Soprano Sarah Berger has performed solo and chamber repertoire ranging from Heinrich Schütz to Joel Thompson with ensembles including Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Thomas Circle Singers, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Hood College Choir, the Bach Sinfonia, the Baltimore Masterworks Chorale, the Orchestra of the 17th Century, and chamber ensembles S’Amusant, Stylus Luxurians and the Antares Musicians.
Since the cessation of most public performance in March 2020, Ms. Berger has remained active as a soloist and collaborator, performing and recording in new ways, through outdoor chamber performances and masked-and-distanced performances produced for web streaming and broadcast. With Handel Choir of Baltimore under the direction of Brian Bartoldus, she was soprano soloist in their annual performance of Messiah — this year a chamber concert streamed live — and with the Baltimore Choral Arts Off-the-Grid series under the direction of Anthony Blake Clark, featured in Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem and Craig Hella Johnson’s “Meet Me Here,” from Considering Matthew Shepard.
Ms. Berger’s recent seasons have included solo appearances with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; with the Thomas Circle Singers under the direction of James Kreger in James Whitbourn’s Annelies, Rick Sowash’s The Harvest of a Quiet Eye, and John Rutter’s Requiem; and with Handel Choir of Baltimore, performing Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi’s Gloria under the direction of Arian Khaefi. Her chamber projects have spanned many centuries and styles, from John Dowland to Samuel Barber in some of Baltimore’s great musical spaces. She has presented songs by Cole Porter at Evergreen House and songs of Schubert at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion with collaborative pianists Choo Choo Hu and Michael Sheppard, respectively. For 15 years Ms. Berger was a frequent soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore under the direction of Edward Polochick, in works from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to Mozart opera scenes to John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music. She has collaborated frequently with organist-harpsichordist Daniel Aune as part of the Hafenmusik concert series at Christ Lutheran Church, presenting Bach’s “Coffee Cantata,” Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and arias of Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti with trumpeter Andrew Balio. Performances of recent seasons have also included collaborations with Afro House Productions and the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.
Ms. Berger made her European debut as the soprano soloist in performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in Paris, Oiron, and Aix-en-Provence, France in 2007, under the direction of Tom Hall. She performs throughout the season with the Baltimore Choral Arts, Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, and as soprano soloist at Christ Lutheran Church at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Ms. Berger received a Bachelor of Arts in musicology and English literature at Oberlin College and a Master of Music degree in voice from the Peabody Conservatory. She studied with Penelope Mackay at the Royal Academy of Music in London; coached with Mark Markham, Clara Taylor, Julius Drake and Ian Partridge; and she has performed in masterclasses with John Shirley-Quirk, Max van Egmond, Phyllis Curtin, and Richard Miller. In addition to singing, Ms. Berger makes wearable art which you can see here, and she is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.