Songer to perform in "With Flute and Song" recital

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or

2018-03-01 09:34:50 - General

Loralee Songer
Loralee Songer,
Assistant Professor of Music

Coe College Assistant Professor of Music and award-winning mezzo-soprano Loralee Songer will perform in a recital entitled "With Flute and Song" on Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

The recital features Songer's longtime collaborative pianist, Perry Mears, and flutist John McMurtery. Musical selections will include both popular and lesser known works by living composers including Ben Moore, Andre Previn, Lowell Liebermann, John Corigliano, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Jake Heggie.

Dr. Songer joined the music faculty at Coe in August 2014, where she teaches voice and vocal pedagogy, and conducts the Chorale. Along with her talents as a mezzo-soprano, she is an active recitalist, an opera and oratorio performer, and a 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, Alan Smith, Howard Watkins, Kayo Iwama and Martin Katz.

Competitively, Songer 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 2008 and 2010. Songer was twice honored in 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 earned by Songer 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.

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.

For more information, call 319-399-8521.