Marjorie Bunday, photo by Kathleen Schmidt of Ingenue PortraitureMarjorie Bunday
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...honey-toned,
 
refined ...strong, soaring tone
(Sabine Kortals, Denver Post)
...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, Colorado in 2011, she has appeared as a soloist with Colorado Bach Ensemble, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado (most recently as 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. 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, 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.

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).

Ms. Bunday's 2013-2014 season will include a performance of the J.S. Bach solo alto cantata BWV 170, Vergnügte Ruh with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, music of Henry Purcell with Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and she will be the alto soloist for the February 2014 Boulder Bach Festival.

Upcoming Concerts...

Boulder Bach Festival - From the Depths I Call to You
soloist
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Denver, Colorado
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Boulder, Colorado

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National Symphony Orchestra - STRAUSS - Der Rosenkavalier
soloist
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Washington, DC

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Seicento Baroque Ensemble - Music for Voices and Viols
soloist
Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Denver, Colorado
Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Boulder, Colorado
and
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Estes Park, Colorado

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Cadmus Ensemble - Happy Hour Chamber Concerts - Arcadian Drama
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Denver, Colorado

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Denver Early Music Consort - From Solomon's Court to the Ends of the Earth: Songs of the Sephardim
soloist
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Denver, Colorado
and
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Boulder, Colorado

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