Christine Shumway Mortine


“The Columbus Bach Ensemble performed its farewell concert last night to a standing-room-only crowd….Under the leadership of Christine Shumway Mortine, the program of mostly baroque music was an elegant celebration of the season…It was courageous for Mortine to have created her ensemble, which played last night with great accomplishment…The standing ovation was well deserved.” – The Columbus Dispatch, December 2006 ‘Group Exiting stage with smashing show’

“The Columbus Bach Ensemble, with founder and music director Christine Shumway Mortine conducting, offered baroque enthusiasts that unusual opportunity last night as it simultaneously made its Southern Theatre debut and gave the first local performance of an aria by J.S. Bach discovered this past May in Weimar, Germany…” – The Columbus Dispatch 2006

“Throughout, Mortine’s tempos were not too fast to overlook important detail, yet not too slow as to lose sight of the work’s large-scale architecture.”

“Mortine directed the 23-member choir through Gabrielli’s Exsultate Domine seemingly always with an ear for sculpting the work’s contrapuntal lines.”

“Mortine paced the work [Jauchzet dem Herrn] at a beautiful tempo and led the choirs through an effective array of changes.”
“The ensemble did its namesake proud.”

“After intermission, soprano Christine Mortine, founder and music director of the ensemble, stepped forth to solo in two contrasting arias by Handel. [Piangero la sorte mia and Let the Bright Seraphim]. Her fine voice was strong, clear, agile and expressive.” – The Columbus Dispatch 2005 Columbus Bach Ensemble Season

“Mortine was in charge, holding the performance in tight rein while allowing the music to flow through its own power.” -The Columbus Dispatch 2004 – Columbus Bach Ensemble

“Cheers filled the Pontifical College Josephinum’s St. Turibius Chapel last night for the Columbus Bach Ensemble’s ‘Sensational Soloists’ program, proving that early music is alive and well in Columbus.”

“The Columbus Bach Ensemble is beginning to go places, and from the reactions of the audience last night, it will have quite a following on its journey.” – The Columbus Dispatch 2003 Columbus Bach Ensemble Season

“The pacing was also superb, moving energetically through,and connecting,each scene, as if realizing a play-which, in fact, Passion is.” – The Columbus Dispatch 2002 of Bach’s St. John Passion – Columbus Bach Ensemble

“Strohl[Mortine] (Amor) makes a charming, dangerously wily cupid….staging convincingly elevates Amor to a major character and the source of virtually all the action.” – The Columbus Dispatch L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi – Opera/Columbus, Martin Pearlman – Conductor

“Wearing a long, purple velvet gown, she held the baton stick with the delicacy of a surgeon, sweeping it through the thick baroque texture to cut fugues that were tender, melodious and haunting.” – Anchorage Daily News, Handel’s Messiah – Anchorage Guild of Organists

“Soprano Christine Strohl/Mortine delivered ‘Et incarnatus est’ not as an operatic aria – the way it’s usually treated – but as a lullaby, giving the movement more personality than one hears in most commercial recordings of the setting.” – Anchorage Daily News, Mozart C Minor Mass, Dr. Grant Cochran – Conductor

“Christine Strohl/Mortine, the brightest of Anchorage’s many vocal lights, lent her powerful voice to the story before its conclusion in a stirring chorus of ‘Hallelujah.'” – Anchorage Daily News, Honneger’s King David – The Alaska Chamber Singers

“Performing J.S. Bach’s lighthearted ‘Coffee Cantata,’ Strohl’s/Mortine’s beautiful voice danced playfully…Strohl’s/Mortine’s supple and enchanting soprano performance won the series most prolonged and spontaneous applause.” – Anchorage Daily News

“…Christine Strohl’s/Mortine’s enchanting vocals that still melt the ice on cold evenings.” – Anchorage Daily News, Darts ‘N’ Roses: Local arts critics’ picks and pans

“… Christine Strohl’s/Mortine’s delightful vocals. Her multi talented performance included pieces played on the viola da gamba and various recorders, blending beautifully with her partners.” – Anchorage Daily News, AVE (Anchorage Vocal Ensemble), David Hagen – Director

” None can compete with Strohl/Mortine, the group’s main vocalist, who sang of Elizabethan love – both bawdy and romantic – with a clear, unaffected delivery.” – The Columbus Dispatch, The Early Interval