Lisa Graham is celebrating her eleventh season as Music Director of the Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline (formerly the Brookline Chorus). In addition to working with the Boston Pops for a second concert tour this year, she will be conducting with the Handel and Haydn Society during the 2014-15 season.
As Music Director, she has brought energy and professionalism to the chorus, and has shaped the choral programming to include, alongside the masterworks, programs of contemporary, American, and lesser-known works. These culturally significant programs resonate with the Chorale’s mission to provide not only quality musical performances, but educational experiences for its members and its audiences. Past examples include a concert of modern and 17th century Latin American works performed with musicians from Bolivia, and Musik Macht Frei [Music Makes You Free], music from concentration camps.
In addition to her role as Music Director for the Metropolitan Chorale, Dr. Graham is the Evelyn Barry Director of Choral Programs at Wellesley College, where she conducts the Wellesley College Choir, Chamber Choir and Choral Scholars, in addition to teaching academic courses in the Music Department. She formerly conducted the Handel and Haydn Society’s Young Women’s Chorus in Boston.
Before her arrival at Wellesley, Dr. Graham was on the faculty at California State University, where she conducted the Women’s Chorale. She studied at the Kingston University School of Music in London, at Sonoma State University, and at the University of Southern California, where she earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees. As a vocalist, she has performed as a soprano soloist, toured extensively and sung with professional choral ensembles. She is also a founder and President of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).