Dr. Loralee Songer wins prestigious American award for vocal performance

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Taylor University Assistant Music Professor Dr Loralee Songer won the 2021 American Prize in Vocal Performance – Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award (Women in Art Song and Oratorio) (Professional Division).

The American Prize in Vocal Performance – Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of Friedrich Schorr, known as “the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his time”. Schorr was a beloved and respected singer whose career spanned the period between WWI and WWII. Shorr’s wife, Virginia, taught studio singing at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The award recognizes and rewards the best performances of classically trained singers in America, based on the recordings submitted.

Songer, mezzo-soprano and Taylor alumnus in 2004, is an active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, conductor and educator. She holds a doctorate in vocal performance and choral conducting from Ball State University and teaches applied voice, conducting and other music-related courses at Taylor. She made her debut in the artist series DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York) at Carnegie Hall in 2019.

Songer is the author of Songs of the Second Viennese School: A Performer’s Guide to Selected Solo Vocal Works, in which she presents for singers and vocal teachers critical information on selected solo vocal works by three great classical composers active in the first half of the twentieth century: Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern.

The American Prize is a prestigious series of national performing arts competitions that recognizes professional and college / university levels as well as community organizations in a number of areas including composition, piano, voice, music. chamber, conducting and ensemble performance. The jury is made up of a panel of recognized performers in each field. Artists and ensembles introduce themselves through an application process but can also be nominated by a teacher or colleague. Assessment is a key part of the competition; applicants who achieve finalist status or above receive a written assessment from a jury member. The winners in each category receive a cash prize.

“Dr. Loralee Songer is an outstanding artist and teacher who is committed to the pursuit of excellence as a singer and classroom / studio teacher,” said Dr. Thomas G. Jones, Acting President, Taylor University . “It is no surprise to Dr. Songer’s colleagues and students that she is the recipient of an award that assesses, recognizes and rewards the best performers in the country, and we are grateful that she is part of our exceptional team of music, theater, and dance department.

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