Volti San Francisco, a cappella ensemble
Volti’s professional singers, under the direction of founder and artistic director Robert Geary, are dedicated to the discovery, creation, and performance of new vocal music. The ensemble’s mission — to foster and showcase contemporary American music and composers, and to introduce contemporary vocal music from around the world to local audiences — has led to performances of a vast amount of new music and to the commissioning of nearly 100 new works, by emerging as well as established composers.
Hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as “undoubtedly the finest collection of new music singers we have” and voted “Best in the Bay” by SFCV readers in 2015, Volti is currently in its 39th season of exploration and innovation. Nationally recognized as a pioneer in new vocal music, Volti has won the prestigious ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music six times, a testament to the fresh perspective and new voices the group brings to life. In addition to commissioning, performing and recording on its own, Volti is an active collaborator with groups including the Kronos Quartet, ODC/Dance, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and has been presented by Cal Performances, Bard Music West, and Festival Napa Valley, among others.
Attending a Volti concert is like visiting a contemporary art gallery, stimulating the mind, the imagination and the heart.
Robert Geary, director
Robert Geary, founder and artistic director of the professional new music vocal ensemble Volti, the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, and the Golden Gate International Choral Festival, also directs the San Francisco Choral Society. Geary’s multi-dimensional commitment to the choral arts over nearly forty years has fostered the careers of several leading composers and has led to nearly 200 new works. He has conducted and served as a clinician in dozens of countries, and his choirs have performed at numerous conferences and festivals across the country and around the world. Geary has prepared his choirs for some of the world’s leading conductors, and they can be heard on recordings with many labels.