Laurie Monahan, early music, voice
Laurie Monahan has enjoyed a national and international singing and recording career that includes baroque opera and oratorio singing, recitals, and a special emphasis on medieval ensemble singing. She co-founded the ensemble Project Ars Nova (PAN) in 1980 which had a 17-year run of concertizing and made six ground-breaking recordings in 14th c. medieval repertories for the German Harmonia Mundi, New Albion & Telarc labels.
In 1995 she co-founded Tapestry, a vocal ensemble that has established an international reputation for its bold conceptual programming, combining medieval and traditional repertories with contemporary compositions. Tapestry’s debut concert in 1995 was Steve Reich’s Tehillim, and they were recently invited to perform the piece again with Marin Alsop at her Cabrillo Summer Festival of Contemporary Music and later with the Denver Symphony for Steve Reich’s seventieth birthday.
Tapestry’s profound love for the music of the 12th c. abbess, mystic, and composer, Hildegard von Bingen has also served as a great inspiration and cornerstone on many of their six recordings. Tapestry has four recordings on the Telarc label: Angeli, Celestial Light, Song of Songs and The Fourth River. This last CD was the winner of the 1999-2000 Chamber Music America Outstanding Recording of the Year award. Their fifth CD, Sapphire Night, produced by the MDG label, won the Echo Klassik Prize for Outstanding Recording of the Year in 2005. MDG released their sixth CD, Faces of a Woman in 2007.
For ten years Laurie concertized and recorded with her colleagues and friends of Sequentia, Barbara Thornton and Benjamin Bagby, taking part in the seminal Hildegard von Bingen recordings and numerous theatrical productions of medieval mystery plays. Most recently, Laurie has performed and recorded with Aston Magna the Messegerio and Musica roles in Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo.
At Longy Laurie teaches early music voice and medieval, renaissance and baroque repertory classes in the conservatory division. She is also director of the summer Early Music Institute at Longy (EMIL).