[Volti] under Robert Geary is an important and formidable local asset, immensely rewarding to hear in repertoire that no one else seems to be taking on. READ MORE

December, 2012
Being a fabulous chamber choir is only the baseline for Volti. On top of that rare distinction, Robert Geary’s 33-year-old, 20-voice chorus is a champion of new and American music, a connoisseur of literature, and extensively international in scope and interest. READ MORE

December, 2012
Intellectually rich, emotionally sustaining, and musically diverse, this is music that you want to listen to again and again. … This new music chamber chorus boldly creates audacious dissonances, combines them with angelic harmonies and unnerving rhythms, and delivers them right over the plate. READ MORE

April, 2010
The performances here are buoyant and transparent enough to let the texts and contrapuntal workings of the music shine through, yet they boast a weighty charge that speaks of serious attention to the task at hand. READ MORE

May, 2008
Judging by the programming choices of many of our major musical institutions, choral music belongs strictly to the past. Fortunately, forward-thinking music lovers can always turn to Volti. Under founder and Music Director Robert Geary, the San Francisco-based ensemble is one of the Bay Area’s most consistent musical treasures, one that maintains high standards of excellence in the present while vigorously developing the repertoire of the future. READ MORE

November, 2007
Volti’s strength lies in its carefully blended sound and its meticulous attention to detail. The ensemble produces a remarkably clean, penetrating tone, with all the parts coming together to form a single unified whole. READ MORE

November, 2006
Volti’s admirers will have known what to expect from the performances: impeccable blend, fine focus, (mostly) spot-on intonation, and a general air of fearless confidence that carried complete conviction. READ MORE

November, 2005
Volti may well be the finest collection of chamber singers in the country – or, if it isn’t, I have yet to encounter its equal. They’re miraculous, a treasure of the local scene. READ MORE

April, 2004
We are lucky to have [Volti] here, especially at a time when choral groups, like opera companies, look far more eagerly backward than to their own time when searching for something new and different to perform…The performance by Volti and members of the Left Coast Ensemble led by Robert Geary was resonant and deeply satisfying; a memorable achievement on all counts. READ MORE

If you’re gun-shy about new music concerts, this may be the restorative you need. The singers are superb, and director Robert Geary manages to find his way to the warm heart of even the most challenging modern score. READ MORE

February, 2004
Presenting the program with a committed sense of style and highly skilled technique, Volti, led by Artistic Director Robert Geary, has consistently married contemporary programming with great performances. A new project of the ensemble, the Choral Arts Laboratory, continues this tradition. READ MORE

December, 2003
At Sunday’s afternoon concert … conductor Robert Geary demonstrated that he is a master of first — and last — impressions. He led Volti, the superb a cappella chorus of 20 singers, in a varied and difficult program of secular and sacred American music. He did so with a compelling sense of design and perspective. By the end, he had demonstrated his ensemble’s command of many sounds, sources, and periods. He began each work with a moment of enchantment which immediately summoned a wish to hear more. He concluded each with an exquisite gesture of shining polish and release. This is a cagey program-builder. READ MORE

 

Press Releases

We welcome reviews and features from the Bay Area arts press. You’ll find our most recent press releases below.

David Lang’s “battle hymns” — Volti and SF Choral Society present West Coast Premiere of choral and dance masterpiece, April 26-27-28, 2013. Full Press Release

Volti ends 33rd season with concerts featuring four commissioned works, May 4-5-6, 2012.  Full Press Release

Song Gatherings:  The Fifth Annual Festival of New Music for Treble Voices.  Full Press Release

If you had three husbands:  Volti sings Gertrude Stein, others:  March 2-3-4, 2012.  Full Press Release

Volti Becomes the First Chorus to Receive ASCAP’s Adventurous Programming Award Six Times
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