Lisa Dawson

Biography

Dr. Dawson teaches Applied Voice, Opera Theater and other vocal courses at IWU. She has performed a wide variety of operatic roles including Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. She also served as a staff soloist at Shakertown, Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, where she recorded a live CD of Shaker music along with her national presentations of Shaker Lecture Recitals.

Awards 

  • 2015 IWU Presidential Leadership Award 
  • CCCU Networking Initiative Grant Recipient 
  • Master Teacher Award, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2007 
  • Opera Theater Scholarship Award, Ball State University, 2005 

 

Achievements

  • National Opera Association (Board of Directors) 
  • 2016 National Opera Association Convention (Host Chair) 
  • National Association Of Teachers of Singing (Indiana Chapter President (2012-2014) 
  • IWU University Faculty Senate President (2011-2015) 
  • IWU College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Chair (2011-2015) 

 

Collaborative Presentations

  • New Works National Symposium, Host Ensemble 
  • Portraits of Women in Contemporary Soprano Duet, College Music Society National Convention 2015 
  • Portraits of Women in Contemporary Soprano Duet, National Opera Association 2016 
  • Recital:A Recital of Soprano Duets,Conservatorio Julián Aguirre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2013 
  • Presentation:The challenges and benefits of sharing the stage, the classroom and the opera theatre and featuring Works for Two Sopranos, CollegeMusic Society International Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 2013 
  • Presentation:The challenges and benefits of sharing the stage, the classroom and the opera theatre, National Opera Association, Portland OR. January 2013 
  • Recital: A Recital of Soprano Duets, Carnegie Hall  (New York City, NY) 
  • Recital:A Recital of Soprano Duets, Ball State University (Muncie, IN) 
  • Recital:A Recital of Soprano Duets, Taylor University (Upland, IN) 
  • Recital:A Recital of Soprano Duets, Warsaw Community Church (Warsaw, IN) 

 

Individual

  • Presentation: Wagner’s Lyric-Dramatic Soprano: A Pedagogical Approach to Singing Wagner, 2011 Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities
  • Poster Presentation:  A Shaker Sampler, National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), July 2010
  • Lecture Recital, A Shaker Music Sampler, 2009 Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities, Poster Presentation:  Trends in Evangelical Worship, 2009 Hawaii International Conference      of         Arts and Humanities
  • Guest Lecturer: Christian Faith and Community in Aesthetic Endeavors, John Wesley  College Honors Forum, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2009

 

Publications 

  • The Musician’s Way Study Guide, musiciansway.com, 2013
  • Shaker Music, The Encyclopedia of American Music and Culture, ABC-CLIO
  • WIPB Television’s “Front Row Center” Recording of Suor Angelica: Angelica  
  • Experiencing God’s Presence through Worship, Prayer and Service, Anderson, Indiana:  Warner Press, 2002.  Study questions for  Chapter One. 

 

Education 

  • Doctorate of Arts Ball State University 

                                             Primary: Vocal Performance 

  • Master of Music     University of Kentucky   

                                             Vocal Performance        

  • Bachelor of Arts     Anderson University 

                                              Major: Sociology 

                                              Minor: Vocal Performance 

  • Ordination: Church Of God (Anderson)  

 

Work History 

  • 2005-Present              Professor of Music-Indiana Wesleyan University 
  • 1999-2005                    AdjunctProfessor of Voice-Anderson University 
  • 2003-2005                     Instructor of Music History- Ball State University 
  • 2002-2005                     Voice and Opera Instruction/Direction- Ball State University 
  • 1999-2002                     Minister of Worship Arts- First Church of God, Eaton, IN 
  • 1999-2001                    Kindermusik Instructor-Anderson/Muncie, IN 
  • 1996-1999               Minister of Music and Worship-Hermitage Church of God, Nashville, TN 
  • 1992                                    Adjunct Professor in Vocal Performance and Piano- St. Catherine’s College, Bardstown, KY 
  • 1991-1992                      Vocal Performance Instructor (Private and Class)- University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 
  • 1991-1996                     Minister of Music and Worship- First Church of God, Louisville, KY 
  • 1989-1992                     Full time Vocalist and Musical Interpreter- Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, Inc. 
  • 1986-1989                     After Care Program Director/Counselor- Women’s Alternatives, Inc., Anderson, IN (Shelter for abused women, homeless women and their children.) 
  • 1987                                   Resident Director-Alternative Lifestyles, Inc., LaGrange, IN (Home for Physically and Mentally Challenged Adults.) 

Sample of Performances 

  • Die Fledermaus (Strauss)           Rosalinda     
  • Suor Angelica (Puccini)                 Angelica      
  • Impresario (Mozart)                 Miss Sweetones
  • Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)             Fiordiligi      
  • The Bells (Rachmoninoff)
  • Messiah (Handel)
    • Requiem (Mozart) 
    • Carmina Burana (Orff) 
  • Grand Mass in C Minor, K. 427 (Mozart)
    • Yatsugatake Fair, Kiyosoto, Japan 1990 and 1993 
  • Kentucky State Capital (State Prayer Breakfast) 
  • Side by Side (Sondheim Review)
  • My Fair Lady (Musical Review)
  • A Christmas Carol  

Last updated: 11/07/2016