Since 2007, the Boston-based Lorelei Ensemble has been reinventing women’s vocal music. The ensemble includes nine professional vocalists, united by a goal of advancing the women’s ensemble and expanding repertoire for female vocalists. The ensemble performs both as the full nine-voice unit and as smaller ensembles of selected members. Besides commissioning more than 50 new works since their formation, the ensemble has also reinvented classic Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque pieces.
Lorelei’s latest release Reconstructed debuted Nov. 6 and features a five-movement suite by Joshua Bornfield titled “Reconstruction.” Each movement of “Reconstruction” is a modern arrangement of a classic hymn or American folk song. The album also includes music by the American Revolutionary-era composer William Billings (1746-1800) as well as pieces by living American composers including Moira Smiley (b. 1976) and Adam Jacob Simon (b. 1987).
Lorelei is a regular performer in the Boston music scene. Outside of Boston, the ensemble has appeared at Metropolitan Art Museum, Macalester College New Music Series, the Harvard University Women’s Choral Festival and more. In February and March, Lorelei will perform George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble is led by artistic director and founder Beth Willer and is currently an ensemble-in-residence at Boston University's Marsh Chapel.
Lorelei has IPR connections: IPR’s own Director of Development Emily Culler is one of the original members of the Lorelei Ensemble. Emily’s husband, IPR’s Arts Sound Engineer Michael Culler, engineered Lorelei's first commercial release Live.Know.Love (2014) as well as Reconstructed.