Still WE Rise: Changing HERstory!  - POSTPONED!


Dear Friends of Ensemble Lyrae,

As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to spread, the health and well-being of our community is our primary concern. For all of us at Ensemble Lyrae, our hearts are with anyone already affected by the COVID-19 virus. We’re hoping and praying that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.


Due to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and to help protect the many of you who support us by attending our live performances, we’re postponing the concerts that we have scheduled for Saturday March 28 at Longy School of Music of Bard and Sunday, March 29 at The Community House in Hamilton. We’ll share information about our plans to reschedule these events as they are formed.


At present, our concert on Sunday, May 17 at Shirley Meeting House is scheduled to take place as planned.  We continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate as soon as possible if that changes.


Your support of our music is a tremendous gift and one that we are exceptionally grateful for. While the work we do with Ensemble Lyrae is a passion of ours, many artists are wholly reliant on their art as a source of income.  We’ll be making a donation to Boston Singers' Relief Fund on behalf of Ensemble Lyrae.  More information about Boston Singers' Relief Fund available here.

All of us at Ensemble Lyrae believe that music and the arts can deliver moments of peace in even the most stressful situations.  Please stay healthy and do everything you can to support yourself physically and emotionally throughout this challenging time.

With love,

Emily, Grace, Michelle, Rachael, Samantha, and Naoko



Rocking with the Renaissance Men!

     Thanks to all who were able to make it out on a snowy evening for the "Rockin' with Renaissance Men" event on Saturday, January 18! Renaissance Men and Ensemble Lyrae had a great time sharing an eclectic mix of music all to raise funds for NAMI Massachusetts!

     Thanks to the generosity of the audience, $1,886 was raised! Every bit of it will be going to support their programs that build better lives for the millions affected by mental illness.

















2019-2020 Season Announcement 


Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms and one of the most valuable ways humans have found to express themselves. Shared as a means of entertainment, education, and cultural preservation, stories allow us to hold on to memories and help to inform what we want for our future. During their 2019-2020 season, Ensemble Lyrae explores the stories we have tucked onto shelves as old favorites...and stories of bravery that have moved the needle of women’s rights.

     Their Fall 2019 concert, “Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song”, takes a more literal approach, highlighting music inspired by literature. Joined by guest artist Naoko Sugiyama, Ensemble Lyrae recalls favorite stories from childhood that were not only memorable to us, but exhilarating to composers. From classics like Little Women and Hansel and Gretel to more modern favorites like Lord of the Rings and Goodnight Moon, this program presents a broad collection of literature for our audience to explore.


Sunday, October 20, 2019  at 4:00 PM

Shirley Meeting House

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

New School of Music

Sunday, October 27, 2019 

The Commons in Lincoln (PRIVATE EVENT)


Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Musical Sunday's Series

Morrill Memorial Library

“Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

  I rise.”


     Inspired by the words of Maya Angelou, Ensemble Lyrae’s Spring 2020 concert, “Still WE Rise: Changing HERstory”, explores the theme of women throughout history who have persisted in the face of obstacles. This program celebrates those who have spoken up, risen up, fought for what is right, and paved the way for others by changing the course of history. Works include the stories and/or words of women such as Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Malala Yousafzai, Abigail Adams, Louisa May Alcott, and Anne Frank, among many others. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the program includes a set of suffragette songs, never taking for granted this fundamental right. 


We stand on the shoulders of the courageous women who came before us. While we have made much progress, there is still work to be done. Women and men are waking and rising to the call for conscious engagement around widespread imbalances.

We rise
We rise
  We rise. 


Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Longy School of Music of Bard College

27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 

     $15 General Admission
$10 Students and Seniors (65+)
Children 12 and under - FREE


Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM

The Community House

284 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA 

     $15 General Admission
$10 Students and Seniors (65+)
Children 12 and under - FREE


May 2020

Shirley Meeting House

41 Brown Road, Shirley, MA

     FREE General Admission 


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