Champlain Valley Voices began as the Champlain Valley Oratorio Society, founded in 1983 by Richard Probert, former Director of the Center for Art, Music and Theatre at SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, New York. CVV is dedicated to presenting a varied concert season, with major choral-orchestral works, as well as concerts of a more popular nature using professional accompanying musicians drawn from places like New York City and many surrounding areas.
Since the beginning, Champlain Valley Voices has consistently presented two major concerts per year. We have performed under the direction of many people such as Richard Probert, Edward Lundergan, Robert Hall, Richard Banks, David Neiweem, Robert Ingari, William Verity, Jo Ellen Miano, Karen Becker, and presently Timothy Morningstar, as of June 2015.
Champlain Valley Voices has a proud history of performances that include such major works as oratorios by Mendelssohn (Elijah) and Handel (Samson and Messiah), Bach cantatas, masses by Haydn and Mozart, and masterworks of such twentieth-century composers as Bernstein, Copland, Britten, and Walton. CVV has also presented popular programs planned around themes, including: A Ceremony of Lights, Great Opera Choruses, and Great A Cappella Choruses. Spring concerts have focused on the songs of great American Songbook composers George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and the Broadway Duos of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Lowe.
President: Valerie Bruhn
Secretary: Kaitlin Tharp
Treasurer: Wendy DeMane
Additional Members: Marsha Lawrence, Tom Tharp, LeAnn Yelton, Elliott Munger, Khris Heffernan, Mo Raville, Nathanael Pultorak