Voice of the Lake

An Oratorio for Vocal Soloists, Choirs, and Instruments

Part I:     At the Lake
Part II:   The Public Hearing
Part III:  The Dream
(silent video shows pollution and causes during instrumental music from 10:25-16:45)
Part IV:  Sunrise on the Lake

Lake Erie is in trouble. There is a charged drama going on in northern Ohio - a struggle over Lake Erie and the toxic algae and PCBs that threaten its health.  There are articles in the paper, public meetings and panel discussions. Voice of the Lake portrays the political struggle that went on for several years in public hearings between the U S Army Corps of Engineers and concerned citizens, environmentalists and their Congresswoman.  In a section of Part III, the soprano dreams of all she has seen in the form of a 6-minute video projection accompanied by the instrumental ensemble.  The video shows runoff of toxic fertilizer and manure from farm fields draining into rivers that then empty into the lake.  It also shows runoff from residential yards. In addition, the video shows some of the innovative solutions being tried.

The Oratorio is a dramatization of this pollution problem that threatens the drinking water of 11 million people. Its aim is to increase people’s awareness of the importance of the lake and its need for protection.  In addition, the hope is that people will be reminded of the beauty of the lake and its rejuvenating and recreational value.


Recording of the Premiere Performance

November 12, 2017
Breen Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland, OH
Domenico Boyagian - conductor
Angela Mitchell - soprano
Merav Eldan - mezzo
Brian Skoog - tenor
Bryant Bush - bass
Cleveland Institute of Music Children's Choir, directed by Jennifer Call
Oberlin Musical Union, directed by Gregory Ristow
Blue Streak Ensemble, chamber ensemble


"The 'Voice of the Lake' needs to be heard."
- Mark Sebastian Jordan, Seen and Heard International

 April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018


This project is supported by generous grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. But we still need your donations to help us reach our goal of matching these grant awards!