Unknown Illuminator, The Woman Clothed in the Sun, English, about 1255–1260, Ms. Ludwig III 1 (83.MC.72), fol. 19v.
about eya medieval music
Eya (pronounced “AYE-ah”) is a Latin exclamation of sacred joy.
Leading from the heart, Eya is an award-winning and pioneering collaborative organization specializing in medieval music through a feminine lens. Formed in 2010 and directed by Allison Mondel, Eya is building a global presence through performance, community singing, educational opportunities, sheet music resources, outreach programs, and more.
Eya has performed at many distinguished venues including the National Gallery of Art, The Music Center at Strathmore, Washington National Cathedral, and Dumbarton Oaks, as well as appearances at numerous colleges, universities, and concert series across the United States. Eya recently collaborated with The Amra Project (based at Trinity College Dublin), presenting rare medieval Irish music dedicated to Irish saints.
Eya has been featured on Voice of America radio and NPR (Millennium of Music, Harmonia Early Music), and is the recipient of the 2013 Greater DC Choral Excellence Award for “Best Specialty Group: Early Music.” They have two recordings, including the US-premiere of The Three Marys (2018).
“Remarkable… gorgeous… with precise ensemble, a strong sense of presence, and ringing vowels that reverberated to the farthest reaches of the cathedral.” – The Washington Post
Eya weaves together music for voices with timeless stories of women’s identity, viewpoints, and experience. Rooted in the medieval era, our work:
Awakens our understanding of human nature
Reconciles our disconnect with historic viewpoints
Re-envisions the interpretation of early works as reclamation of power, equality, and sacredness
We believe that women’s voices possess a unique power. We use our united voice to raise awareness, heal, and transform the sacred voice of women, past, present, and future. We also use our voices to foster well-being, transcendence, understanding, and sisterhood in both our local and global community.
We offer experiences and resources that focus our understanding of the Divine through a feminine lens. Ultimately, we invite you on a heart- and mind-opening journey that cultivates a deeper understanding of ourselves and of others.