The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society has over 100 singers ranging from teens to those in their eighties.
Niskayuna resident Ann Tetrault has been with the chorus since1985. Part of what she wrote about Reeves in a memory book about the chorus reads, “Under his baton, the chorus grew by leaps and bounds and joy became the operative word, everybody was having such a good time – singing things that we loved to sing under a man that gave everything he had and more.
The Society also hosts a mentoring program for interested high school students in the area, who are welcome to join the chorus in concert when feasible.
“We feel that it’s important to encourage young singers, give them an experience that will excite them,” said Reeves.
His love and knowledge of music comes from an extensive background that includes attending the Columbus Boychoir School in Princeton, N.J., and later earning degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and Colorado State University. In addition, he has directed church choirs since the mid 1908s, most recently at Saratoga Methodist Church.
Reeves won’t be leaving his chosen career altogether. He plans to complete some projects he’s had “in the works” as well as continuing his business as a professional piano restorer. He has operated The Piano Place from his workshop in Ballston Spa since 1974.
Reeves said he is pleased at where the group is now and is excited to be succeeded by Associate Director Susan Hermance Fedak.
Tickets to the May 20 concert are $20 and can be ordered from members, online at www.BHOS.us, by phone373-8179 or at the door. A $3 refund is available at the door with a 2011Saratoga Arts Pass.