Battenkill Chorale

Noah Palmer, artistic director
Janet McGhee, founding director



The Battenkill Chorale announces Noah Palmer as their new Artistic Director following the recent retirement of Founding Director, Janet McGhee. Founded twenty-five years ago by McGhee the Chorale is recognized as one of the premier amateur choruses in the Capitol Region.  

Palmer, a conductor and pianist, is one of the Capital Region’s most in demand collaborators. In addition to being Artistic Director of the Battenkill Chorale he is Assistant Director and Accompanist for Albany Pro Musica and As­sistant Conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra in Kinder­hook, NY. In 2019, he founded the Palmer Quartet, a piano quar­tet based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Palmer has served on the music staff the Skidmore College Opera Workshop, the Midwest Institute of Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Sarasota Opera, and Opera North. In April he debuted with the Battenkill Chorale as their guest conductor.

For the 25th anniversary concert Palmer has chosen a program that features Handel’s 

Coronation Anthemsand Mozart’s Coronation Mass. The concert will be performed on Sunday, January 19 at 3:00 pm at the Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Battenkill Chorale is based in Cambridge, NY. 

Ranked #1 for 2018!


Janet McGhee


Founding  Director

One of the Capital District’s most respected choral conductors, Janet has led the Battenkill Chorale for twenty-three years, most recently performing Verdi’s Requiem at Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center to sold-out houses and critical acclaim. She has prepared choirs for Seiji Ozawa and Peter Schickele, and performed at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston. 

Ms. McGhee has taught music at Skidmore and Bennington Colleges, and toured choirs throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union. Janet McGhee and the Battenkill Chorale epitomize Hubbard Hall’s artistic reach in the region, inspiring over one hundred unauditioned voices to gather and rehearse in the Hall each week to create unparalleled choral performances for very appreciative audiences. 

The Chorale


Since 1995

The Battenkill Chorale, in Cambridge, NY, is a 100+ voice un-auditioned chorus from six counties in New York and Vermont. Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Janet McGhee, we are an eclectic and dedicated group of amateur singers that has become one of the “cultural crown jewels” of the North Country and the Capital Regions. 


We perform major works from the choral music literature extending from intimate chamber pieces to larger scale dramatic works for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Our richly-varied and critically-acclaimed repertoire includes both sacred and secular music from the 15th to 20th centuries, all sung in the original language. 

Join Us


We invite you to join us for upcoming seasons of music making! 

Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings September through May at Hubbard Hall, an 1878 rural opera house in Cambridge, NY. 

We are a unique group of spirited individuals united by a love of singing. We work very hard in rehearsal as we strive to bring a composer’s genius to life. And, we are ever so much more than a chorus. We are a family, sharing the full range of human experience. We revel in our uniqueness, respect our individuality, treasure our friendships, and enjoy making music together.

Members pay a membership fee each concert season, plus the cost of music. 

To inquire about membership, email battenkillchorale402@gmail.com 

or call 518-677-3544. 

Contact Us


Feel free to contact us

at the number below.

Battenkill Chorale

PO Box 402, Cambridge, NY 12816, US

518.677.3544 email: battenkillchoral402@gmail.com