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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

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!

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

November 10th/11th-December 15th/16th (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 intersection 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 

Song & Healing Justice 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 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 Kanaka Maoli land along the Hāmākua Coast of Hawaiʻi 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 Kehlani, Alice Russell and 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 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. Lisa 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.

 
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BOOK LISA

  • Voice Lessons

  • Custom Vocal Arrangements

  • Ensemble Coaching

  • Topical Workshops

  • Community-Building Retreats 

  • Live Performances 

  • Studio Work