The American soprano, Joellen Brassfield, is a familiar figure in the Washington-area early music scene as both an accomplished soloist and ensemble artist. She has appeared as a soloist with many of the Washington’s most prominent musical organizations including the Alexandria Choral Society, the American Repertory Singers, Cantate Chamber Singers, Cathedral Choral Society, the New Dominion Chorale, Orpheus, the Palestrina Choir, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington Kantorei, and the Woodley Ensemble. She has also performed with the Folger Consort, and Chantry. She has appeared in venues throughout the East Coast, including Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Washington National Cathedral, and the Kennedy Center. She has performed under the batons of Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Paul McCreesh, Harry Christophers, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gerard Schwarz, Richard Hickox, Hugh Wolf, Margaret Hillis, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, and Leonard Bernstein.
Recent (as of 2008) highlights include performances with the Folger Consort in a critically acclaimed production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, a program of music by Dietrich Buxtehude with Hesperus, and a supporting role in Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas in a joint concert with the Bach Sinfonia and Chantry.
Her recordings include music by contemporary American composers on the ARSIS Audio label with the American Repertory Singers, several recordings with the Washington Bach Consort, and she is featured on the debut recording of the Woodley Ensemble, Lux Aeterna.