contralto and mezzo-soprano who attended the Curtis Institute of Music, the
Eastman School of Music, Temple University and West Chester University (nee
West Chester State College), where she sang in The Chamber Choir.
In 1986, The
Cambridge Society for Early Music presented her with The Erwin Bodky Award in the field of Voice. Before she had even finished school,
she had already recorded at least one album, The Philadelphia
Singers’ Gloria! Gloria!, in 1987. In 1989, she graduated from the
Curtis Institute. She
participated in the Bucks County Choral Festival in 1990 and 1996 in
programs featuring music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Maurice Durufle, respectively.
In 1996, she
appeared on and/or recorded no less than five albums: Bach: Mass in B-Minor; J.S. Bach: Magnificat/Orchestral
Suite No. 3; G.F. Handel: Faramondo;
Jane’s Hand: The Jane Austen Songbook; and, Vivaldi: Magnificat
Other recordings from the ‘90s included A European Christmas and Handel: Alexander Balus,
in which she played a messenger.
Somewhat of a
Handel specialist, she played the role of Irene in a production of Theodora at the 2001 Maryland Handel
Festival and Conference, in tandem with the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra
and the University of Maryland Chorus.
She returned to the recording studio and was one of the featured
soloists on Rossini in Venice,
released in 2002. In 2003, she
performed in a pair of concerts with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia featuring
composers that ranged from Franz Joseph Haydn to Charles Fussell, whose “High
Bridge” she helped premiere.
She ended the year in a Christmas concert of Handel’s Messiah with the Choir and Orchestra
of St. Ignatius Loyola.
In 2004, she
made the cut on the 40-disc boxed set, Handel: The Masterworks: You can find her somewhere in the
middle performing the role of Childerico in Faramondo. In the autumn of 2006, she appeared
at Lyric Fest performing a pair of cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach and
with the North Penn Symphony in a double bill that comprised Leonard
Bernstein’s “Jeremiah” Symphony and Mozart’s
She also performed Beethoven’s 9th in concert with
the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs on 29th April
2008. In 2009, she portrayed
the role of Galatea in Tempesta di Mare’s production of Handel’s Aci, Galatea & Polifemo.
In the field
of musical education, Lorie teaches voice at Temple University’s
Boyer College of Music and Dance.
The Philadelphia Singers recordings
Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn