Previously known as The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society
The Power of Singing

Artistic Team


as Guest Conductor for the 2022-2023 Season


Dr. Michael Lister, Guest Conductor


Michael C. Lister holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Choral Conducting at Ball State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and a Master of Music in Music Theory from Indiana University. For six years, Dr. Lister was the Director of Choirs at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, a private junior high and high school in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He has also served on the faculty of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. For 12 years, Dr. Lister has been a professor at the College of Saint Rose, where he conducted several choral ensembles, including the Masterworks Chorale, Madrigal Ensemble, and Musical Theater Workshop and taught courses in conducting, music education, and music theory. He currently is a Professor of Music at The University at Albany, where he conducts the university choral ensemble and teaches courses in conducting and other music topics. 


Throughout his career, Dr. Lister has remained an active conductor, clinician, and performer. He has served as Guest Conductor for and as group adjudicator for various NYSSMA events. He has conducted several New York All County and Area All-State festivals, and his choirs have been featured in NYSSMA and New York ACDA conferences. Dr. Lister has also published several cd and book reviews in The American Organist and The Choral Journal and has presented at several regional and international conferences on male chorus music of the nineteenth century, the 20th century choral chanson, and singer placement in the male chorus. 


In addition to serving as board member for the New York/American Choral Directors Association from 2009-2016 and the Empire State Youth Orchestra from 2018-2021, Dr. Lister maintains active membership in numerous organizations, including the National Association for Music Education, and the College Music Society, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and IMC Tenor-Bass Consortium. As a singer and pianist, Dr. Lister has performed regularly with Men and Boy Choir at The Cathedral of All Saints and as part of The College of Saint Rose Camerata. Dr. Lister currently serves as the Music Director of First Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York, where he also directs the First Friday Music and Art Concert Series. 

What are people saying about Saratoga Voices!

"I have worked with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society [now Saratoga Voices] since 1984 from the tenure of Glenn Soellner to its [current] director...

I have been concertmaster of the orchestra for most of that time, as well as contractor. The passion and enthusiasm for singing the chorus displays is both contagious and delightful. Under the leadership of Dr. Gray and Derek Stannard the quality of singing continues to refine, and it's a joy to make music with the group. Dr. Gray's leadership a few seasons ago of Haydn's Creation was one of the highlights of my many years of orchestral playing. Here is wishing BHOS an incredible next 50!!"

Ann Marie Schwartz Director, Musicians Of Ma'alwyck

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