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Lisa DeSpain

Lisa DeSpain

Biography

OPERA America Discovery Award recipient for THAT HELLBOUND TRAIN, an American - blues opera.

Choral Arranger:
HAMILTON: A Choral Medley, NEXT TO NORMAL, ONCE, GREEN DAY ON STAGE (American Idiot), MAMA WHO BORE ME, and more (Alfred Publications.) Editor/Arranger of "Broadway Presents!" Musical Theatre Anthologies (Hal Leonard.)

2019 Commissions: UTAH Opera, Barlow Endowment

Previous Commissions:
Copland House, Buglisi Foreman Dance, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Cassatt String Quartet, American Composers Forum, Liz Lerman Dance, US Air Force Band of Flight, Aedo Productions (Peruvian circus).

Awards:
Copland House Fellow, ASCAP Commission Honoring the Duke Ellington Centennial, NEA Jazz Fellowship, ASCAP Film Composers Workshop, Dramatists Guild Fellowship.

Musical Theatre Works:
STORYVILLE - lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez
LIKE I CARE! - lyrics by Sara Wordsworth
A GRACIOUS PLENTY - book and lyrics by Stephan Scarpulla

Professor of Music and Theatre - LaGuardia Community College - City University of New York

Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area

Expertise

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Dance Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution

Instruments

  • Piano
  • Voice

Software

  • Finale
  • Logic

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
  • ASCAP
  • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD

Preferred Pronouns

  • She/Her