Mary Montgomery Koppel is a highly sought-after composer of choral, vocal, chamber, and orchestral works. Praised for her “luxuriant choral writing” and “myriad coloristic sonorities,” she writes in a compositional language that is richly complex and contrapuntally refined, while remaining both aurally accessible and challenging. Recent commissions include Stabat Mater Speciosa, written for the Harvard University Choir, and Horizons for Su Lian Tan andJohn McDonald, released on the album GRAND THEFT and other felonies (ARSIS Audio, 2013). Ms. Koppel is a founding member and composer-in-residence of Lorelei Ensemble, a Boston-based women’s vocal group specializing in new and early music, and engaged in commissioning composers from around the world. Since Lorelei’s founding in 2007, Ms. Koppel has contributed five new works to the repertoire for women’s voices, spanning five seasons and numerous concerts throughout New England. Performers praise Ms. Koppel for her understanding of the voice, utilizing the full capacity of the instrument in “idiomatic lines of surprising yet natural contour.”
Ms. Koppel is also a teacher, music director, and soprano. She currently teaches music theory and composition at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Boston University. Before moving to the Boston area in 2006, she taught at Bennington College, where she founded and conducted the Bennington College Chamber Singers. Her music direction includes work at MASSMoCA and HERE in New York. She holds a D.M.A. from the Boston University School of Music, a B.A. from Middlebury College, and a Diplôme in Composition from l’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.