Director, Emma Ray Riggs McKay Music Library
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Early Music Ensemble
MS University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (LIS, emphasis in Data Curation)
Graduate Studies, University of California, Berkeley (Musicology MA)
BA Wellesley College (Music and Medieval/Renaissance Studies)
As a child, Lisa spent many happy hours in the public library in the rural town of Glocester, Rhode Island, dreaming of becoming a librarian when she grew up. She landed her first library position fifteen years ago at the J. Willard Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus. Lisa quickly moved up through various library departments, receiving an excellent foundation in what it takes to make an academic library great. In her last years at the Marriott Library, she lead and managed the University of Utah's institutional repository, USpace. Lisa joined the School of Music in June 2013 as the new Director of the McKay Music Library. She brings her interests and expertise in music, music history, early music, music libraries, academic libraries, digital libraries, digital preservation, metadata, data curation, languages, and the arts to her current position of leadership. Her most recent project has been to digitize Maurice Abravanel's Mahler symphony scores. See the digital collection portal here.
Lisa began her musical studies as a flutist in Rhode Island and discovered early music and the recorder while an undergraduate at Wellesley College. Her training in Medieval/Renaissance Studies and Musicology inform her work as a performer and teacher of early music. Lisa has been praised for her "remarkably vibrant" playing, performing as a soloist and with groups such as the Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine and Utopia Early Music. She has also played in and co-organized several Sundays@7 Baroque concerts since 2009. Lisa plays primarily early music; however, she has traveled into the realm of new music, premiering Miguel Chuaqui's Arioso for Recorder and LiveElectronics in 2012, and performing it at several festivals; most recently in June 2014 at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In the past few years, Lisa has returned to her first instrument (in its ancestral form), and performs on the traverso as well as the recorder. Lisa is the co-director of heArt Music, an early music group that performs several concerts a season for underserved populations.
Lisa has performed with and helped to guide the Early Music Ensemble since 2004 and is looking forward to leading it into the future.
- MUSC 437/4437/6437 Early Music Ensemble
- MUSC 6010 Music Bibliography!