Praised for her luscious sound and vocal control, Lorraine Reinhardt has performed as soloist in works including Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, Mozart’s Vesperae solonnes de Confessore, and Requiem, Mass in G Minor by Vaughan Williams, The Four Note Opera by Tom Johnson, and Haydn’s Creation; with orchestras including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Youth Orchestra, and the Saskatoon Symphony. She has often been heard in solo performance with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and Elektra Women’s Choir, and has worked with conductors Jon Washburn, Diane Loomer, Morna Edmundson, Helmut Rilling, Frieder Bernius, Tõnu Kaljuste, Eric Whitaker, Georg Tintner, and John Aldis. Lorraine has been recorded for broadcast on the CBC.
Lorraine began to sing with the Vancouver Chamber Choir in the fall of 1988. She enjoys the wide variety of music that the choir sings and she continues to be inspired by the talents of her colleagues. Lorraine has travelled the world with the choir, beginning in her first season with what was then the Soviet Union. She has also been privileged to visit many parts of Canada and enjoys the opportunity to join with other singers in far off places and close to home, for audiences as small as twenty-five and as large as ten thousand. Choral singing truly is a universal language and it’s the best team sport there is!
A highly respected teacher of singing, Lorraine has engaged students in her private studio since 1977. She was on the voice faculty of the Music Department of Kwantlen University College in Langley from its opening in 1993 until 2007. She was voice coach to Chor Leoni Men’s Choir from 1995 to 2010 and has taken on that role again beginning in 2018. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is active in the Vancouver Chapter. In July 2004 she was appointed as District Governor for NATS in BC, a position she held for four years. Lorraine has directed choirs of many descriptions, ages and sizes. She is active leading workshops on singing technique, church choir repertoire and choral technique. She has adjudicated festivals throughout BC.
Lorraine is also active in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, in her home congregation and also as chair of the National Programme Committee for Worship.
Lorraine began life in Saskatchewan. Her small community of Outlook was filled with musical opportunities and Lorraine took part in most of them. After high school Lorraine moved to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where she received a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction. In 1984 she moved to Coquitlam with her husband, Cliff, and their two young children. Lorraine is a past winner (1985) of the Provincial Senior Voice class for the BC Kiwanis Festival. She was a founding member (1987) of Elektra and sang with the choir until 1999.