Dr. Lisa Clark

Dr. Lisa Clark
Associate Professor of Music & Music Program Coordinator
Voice/Music Appreciation/Music History
Ralph Center for the Arts #139







DMA, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
MM, Florida State University (Tallahasee, FL)
BM, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Areas of Instruction

  • Applied Music – Voice
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Lyric Diction
  • Aural Skills
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History


Soprano, Dr. Lisa Clark, enjoys balancing a career as a solo performer, chamber musician, and educator. She currently serves as the Music Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Music at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY. Originally from South Bend, IN, Lisa earned music degrees from Northwestern University and Florida State University before deciding to pursue a DMA in Vocal Performance under Dr. Everett McCorvey at the University of Kentucky, where she was an Alltech Scholarship Recipient. Her dissertation, Synchrony of the Sublime: A Performer’s Guide to Duke Ellington’s Wordless Melodies for Soprano, examined the life and music of Duke Ellington with a focus on his use of the classical soprano voice in selected works and pedagogical concerns for performers.

She maintains an active presence as a performer through solo recitals, faculty recitals, and most recently, as a soloist with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in a West Side Story/Porgy and Bess medley, as Merab in the Evansville Bach Singers performance of Handel’s oratorio Saul, and as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem with the Owensboro Symphony Chorus. She appears regularly as a soloist at Settle Memorial Methodist Church and First Christian Church in Owensboro. Additionally, Lisa is a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble and has appeared as a soloist on the ensemble’s holiday CD titled Behold the Star! and participated in their national tour with performances at the Kennedy Center and other respected venues.  She has performed with the New York National Chorale in renowned venues such as David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

She performed the role of Clara in UK Opera Theatre’s production of Porgy and Bess, debuted the role of Eliza in Joseph Baber’s River of Time, and portrayed Ida B. Wells in Tazewell Thompson’s play, Constant Star with the Lexington Actor’s Guild. She has performed in several educational outreach efforts throughout Kentucky, including runouts of Every Time I Feel the Spirit with the Woodford County Theatre, and with the UK Opera Theatre Outreach Program.  Lisa has performed voiceover and commercial work with Post Time Productions in Lexington, KY, appearing in corporate videos for Lexmark and  TV spots for Traditional Bank. As a freelance performer, she has sung with the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Cincinnati Opera choruses in productions of Porgy and Bess under director Francesca Zambello and conductor John DeMain.

In addition to her college teaching position, Lisa maintains a private studio, works as a clinician in area high schools, and serves as the historian for the mid-south region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her students have been finalists in classical and musical theatre NATS categories and have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at Mannes, NYU, CCM, and UNC.