Lisa Thorson is a highly sought after and regarded music educator and vocal coach. She is a Professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music where she has taught technique, style, improvisation, performance, and history since 1996.
In 2013 Lisa received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Berklee celebrating her accomplishments in the field of voice and jazz education. Lisa has also taught private lessons, ensembles and improvisation at Longy School of Music, NE Conservatory, and Wellesley College. She has been a guest artist and clinician at numerous schools and festivals throughout the US and Italy, including the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, FL, Honeywell Center, IN, UNH Jazz Festival, and the Sant’elpidio Jazz Festival and Workshop.
Lisa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory and a Master in Music degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from NE Conservatory. She is a certified instructor of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method.
“Everything that I’ve learned as a professional comes into my teaching. How to deal with stage fright, how to negotiate a contract, how to talk with side people on a gig, how much rest you need, how much water you need to drink, what kind of food you need to eat, how much you need to keep studying, where you find an agent, what you do with a record label, how you put together a recording…. I mean everything. I am very practical about what it takes to succeed as an artist.
Lessons are tailored to the goals of the student. I challenge students to do things that they might not normally do with an eye and an ear toward them developing their personal style, their unique voice and not being cookie cutters. I wholeheartedly encourage creativity, nurture good, healthy, practical technique and promote informed musicianship. Almost everything that I teach, including vocal technique, has an improvisational component. I encourage stretching beyond comfort zones, because that is the point at which you discover possibilities and learn new things. My approach is positive and students feel comfortable diving in and venturing into unknown territory.”