Update from Tony Kostecki, General Director:
From our founding in 1915 Seagle has been a place for singers to study and learn. In the early years the use of colony in our name was very appropriate as the beautiful Adirondack campus in Schroon Lake was a place to retreat for study.
Over the years, however, we have added many facets to our mission and operations which work in opposition to the idea of Seagle as a retreat.
Most obvious is that we now produce high-quality performances for the public in addition to our work training top-tier emerging vocalists. Furthermore, we have become an incubator for new works of music theater in our summer and fall seasons. These initiatives are all pursued with an eye to the public and the greater opera field.
The Seagle mission statement reflects all the facets of our work as an organization, as does the commitment of our board and staff. However, our name, including ‘colony’ with its insular connotation, no longer fits. Because of this we have spent the past year-and-a-half developing a new brand identity that better reflects who we are and what we now do, while recognizing our rich history.
Staring in 2021 we are now named SEAGLE festival. This change will be reflected in all communications, and in our print and online presence. We are excited about this adjustment in our name that better reflects what we do, and we look forward to continuing our work as the premiere opera and musical theater company in our region, a world-class training program for young singers, and a place where new works of music theater are developed.
Information on the rebrand and the 2021 Festival season here: https://seaglefestival.org/2021-season/