Sunday, September 15, 2019

Lisa Neher

Portland, Oregon-based composer and mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher writes theatrical, story-driven music for instruments and voices. Trained as a stage actress, her compositions are shaped by her keen sense of dramatic timing and feature aching, lyrical phrases, energetic rhythmic motives, and intense harmonies. She often draws inspiration for her works from the natural world, suggesting the joyous bubbling of streams, the delicacy of sprouting plants, and the eerie mystery of deep ocean life with evocative timbres and vivid motives.

Lisa’s commissions include works for Durward Ensemble, the Glass City Singers, Coe College Orchestra, Kirkwood Community College Chamber Singers, pianist Michael Kirkendoll, and flutist Rose Bishop. Her marimba duo Thaw was premiered by Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh at the Sacramento State Festival of New American Music. She is a fellow of the Cortona Sessions for New Music and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.

Lisa is in high demand as a performer of contemporary and standard repertoire and is the creator of the One Voice Project, a performance of new unaccompanied songs and poetry. She spends her free time distance running and baking delicious treats involving copious amounts of chocolate.

Three Representative Works:
Twister for large chamber ensemble
Three Basho Haiku for SATB choir
Thaw for two marimbas

Visit Me Online:
• Music
• Web
• Video: YouTube Channel
• Social Media:Twitter
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Social Media: Instagram (handle is @lisanehermezzo)
Oregon Connection: I grew up south of Seattle and moved to Portland to earn my undergraduate degrees in music and theatre at Lewis & Clark College. After several years earning graduate degrees and working in the midwest, I returned to Portland last summer to make it my permanent home. I am a member of Cascadia Composers, and am their social media specialist, teach music history at Lewis & Clark College, perform with Resonance Ensemble and Portland Opera Chorus, and run a private voice studio in SW Portland.