Lorelei Ensemble



Founded in 2007 by music director Beth Willer, Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of new and early music for women’s voices. In an effort to enrich this body of repertoire, Lorelei collaborates with established and emerging composers from the United States and abroad, while continuing to highlight standard and lesser-known repertoire of the Medieval, Renaissance and early-Baroque periods. Lorelei has hosted both private and public performances in the Boston area, collaborating with various composers, ensembles, guest artists, and organizations to bring innovative programming to a broader audience.

Consisting of eight professional singers from the Boston area, Lorelei performs both as a full ensemble of eight 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.

Beth Willer, Founder and Artistic Director
Sonja Tengblad, soprano
Margot Rood, soprano
Sarah Brailey, soprano
Emily Culler, soprano
Clare McNamara, alto
Christina English, alto
Stephanie Kacoyanis, alto
Emily Marvosh, alto

To purchase tickets, visit www.loreleiensemble.com.

Mission Statement: Dedicated to the expansion of repertoire for women’s voices, Lorelei Ensemble works to expose lesser-known early music while collaborating with living composers to produce innovative programming that speaks to a wider audience.

Subscription Series 2015|2016

“Briddes Woruld”

November 7, 2015, 8:00pm – Boston University Art Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue)
November 8, 2015, 3:00pm – Marsh Chapel
John Luther ADAMS Selections from Canticles of the Holy Wind
William Thomas MCKINLEY Ten Medieval Songs (2015, World Premiere)
13th-century English Song

Enter “A Bird’s World”, hovering between earth and sky in a concert of reconstructed Medieval and Renaissance English poetry and song, interspersed with textless birdsong from John Luther Adams’s Canticles of the Holy Wind. Featuring the world premiere of William Thomas McKinley’s Ten Medieval Songs with violinist Andrew Kohji Taylor. 

“Of Such Virtue”

December 18, 2015; 8:00pm – Marsh Chapel
December 19, 2015; 8:00pm – Marsh Chapel
Timothy TAKACH There is no rose (2015, World Premiere)
Bryan CHRISTIAN Of a rose rynge we (2015, World Premiere)
Adam Jacob SIMON Betheleem (2015, World Premiere)
Selections from the Selden Carol Book

Lorelei’s first Christmas series, including selections from early English sources, including the Selden Carol Book, and world premieres by Timothy Takach, Adam Jacob Simon, and Bryan Christian.

DAVID LANG love fail

January 10, 2016; 1:30pm – Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum

Lorelei premieres the new “choral” version of Pulitzer-prize winning composer David Lang’s love fail, a meditation on the timelessness of love that weaves together retellings of the ancient story of Tristan and Isolde, with stories from modern sources.


May 13, 2016; 8:00pm – Venue to be announced
May 14, 2016; 8:00pm – Venue to be announced
Reiko YAMADA Mask your sonic story (2015, World Premiere)
with Boston Percussion Group

Joining forces with Boston’s groundbreaking percussion ensemble BpeG, Lorelei explores relationships between popular and classical repertoire and styles, and blurs lines between theater and music, audience and performer. Featuring the world premiere of Reiko Yamada’s interactive concert work Mask Your Sonic Story for women’s voices and percussion.