Coterie, a 10-member vocal ensemble from Louisville, began performing in 1989. It seemed natural for the group to take the name Coteriewhich means circle of friendsbecause thats exactly what the members are. It was their shared love for many different styles of music that inspired them to begin performing together as a group.
The outlets for Coteries talents are diverse. The ensemble can be found in a church or concert hall, presenting a program of sacred and secular music; on stage with the Louisville Orchestra, singing unique arrangements of holiday music; performing at a winter street festival, complete with Victorian costume; or singing The Star-Spangled Banner for a nationally televised basketball game.
Coterie also has been in demand for performances with other ensembles, such as Ars Femina, Voces Novae, and the Commonwealth Chorale. The group has been featured on a nationally televised video Christmas card on Presbyterian Survey, a magazine-format program produced by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. In 2003, Coterie spent nine days touring England and Scotland, performing concerts in Ely Cathedral; in Holy Trinity Church, the burial place of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon; in St. Giles Cathedral; and outdoors at Princes Garden in Edinburgh.
Coterie was voted Best Local Musician in the 1995 Louisville magazine readership poll. The group has released five commercial recordings, including a CD of the music performed on the European tour. With styles ranging from Renaissance to modern pop, Coterie delivers vocal music with style and humor.
The singers are Alice Wells, Jeanie Grosz, Michelle Harbison, Joan Horton, Joey Southerland, Michael Sands, Joe Medley, and Frances Weinstock.