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Marjorie Bunday (Contralto, Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Washington, DC, USA

The American contralto and mezzo-soprano, Marjorie Bunday, is a critically acclaimed oratorio and concert singer known not only for her “bright, attractive mezzo” voice, but also for impressive range, versatility, and musicianship. She has been soloist (both contralto and mezzo-soprano roles) in numerous Bach cantatas, J.S. Bach St. John Passion (BWV 245), Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria, Maurice Duruflé’s and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Georg Frideric Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Mozart Requiem, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Monteverdi Vespers, and many other works; with choral groups that include Choral Arts Society, Washington Bach Consort, Alexandria Choral Society, Cantate Chamber Singers, Washington Choral Ensemble, Woodley Ensemble, and Washington Men's Camerata.

Marjorie Bunday appeared in 2007 with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado (singing Monteverdi) and Denver Bach Society (J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass, BWV 232). In March 2009, she was the mezzo soloist for Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Catholic University of America Chorus & Orchestra, and in April 2009, she traveled with the chamber choir Musikanten to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia as the soloist for Copland's In the Beginning. She has been an artist-in-residence with Helena Choral Week (Helena, Montana) each June from 2003-2009, and she has participated in multiple concerts in the Montana Early Music Festival.

Marjorie Bunday, in great demand as an ensemble singer, is a member of Armonia Nova, Hesperus, Opera Lafayette, Orpheus, and Washington Bach Consort. She is active in a variety of recording projects, choir work, and church music in the Washington area, including positions at Christ Church Georgetown and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (as a cantor). She is a frequent recitalist, dedicated to presenting new music as well as old - a January 2009 recital included a world premiere of Victor Kioulaphides' Seven Ancient Greek Lyrics (2007) for mandolin and voice. Although perhaps best known as an “early music singer,” she enjoys singing music from any time period and has added her voice to many other USA and world premieres of art song, choral music, and chamber music. The upcoming season will include an Indiana performance in March 2010 of the music of Hildegard von Bingen with Armonia Nova.

Source: Marjorie Bunday Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

J. Reilly Lewis

Alto

BWV 33, BWV 74, BWV 138

Links to other Sites

Marjorie Bunday - Contralto & Mezzo-Soprano (Official Website)

Marjorie Bunday on MySpace

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