Lisa Sheldon

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Associate Professor of Voice

As a voice teacher for more than 30 years, my greatest passion is to help singers find their free, healthy, powerful, and authentic voices, and to move those who hear it.

Lisa Sheldon joined the Conservatory in 2002 and is associate professor of voice, teaching singers in the musical theater program.
In addition to her work as a classical singer, Sheldon is an active jazz, musical theater, pop, and bluegrass vocalist. She was an American Guild of Musical Artists apprentice artist with Des Moines Opera and Central City Opera. Reviewers of her performance as Kathie in The Student Prince spoke of her "subtle beauty and beautiful voice." Sheldon played Miriam in the New York premiere of Adolphe's The False Messiah and has performed as a frequent soloist with the Boston Academy of Music, Cantata Singers, Concord Chorale, Greater Boston Choral Society, and Andover Choral Society, among other groups. She has enjoyed particular success in performing contemporary music, receiving glowing reviews for her performance of Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 as a concerto competition winner with the Mystic Valley Chamber Orchestra. She has performed her one-woman show, Look to the Rainbow, at numerous venues in New England, and she was a Puccini finalist with Opera Providence.
Sheldon is a former faculty member of Emerson College and Berklee College of Music. Many of her students have performed leads in Broadway and touring shows, such as The Lion King, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Book of Mormon, Altar Boyz, and Disaster! Sheldon worked for two years with 2006 American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee and was the founding artistic director of the Vermont Vocal Arts Institute, a summer arts camp for high-school singers. Her work with singers is centered around the body, incorporating the Linklater Technique, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, and yoga techniques in her own distinct, mutually supportive style to release tension in order to free the physical voice, find the inner voice, and achieve emotional connection and confidence as a performer. Sheldon is passionate about helping singers find their true "voice" and realize the potency of this extraordinary instrument that touches the soul quite like no other.