Women’s Choirs

About the Chairperson

Chairperson: Lisa Graham

Lisa Graham is the Evelyn Barry Director of Choral Programs and Lecturer 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 in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Portugal and South Korea, and the Baltics in addition to domestic tours annually. In 2010, the Choir was chosen to perform at the American Choral Director’s Regional Convention in Philadelphia and appeared again last year as part of the ACDA Eastern Division conference in Boston. Both the Chamber Singers and the Choir are featured in the motion picture, Mona Lisa Smile.

In addition, Dr. Graham is Music Director of the Metropolitan Chorale. Under her fourteen years of leadership, the Chorale’s membership has grown in size to 100 members who hail from communities throughout the Greater Boston area. Dr. Graham has shaped the Chorale’s programming to include contemporary, American, and lesser- known works, 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 appearance conducting the Metropolitan Chorale and the Boston Pops, Broadway World praised Dr. Graham as “a spellbinding maestro, balletic in her direction … a great connection with her performers on stage.” This season will mark her 6th  tour with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in the New England area.

Active in the Boston musical scene, has been frequent conductor with Handel and Haydn Society, directing their Holiday Sing concert for several seasons and enjoying a ten-year history of conducting  their Young Women’s Chorus. In addition to her work with Boston Pops, she prepared members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Charles Dutoit's BSO performance of Holst's The Planets.  Additionally, she is a founding member and former 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. She holds a Master's and DMA degrees from the University of Southern California and completed her undergraduate work at Sonoma State University.

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