About Us2020-06-04T14:22:16+00:00


The mission of the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble is to enhance the quality of life in the north country by promoting the performance and presentation of quality choral music.


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.


The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble has presented works from a wide range of traditions. Performances routinely involve renowned guest soloists and a professional orchestra.

The ensemble is under the baton of Kyle P. Ramey, organist & choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown. Ramey is also the artistic director of the Trinity Concert Series, and had previously been the ensemble’s associate music director and accompanist since 2008.

The choir has performed many well-received concerts in the Northern New York area. Highlights of the group have been:

  • A Little Jazz Mass – Bob Chilcott

  • A New Creation – René Clausen

  • Ein deutsches Requiem – Johannes Brahms

  • Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn

  • Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi

  • King David – Arthur Honneger

  • Lord Nelson Mass – Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Magnificat – Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Mass (concert selections) – Leonard Bernstein

  • Mass in D Major – Antonín Dvořák

  • Messa di Gloria – Giacomo Puccini

  • Messiah – George Frideric Handel

  • Saint Nicolas – Benjamin Britten

  • Requiem – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • The Testament of Freedom – Randall Thompson