From Bach & Mozart, to Ellington & Brubeck, soprano Dawn Holt Lauber's commitment to excellence in sacred song and it's mission shines through the music. Hailed by The Chicago Tribune as "exquisite" for the world premiere performance of William Russo’s Jubilatem, with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Lauber also performed with the CJE on Russo’s Chicago Suite 2, and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. She shares sacred jazz music for many initiatives of compassion, mercy, and justice - including for World Vision, Jimmy Carter Foundation, and World Bicycle Relief.
She first performed Ellington’s Sacred Concerts as a regular soloist with The Riverside Church of New York City, which ignited an interest in jazz, both secular and what has come to be known as sacred jazz, or even church jazz. Moving from New York to Chicago, Lauber became acquainted with Dave Brubeck's sacred music through her work at the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church - including a performance there with Brubeck's quartet and the Morning Choir. This work led her to Andy Tecson's ensemble, Churchjazz, with whom she regularly performs in concerts and worship services, and the annual performances of The Jazz Nativity and The Jazz Passion.
A classically trained soprano with an MM in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music, Lauber is also a featured soloist in many oratorio and concert settings - including the recent Midwest premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian 200, with the DuPage Chorale and Orchestra, for The Chicago Humanities Festival in "Noyes Fludde", with conductor John Nelson at Wheaton College in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and in Handel’s Messiah with the Elmhurst Chorale and Orchestra, among other ensembles. With the The Riverside Church, Lauber performed Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Faure’s Requiem, and Kodaly’s Missa Brevis featuring the Jose Limon Dance Troupe, among other standards of the classical sacred repertoire.