Our Organization

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.

Lyrica Baroque is a unique gathering of artists who perform and educate as a special kind of chamber ensemble. Established in 2009, 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, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the St. Louis Cathedral and collaborated with celebrated organizations such as The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Friends of Music and the New Orleans Opera Association. Lyrica Baroque offers a high level of creativity and artistic excellence that is both collaborative and inspiring. Their unmatched versatility, coupled with truly stellar performances offers a new and exciting experience in 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.

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