Lisa received her Master in Fine Arts Degree in Multi-Focus Trumpet Performance from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California under the mentorship of trumpet soloist and pedagogue Edward Carroll. She also completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance with High Distinction at the Eastman School of Music with James Thompson.
She has been a performer across North America and Europe appearing as a soloist in addition to performing as an orchestral and chamber musician. In 2001, she was a participant of both the trumpet seminar and orchestral program at the Aspen Music Festival under the instruction of Kevin Cobb, Louis Ranger and Ray Mase. Also that year she was the sole representative of Eastman’s first internet-based masterclass (with James Thompson) and Professor Bryan Allen (Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama). In October 2002, she opened for Stanley Clarke wth the funk band A Day After Monday for the “Stanley Clarke and Friends” scholarship concert at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California. Her talents then took her abroad in the Spring of 2003 to Glasgow and London, performing HK Gruber’s Exposed Throat to British audiences at both the RSAMD and the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). In 2007, she travelled abroad for several years while working for Carnival Cruiselines, to places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and the East Coast. Lisa has performed with an array of artists, such as Grover Washington Jr., Gregg Fields, Dennis Rowland, Peter Nero, Bobby Watson, the Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Section and the New Century Players, to name a few. She has performed and premiered numerous original and existing works for trumpet during the course of her career, including Morton Subotnick’s After the Butterfly, Luciano Berio’s Sequenza X, HK Gruber’s Exposed Throat and a self-composed theatrical monologue titled Pants. She regularly performs with other artists emphasizing interdisciplinary work, involving dance, film, theatre and freely improvised scenarios that explore human artistic boundaries and in turn, further them.
She is well-versed in any style that is required of her as a player, from experimentalism to classical, funk, Latin and rock. Lisa currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she continues her career as a freelance trumpeter. You can also see her perform throughout the US with cumbia ensemble La Sonora Tropicana, and with her experimental funk quart.