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Songer plans "A Musical Celebration of Women Poets" in inaugural Coe recital

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2014-09-18 13:43:45 - General

Loralee Songer
Assistant Professor of Music

Coe College Assistant Professor of Music Loralee Songer will perform her inaugural Coe recital - "A Musical Celebration of Women Poets" - on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. She will be accompanied by Marita Wolgast, piano. It is open to the public at no charge.

Performed in English, all of the songs will feature text by women poets, including Marsha Norman, Emily Dickinson, Alice Fulton, Hilda Doolittle, Frederick von Stade, Rita Dove, Liz Lochead, Muriel Rukeyser and Dorothy Parker. The composers include Lucy Simon, Aaron Copland, Andre Previn, Ricky Ian Gordon, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen and Emma Lou Diemer. All of the composers are living, except for Copland.

Dr. Songer joined the music faculty at Coe in August 2014. She is an award-winning mezzo-soprano singer, teacher and conductor. Songer has worked with some of the most prolific coaches and composers, including Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson and Martin Katz.

Songer has performed multiple opera roles, including as Julius Caesar in "Giulio Cesare," Belinda in "Dido and Aeneas," Suzuki in "Madama Butterfly," Marcellina in "Le nozze di Figaro," Second Lady in "Die Zauberflöte," Geraldine in "A Hand of Bridge," and Lola in "Gallantry." She also created the role of the French mother in the world premiere of Jody Nagel's "53rd Street" in 2009.

Over the past several years, Songer has performed in numerous concerts, including Handel's "Messiah" with the Marion Philharmonic. Songer's upcoming performances include Bach's "B Minor Mass" with the Chattanooga Bach Choir and Orchestra, and playing the role of Marcellina with Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach.

Recent awards include being named 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 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. 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.

Outside of her musical life, Songer enjoys spending time with her two dogs, reading memoirs and traveling.