SōLI was born out of a love of choral singing. The choir is comprised of Long Island musicians and music teachers. Many of the original members of SōLI sang together in the SUNY Stony Brook Camerata Singers under the baton of Timothy Mount, Director of Choral Music. Upon Dr. Mount's retirement in the Spring of 2009, a core group formed the Long Island Vocal Ensemble (LIVE), later renamed the Singers of Long Island (SōLI).
Anne Kollar, herself a Camerata Singer, served as the ensemble's conductor from the Fall of 2009 until the Spring of 2012 when she relocated to London, England. Since then, the choir has elected to have a collegial format for its leadership, sharing the musical direction among the membership, and bringing new interpretations to music that is revisited in performance.
Now in its eleventh season, SōLI is expanding both in its repertoire and concert venues, though not in its numbers, as the intention is to present music appropriate to a chamber choir. This approach lends itself well to intimate performances of the music for both singer and audience.