performer, educator, researcher
Saxophonist Lisa Keeney pursues new collaborations with living composers, and 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, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, North American Saxophone Alliance, Midwest Composers Symposium, and Michigan Music Research Conference. She earned her Masters of Music Performance from the University of Michigan and Bachelors of Music Education from Grand Valley State University. Her primary mentors were Timothy McAllister, Jonathan Nichol, and musicologist Mark Clague.
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 an educator, Lisa has experience teaching both elementary general music and secondary band. In Summer 2018, she led the production of The Classical Tenor Saxophone Resource Guide, a educational resource for saxophone students and teachers, available for free download. Lisa also teaches privately and coaches local band camps.
Lisa is actively interested in music editing, arranging, research, and publication. She is currently a Lead Editing Assistant and Engraver 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