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Alissa Rhode

Alissa Rhode

Biography

Alissa Rhode is a composer, arranger/orchestrator, music director, pianist and vocalist. Through her association with Northern Sky Theater, she has supported and contributed to the development of over 20 new musicals to date. In addition to her function as music director and piano/conductor, she has also served as music supervisor and copyist for many of these new works. Her specialties include leading and collaborating with small to mid-sized bands, as well as working with actor-musicians and tailoring orchestrations to their strengths.

Regionally, she has also worked with Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Children’s Theater of Madison, Door Shakespeare, Third Avenue Playhouse, Theatre Gigante, and Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua.

As a composer, Alissa’s original theatrical scores include the upcoming 2022 premiere of SUNFLOWERED, co-authored with Lachrisa Grandberry & Aidaa Peerzada; and DAIRY HEIRS: THE FAMILY FARMING MOO-SICAL (book by Eva Nimmer and Joel Kopsichke; lyrics and story by Joel Kopischke), premiered in 2018 and remounted in 2019. Other projects include an original score for Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT and the original score for VICTORY FOR VICTORIA (book and lyrics by Peggy Peterson Ryan & Susan Peterson Holmes), a suffragist musical about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President in 1872.

Alissa also has substantial cabaret and concert experience, and in pre-pandemic times, could frequently be found leading the house band at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a flexible musician who thrives on a challenge, so please feel free to reach out if you’d like to discuss a project!

Alissa holds a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s in Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for 21st Century Studies.

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • Chicago/Midwest

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Keyboard Programmer
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist

My Primary Instrument

  • Piano

My Instruments

  • Harpsichord
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice

Software

  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius

Affiliations

  • ASCAP
  • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD

Pronouns

  • She/Her