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

The Power of Singing

Bring out your Inner Music with the Joy and Power of Singing

Over the past four years, Saratoga Voices has blossomed in audience attendance, in diversifying its repertoire, and in broadening the definition of the choral arts in the greater Capital Region. It is now operating at a higher level of artistic acheivement and features guest artists with a national reputation.

You are invited

There are many reasons to sing with Saratoga Voices.
  • We are a welcoming and diverse group who actively encourages people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds to get involved and exercise their power of singing.
  • We seek opportunities for collaboration across the arts and culture spectrum, including beyond the accepted choral canon.
  • We are committed to finding new ways to further diversity, equity, and inclusion within Saratoga Voices and throughout our larger community.
  • We strive to make singing an integral part of our lives and share its many benefits and rewards with others.
  • We are building our educational activities to serve a need outside of schools and churches for training, performance opportunities, and singing-related resources.
  • Our choristers describe our artistic director’s rehearsals as “vocal master classes.”
  • Our choristers enjoy making new and deeper connections with music which, in turn, enriches their own lives and brings history and the human experience to life for others.
  • We are respectful of different levels of vocal competence, enjoy learning, and wish to provide opportunities to people who do not readily have them.
  • We have fun. Our members host open houses and social receptions outside of rehearsals.

FAQ

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When and where does Saratoga Voices rehearse?

Saratoga Voices rehearses Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:30, at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills NY 12027

For Judas Maccabeus (Sept. – Nov. 2021), rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:30, at the O’Rourke Middle School choral room, room #137, 173 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills NY 12027

When is the first rehearsal?

The first rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 7:00 to 9:30, at the O’Rourke Middle School choral room, room #137, 173 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills NY 12027.

Is there an audition to sing with Saratoga Voices?

There is no audition, but singers will be asked to participate in a “Voice Placement Interview.” If you can match pitch, your voice and talent will be welcome in Saratoga Voices.

The purpose of the voice placement is for our Artistic Director to get to know you and to recommend a voice part. Are you tenor or baritone? Are you soprano 1 or soprano 2? Our Artistic Director will be able to answer such questions and guide you to sing the music your voice is most suited for.

What are the participation fees? How do I register to sing?

Registration fees are $55 for one concert or $132 for all three concerts. The annual fee reflects a 20% discount.

The first step is to sign up for a vocal placement interview. At the interview, you will be provided with a registration form.

Vocal placement interviews have been completed for the fall performance.

To be informed when vocal placement interviews will be offered for future performances send us an email at this link and request to be added to our singer outreach. You are also encouraged to check the website regularly.

How do I schedule a voice placement interview? When and where will they be?

Vocal placement interviews have been completed for the fall performance.

To be informed when vocal placement interviews will be offered for future performances send us an email at this link and request to be added to our singer outreach. You are also encouraged to check the website regularly.

What can I expect during the vocal placement interview?

The interview will last about 10 minutes. Since this is the only opportunity for Bill and Derek to chat with you one-on-one, they will spend about 5 minutes just getting to know you. The singing portion will include some vocal warm-ups, pitch and rhythm matching exercises, and singing a few measures of “America the Beautiful” to determine your vocal comfort range.

The purpose of the voice placement interview is for our artistic team to get to know you and to recommend a voice part. Are you tenor or baritone? Are you soprano 1 or soprano 2? They will be able to answer such questions and guide you to sing the music your voice is most suited for.

“We want everyone to return” assures Bill. “My agenda is not to cut people out. My agenda is to move us all forward together.”

We have prepared two sample videos so you will know what to expect. The links will be available when you sign up for an interview.

Can I use my own music?

Saratoga Voices provides musical scores that are carefully marked by the Artistic Director. The markings include word pronunciations, phrasing and breathing, counting and cut-offs (such as beat placement of a final “s”), interpretive comments, and other valuable and interesting comments about the music. This practice is adopted to add efficiency to rehearsal time and to ensure consistency of execution and performance. Singers are asked to use the provided marked scores during rehearsals and performances. With all singers “being on the same page” the end result is a successful and artistic performance.

Do you have a dress code for performances?

The dress code varies, depending on the genre performed, but is chosen with the goal that singers need not purchase special concert attire. Most likely, you will find what is needed already in your closet.

 

Further questions

You can send us an email at this link or call the Saratoga Voices phone @ 518-416-4060.

What are people saying about Saratoga Voices!

"I have worked with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society since 1984 from the tenure of Glenn Soellner to its current director William Jon Gray. 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 Bill Gray and Derek Stannard the quality of singing continues to refine, and it's a joy to make music with the group. Bill'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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