The Sage Singers, founded by Michael Musial in the fall of 1995, is a 75-voice chorus consisting of Russell Sage College students and New York Capital Region community members presenting performances of a wide and varied repertory of choral music. The chorus has gained a reputation for performing challenging programs, stretching the boundaries for both performer and audience alike.
The choir presents two concerts each year, one in December and one in April, and is also featured in the annual Victorian Stroll Christmas concert at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
Based at the historic Russell Sage College Campus in Troy, NY, the choir offers area singers a unique opportunity to perform choral literature extending from intimate chamber pieces of the Renaissance to larger scale dramatic works for soloists, chorus and orchestra.
21st Anniversary Winter Concert
Songs without words for women’s voices
by Zoltán Kodály
Christmas Day – Choral Fantasy on Old Carols
by Gustav Holst
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7 pm
St. Augustine’s Church
25 115th Street, Troy NY 12182
In celebration of Russell Sage College’s Hundredth Year Anniversary, Mountain Nights is an atmospheric setting for women’s voices. We are performing the first of five movements. The title Mountain Nights is represented by the wordless music, and expresses the composer’s deep love for mountains — in particular, the Tatra, Mátra and the Swiss Alps — among which he spent so many enjoyable holidays during his long life. “Mountains,” he told his biographer Lázlo Eösze, “have their own songs.”
Gustav Holst’s Christmas Day – a Choral Fantasy on Old Carols was written in 1910, six years before the composition of his masterpiece The Planets, with its astrological and Theosophist symbolism. With Christmas Day, Holst wrote a choral work that was very much motivated by the Christian tradition.
Join the Sage Singers
Interested in singing great classical and contemporary music? Join us! You will fit in and have a great time. We are comprised of singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and at all levels of musical experience. We’re here because we enjoy singing and because we value the rewards that come from performing great works of art. 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 hard and fast requirement – especially if you have a “good ear” for music.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in Bush Memorial Hall on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy.
Rehearsals for the Spring 2017 season start on Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 pm in Bush Memorial Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who sponsors the chorus?
- What kinds of music do you sing?
- What kind of musical experience do I need to have?
- What are your auditions like?
- The last time I sang was in my high school chorus. Is that OK?
- Is the chorus for college students only?
- When are rehearsals?
- Does it cost anything to be in the chorus?
- When are performances?
- Who is the conductor? How do I contact him?
- How long has the chorus been in existence?
- Where can I hear how they sound?
- What other pieces have you performed in the past?
- When is your next concert?
- Is it fun being in the Sage Singers?
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.
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.
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!
7. When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 6:30 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.
11. Who is the conductor?
Read more about our conductor, Michael Musial.
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.