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"This is an artist whose work is diverse and genuine."
"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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Lisa is the founder and former director of Vocal Rush -- a five-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA). 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.
Song & Social Justice Circles:
January 20th-March 10th
8 Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm PDT
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 social justice and song, where we: make music + cultivate practices for transforming ourselves first, then our larger community and planet; foster healing, connection and resilience for our strength and wholeness in the Movement; ground in a "We" instead of an "I," as we envision a world rooted in Justice in Love. WeSing strives to be an actively inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppression community -- you can learn more about our practices and intentions in our anti-racism statement below.
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 here.
Lisa Forkish is a queer singer-songwriter, arranger, educator and self-described “Love Warrior,” infusing all she creates with fierce authenticity and heart. An Oaklander at heart, Lisa now resides on a small fruit farm on Hawai'i Island where she continues to teach online and write music. Lisa has released four solo albums of original music to date, and is currently putting out new music on Patreon every month. Her latest record combines her lush, dissonant a cappella arrangements with her honest and soulful songwriting: "Love Warrior EP" is a collection of songs about the triumph of love and the power of the human spirit, and features Lisa's vocals in layers of expressive harmony.
From 2011-2020, Lisa served as Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she was most notably the founder and director of five-time national champion a cappella group, Vocal Rush, also seen on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Known for their unique arrangements, soulful performances and commitment to music for social change, Vocal Rush was recently awarded as one of the “YBCA 100” alongside artists and activists Janelle Monae, Rafael Casal and Tarana Burke. Lisa has led six different a cappella groups to place in competitions around the country and has been a guest instructor and clinician at numerous festivals and universities including SING! Texas, the National A Cappella Convention and the London A Cappella Festival. She is also the recipient of the Mason McDuffie Education Foundation Award for "Outstanding Educator" and was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Women's A Cappella Association from 2012-2019. 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." Combining music and social justice, Lisa founded and chaired Musicians Against Sexual Violence, for which she received a Berklee Urban Service Award, and led the community in their first ever “Take Back the Night” rally in 2010.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Lisa is a prolific arranger, nominated for numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and commissioned works for a cappella and choral ensembles all over the country, including the Oakland Symphony Chorus. She has taken the stage at such world-renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and SF Jazz Center, and her arranging and musical directing work has been showcased with Alice Russell, Ben Harper, Michael Franti and Delta Rae. Lisa also leads WeSing: Song & Social Justice Circles, an anti-oppression, anti-racist, inclusive online community that sings music with a social conscience and works to dismantle white supremacy. She continues to use her songwriting, performing and teaching as a vehicle for social change, and believes in the power of music to transform, uplift, empower and build connection.
Lisa can be booked for the following services (NOW OFFERING ZOOM COACHING SESSIONS!):
** Masterclass or coaching sessions (individuals, ensembles and choirs)
** Educational workshops (on arranging, performing, group dynamics, stage presence, musicality, vocal improvisation...)
** Community-building retreats for your high school, college or adult ensemble
** Live performances or studio sessions
** Custom arrangements for your a cappella group, ensemble or choir