In 2009, the group performs a program of Baroque music as a trio of oboe, violin, and harpsichord for the first time at St. Mary’s Church in the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. Ensemble expands to include voice, a rich continuo section of cello and bassoon, and begins performing custom arrangements for the group crafted by Benjamin Atherholt.
In 2015, Lyrica Baroque becomes a non-profit organization, expanding their performances and mission to include unique programs for New Orleans children and a chamber music competition. It is also the year Lyrica Baroque begins performing its annual Christmas concert at Christ Church Cathedral on St. Charles Avenue for the New Orleans community.
The first Power of Language residency is presented in its inaugural workshop in 2018 for fourth graders at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies in New Orleans. Lyrica Baroque holds its 2nd annual fundraiser gala honoring Drs. Ranney and Emel Songu Mize with Lyrica Baroque’s first Maestro Award.
2020 comes with acknowledgement of the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pause of in-person gatherings and programming create space to strengthen our administrative foundation, evaluate our structure, and identify areas for improvement to better support our organization for sustainability and growth. We present NOLA Chamber Fest 2020 virtually reaching more students and engaging a broader audience than ever before, welcome five new team members to Lyrica Baroque, and present Winterreise 2020 in our first ever live stream format streamed from the University of New Orleans Recital Hall.
2022 showcases growth. We successfully doubled our budget, increased staff and expanded programming. An unforgettable collaboration with Grammy Award winning Harlem Quartet, our first side-by-side Community Concert with students and teachers from our Community Partner organizations, pilot programs of our social-emotional learning program with KID smART in schools across New Orleans and our first ever Creativity Day partnering with The Roots of Music, Palacios House of Arts and Crescent City String Academy are a few of the highlights. Read our 2022 Annual Report to learn more!