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Martha Elliott

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Martha Elliott

Martha Elliott has enjoyed a rich and varied performing career including a wide variety of repertoire and styles. Her crystalline voice, impeccable musicianship, and dynamic presence are equally at home in music of the Baroque with period instruments, opera, musical theatre, chamber music and contemporary avant-garde. She has toured all over the world with new music ensemble Continuum, performing in New York City, South America, Europe and Asia as well as throughout the United States. She has worked with over 50 composers presenting their new works, and has been critically acclaimed for her performances of Pierrot lunaire, and the music of John Cage , as well as for the role of Miranda in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard's opera The Tempest. She has also presented world premieres with the Princeton University Orchestra while on tour throughout Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom. Martha has sung with the Naumberg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, and is a member of Philadelphia's Network for New Music. She has also appeared at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival as well as New York's Knitting Factory and Sonic Boom Festival. She is featured onthe new CD Geenyoch, music of Jennifer Margaret Barker, which was nominated for three Grammy awards, including best new piece, sung by Martha Elliott.

She has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, as well as the festivals of Tanglewood and Aspen, and with the symphonies of Atlanta, New Jersey, Jacksonville and Vermont. She also performed with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine. She has been heard in chamber music and recital at Trinity Church in N.Y.C., and the Library of Congress, as well as in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Providence and Princeton. She appeared with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Chamber Music Society of New Jersey, the Richardson Chamber Players in collaboration with such artists as Ignat Solzenitsyn, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Brentano String Quartet.

She has sung Baroque repertoire with Concert Royal, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the New England Bach Festival, the Westminster Choir, Princeton Pro Musica, the Streicher Trio, and the Baroque Soloists of New Jersey; which she co-founded. She has been featured in live broadcasts on Public Radio from the June in Buffalo Festival, on Performance Today, and on CBS "Sunday Morning" profiles of Blanche Moyse and George Walker.

Graduating with honors from Princeton University, she went on to receive a Masters from Juilliard, where she studied with Ellen Faull. She worked with Jan DeGaetani at Aspen, Phyllis Curtin at Tanglewood,and George McKinley in Philadelphia. Before coming to Princeton she spent summers at Interlochen singing Gilbert and Sullivan, and summers on Cape Cod doing musical theatre and sailing. She has been teaching at Princeton University since 1985 and is married to conductor Michael Pratt. They have a daughter, Emily and a beagle, Thisbe.

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