About the ensemble

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Video by Russ Anderson

 

Lorelei advances the women's vocal ensemble through passionate, engaging artistry and creative collaboration. Committed to a fresh and culturally relevant repertoire, Lorelei reimagines and cultivates bold compositional voices in performances that transform audience perspectives and expectations.

Heralded for its “warm, lithe, and beautifully blended” sound (New York Times) “impeccable musicality” (Boston Globe) and unfailing display of the “elegance, power, grace, and beauty of the human voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming in Boston and beyond. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble, comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palate that defines the ensemble’s consistent delivery of “exact, smooth, and stylish” programming (Boston Globe).

Committed to the expansion of the repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei has commissioned and premiered more than fifty new works since its founding in 2007, and continues to expose and reinvent early works of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoires. Driven by their mission to advance the women’s vocal ensemble and enrich the vocal repertoire through forward-thinking and co-creative collaboration, Lorelei works with established and emerging composers from the United States and abroad to create new works that reveal the extraordinary flexibility and strength of the human voice.

Actively participating in the Boston music scene, Lorelei delivers a home concert series each year, presenting programs that are at once fresh and familiar to its audiences. Regularly collaborating with performing and presenting organizations, Lorelei looks forward to performances at Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall in 2017 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, delivering the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song. Past seasons have featured performances in collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Grand Harmonie, Boston Percussion Group, and Juventas New Music. Launching “Lorelei on the Rocks” in 2014, a fringe chamber series in a local art gallery, Lorelei connected performers and audiences through the creation of an intimate “salon” experience while supporting local businesses and connecting with new audiences.

In addition to its annual Boston concert season, Lorelei regularly performs on concert series throughout New England and the United States, and enjoys residencies at various academic institutions. Appearances include the Metropolitan Art Museum, Twelfth Night Series at Trinity Wall Street, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Schubert Club of St. Paul, Louisville Chamber Music Series, Kent Hall Masters Series, Macalester College New Music Series, Pittsburg State University Chamber Music Series, Monadnock Music Festival, Mount Holyoke College, the Harvard University Women’s Choral Festival, and guest appearances state and national ACDA and Chorus America conferences.

Under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Beth Willer, Lorelei has established a remarkable and inspiring artistic vision. Receiving Chorus America’s 2014 Louis Botto Award for “Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal,” and Boston University’s Kahn Career Entry Award, Willer will continue to expand Lorelei’s current work, creating relevant and invigorating programming that stretches and challenges performers and audiences alike.

Lorelei performs as a full ensemble of nine independent voices, and as a combination of smaller chamber ensembles (solo, duet, trio, quartet). Repertoire performed includes works for a cappella, accompanied, and amplified voices. Lorelei is currently in residence at Boston University's Marsh Chapel.