Shay Lorenz
Jayne Pigott
​Linda Busfield
Jeanette Delcambre  
Alyssa Caranza
Theresa Corollo
Jerry Smolinski

Into the Woods With Stephen Sondheim
On Friday, October 16, and again on Sunday, October 18, 2015, the NPAS Singers entertained enthusiastic audiences with a great selection of musical favorites from the career of composer Stephen Sondheim. Taking place at the Furhmann Auditorium in Covington, the event offered a memorable variety of works of Sondheim, the legendary composer and lyricist best known for his contributions to Broadway.  Mr. Sondheim’s most famous works include:  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Company; Follies; A Little Night Music; Sweeney Todd; Sunday in the Park; and Into the Woods. Performances included not only the most popular choruses, duets, and solos from famous shows, but also featured a special appearance by the Northshore High School Choirs directed by Nathan Sumrall .
CLICK HERE for photos from the rehearsal.   
CLICK HERE for photos from the concert.

Bringing the Sound of Inspiration To The Northshore

Artistic Director Alissa Rowe       


     Dr. Alissa Mercurio Rowe is an active choral conductor and voice teacher. Since 2002, she has held instructor positions at Southeastern Louisiana University. During the summers of 2003 and 2004 she served as a member of the All-State voice faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy. She conducts the Southeastern Concert Choir, Southeastern Louisiana University’s premiere choral ensemble, with which she conducted the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Canzoni d’amore and Stephen Suber’s His Rhythm! She is active as an adjudicator, has given choral and vocal workshops in the Midwest and Southeastern states and has conducted numerous Honor Choirs.
     Dr. Rowe is also the current Vocal Area Coordinator at Southeastern. In December of 2006, she was the featured soprano soloist with Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Handel’s Messiah. For the past five years, she has performed with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra on their Holiday Concert Series. Having been a conducting participant in 2002, Ms, Rowe returned to the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak (Maine) as a soloist and sang two performances of Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915. She also performed and recorded three roles in David Schiff’s opera Gimpel the Fool, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler, with Third Angle, Portland Oregon’s renowned new music ensemble. Dr. Rowe is a versatile performer who regularly performs a wide variety of works such as the Beethoven’s Mass in C, Messiah of Handel, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Schubert’s Mass in G, as well as opera roles in La Cenerentola, The Consul, Magic Flute and La Perichole, among others. She is also active as a recitalist.
     Dr. Rowe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Louisiana State University, a Master of Music in Conducting, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Teacher Certification K-12 from the University of Michigan.  

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Assistant Director Amy Prats

Before joining NPAS, Amy Prats was previously the Director of Choirs at Ponchatoula High School and Destrehan High School where her choirs were consistently awarded superior ratings. She held the position of Southeastern Music Festival Choir Director and Vocal Area Coordinator for the SLU Summer Music Festival.  She taught for five years as a Professional Voice Instructor for the SLU Community Music School. Ms. Prats completed her Alternate Certification in Music Education at SLU in 2001 and was awarded the highest honor, Exemplary Alternate Certification Student. She has studied voice with Ms. Scharmal Schrock and Dr. Stephen Rushing and conducting with Dr. Dirk Garner. Ms. Prats is pursuing a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at SLU.  She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree is in psychology.