Marjorie Bunday, photo by Kathleen Schmidt of Ingenue PortraitureMarjorie Bunday
Contralto

...honey-toned, refined ...strong, soaring tone
(Sabine Kortals, Denver Post)
...not just a fine contralto
...also a scholar of music
(Robin McNeil, Opus Colorado)

...warm and pure-toned mezzo
(Joe Banno, Washington Post)
...deeply conveying the passion in the words
with sonorous intensity
(Kelly Dean Hansen, Boulder Daily Camera)
...the wonderful alto Marjorie Bunday
(Jens F. Laurson, Washington Post)

 

Biography

Marjorie Bunday is a critically acclaimed oratorio and concert singer known not only for her “warm and pure-toned mezzo ” voice (Joe Banno, Washington Post 6/18/2010), but also for impressive range, versatility, and musicianship. An October 2010 Denver Post review praised "Bunday's honey-toned, refined reading of [Monteverdi's] 'Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius' motet," and other critics have noted her "strong, soaring tone," and her talent for "deeply conveying the passion in the words with sonorous intensity" (Bach's Christmas Oratorio, December 2011).

Since moving to Denver from Washington, DC in 2011, she has appeared as a soloist with Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Bach Ensemble (singing Bach's solo alto cantata "Vergnügte Ruh"), Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado (including the role of Testo in Stradella's La Susanna), St. Luke's Bach Festival in Fort Collins, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, and St. John's Episcopal Cathedral Choir. She returned to DC and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage in March 2014 as Noble Orphan 3 in Strauss's “Der Rosenkavalier” with the National Symphony Orchestra, and in July she premiered the role of Beatriz in Boulder composer Paul Fowler's opera “Behold the Man.”

Before relocating, she had performed in Colorado as a guest soloist with Denver Bach Society and Monteverdi 2010. Nationally, she has been featured by the Washington Bach Consort, Musikanten Montana, Choral Arts Society of Washington, University of Virginia Glee Club, and many other choruses and orchestras in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia - Catholic University of America Chorus & Orchestra, Alexandria Choral Society, Cantate Chamber Singers, Washington Choral Ensemble, Woodley Ensemble, and Washington Men's Camerata. Her solo repertoire has included both alto and mezzo-soprano roles in major works by composers that include Vivaldi, Handel, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Pergolesi, Monteverdi, Copland, Mendelssohn, and Duruflé; and J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and many cantatas, including the alto solo cantata Vergnügte Ruh.

Marjorie Bunday, photo by Kathleen Schmidt of Ingenue PortraitureNoted for excellence in early and Baroque music, she has collaborated with the Washington, DC-based early music group Armonia Nova, led by harpist Constance Whiteside, which has performed at the 2011 Boston Early Music Fringe Festival, DePauw University in Indiana, and the Washington Early Music Festival. Bunday has also sung with Philip Cave's early music vocal ensemble Magnificat, Tina Chancey's Hesperus, the Orchestra of the 17th Century, and has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" both with Magnificat and with a pick-up group of musicians performing Mexican and Spanish Baroque villancicos for a Christmas program. She is a frequent guest soloist with the Montana Early Music Festival. Her interest in early music performance has led to the creation of the Denver Early Music Consort, featured twice in 2012 on Colorado Public Radio's "Colorado Spotlight" presenting the music of Hildegard von Bingen and Johannes Ciconia. Her work with DEMC is establishing her reputation as a thoughtful concert programmer, music researcher, and lecturer – critic Robin McNeil wrote on the music blog OpusColorado, “she is not just a fine contralto, she is also a scholar of music.” 

Ms. Bunday, in great demand as an ensemble singer, is a current member of St. Martin's Chamber Choir and the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and she has been in the alto section of the Opera Lafayette and Washington Bach Consort choruses (both period instrument ensembles), the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Woodley Ensemble (a chamber choir specializing in modern choral repertoire). She was active in a variety of recording projects, choir work, and church music during her years in the Washington, DC area, including a prior position as a cantor at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In Denver, she is a staff singer at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral.

Marjorie Bunday and Neil Gladd, house recital 2011Bunday is dedicated to presenting new music as well as old and has added her voice to many US and world premieres of art song, choral music, and chamber music. She has collaborated on numerous occasions with mandolinist Neil Gladd in innovative programs of music written or adapted for voice and mandolin from the 18th through 21st centuries. She has soloed in premiere performances from composers Elizabeth Vercoe, Christopher Marshall, Neil Gladd, Victor Kioulaphides, Richard Rice, Christopher Hoh, Terrance Johns, David Harris, Mimi Stevens, and Bohuslav Martinů (the US premiere of The Prophecy of Isaiah, more than 40 years after it was composed).

Marjorie’s 2014-15 concert schedule includes appearances with Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Luminous Thread Opera Theatre (as music director and mezzo), and Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

Upcoming Concerts...

Michael Haydn - Requiem in C Minor - Boulder Chamber Orchestra
soloist
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Boulder, Colorado
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Broomfield, Colorado
Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Denver, Colorado

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Music of the Tsars - St. Martin's Chamber Choir
ensemble
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Denver, Colorado
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Denver, Colorado

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Denver Eclectic Concerts - Carla Sciaky & Friends
soloist
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Denver, Colorado

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CBE Meet and Greet Concert - Colorado Bach Ensemble
soloist & ensemble
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Denver, Colorado

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