performer, educator, researcher
Saxophonist Lisa Keeney pursues regular performances of variety, and particularly enjoys new collaborations with living composers, as well as researching and performing existing music. Lisa has appeared as a performer and scholar in several venues and conferences, such as the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, North American Saxophone Alliance, Midwest Composers Symposium, and Michigan Music Research Conference. She earned her Masters in Music Performance from the University of Michigan and Bachelors of Music Education from Grand Valley State University. Her primary teachers were Dr. Timothy McAllister and Dr. Jonathan Nichol.
Lisa collaborated with composers Grey Grant, Jules Pegram, Nina Shekhar, and Annika Socolofsky to commission, promote, and record their new works for saxophone. With the Eero Quartet, she recorded a new studio version of Evan Chambers’ saxophone quartet The Trouble with the Wind, now available. Lisa also appears in the UM Symphony Band commercial albums Reflections (2015) and Poetics (2016).
As a soloist, Lisa has appeared in local performances in Ann Arbor at Glacier Hills Center and the 2016 Concert4aCause Benefit at Northside Community Church. Some of her notable performances include being the featured concerto soloist with the GVSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in 2013 and a semi-finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition (2014).
Lisa is also engaged in the art of chamber and ensemble music. With the Eero Quartet (2014–16), Lisa was active with performances and residencies, and won first place in UM’s Briggs Chamber Music Competition (2015) and third place nationally in the 2016 Music Teachers National Association Competition. Lisa also collaborates with musicians for local and international performances, including the Converge New Music Collective, Toronto Creative Music Lab, and Vea Quartet.
As an educator, Lisa has experience teaching both elementary general music and secondary band. She also teaches privately and coaches local band camps, and now serves as the Saxophone Instructor at Expressions Music Academy (Novi).
Lisa is actively interested in music editing, arranging, research, and publication. She is currently a Lead Editing Assistant for the UM Gershwin Initiative, and independently researches and presents findings about Gershwin's relationship with the saxophone. Lisa recently appeared as a guest speaker for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's ConcerTalk. In 2014, her edition of Selections from The Bride Elect by John Philip Sousa was premiered at GVSU.
with the Gershwin Steinway, University of Michigan