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Our Mission

The Schoharie Valley Singers seek to provide quality musical experiences to inspire, entertain, and enlighten the community.

Our History

The Schoharie Valley Singers were founded in 1979 as the Depot Lane Singers by the late Frances B. Tripp, a former Schoharie High School music teacher. In 2005, direction of the group was passed on to Mitch Haverly, a retired music teacher from Berne- Knox-Westerlo Central School. Mr. Haverly was named Director Emeritus in 2018, when Middleburgh Central School music teacher Benjamin April took over as Artistic Director. In 2018, the Depot Lane Singers were renamed the Schoharie Valley Singers and became incorporated as an independent not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Over the years, the group has grown to include singers from Albany, Montgomery, Otsego, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties.

Our Artistic Director


Rae Jean Teeter was appointed the Artistic Director of the Schoharie Valley Singers in February of 2023. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at The College of Saint Rose and as the Music Director of the Helderberg Reformed Church. She retired from Guilderland High School as the Director of Vocal Music in June of 2021. Mrs.Teeter also served as the Director of the ESYO Melodies of Christmas Chorale from 2012 - 2022. Mrs. Teeter received her bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Donald Neuen (conducting) and Masako Toribara (voice). She received her master’s degree from The College of Saint Rose. She has done extensive post graduate work at the Westminster Choir College where she has studied with such notable choral directors as James Jordan, Bruce Chamberlain, and Weston Nobel. She has been a frequent guest conductor for many all-county, regional, and area all-state choruses throughout New York State and has presented sessions for ACDA, GIML and NAfME (MENC) at both the state and regional levels speaking on the development of the male voice. Most of all, Rae enjoys spending time on her hobby farm with her husband, her children and grandchildren, and her donkeys, sheep, and loyal dogs Odin and Loki.

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