B.M., M.M., West Chester University
M.M.: Opera, Curtis Institute of Music
M.M.: Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
D.M.A.: Voice Performance, Temple University
Lorie Gratis teaches undergraduate and graduate voice lessons, English Diction and undergraduate Vocal Literature.
As a soloist, Gratis has sung at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, The National Catherdal in DC and with groups such as The National Symphony Orchestra, The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Sacra, The Washington Bach Consort, Amor Artis, Tempesta di Mare, The Delaware Symphony, and Vox AmaDeus. She was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music Festival for two seasons, has performed with the family division of Opera Delaware and has made several recordings with Julianne Baird. She has also had recital engagements throughout America as a first place national winner of the NATSAA, NFMC, and the international first place winner of the Erwin Bodky Early Music Competition in Boston. Gratis studied at the Britten Pears School in England, and on a European study grant given by NFMC, earned a German language certificate.
Prior to her appointment at Temple University, Gratis taught at West Chester University and was a teaching assistant at The Eastman School of Music where she received a MM in Performance and Literature and a Performer’s Certificate. She also holds a MM in Opera from The Curtis Institute and a DMA from Temple University.
Gratis’ students have won numerous competitions and have appeared on regional opera and music theater stages. In addition, her students go on to public school and private studio teaching. Gratis is an adjudicator for competitions, a church organist, and maintains a private studio in her home in West Chester, PA.