Lisa M. Gerstenkorn

Style: Opera; Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Classical; Pop; Musical Theatre

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Bio: Praised for her genuine stage presence and signature low notes, contralto Lisa Marie Gerstenkorn is an active performer and educator of varied vocal genres.  A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing since 2005, she previously taught Voice at Pittsburg State University (2005-2020), Missouri Southern State University (2013-2020), and Kansas City Kansas Community College (2010). Lisa currently serves as a Principal Vocal Artist and Teaching Artist at Heartland Sings in Fort Wayne, IN.  www.heartlandsings.org.  Her teaching style focuses on excellent musicianship and attention to detail through communication, honesty, encouragement and an open-minded attitude from both teacher and student. She works to understand what inspires students to keep learning new things while having a lot of fun! Originally from Pittsburg, KS, she has been a featured soloist with the Southeast Kansas Symphony, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, and the Bartlesville Choral Society.  On the operatic stage she has performed with Landlocked Opera, Music on Site, Inc., and the Ohio Light Opera. She was a Filstrup Resident Artist with the Tulsa Opera for two years, and portrayed Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s one-woman opera, Bon Appétit! with Heartland Opera Theatre. She was also featured in the world premiere of Bonnie McLarty’s Snow Angel (2019) with Lawrence Opera Theatre, and the world premiere of Lisa DeSpain and Rachel Peters' Staggerwing (2021) with Opera Kansas.   An Early Music enthusiast, Lisa has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Haymarket Summer Opera, and Baroque Opera Workshop in Queens, NY.  Internationally, Lisa has performed in Spain and Portugal with the American Opera Studio as Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival of Nova Scotia, Canada as Arnalta in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. Select musical theatre roles include Glinda (Wizard of Oz), Grace Farrell (Annie), and the title role in Evita. She has also performed covers of Fleetwood Mac, Adele, Melissa Etheridge, and the Andrews Sisters.  www.lisagerstenkorn.com

Voice Type: Contralto

Music Styles Taught: Opera; Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Classical; Pop; Musical Theatre

Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter

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