About Us

The Orpheus Singers is a chamber choir of skilled volunteers and paid professionals of 24–28 singers. We sing two concerts per season with rehearsals twice a week for the three weeks leading up to the concert. Then we go “fallow” until the next concert preparation. We sing concerts of classical repertory from the 15th century to recently composed music, often on the same program, and often a cappella.

  • Soprano

  • Deborah Greenman
  • Susan Halliday
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Sarah Moyer
  • Annie Simon
  • Janet Stone
  • Alto

  • Hannah Davis
  • Nadja Goould
  • Joan L. Griscom
  • Katherine Growdon
  • Teri Kowiak
  • Kamela Soparkar
  • Letitia Stevens
  • Tenor

  • Devin Caughey
  • Geoffrey Fine
  • David McSweeney
  • Alexander Nishibun
  • Jason Wang
  • Bass

  • John Graef
  • Joel Hencken
  • Brett Johnson
  • Ari Nieh
  • Benjamin Pfeil
  • Will Prapestis
  • Steven Ralston

James Olesen, Music Director
James Olesen has sung in choruses since elementary school and conducted them since high school. His conducting repertory stretches from Dufay and Josquin through Beethoven and Schubert to Schoenberg and Shifrin. He has guest conducted locally with Emmanuel Music in its ongoing Bach Cantata series at Emmanuel Church, the Griffin Ensemble in works of Mario Davidovsky and Allen Anderson, and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. He has prepared choruses for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic. He was Resident Conductor of the Michigan Youth Symphony at the University of Michigan and the Livonia Youth Symphony in Michigan. As a conductor, he has recorded for Composers Recording, Inc. and as a professional chorister, for RCA, Nonesuch, CRI, and Columbia, and concertized under conductors Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Leopold Stokowski, Loren Maazel, Josef Krips, Thomas Schippers, William Steinberg, Charles Munch, Thomas Dunn, Gustav Meier, and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a singer, James Olesen has performed the song cycles, Die Schoene Muellerin and Winterreise of Schubert and Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, Op. 39 of Schumann, and was founder and director of a different Orpheus Singers, a vocal quartet that concertized in New England and in Boston area public schools for Young Audiences, Inc. of Massachusetts in the late 1960’s. He has taught at the Commonwealth and Buckingham Schools. His BA is from the University of Chicago and DMA from the University of Michigan, where his principal teachers were Gustav Meier and Thomas Hilbish. He was director of choruses at Brandeis University from 1972 to 2014.