Who is Saratoga Voices?
Saratoga Voices Inc. 501(c)(3) is a not-for-profit corporation chartered in the State of New York, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a paid bookkeeper. Music is under the direction of our professional artistic director and assistant conductor. Members of the chorus are volunteers, augmented by paid soloists. Although we do not have a formal audition process, singers meet periodically with the director to determine vocal placement.
Saratoga Voices embraces the choral arts within a vibrant, collaborative, and skill-nurturing environment, striving for excellence in choral performances, including diverse artists and audiences to share the joy and power of singing.
“If it involves singing, we love to do it”
William Jon Gray, Artistic Director, Saratoga Voices
Did You Know?
Choral singing brings a wide range of benefits, especially physical, psychological, emotional, and social. In America, over 42 million people sing in choirs. Each voice is unique, like a forensic voice print.
In 1970, Glenn E. Soellner, a dynamic music educator in the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake school district, founded The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. His vision was to gather talented singers and instrumentalists to perform the great choral master works, often referred to as Oratorios. The result was a vibrant choral organization that became known for its artistic excellence.
In recent years, the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society started to diversify its repertoire and broaden the definition of choral arts in the greater Capital Region. The organization not only found great joy in performing a variety of music, it also enjoyed a larger audience and greater following. It was operating at a higher level of artistic achievement and featuring guest artists with a national reputation.
The organization realized that the name Burnt Hills Oratorio Society no longer represented who they were. They were performing in various locations throughout the Capital District and their repertoire included a broad spectrum of music. It was time to change their name to something that was a better fit. Hence the name Saratoga Voices.
Saratoga Voices is crafting a bold new vision into the 2020s to reflect its rich and diverse humanity. With the contribution of its many Voices, it will embrace new ways to share the power of singing. The vision is to reinvent the choral arts with innovative performance formats.
Increase the choral arts repertoire to include musical theater, folk, gospel, a cappella, rock, and world premieres.
Create state-of-the-art programming with audience participation, multimedia, and visual arts.
Provide an educational component with training, resources, and performance opportunities.
Nurture appreciation of and support for the choral arts regionally and nationally.
Highlight the health and social benefits of singing in a large, diverse, and committed choral group.
Continue to grow as a vital part of the greater Saratoga region’s artistic and cultural life.
Mentor school and university choral groups. Feature guest artists from young artist programs.
Work as partners with instrumentalists, dancers, and arts organizations to produce unique choral experiences.