About the ensemble

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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 “pristine vocal tone” with “overtone-sparking exactness” and unfailing display of the “elegance, power, and grace of the human voice,” 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 “breathtaking” and “uncannily pure and precise” sound.

Committed to the expansion of the repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei has commissioned and premiered more than forty 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 power of the human voice.

Actively participating in the Boston music scene, Lorelei regularly delivers self-produced concerts for its home audience, presenting programs that are at once fresh and familiar, frequently featuring new works commissioned by and for the ensemble. In 2017, Lorelei joined forces with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song at Boston's Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. Past seasons have featured collaborations with other local ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Grand Harmonie, Boston Percussion Group, and Juventas New Music.

In addition to performances in its home city of Boston, Lorelei maintains a national touring schedule, enjoying performances and residencies at various academic institutions, concert series, and venues across the country. Appearances include the Metropolitan Art Museum, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Trinity Wall Street's Twelfth Night Festival, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Rockport Chamber Music, the Schubert Club of St. Paul, Louisville Chamber Music Series, Kent Hall Masters Series, Macalester College New Music Series, Pittsburg State University Chamber Music Series, the 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 and with the Holden Choruses at Harvard University.