Sage Singers

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.

Spring 2017 Concert

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7 pm
Bush Memorial at Russell Sage College

Frostiana
Seven Country Songs
Words by Robert Frost, Music by Randall Thompson
1. The Road Not Taken
2. The Pasture
3. Come In
4. The Telephone
5. A Girl’s Garden
6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
7. Choose Something Like a Star

My Spirit Sang All Day
Music by Robert Bridges, Poetry by Gerald Finzi

Shenandoah
American Folksong, arranged by James Erb

Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands
Words by C. Alice Elgar, Music by Edward Elgar
1. The Dance
2. False Love
3. Lullaby
4. Aspiration
5. On the Alm
6. The Marksmen

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.

Please email our Interim Conductor, Noah Palmer, at [email protected], if you are interested in joining the choir. He will set up a time when he can hear your voice.

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.

Rehearsals for the Spring 2017 season started on January 25.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

What other pieces have you performed in the past?
Over the years, the chorus has sung Mozart’s Requiem, 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. Visit our list of past concerts for more information and posters.

Where can I hear how they sound?
Video clips are available online.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Who is the conductor?
Michael Musial is on sabbatical this term. Our interim conductor, Noah Palmer, is the Artistic Director of the Northern Berkshire Chorale in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He is also the accompanist for Albany Pro Musica and Assistant Conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra, Kinderhook, NY, and has has worked with numerous opera companies and festivals, including the Midwestern Institute of Opera in Illinois, the Sarasota Opera, and Opera North. He is a graduate of the prestigious Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. Noah can be reached at [email protected].

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

When is your next concert?
Concerts are always listed at the top of this page.

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