mission + history

Our History + Mission

Our Mission

The mission of Lyrica Baroque is to support a diverse community of students, teachers, artists, institutions and audiences of all ages through education, collaboration and performance. Lyrica Baroque seeks to promote the extraordinary classical musical history of New Orleans by performing accessible chamber and baroque music at the highest level of artistic excellence.

A Brief History of Lyrica Baroque

  • In 2009, the group performs chamber music together for the first time at St. Mary’s Church in the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. The group performs a program of Baroque music as a trio of oboe, violin, and harpsichord.
  • New Orleans native Sarah Jane McMahon comes aboard as vocalist, bringing her breathtaking voice and exquisite, baroque interpretations to the group.
  • Highly touted Daniel Lelchuk agrees to join. Daniel proves to be uniquely suited for the vision of the ensemble.
  • Continuo section expands with the addition of Benjamin Atherholt on bassoon. Benjamin is also a gifted arranger who can create specific pieces for the group to vastly expand their repertoire.
  • Ensemble performs at the St. Louis Cathedral in 2014 and discovers that these musicians are a tight-knit group that can come together and instantly play with a high level of cohesion, musicianship, and artistry.
  • In 2015, Lyrica Baroque becomes a non-profit organization, expanding their performances and mission, which includes unique programs for New Orleans children and a chamber music competition. It is also the year Lyrica Baroque begins performing its annual Christmas concert for the New Orleans community.
  • Performances in 2016 include collaborations with the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Catholic Cultural Heritage Society and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • 2017 is a remarkable year of growth including Lyrica Baroque’s first tour and collaborations with the New Orleans Opera Association and Metropolitan Opera star and Louisiana native Mr. Paul Groves.
  • 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.