About Luthien

Born in San Diego, California to parents who loved to read, Luthien was named for the character of the elf princess Lùthien Tinùviel in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. According to her mother and father, at the age of two, she clambered up onto the table during a dinner party and sang "You Light Up My Life" from start to finish with perfect pitch.  That was probably her first public performance. 

 

Praised by the press for her “lushness and delicacy,” “easy, appealing alto” and “silky tone among all registers,” Luthien is in great demand as a concert soloist and professional chorister. She received her undergraduate training at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was a member of the Westminster Choir and sang under the batons of some of the world's most respected conductors, including Wolfgang Sawallisch and Kurt Masur.  After completing her Bachelors degree, she entered the professional arena, and spent many years building a distinguished career, with performing engagements across the U.S. and abroad.  She currently resides in the UK, where she has recently completed her post-graduate studies at the University of York. 

 

Click here for an up-to-date schedule of all of Luthien's upcoming performances. 

Notable Recent Solo Engagements

Vivaldi: Gloria

York Early Music Festival Come-and-Sing

York, United Kingdom

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion

Yorkshire Bach Soloists

York, United Kingdom

Rossini: Petite Messe Solenelle

East Riding County Choir

Beverley, United Kingdom

Brahms: Love Song Waltzes
Mark Morris Dance Group

Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

Bach: Mass in B Minor

Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, New York, USA

 

Handel: Messiah
Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, New York, USA

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois, USA

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress)

Pegasus Early Music, New York, USA

Beethoven: Ninth Symphony

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania, USA

 

JS Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Washington Bach Consort, Washington, DC, USA

Steinberg: Passion Week

The Clarion Society

Grand Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

Photograph © Elizabeth Smith

Awards and Recognition

2019 GRAMMY nomination: Best Choral Performance

Alexander Kastalsky: Memory Eternal (Naxos)

The Clarion Society, Steven Fox, conductor

2017 BBC Music Magazine Award nomination

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week (Naxos)

The Clarion Society, Steven Fox, conductor

2017 GRAMMY nomination: Best Choral Performance

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week (Naxos)

The Clarion Society, Steven Fox, conductor

Winner, 2016 Diapason Découverte

Maximilian Steinberg: Passion Week (Naxos)

The Clarion Society, Steven Fox, conductor

2015 GRAMMY nomination: 

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields (Cantaloupe)

The Bang on a Can All-Stars and 

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Julian Wachner, conductor

2013 GRAMMY nomination: Best Choral Performance

GF Handel: Israel in Egypt (Musica Omnia)

Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra,

Julian Wachner, conductor

First Prize, 2008 Tolosa International Choral Competition

The Antioch Chamber Ensemble

Ensemble Affiliations

 

Luthien appears regularly with the following ensembles:

 

The Antioch Chamber Ensemble (Founding member)

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

The Choir of York Minster Cathedral 

The Clarion Society

Seraphic Fire

Spire Chamber Ensemble

Stile Antico

TENET Vocal Artists

Yorkshire Bach Choir & Yorkshire Baroque Soloists