Solaris Vocal Ensemble brings to light great choral works that span the ages, through compelling performances imbued with passion and musical artistry.
Solaris this Season!
Deep River – A Spiritual Journey
Stirring spirituals and folk songs that reflect heartfelt longing, love and joy will celebrate the musical experience. These concerts will highlight beloved spiritual arrangements by Andre Thomas, Jacqueline Hairston, Undine Moore and Robert De Cormier and brilliant settings of early American folk hymns by Mack Wilberg. Solaris is excited to share jazzy tunes for voices with saxophone with our good friend, Clayton Hamilton, once again this season!
Friday, April 14, Bethany United Church of Christ, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. PURCHASE TICKETS
Saturday, April 15, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Albans, 7:30 p.m. PURCHASE TICKETS
Sunday, April 16, College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 4:00 p.m. PURCHASE TICKETS
Our concert tickets are comparably priced with other choral concerts in the area and represent an excellent value. However, they are beyond the means of some. This spring we are offering two ticket options to ensure Solaris concerts are accessible to all who would like to attend.
General Admission: $20.00.
Pay What You Can tickets: from a $5 minimum to a maximum of $30 to help others attend the concert.
CLAYTON HAMILTON is currently the Band Director at Burlington High School. He leads four different bands and teaches theory, guitar, and piano classes. An avid performer, he has performed with the Burlington Civic Orchestra and been a guest soloist with the Houghton College Chamber Orchestra. Clayton holds a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Education from Houghton College.
Solaris Art Auction!
Support Solaris with a bid, and win this beautiful painting for yourself or to give as a gift!
The lovely work of art in soft greens accented by lilacs and blues is donated by Patty Corcoran. After she spent her career in higher education caring for her students’ well being and helping them find their spark and passion, Patricia Corcoran’s joy of life and appreciation of human nature and natural beauty now find expression through her life as a painter. Patty has painted her whole life. As she grew up watching her painter mother’s work progress, she always felt her own truest self was that of an artist, as well. She knew that some day the artist would emerge as her primary identity. Patty’s days are now filled with creating art, much of it derived from walking the beautiful trails of Hinesburg, Vermont where she lives with her husband, Andres Roomet and their bounding golden doodle, Pokey. Patty spends her summers painting in Northeast Harbor, Maine where she is inspired by the coast and landscape of Mt. Desert island. Find out more at https://pattycorcoran.com/
This piece as well as several of her other works can be seen in person at her show currently running at the T. W. Wood Gallery at the Center for Arts and Learning at 46 Barre Street in Montpelier until March 25, 2023
Welcome to our new Assistant Conductor
Cameron, a native Vermonter from Colchester, graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music with degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame where he received the Sacred Music Program’s Academic Achievement Award.
After living in Utah for three years, where he worked as a chorus teacher and parish music director, and sang with the Utah Chamber Artists under the direction of Dr. Barlow Bradford, Cameron moved back to Vermont to accept the job as Chorus Teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg in 2020. In February 2022, he took on the additional role of Music Director at Charlotte Congregational Church in Charlotte.
Concert Videos and More!
If you enjoyed our concerts last season or you missed it, check out our videos of both our Christmas and Spring concerts. They can be viewed on our video page on this website, and on our YouTube Channel.
In addition, during Covid when we were unable to sing together, we continued singing virtually, producing many beautiful videos, which may also be found on YouTube.
Thanks to our sponsors!
Concerts are supported in part by the Concert Artists Fund of the
MGN Family Foundation
Show your support for Solaris and share your business with our audience in our concert program! We have advertising options for each concert season in a variety of sizes and prices. Advertising revenue is vital and supports our artistic programming, guest artists, staff, performance space, and necessary operating expenses.