Lauded by the Washington Post for her “ethereal soprano” and “spare, otherworldy radiance,” Allison Mondel is a highly versatile performing artist and teacher. She received her M.M. in Early Music Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) where studied voice with Laurie Monahan (Tapestry, Ensemble P.A.N., Sequentia).
A specialist in medieval repertoires, she is a notation and performance specialist of the chants of Hildegard von Bingen. Allison enjoyed the honor of singing Hildegard’s music at President Obama’s second Inaugural Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral. She has led teaching and coaching sessions of early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Williams College, Georgetown University, and the Washington Early Music Festival, among others. Allison is also the co-founder and music director of Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music, a women’s vocal ensemble based in Washington, D.C.
Beyond the medieval world, Allison’s performing experience runs the gamut. Highlights include performances with the Boston Early Music Festival (Lully’s Thesée), the Maryland Choral Society (soloist, Mozart Mass in C Minor andRequiem), the Bach Sinfonia, the Folger Consort, Dumbarton Oaks, American University (soloist, Mozart Mass in C Minor), Georgetown University (soloist, Handel Messiah), the Cathedral Choral Society (women’s quartet, Einhorn Voices of Light), and the National Cathedral’s resident chamber ensemble, Cathedra (soloist, StravinskyMass). She frequently appears in recital throughout the region, offering programs that highlight her versatility, and is a regular member of many ensembles in the D.C. area.
Allison takes the utmost joy in teaching, especially in helping young singers discover their inner artist. In addition to her work in the chorister program at Washington National Cathedral, she teaches voice at Georgetown University and Episcopal High School (Alexandria, Virginia).