B.M., Taylor University
M.M., Ball State University
D.M.A., Ball State University
Loralee Songer, mezzo-soprano, is an active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, and conductor.
Dr. Songer has performed multiple opera roles, including: Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge), and Lola (Gallantry). She also created the role of the French mother in the world premiere of Jody Nagel's 53rd Street in 2009.
Loralee's recital and art song work has led to working with some of today's most prolific coaches and composers, including Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Alan Smith, Howard Watkins, Kayo Iwama, and Martin Katz. Loralee participated in the summer program SongFest for two consecutive years and was named a 2013 Stern Fellow. Also in 2013, Dr. Songer's voice teaching was recognized by her participation in the NATS Intern Program in Nashville, TN. This summer, Loralee was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where she worked with such luminaries as Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, and Phyllis Curtin.
Dr. Songer has performed in numerous concerts during the past several years, including Handel's Messiah with the Marion Philharmonic. Recent performances include St. John Passion and B Minor Mass with the Chattanooga Bach Choir and Orchestra, and Beethoven's Mass in C with the Lee University Orchestra. Other past solo engagements include a Chinese New Year Concert at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Fauré Requiem, and Bernstein Mass.
Competitively, Loralee has been recognized for her vocal prowess, receiving first place in the Ball State University Voice Competition for two consecutive years (2007 and 2008). She won first place at the Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in 2010 and 2008 and placed first in the State NATS competition in 2006. She was twice the winner of the Indiana State NATS competition, placing first (2006) and third (2008). She was also named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Music at Ball State University in 2007 and 2008. Other awards include being a finalist in the 2011 Philadelphia Lieder Society competition, and a semi-finalist in both the 2010 Orpheus Vocal Competition and the 2010 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. Most recently, she was named a second place winner in the 2013 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition and a 2014 NATSAA Regional Finalist.
In addition to her vocal pursuits, Dr. Songer is an active presenter at scholastic conferences. Recent conferences include the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2007 and 2013); the International Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2008 and 2010); New Educators Voice Symposium at Indiana University (2009); and the College of Music Society (CMS) Great Lakes Regional Conference (2009), National Conference (2009), and Mid-South Regional Conference (2011 and 2012). Her book, Songs of the Second Viennese School: A Performer's Guide to Selected Solo Vocal Works, is being published by Scarecrow Press and will be released in 2015.
A full-time music department faculty member at Coe College, Loralee teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, and conducts the Chorale.
Dr. Songer holds the Doctor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from Ball State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Taylor University.