Philomela, an ancient Athenian princess, was transformed into a nightingale and warbled her way through life. In 1976, a group of female singers formed an ensemble in her name to give voice to women's stories.
Our programs emphasize music composed by women, for women's voices, about women's lives and concerns, with an increasing focus on contemporary composers.
Philomela has performed at The White House, The Kennedy Center, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The National Portrait Gallery, the Folger Shakespeare Theater, and Mount Vernon.
News About Our Latest Recording
Philomela is recording the music for children by NJ composer, Robert Cohen: whimsical music about Lost Animals and glorious music about the beauty of life. Many thanks to our recording engineer, Jerry Moore.
Anticipated CD sale date is Fall 2016. Stay tuned for more details on this new CD and upcoming performances.
Here are some things that people are saying about Philomela:
"...the singing was energetic and given a lively tempo. Both choruses and solos were sung with confidence, dramatic flair and frequent touches of whimsy and wit."
"The chamber consort, under the direction of Kathy Kessler Price...boasts a number of fine soloists, singers who possess formidable power, technique and...not a little theatrical flair. Yet it's mostly the harmonies - heartfelt and heavenly and colorfully arranged - that make the love songs...so warmly alluring and refreshingly out-of-sync with pop fashions."