Love Warrior.

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 WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT LISA >>

"This is an artist whose work is diverse and genuine."

 -Mercury News

 

"There's no woman working in a cappella that has Lisa's resume... by a factor of ten." 

 

 -Deke Sharon, Educator /Producer (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off)

 

 
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SUPPORT ON PATREON

Every month, I release new content on Patreon  - for as little as $1/month you can join the community! When you become a patron, you get early access to new songs and videos, as well as exclusive content including improvised songs, love letters, photos, behind-the-scenes stories and updates. Higher level rewards include mp3 downloads, lead sheets, voice lessons and more! To make a one-time donation, use the button below!

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CALENDAR

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WeSing Winter Warming Circles:
Hold and Be Held

As we near the end of the year, with days getting shorter and temperatures getting cooler, singing can feel like a warm blanket over our bodies. In this shorter six-week intensive, we allow song and community to hold us. We allow our hearts to soften into the possibilities of the future through warmth, connection, and the closeness of our voices and spirits. Our culminating recording project will be "Hymn to Loving (Hold and Be Held)" and will be released on Lisaʻs forthcoming album!

Tuesdays, 12-1:30pm PST or Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm PST

November 10th-December 15th (6 Sessions)

*all song circles are currently held on zoom. Times are listed in PST (West Coast U.S.), you can use this converter to find your time*

WeSing is a queer-led, intergenerational and life-affirming community of humans, singing into the growing and necessary movement for our collective liberation. Our mission is to meet each other at the intersections of healing, justice, community and song.

 

 

SOLO WORK

 

VOCAL RUSH

Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011. In June of 2020, Lisa passed the baton to OSA Vocal Rush founding member and Class of 2012, Sarah Vela (as featured in "Let Us Be Loving" below.

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WESING 

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Song & Community Circles

We sing for the world we want to create; a world that works for all

​​WeSing is a queer-led, intergenerational and life-affirming community of humans, singing into the growing and necessary movement for our collective liberation. Our mission is to meet each other at the intersection of healing justice, community and song.

There is no prior singing experience required to participate in WeSing. Our community members come from all backgrounds - some trained singers, some, car/shower singers, some singing for the very first time in our space. You are loved and you are welcomed. Singing is your birthright.

Learn more about WeSing and register for a circle

 
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ABOUT LISA

Lisa Forkish (she/they) is a queer singer-songwriter, community-builder, artivist, song-healer, and self-described “Love Warrior,” infusing all she creates with fierce authenticity and heart. Raised on unceded Kalapuya land (Eugene, OR) among majestic Douglas firs and her motherʻs baby grand piano, Lisa finds wonder and magic in that which is unseen but deeply heard and felt. For the past 25 years, Lisa has been using song as both an expressive art and a tool for building connection; her music weaves together lush, dissonant vocal harmonies with honest, life-affirming lyrics to create a rich musical landscape that nourishes the ears and the soul. Lisa has released four albums of original music, and her latest record is a one-human, all-vocal EP titled "Love Warrior,” featuring seven original songs in musical celebration of the human spirit. 

For Lisa, teaching and facilitating music spaces is much more than a job: it is a sacred calling.  Whether it be in a university lecture hall with hundreds of participants, holding circle space with 30 singers, diving deep with 12 singers, or finding tenderness in a one-on-one session, Lisa shows up with warmth, grace, humor, and vulnerability. Lisa is the creator and facilitator of WeSing Circles, an intergenerational community singing into the growing and necessary movement for our collective liberation. From 2011-2020, Lisa taught at Oakland School for the Arts where she was the founder and director of five-time national champion high school a cappella group, Vocal Rush. Known for their unique arrangements, uplifting performances and commitment to music for social change, Vocal Rush took third place on NBCʻs reality competition show “The Sing-Off” and was named one of the “YBCA 100” alongside artists and activists Janelle Monae, Rafael Casal and Tarana Burke. Lisa has been at the musical helm of six different vocal groups over the past 20 years, and has traveled the world as an ensemble coach and clinician, teaching at numerous festivals and events including the National A Cappella Convention, London A Cappella Festival, Aarhus Vocal Festival and 1440 Multiversity. She is the recipient of the Mason McDuffie Education Foundation Award for "Outstanding Educator" and co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Women's A Cappella Association from 2012-2019. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Lisa is also an award-winning arranger with a distinct style, and her work has been commissioned for artists and ensembles across the country, from Kehlani to the Oakland Symphony Chorus. Lisa had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, SF Jazz Center and Yoshiʻs, and her arranging and musical directing work has been showcased alongside Alice Russell, Ben Harper, Michael Franti and Delta Rae. A fun fact: before beginning her professional career, Lisa’s stint as director of her college a cappella group Divisi was the inspiration for the box office hit film “Pitch Perfect.”

Lisa is committed to decolonizing the western settler capitalist concept of singing as an exclusive activity only for some, and not the universal truth that it is; a sacred birthright. Lisa breathes humanity into her music and the spaces she holds with infectious joy and compassion, aiming to heal the wounds of music elitism and not-enoughness through an embodied, trauma-informed and heart-centered approach. For Lisa, love is paramount, and closeness is the antidote to white supremacist delusion, cisheteropatriarchy and cultural disconnection; essentially all of Lisaʻs life work has revolved around cultivating deep connection and community. Lisa believes in the alchemical power of music to both ground and uplift, to transform and transmute, and her ultimate aim in life is to utilize music for personal and collective healing and liberation. Lisa is currently a settler on occupied Kānaka Maoli land along the Hāmākua Coast of Hawaiʻi Island where she lives with her beloved Andrea, three cats, and a fruit orchard.

 
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BOOK LISA

  • Voice Lessons

  • Custom Vocal Arrangements

  • Ensemble Coaching

  • Topical Workshops

  • Community-Building Retreats 

  • Live Performances 

  • Studio Work