Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble
...enhancing the quality of life in the North Country by promoting the performance and presentation of quality music...


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Richard Probert, Music Director of the Sackets Vocal Arts Ensemble since its inception, is adept at both vocal and instrumental conducting. He has over 40 years of conducting experience ranging from children’s choruses to professional performing organizations.

Richard led many college choruses and church choirs; produced and served as music director of chamber opera, music theater; staged choral performances and is active as a teacher of singing. He is the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation support for conducting study and holds music degrees, with continued study at several conservatories of music. He holds a Certificate in Higher Education from Carnegie Mellon University and has served as a tenured professor of music and as Department and Division Chair at several colleges and universities.

Richard is a published author: ‘Archie’s Way’, Lyons Press, a Readers Digest selection, contributing writer for SAIL magazine and published in numerous professional journals. An active blue water sailor, he is a Merchant Marine officer holding a 50 ton Masters License.

In addition to conducting and singing, Richard is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises with a specialty in Creativity and Innovation at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. He lives in Sackets Harbor with his wife, Dr. Carmelita Britton, a pediatrician.

We are fortunate to have Kyle Ramey, the Director of Music Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church, as the accompanist and organist for the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble since 2008.  A native of Winchester, Va., he received a bachelor of music degree cum laude in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., studying with the late Eugene Roan. As an organist, Kyle has performed throughout the United States, including sessions with the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, as well as the Choristers Guild. More recent performances include a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City; two Bach marathons at St. Lawrence University, Canton; and several performances for the Trinity Concert Series.

In addition to being a church musician, Kyle was a founding member of Reverberation, a professional handbell choir based in Bucks County, Pa.; served as the assistant conductor of the world-renowned Westminster Concert Handbell Choir; has been a member and guest conductor of the River Ringers handbell Choir in Watertown; served as a grant review panel member for the New York State Council on the Arts and is the founder and artistic director of the a capella choir Watertown Musica Viva.

As a singer and accompanist, Kyle has performed works with many organizations including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Trenton Symphony Orchestra well as with the Ridgewood Symphony (N.J.), the Raritan Valley Choral Society (N.J.) and Northern Choral Society in Watertown.  Mr. Ramey joined Trinity Parish in February 2006 and may be contacted at (315) 788-6290, ext. 23, or music@trinitywatertown.org.