About Ensemble Lyrae
Inspired by the natural beauty and brilliance of the constellation Lyra, Ensemble Lyrae brings together five uniquely and highly talented musicians. While each shines as a soloist, together, these women form deep connections in performing duets, trios, and quartets. The pianist and four vocalists of Ensemble Lyrae seek to illuminate musical works often unknown or under-played. They also premiere cutting-edge pieces written specifically for the Ensemble and their remarkable sound.
Whether performing in a spacious concert hall or a more intimate salon-style setting at home, these captivating Boston-based musicians enliven the audience's senses, engage their imaginations, and invite them to live in a world of timeless beautiful sound. Ensemble Lyrae has performed on the Music at Norway Pond Concert Series and Music at Whitehead Series and have been invited to perform at Boston Public Library's 'Concert in the Courtyard' summer series in the summer of 2020. They are the recent recipients of a 2019 Medford Arts Council Grant and Mass Cultural Council Grant, which allowed them to bring their program "Nevertheless, She Persisted" to a private audience at the Medford Council on Aging in June 2019.
Flourishing mezzo-soprano Grace Allendorf is known for her “creamy timbre, evenness of color and coloratura agility”. A consummate musician, she is dedicated to performing opera, oratorio, art song, musical theatre, and new music. Grace is thrilled to be joining the Andover Choral Society this spring as the alto soloist for Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass". In addition to many solo performances, she has recently shared the stage with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, MetroWest Choral Artists, and Coro Allegro. She was honored to premiere the role of Lilac Fair in “Sleeping Beauty” by Francine Trester as a second year apprentice in the Nahant Music Festival in 2014. Other premieres include works by Josh Hummel and Dominick DiOrio. Previous engagements include Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” with the New England Classical Singers; Septemberfest at Longy School of Music; Mozart’s “Missa Brevis” with the Spectrum Singers and Emmanuel Music Chamber Orchestra; Noontime Recital Series at St. Paul's Cathedral; and the Recital Series at the Morrill Memorial Library. Grace currently serves as a section leader and soloist at First Parish in Milton and is a cantor at St. Richard's in Danvers. She holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a minor in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University. She is a student of Jayne West and has participated in master classes with Ryan Turner, Sharon Daniels, James Maddalena, David Kravitz, Martin Katz, Sondra Kelly, and Sheri Greenawald.
Soprano Rachael Chagat is known for her “clear and pure tone which ranges from soaring to sweet.” Dedicated to both art song and vocal chamber music, Ms. Chagat has performed in venues across the U.S. and in Europe. Recent performances include solo and ensemble work with The Arabella Ensemble of Boston and the Magdalene Ensemble.
Also a dedicated teacher, Rachael is a Choral Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices Program and serves on faculty for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts at Tanglewood program. She is currently Director of the Choral Program at the New School of Music in Cambridge, MA
Rachael graduated with Distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge with both a Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Performance. While at Longy she was a 2005 Honors Competition winner and a finalist in the 2007 Concerto Competition. Ms. Chagat earned her Bachelor’s degree at Capital University in Music Education and a certificate from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Praised for her agile high notes and sensitive treatment of text, soprano Samantha Dearborn has appeared as featured and guest soloist on stages in the U.S. and in Europe. As an apprentice at the Nahant Music Festival in 2014 and 2015, she premiered the role of Queen Eleanor in Francine Trester’s Sleeping Beauty and performed Bach solos with the Emmanuel Music Orchestra. Other performance credits include soprano soloist in Luigi Boccherini’s Gloria, Norina (cover) in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Lola in Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, Célie in Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso, and performances at the Kecskemét Art Festival in Kecskemét, Hungary. With a repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the 21st century, Ms. Dearborn is a proponent of contemporary classical music and has premiered works by composers throughout Ohio and the Greater Boston area. She has participated in masterclasses with Martin Katz, James Maddalena, David Kravitz, Ryan Turner, and Adrienne Csengery. Ms. Dearborn holds diplomas from Capital University and The Longy School of Music of Bard College. She currently works as a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices program in Boston.
Praised for her rich tone, Tennessee native Michelle Deluise enthralls audiences throughout the New England region. Michelle made her Musical Theater debut portraying Alice/ Mrs. Winthrop in The Secret Garden with The Longwood Players. She has portrayed the roles of Maurya in Riders to the Sea, Suzy in La Rondine, Sally in Die Fledermaus, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. Michelle has performed with Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, American Classics, Boston Russian Choir, MetroWest Choral Artists (MWCA), and has performed on Longy's SeptemberFest Series as well as with The Old West Organ Society's Summer Series. Michelle holds a B.M. from the University of Dayton in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She received an M.M. in Voice Performance and a G.P.D. in Opera Performance with Distinction from Longy School of Music. Michelle has served as Director of Music and Cantor at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church since 2009. Michelle also sings Sesame Street tunes with her husband and toddler in their home in Somerville, and eagerly guides students in exploring their own voices in her private studio in Cambridge, MA
Emily Murphy is known for her sensitivity as a collaborative pianist. She holds a Masters degree in Musicology from the University of Washington and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy School of Music. An avid music educator, she was awarded a teaching fellowship at the University of Washington and was the recipient of the Artsbridge Award for facilitating the creation and production of original operas in Salt Lake City public schools. Ms. Murphy was appointed Music Director for Studio East and Youth Theater Northwest in Seattle from 2004-2006. In 2008, she was awarded a Stern Fellowship to attend Songfest in Malibu, CA and in 2009, received a scholarship to participate in the Collaborative Piano Program of the Vancouver International Song Institute. She has most recently participated in master classes with Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson and Martin Katz. She was a featured pianist for the 2014 Music at Eden's Edge Chamber Series, is an accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices program, and is currently on faculty at Boston College and the Yamaha Music School of Boston.