The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble was founded in 2006 with a group of 17 singers by Richard E. Probert shortly after he and his wife moved to Sackets Harbor. Probert served as the choir’s music director until his retirement in 2017. He has served as a tenured associate professor of music and has held positions at various colleges and universities.
In 2008, the group joined the Trinity Festival Choir of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, in a performance of Handel’s Messiah as part of the Trinity Concert Series. The group has performed on the Trinity Series every year since.
Since its founding, the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble has grown to a group of 35-40 singers from northern New York, representing all walks of life from students to retirees, educators, professionals, and business owners; those with vast musical experience as well as those with little, all who enjoy and share a love for choral music.