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)
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 nineteen 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. 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, languages, academic libraries, digital libraries and preservation; data curation, and instruction to her current position of leadership. Blossoming out of the old listening lab in 2001, the McKay Library has expanded its collections and facilities through Lisa's dedication and perseverance. The library has grown into a scholarly and inclusive space designed to foster success for all students in the School of Music. As a music librarian and scholar, one of Lisa's most recent projects has included digitizing Maurice Abravanel's Mahler symphony scores. See the digital collection portal here. Lisa has presented on various aspects of this project at several regional and national conferences (MPMLA 2015, CODA 2016, and MLA 2018).
In addition to her work as a music librarian, Lisa is an active early music performer and concert curator. She 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. She has directed the University of Utah Early Music Ensemble since 2014 and seeks out collaborations from members of the local and national early music community to provide exciting musical opportunities for her students.
As a performer, Lisa has been praised for her "remarkably vibrant" playing, performing frequently as a soloist and chamber player with Utopia Early Music and with musicians in the School of Music. Lisa plays primarily early music; however, she has traveled into the realm of new music, premiering Miguel Chuaqui's Arioso for Recorder and LiveElectronics at several festivals; and 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-founder and co-director of heArt Music, an early music group that performs several concerts a season for underserved populations.
As a public speaker in the community, Lisa has given pre-concert talks for the Salt Lake Chamber Music Society and has been the invited Women in Music speaker for the Tau Beta Sigma Western District Conference (Idaho State University, 2017) and its local chapter, Omicron (Salt Lake City, 2019). Her presentation, "To the Unknown Goddess": Hear our Voices! , is rich with details that bring her own personal musical history and the history of women in music—from Hidegard von Bingen (1098–1170) to Delia Derbyshire (1937–2001)—together.
- MUSC 437/4437/6437 Early Music Ensemble
- MUSC 6010 Music Bibliography!