Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Loralee Songer, mezzo-soprano, is an active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, and conductor. Her performing and academic career has taken her to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. A champion of art song, Loralee’s recital work has led to working with some of today’s most prolific coaches and composers, including Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, and Martin Katz. Loralee participated in the summer program SongFest for two consecutive years and was named a 2013 Stern Fellow. In 2014, Loralee was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where she worked with such luminaries as Dawn Upshaw, John Harbison, and the late Phyllis Curtin. Her performances have been featured and reviewed in both the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2019.
Recent opera and musical theatre performances include the role of Mércèdes in Sempre Opera’s production of Carmen in South Africa (2018), Flora in La Traviata with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (2016), Hannah Chaplin in the regional premiere of Chaplin with Revival Theatre Company (2019), Margaret Johnson in Taylor University’s production of The Light in the Piazza (2020), Marian Paroo in The Music Man (2020), and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (2021), both with the Muncie Civic Theatre.
Competitively, Loralee has been recognized for her vocal prowess, most recently being named the winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance in Art Song & Oratorio (2021).
A full-time music department faculty member at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, Loralee teaches voice and conducting. She holds a doctorate in vocal performance from Ball State University.