LISA GRAHAM is beginning her eleventh season as Music Director of the Metropolitan Chorale. Under her leadership, the Chorale’s membership has grown in size to 100 members who hail from communities throughout the Boston area. Dr. Graham has shaped the Chorale’s programming to include contemporary, American, and lesser-known programs, alongside the masterworks of the repertory. She has enhanced the reputation and reach of the Chorale through collaborations with acclaimed vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as established composers of our day. In a review of her guest appearance conducting the Metropolitan Chorale and the Boston Pops last December, Broadway World praised Dr. Graham as “a spellbinding maestro, balletic in her direction … a great connection with her performers on stage.”
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 Singers and Choral Scholars in addition to teaching academic courses in the Music Department. Under her direction, the Wellesley College Choirs have toured internationally to England, Wales, Canada, Spain, Italy, and Portugal in addition to domestic tours annually. In 2010 the Choir was chosen to perform at the American Choral Director’s Regional Convention in Philadelphia. Both the Chamber Singers and the Choir are featured in the motion picture, Mona Lisa Smile.
Active in the Boston musical scene, she joins the Handel and Haydn Society’s Bicentennial Season to conduct their Holiday Sing concerts and a series of educational outreach performances this year in Boston area high schools.
Additionally, she is a founding member and President of the National Collegiate Choral Conductor’s Organization, has served as a Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Massachusetts American Choral Director’s Association, and is an active guest conductor, clinician, and festival adjudicator.
Prior to her arrival in the Boston area, Dr. Graham was on the conducting faculty at California State University Northridge. She taught conducting at the University of Southern California where she earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees, while serving as Assistant Conductor to the USC Thornton Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. William Dehning. As a vocalist, Dr. Graham has performed a soprano soloist and has toured extensively. She is also a founder and past President of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).