Lorraine Fitzmaurice joined the UniLu staff as music director–choir in September 2023. Lorraine splits her time between UniLu and Harvard, where she is the resident conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.
Born and raised in Billerica, Massachusetts, Lorraine has degrees from Cornell University (B.A., Music), and the Zürcher Hochschüle der Künste (M.A., Sacred Music, Specialty Choir Conducting). Her academic work includes the performance practice of Hildegard, Gregorian chant, and other early music. In the summer of 2017, she founded Quorum Boston, an LGBTQ vocal ensemble dedicated to queering the classical music canon and showcasing the work of living, local queer composers. Lorraine was also the founding director of the Longwood Chorus as well as the Camberville Somer-Choir, and has conducted ensembles including Musica Sacra, the Boulder Opera Company, the Lilac Players, and Carduus Choir.
Lorraine has a passion for teaching, from baby and caregiver lap-music classes to K-12 students to putting on musicals with senior citizens. Her philosophy is that every choir, no matter how professional, is a community unto itself and exists for the public good.
Outside of music, Lorraine enjoys being an aunt, farming, building things, and hanging out in the woods. We are delighted to have her as part of the UniLu community!
Photo by Chris Pollari.