• Lee University


  • Loralee Songer

    D.A., M.M., Ball State University
    B.M., Taylor University


    Assistant Professor of Music

    Known for her musicality and rich vocal tone, Loralee Songer, mezzo-soprano, has earned a reputation as an outstanding performer on the stage in concert, as well as operatic settings. Prolific in a variety of musical styles, Songer captures and interprets with ease.

    Among the opera roles Songer has performed are Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge), and Lola (Gallantry). She also created the role of the French mother in the world premiere of Jody Nagel’s 53rd Street. In addition, she was selected through national auditions to participate in OperaWorks, an intensive training program for emerging artists, with renowned coach Ann Baltz. Loralee has worked with some of the most prolific coaches and composers, including Jake Heggie, John Musto, Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, and Martin Katz.

    Songer has performed in numerous concerts during the past several years, including Handel’s Messiah with the Marion Philharmonic. Recent performances include St. John Passion with the Chattanooga Bach Choir and Orchestra and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Lee University Orchestra. Other past solo engagements include a Chinese New Year Concert at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Fauré Requiem, Bernstein Mass, Handel Foundling Hospital Anthem, Duruflé Requiem, Villa-Lobos Magnificat-Alleluia, Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Beethoven Fantasia. In 2007, she had the opportunity to perform traditional American and Chinese folk songs at Linyi Normal University in Linyi, China.

    Competitively, Songer has been recognized for her vocal prowess, receiving first place in the Ball State University Voice Competition for two consecutive years (2007 and 2008). She won first place at the Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in 2010 and 2008, and placed first in the State NATS competition in 2006. She was twice the winner of the Indiana State NATS competition, placing first (2006) and third (2008). She was also named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Music at Ball State University in 2007 and 2008. Recently, she was named a finalist in the 2011 Philadelphia Lieder Society competition, and a semi-finalist in both the 2010 Orpheus Vocal Competition and the 2010 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition.

    In addition to her vocal pursuits, Songer is an active presenter at scholastic conferences. Recent conferences include the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2007), the International Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2008 and 2010), New Educators Voice Symposium at Indiana University (2009) and the College of Music Society (CMS) Great Lakes Regional Conference (2009), National Conference (2009), and Mid-South Regional Conference (2011 and 2012).

    A full-time voice faculty member at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., Songer teaches applied voice, conducting, and is the director of the women’s ensemble Ladies of Lee.

    Songer holds the Doctor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from Ball State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Taylor University. She has participated in master classes with Shirlee Emmons, Jonathon Eaton, Katherine Kowdrick and John Wustman, and has worked with conductors Don Neuen, Kirk Trevor, Bohuslav Rattay, Alexander Platt and Fiora Contino.