Choral singing brings a wide range of benefits, especially physical, psychological, including emotional, and social. In America, over 42 million people sing in choirs. Each voice is unique, like a forensic voice print.
The mission of the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society (BHOS) is to bring those unique voices together to perform great choral music, enrich the soul, and advance the choral arts to Capital District audiences.
Founded by Glenn E. Soellner in 1970, BHOS enjoys 501(c)(3)status as a not-for-profit organization. As with most performing arts groups, BHOS achieves the level of excellence we aim for only with the support and partnership of dedicated friends and neighbors in our communities. Part of our special character is that our choristers live and work in your communities, our kids play with yours, and we patronize your businesses! We feature local soloists and instrumentalists in our concerts, further enriching the artistic fabric of our environment.
BHOS has mounted more than 90 concerts collaborating with more than 2,700 combined choral voices, professional musicians and soloists, visionary artistic directors, thousands of enthusiastic participating audience members, and financial partners.
To encourage and empower the next generation of singers, BHOS developed the Vocal Scholarship Program in 1998 for young singers with plans to pursue their music education after high school. Thirty-eight students have won the scholarship, one returning as a guest professional soloist years later, another enjoying a significant international reputation in opera.
Our goal is to continue this collaboration to motivate, empower our community to promote well being through choral music with BHOS.