Introducing A unique new experience in classical music

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 unique gathering of artists who perform and educate as a special kind of chamber ensemble, New Orleans based LYRICA BAROQUE is known for their innovative programming combining chamber music and voice. Established in 2015, Lyrica Baroque is a two-time winner of Best Chamber Music Performance in Gambit Magazine’s Tribute to the Classical Arts. The group has performed in popular venues such as St. Mary’s Church in the Ursuline Convent, Tulane University's Dixon Hall, and the St. Louis Cathedral and collaborated with celebrated organizations such as The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Opera Association. Lyrica Baroque made their debut at Chautauqua Institution in Summer 2019 with a program featuring hidden gems from the Baroque era and tenor Paul Groves. Lyrica Baroque's artists have been heard with the world's leading ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grand Teton Music Festival, Teatro Colon and the Metropolitan Opera. Upcoming engagements include performances in New Orleans, Mobile and Lafayette, including a special winter concert with guest artist Orion Weiss. Lyrica Baroque is excited to host and present for the sixth year in a row NOLA Chamber Fest, New Orleans' own chamber music competition and festival in collaboration with the New Orleans Friends of Music and the University of New Orleans. Outreach for their 2019/20 season include Power of Language workshops in elementary schools, fostering social-emotional discovery in children through classical music.

our Organization
Jaren Atherholt , Executive Director

The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt is currently the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A native of Alaska, Jaren has performed to stellar reviews as a featured concerto soloist and has been guest principal oboist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and  Detroit Symphony, as well as guest associate principal oboist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Jaren spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and currently performs each summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival. She has served on the faculty of John Mack Oboe Camp, Interlochen Oboe Institute, the Wintergreen Music Academy, and the Vianden International Music School. Jaren plays Loree oboes. Contact Jaren at jaren@lyricabaroque.com.

Gabrielle Fischler , Community Director

Violinist Gabrielle Fischler is a fourth year New Orleanian, having moved from Boston where she was a co-founding member of the conductorless string orchestra Palaver Strings. Palaver Strings is an ensemble committed to diversifying the accessibility of classical music and promoting social justice and human welfare through cross-collaboration of the arts and unconventional partnerships. She currently works as a teaching artist and freelancer in the greater New Orleans area, serving on faculty at the Ellis Marsalis Center and Make Music Nola. Other educational endeavors include maintenance of her private studio where she provides lessons and chamber music coachings. Gabrielle also serves as the Community Director of Lyrica Baroque where she helps facilitate arts integration projects built to enhance social-emotional learning, as well as projects such as NOLA Chamber Fest, a chamber music festival for young aspiring musicians and community members. In April of last year, Gabrielle helped to launch the New Orleans chapter of Groupmuse, an organization dedicated to fostering and building community through art and classical music house concerts. Gabrielle makes local appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera, Lyrica Baroque, New Orleans Chamber Players, Musaica, Crescent Chamber Artists, the New Resonance Orchestra, the Saenger, Groupmuse, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and other performances around the city and greater New Orleans area.

Josh Sierre , Social Media

Originally from Puerto Rico, cellist Joshua Sierra-Delgado moved to Virginia at the age of 13 and began playing cello at his public school. During his senior year of high school, Joshua was hired to perform in the pit orchestra for Gloria, presented by Sea World Parks & Entertainment, Virginia. This opportunity sparked his passion to become a professional musician. Joshua is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance at Loyola University, studying with Philip Von Maltzahn. He also previously studied with Allen Nisbet. Joshua performs regularly in the greater New Orleans area including Loyola University concerts, musicals and local freelancing. Prior to attending Loyola, Joshua competed in multiple competitions earning 1st Place Soloist with the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, Liberty Orchestra, and Woodside Orchestra. Joshua has been a guest judge for several all-city/state competitions, and a guest educator for Summer Institute for the Arts as well as Liberty Academy for the Arts in Virginia.

Christian Aldridge , NOLA Chamber Fest Program Manager

Violinist Christian Aldridge currently resides in New Orleans where he is a regular substitute with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, he is a section member of the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony, the Acadiana Symphony, the Rapides Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, and performs frequently as a freelancer in the greater New Orleans area. Christian also works actively as an arts administrator, helping local arts organizations effectively execute their mission. Most recently in the summer of 2018, Christian returned as a two time alumnus to the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas, where he served as Orchestra Manager. During the six week festival he oversaw orchestral operations, personnel, and concert production, for over 50 orchestra concerts and recitals.

Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Christian completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina with Dr. William Terwilliger, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College. Subsequently, he earned a Master of Music in Performance degree from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Dr. Lin He and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Omarius Credle , Social Media

Omarius Credle is a fourth year voice major at the University of North Carolina School of The Arts (UNCSA). Most recently, Omarius Credle was seen on the UNCSA Stevens Center Stage as Johann in Massenet’s “Werther” in the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute’s February production. Previous to that, in the Fall of 2018, Omarius had the honor of participating in the opera chorus for the Piedmont Opera’s production of “La Bohéme.” Highlights in Omarius’ performance history include the North Carolina premiere of “Silent Night” in the Fall of 2017 with Piedmont Opera under the musical direction of Jamie Allbritten. He has had the opportunity to be a chorus member in “Il cappello di paglia di Firenze” (2015), and “Florencia en el Amazonas” (2016). For the past two summers, Omarius has had the opportunity to travel to Colorado Springs and participate in the Opera Theatre of the Rockies Vocal Arts Festival where he has performed scenes from Mozart’s “Le Nozze Di Figaro,” “Don Giovanni,” Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking,” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” In the upcoming Summer, Omarius will be seen in “Nixon in China” as a part of The Princeton Musical Festival. Omarius has a particular love for Lieder and Chanson. Additionally, Omarius loves to perform new music and contemporary opera works.

Board of Directors

  • Susan Zatorski, President
  • Bradley Gottsegen, Vice President
  • Dwight McGhee, Secretary
  • Tamer Acikalin, Treasurer
  • Baty Landis
  • Daniel Lelchuk
  • James Marchant
  • Robyn Schwarz

Advisory Board

  • Melanie Fawer
  • Roxanne Fischler
  • Michael Fischler
  • Maurya Glaude
  • Cynthia Greenwald
  • Michael Harold
  • Eric Rodrigue