Mary Montgomery Koppel


Lecturer in Music, Composition and Music Theory


DMA, Boston University School of Music; BA, Middlebury College; Diplôme in Composition, l’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris


Mary Montgomery Koppel is a highly sought-after composer of choral, vocal, chamber, and orchestral works. Praised for her “luxuriant choral writing” and “myriad coloristic sonorities,” she writes in a compositional language that is both richly complex and contrapuntally refined, while remaining both aurally accessible and challenging. Recent commissions include Stabat Mater Speciosa, written for the Harvard University Choir, and Horizons for Su Lian Tan and John McDonald, released on the album GRAND THEFT and other felonies (ARSIS Audio, 2013). Dr. Montgomery Koppel was a founding member and served for several years as composer-in-residence of the Lorelei Ensemble, a Boston-based women’s vocal group specializing in new and early music, and engaged in commissioning composers from around the world. Since Lorelei’s founding in 2007, Dr. MK has contributed seven new works to the repertoire for women’s voices, spanning five seasons and numerous concerts throughout New England. Performers praise Dr. MK for her understanding of the voice, utilizing the full capacity of the instrument in “idiomatic lines of surprising yet natural contour.”

Dr. MK is also a professor, music director, and soprano. She teaches composition and music history at Gordon College, and music theory at Boston University. Before moving to the Boston area in 2006, she taught at Bennington College, where she founded and conducted the Bennington College Chamber Singers. Her music direction includes work at MASSMoCA and HERE in New York. She holds a D.M.A. from the Boston University School of Music, a B.A. from Middlebury College, and a Diplôme in Composition from l’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

Composition & Theory and Music