She is a vocalist, storyteller and teacher who was
raised at Grand-View-on-Hudson, New York. She studied acting and took her
musical education at the Manhattan School of Music. Becoming interested in the
Renaissance and Medieval music she went on to take further studies in the
performance of music from these ages at the Sarah Lawrence College.
In the mid 1980s she became a co-founder of the female
a cappella ensemble Anonymous 4 who originally concentrated on early music,
although have extended their repertoire since. She has made many recordings
with them and some of these include American Angels, Legends of St.
Nicholas: Medieval Chants & Polyphony, Noel Collection, On Yoolis
Night, Star in the East and Wolcum Yule.
Aside from just performing with the ensemble she is
also involved in commissions, adaptations, research, programming and
language for their programmes.
She has also worked as a host on a classical music programme on
WNYC-FM and been a consultant editor for the NPR Listener’s Guide
to Classical Music.
Recently she has been working in collaboration with
the harpist Alyssa Reit on Sunflower Storyarts Festival, which
happens in May 2009 and The Oak and the Ash, which will receive its
premier performance in June 2009.
Alongside all these projects she is also collaborating with the
composer Kim Sherman on Shakespearean sonnets being set to music.
As a teacher she is on the faculty of the Westchester
Conservatory, the Encore Music Studio, Musika and the Music and Art Academy
as well as working from her own studio.
Anonymous 4 recordings
Awake and Join the Cheerful Choir (English Traditional)
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907325 (CD: Wolcum Yule)
Harp - Andrew Lawrence King