Elise Groves, soprano, is a dedicated and versatile soloist and chamber musician. Her repertoire ranges from Medieval to new compositions, with a special focus on the Renaissance and Baroque periods. As a performer of early music, Elise is particularly interested in stories - how the composer came to write certain pieces, under which circumstances they were performed, and what they might have meant at the time. She enjoys the challenge of using historical practices to create something engaging and new to give audiences a glimpse into the past. Recent solo highlights include Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass (Choir of the Church of the Advent), Bach's St. Matthew Passion (Brown University) and St. John Passion (Ensemble Musica Humana), and ensemble appearances with The Tallis Scholars, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Handel and Haydn Society, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Exsultemus, and The Bach Project. A native Oregonian, she received a B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from Oregon State University and an M.M. in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music. When Elise isn't singing, you can find her doing various things with yarn or continuing her lifelong search for the perfect cup of hot chocolate.
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