Makin' It with Dr. Lisa Neher
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Portland, Oregon composer and mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher (b. 1985) 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 Third Angle New Music, 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. For more information, visit her website, ​Lisa uses she/her pronouns and her last name is pronounced "NEER."


Instagram: @lisanehermezzo

Facebook: @lisanehermusic

Twitter: @lisaneher

One Voice Project Micro Opera Festival and the Think Small conversation series are on her Youtube channel:

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