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.
Michael Musial, Director
Barbara Musial, Accompanist
Songs in Season
Troy’s Victorian Stroll Concert
Sunday December 3, 2017
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Noon and 1:00 pm
A Ceremony of Carols by Britten
and other seasonal selections
Sunday December 10th, 2017
St. Augustine’s Church
Benjamin Britten’s hugely popular Ceremony of Carols was inspired by his discovery of The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems and was composed in part while returning by ship to Britain from the United States.
It is an unusual setting for SATB voices and harp; Britten had intended to write a harp concerto and so had been studying the instrument. The “carols” are largely the product of 15th and 16th century writers, most of whom are anonymous. They retain their unique flavor by Britten’s extensive use of old English language.
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 Michael Musial at [email protected], if you are interested in joining the choir. He will set up a time when he can hear your voice.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who sponsors the chorus?
- What kinds of music do you sing?
- What other pieces have you performed in the past?
- Where can I hear how they sound?
- 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?
- When is your next concert?
- Is it fun being in the Sage Singers?
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!
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.
Who is the conductor?
Read more about our conductor, Michael Musial.