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Eya is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Lauded as “remarkable” and “gorgeous” (The Washington Post), Eya is an early music ensemble of hauntingly beautiful vocal quality married with deep spirit. Eya crafts programs that interweave diverse repertories, forging new points of connection between contemporary audiences and medieval repertoire which underline our common humanity with early poets and composers. Eya has performed at a variety of notable venues including the National Gallery of Art, The Music Center at Strathmore, Washington National Cathedral, and Dumbarton Oaks, as well as numerous colleges, universities, and concert series across the east coast and midwest. They have been featured on Voice of America radio, Millennium of Music and Harmonia on NPR, and are the recipient of the 2013 Ovation Award for Best Specialty Group: Early Music, as well as 2018 nominee for Best New Recording following their latest album release, The Three Marys. Eya (pronounced “EH-yah”) is a Latin exclamation of joy. Learn more at


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Allison Mondel, soprano and director
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
​Crossley Hawn, soprano

PHOTO CREDIT: Anthony Thompson


“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 / Read full Post article here

“The program had elegant chansons, shaped with mellifluous, delicately-wrought phrasing, alternating with robust energy…”
​- The Washington Post


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​Allison Mondel, director