Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who sponsors the chorus?
  2. What kinds of music do you sing?
  3. What kind of musical experience do I need to have?
  4. What are your auditions like?
  5. The last time I sang was in my high school chorus. Is that OK?
  6. Is the chorus for college students only?
  7. When are rehearsals?
  8. Does it cost anything to be in the chorus?
  9. How do I join?
  10. When are performances?
  11. Who is the conductor?  How do I contact him?
  12. How long has the chorus been in existence?
  13. Where can I hear how they sound?
  14. What other pieces have you performed in the past?
  15. When is your next concert?
  16. Is it fun being in the Sage Singers?

 1. Who sponsors the chorus?
The chorus is a part of the Department of Arts and Letters at The Sage Colleges.

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2. What kinds of music do you sing?
Anything and everything – European classical art music, folk traditions from the U.S. and beyond, Broadway melodies. Some concerts are light and relaxed, others intense. Once a year we sing a major choral masterwork with orchestra. Each December we perform a holiday concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and also at St. Augustine's Church in Lansingburgh.

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3. What kind of musical experience do I need to have?
We're a chorus where you can come develop your skills and enjoy the experience. Usually, new members have at least some choral singing background (it may have been a while...) and know at least the basics of reading music. If you have a passion for singing and commitment to making the best music that you can, we would love to have you join us.

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4. What are your auditions like?
Auditions for this chorus are not "pressure-cooker" events. We simply want to hear your voice, see what vocal range is comfortable for you and check out your basic instincts for melody and harmony. Music reading skills or choral experience is a plus, but not a requirement – especially if you have a "good ear" for music. You might want to brush up on My Country 'Tis of Thee or a favorite hymn or song – nothing very fancy!

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5. The last time I sang was in my high school chorus. Is that OK?
Absolutely.

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6. Is the chorus for college students only?
No, the chorus is open to adult singers of any age. While the chorus has many college students, it has a mixture of all ages, from college-aged on up.

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7. When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Bush Memorial Hall on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy (located at 1st and Congress Streets). The first rehearsal of the season is generally the second Tuesday in September.

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8. Does it cost anything to be in the chorus?
There are no fees for joining the chorus. We ask that members cover the cost of their music each term, usually in the $10-$20 range.

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9. How do I join?
See our Join Us page for details.

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10. When are performances?
We typically have two concerts during the December holiday season and one in late April.

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11. Who is the conductor? How do I contact him?
A biography of our conductor, Michael Musial, is on the conductor's page. His contact info is on the Contact Us page.

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12. How long has the chorus been in existence?
The chorus has been in existence since 1995.

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13. Where can I hear how they sound?
There are samples on the listen page. Take a listen!

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14. What other pieces have you performed in the past?
In addition to Mozart's Requiem, over the years the chorus has sung Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Mass in C (the Coronation), Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Orff's Carmina Burana, Part 1 of Handel's Messiah, Rutter's Requiem and Magnificat, and Respighi's Laud to the Nativity. Some of these were with orchestra accompaniment.

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15. When is your next concert?
See the home page for details.

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16. Is it fun being in the Sage Singers?
Yes! But come and find out for yourself.

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