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 delivers a home concert series each year, presenting programs that are at once fresh and familiar to its audiences. Lorelei actively seeks opportunities for collaboration, recently performing with artistic organizations such as 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 connects performers and audiences through the creation of an intimate “salon” experience while supporting local businesses and connecting with new communities.
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 Schubert Club of St. Paul, Kent Hall Masters Series, Macalester College New Music Series and residency, Pittsburg State University Chamber Music Series and residency, Monadnock Music Festival, Mount Holyoke College residency, the Harvard University Women’s Choral Festival, Chorus America National Conference (June 2015), and Massachusetts ACDA Conference (July 2015). In January 2016, Lorelei will premiere a new eight-voice version of David Lang’s Love Fail at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
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.