Voice of the Lake

An Oratorio for Vocal Soloists, Choirs, and Instruments

Composed: 2017, revised 2018
Premiere: Blue Streak Ensemble, Breen Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland, November 12, 2017
Revised Version Premiere: Blue Streak Ensemble, Cleveland Institute of Music, October 19, 2018
Duration: 80 minutes
Soloists: Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Bass; children’s choir, choir (SATB) Instrumentation: 1111; 1110; 1 perc, harp, piano, strings (11111)

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Part I:     At the Lake
Part II:   The Public Hearing
Part III:  Evening Near the River 
(optional silent video shows pollution and causes during aria)
Part IV:  Sunrise on the Lake

Voice of the Lake, an Oratorio for Vocal Soloists, Choirs and Instruments is a musical description of Lake Erie, the good and the bad, in the first quarter of the 21st century.  The music portrays the constant motion of the waves splashing on the rocks, of walking on the beach, of the sun glinting on the water, of children playing in the water, and of the pleasure of a fisherman in his boat fishing.  The Oratorio also depicts the environmental problems that the lake faces.  After a canoe trip near the algae friendly river, the mezzo shows photos to her friend and sings of the lake where it is filled with algae. She also shows various innovative attempts to control and stop the algae.  Another section of the Oratorio portrays a public hearing over whether to dump the toxic residue that has been dredged from the Cuyahoga River into the lake. The revised version of Voice of the Lake focuses on factual information in the libretto veering away from using poetic lines.   The music is the same, but the words have changed.  Plus there are new arias for the mezzo, and for tenor.

Part I

Part III

Part II

Part IV


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


This project is supported by generous grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, Bascom Little Fund, 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!


September 20, 2018, 7:00 pm

Museum of Natural History
Part I will be performed in collaboration with a new photography exhibit by Linda Butler

October 19, 2018, 7:00 PM

Cleveland Institute of Music
Blue Streak Ensemble performs the oratorio in its entirety and the performance will be video recorded for future broadcast


Domenico Boyagian, conductor
Angela Mortellaro, soprano
Sarah Beaty, mezzo-soprano
Brian Skoog, tenor
Bryant Bush, bass


October 31, 2018

21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati
International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society

Blue Streak Ensemble has been invited by NALMS to perform Voice of the Lake during their symposium in Cincinnati. This is a FREE performance


to our generous donors for helping to bring Voice of the Lake to life

David Adams
Sawsan Alhaddad
Larry Baker
Greg Bauman
Glenn Billington
Greg Brouwer
Hank Doll
Joan Dowling
Alan Flaherty
JoAnn Giordano
Martha Grant
Jodi Kanter

Marc Satterwhite
Naomi Sheiner
Gunter Schwegler
Cheryl Seltzer
David Shimotakahara
Eric Somers
Susan Squires
Ron and Eugenia Strauss
Gordon Stryker
Rhosan Stryker
Elsa Verderber
Gail Wein

Debra Cox Keller
Dieter Knecht
Ellen Lang
Miriam Levin
Carl Monastra
Marjorie and Bert Moyar
Eleisha Nelson
Robert Paterson
Mark Phillips
Joan Rich
Gail and Joseph Rinderknecht