Lisa Grisolia – Voice/Piano
Lisa Grisolia’s varied teaching experience includes private voice and piano instruction, choral directing, middle school to college level general music, and musical theater vocal directing. She has been teaching at the American Music Institute since 2007 and throughout the Chicagoland area since 1997. Ms. Grisolia holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she was a voice major and piano minor. She studied voice with Barrington Coleman and Sam Scifres and piano with Lawrence Campbell and Ririko Hayashi. She received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she studied with renowned soprano Judith Haddon and was coached by Giulio Favario and Dana Brown.
Ms. Grisolia was a longtime member of the New Classic Singers and has also sung with the Grant Park Chorus and Vox Caelestis. She has been a featured soloist with the Salt Creek Sinfonietta, Vox Caelestis, and New Classic Singers. NCS highlights include solos in Eurico Carrapatoso’s Magnificat, Terry Riley’s Sun Rings (with the Kronos Quartet), and Clyde Thompson’s We Have Spoken (world premiere). As a freelance accompanist for over 20 years, Ms. Grisolia’s diverse experience includes working with the Elmhurst Choral Union, West Suburban Symphony Singers, and Nazareth Academy Concert Choir.
Ms. Grisolia is currently the Director of Music Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church in Elmhurst. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
I love the variety that comes from teaching both voice and piano to students of all ages and levels. Each student has a unique personality and energy and brings something different to every lesson. I strive to be a sensitive and nurturing teacher, providing tools to help my students become better musicians and guiding them through a journey of finding their voice as a singer or instrumentalist. My goal is to help foster a love and understanding of music in my students, as well as the confidence to freely create and express themselves as individuals.