Mortensemble was officially founded in January, 2013 with the debut release of William Byrd's "Ave verum corpus".
The concept of Mortensemble, under the direction of Erik-Peter Mortensen, is to be an ensemble of recording artists specializing in recording and producing performances of the great choral masters, as well as the choral works of Mr. Mortensen. Based in New York, it is especially difficult to get top professional singers to coordinate recording and performance schedules, as they are always in high demand, and very busy. To that end, Erik-Peter chooses recording projects based on the availability of his roster and the vocal requirements of a particular piece, which means, in some cases, a very versatile member may sing more than one vocal part on the recording. in the case of the debut release, for example, Mr. Mortensen sang all choral parts (SATB) doubled, producing a recorded ensemble of 8 singers!
The initial roster of professional singers that Mr. Mortensen will call upon for projects includes:
Sarah Moulton Faux (soprano, alto)
Katrina Montagne (soprano, alto)
Catherine Hedberg (soprano, alto)
John Tully (countertenor)
Aaron Lauber (countertenor)
Bill Heigen (countertenor, tenor, baritone)
Edwin Santayana (tenor)
Erik-Peter Mortensen (countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass)
Benjamin Clements (baritone, bass)
This roster will now doubt expand in the coming years, and it's more than probable that a live performance of Mortensemble may be planned in the future.