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 music at the highest level of artistic excellence.


A Brief History of Lyrica Baroque

  • 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.
  • A performance at the Louis Cathedral in 2014 estables the ensemble as 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 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.
  • 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. Lyrica Baroque holds its 2nd annual fundraiser gala honoring Drs. Ranney and Emel Songu Mize with Lyrica Baroque’s first Maestro Award.
  • Growth, community and outreach continue in 2019 with developed curriculum reaching more students than ever through the Power of Language program and a performance of Opera Fusion at the esteemed Chautauqua Institution. NOLA Chamber Fest reaches its fifth season and Lyrica Baroque celebrates by honoring Margaret Shields and Jonathan McCall with its 2019 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.