Born in New York City, soprano / educator Lori Joachim Fredrics is presently expanding her career from the opera house and concert hall into the area of vocal jazz. Lori is, indeed, a rare breed among operatic soprano/mezzo-sopranos, as she is equally at home singing avant garde new music, 'legit' musical theatre, standard and scat-style jazz, as well as pop- style background vocals.She is known for her rich vocal tone, expressive interpretation, precise intonation, accurate musicianship and incredibly clear diction in four languages. She is a knowledgeable exponent of art song repertoire, specializing in the works of Schumann, Mahler, Ravel, and Faure as well as works by contemporary American composers, including those by her husband, Howard Fredrics. She also regularly performs jazz standards including Strayhorn/Ellington Classics, Gershwin, Weil, modern jazz compositions and well known virtuostic vocalese favorites such as Twisted by Annie Ross, The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines first heard on Joni Michell's Mingus Album and her own version of Moody's Mood for Love.
Lori has performed as a backing vocalist for bands and songwriters since the very beginning of her career, most recently, she recorded as a guest vocalist on Simple a track on Madding Crowd's new CD single entitled Modern Man.
As a University instructor of voice and private coach to many professional singers, Lori has been a mentor to performers on both sides of the atlantic.