Faculty & Staff

Lisa Golda

Associate Lecturer -
Musical Theatre Voice Teacher and Accompanist

NFAC 301




Lisa Golda (EMC; MM Vocal Performance, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music) teaches both musical theatre and classical vocal techniques. A former Resident Artist of Portland Opera, she has performed with organizations including Next Act Theatre, Present Music, Chicago Opera Playhouse, Portland Opera, Seattle Opera, and the Bluetones R&B band. Lisa has previously taught at Lakeland University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She has served as the music director/ pit pianist for productions ranging from community theatre to collegiate and semi-pro theatres in Milwaukee, and also was a Unity church music director for eight years.

In Chicago Lisa performed with Chicago Opera Playhouse and participated in a learning community for arts educators at Stepppenwolf Theatre. She has studied the Estill Vocal Method with Dr. Kimberly Steinhauer. To date, three of her private voice students have won 35-40k college scholarships for voice study by audition from the Kohler Foundation. Lisa's publications include Classical Singer Magazine and Teaching Artists' Guild Quarterly. She was a teaching artist in long-term arts integration federal research residencies for Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. She was also in annual residence at several elementary schools for Chicago Opera Theatre, creating a unique approach to teaching social emotional learning, ESL, and literacy through original collaborative theatrical and musical arts-integrated projects with students of all ages. Lisa also presented professional development sessions and curriculum consulting for teaching artists, arts administrators, and CPS teachers through Ravinia, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony, and Chicago Arts Educators' Forum.