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 move those who hear it.
Lisa Sheldon joined the conservatory in 2002, where she exclusively teaches 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 Kathy in Student Prince spoke of her "subtle beauty and beautiful voice to the barmaid who would be queen." Sheldon played Miriam in the New York premier of Adolphe's The False Messiah and performed as a frequent soloist with the Boston Academy of Music, Cantata Singers, Concord Chorale, Greater Boston Choral Society, and Andover Choral Society, to name a few. 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 Providence Opera.
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 Lion King, West Side Story, South Pacific, Book of Mormon, Altar Boyz, Disaster!, and many more. 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 Linklater Technique, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais and yoga techniques in her own distinct, mutually supportive style to release tensions 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—the human voice—that touches the soul quite like no other.