About Us

Solaris Vocal Ensemble is dedicated to the belief that choral music – the powerful combination of music and language brought to life by multiple voices – can energize and inspire the human spirit. Our mission is to infuse light and meaning into great choral works that span the ages, through compelling performances imbued with passion and musical artistry.

Based in Burlington, Vermont, this choir of twenty-four to thirty auditioned singers is led by Artistic Director, Dr. Dawn Willis, with Assistant Conductor, Frank Whitcomb. Solaris performs a wide variety of choral literature ranging from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century – from evocative and introspective a cappella selections to more expansive dramatic works involving a variety of instrumental forces.  Visit the Solaris Past Performances page for a look at the list of choral selections from our first five seasons.

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Solaris…Very Vermont


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Solaris at Lake Champlain, 2015



Vermont State House, Montpelier, 2015

Solaris at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 2013