Dr. Lisa Neher (pronouns: she/her) has over ten years of experience as music educator, teaching studio voice, vocal seminar, singer's diction, music composition, music theory, and musicianship. She has served on faculty at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Coe College and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa, and taught as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas. In addition, Lisa has extensive experience teaching students of all ages in the private studio setting. Her high school students have won places in Iowa's All-State Choir and high school and community musical theatre productions, and have received high scores on state Solo & Ensemble Contests. Several studio recitals are held each year, giving students the opportunity to put what they have learned in lessons on stage. Her students have gone on to pursue degrees in voice performance, music education, and music therapy at colleges such as Columbia College Chicago, Wartburg College, Simpson College, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa. Lisa regularly adjudicates vocal competitions including NATS and Solo & Ensemble Contest. She enjoys working with students from a variety of musical backgrounds.
Lisa loves singing classical and musical theatre repertoire and is particularly passionate about performing the music of living composers and music written by women, people of color, and LGBTQ composers. She performs with Opera Theatre Oregon, The Resonance Ensemble of Portland, Portland Opera Chorus, Third Angle New Music, Cascadia Composers, Friends of Rain New Music Ensemble, and was recently featured at St. James Lutheran Church's Bach Cantata Vespers where she performed as Alto Soloist for J.S. Bach's cantata, Mit Fried’ und Freud’ ich fahr’ dahin (With Peace and Joy I Depart). She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, a Master of Music Composition from the University of Kansas, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Theatre from Lewis & Clark College. Learn more about Lisa's performing and composing on her professional website.