Fast-rising ENSEMBLE ALTERA was founded to be the beating heart of professional choral music in the United States. Led by internationally celebrated countertenor Christopher Lowrey, Ensemble Altera is dedicated to bringing thoughtful, engaging, and relevant programs to in-person and digital audiences at home and around the world. The group is versatile, working on multiple scales, in a wide range of idioms, across the full range of medieval to modern to music being written today.
Over the past few years, Ensemble Altera has presented concerts both in person in Rhode Island and virtually to audiences around the world. Most recently, Ensemble Altera produced “We Watch & Welcome: Feminine Voices at Christmas,” featuring works by seven female composers for treble voices arrayed around Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and previously "We Remember", a musical journey of healing and reflection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented both live in Providence and streamed in 4K globally, the performances received rave reviews from audience and community members. Upcoming projects include "The Lamb's Journey", featuring a new commission from renowned composer Joanna Marsh, as well as the group's second annual composition competition, alongside many beloved works on the Christ narrative, all to be recorded on the group's debut commercial album.
In addition to performing, Ensemble Altera is deeply committed to its extensive education and outreach program. Such activities include interactive presentations with school students in a variety of settings, with a particular focus on opening musical horizons to those from underserved backgrounds. Additionally, Altera has a profound faith in the healing power of music both in and out of the concert hall, and is proud to offer its complete recorded music library free of charge in collaboration with select partners in music therapy.
Ensemble Altera is dedicated to the mission of bringing to both the local and global community a greater awareness of – and engagement with – choral music and group singing in all its forms. To that end, we will present physical and virtual concerts; record audio and video albums; perform educational outreach in schools, at conferences and through broadcasts; as well as tour throughout the United States and globally. Our work aims to raise the standards of execution and understanding among artists, but, more generally, to advocate for greater exposure to and appreciation for the indispensable and ennobling beauty and healing power of the choral arts.
Director / Countertenor
Director Christopher Lowrey was born and raised in Johnston, RI, and trained at Brown University, the University of Cambridge, where he sang under Stephen Layton with Trinity College Choir, and the Royal College of Music. In addition to conducting, he enjoys a dynamic international solo career as a countertenor, working at some of the world’s leading opera houses and concert platforms, including the Royal Opera House, the Philharmonie de Paris, The London Symphony Orchestra, and this season he will be making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Brett Dean's production of Hamlet.
Agnes Coakley Cox
Jacob Perry Jr.
Michael Garrepy, Warwick, RI, Artistic Advisor
Tim Harbold, Boston, MA
Simon Holt, Stonington, CT, Chair
Jennifer Ritvo Hughes, Needham, MA, Vice Chair
Gregory J. King, Baltimore, MD
Jared Kornblatt, Boston, MA
Christopher Lowrey, Johnston, RI, Artistic Director
Donna Lowrey, Johnston, RI, Secretary
Mark Meyer, Dallas, TX
Trevor S. Neal, Newport, RI
Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, Providence, RI
Bob Nolan, Warwick, RI, Associate Treasurer
Charles Oliver, Attleboro, MA, Treasurer
Dwight E. Porter, Stoneham, MA
Camilla de Rochambeau, North Kingstown, RI
Reverend Benjamin Straley, Providence, RI
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