Lisa Forkish is an Oakland-based vocalist, composer, arranger, and music educator. Lisa’s vast performance resume includes appearances all over the country at such world-renowned venues as Lincoln Center, Yoshi's Oakland, and Jimmy Mak's, and alongside notable artists Bobby McFerrin, Pink Martini, K.D. Lang and Stephen Schwartz. Lisa was the 2009 recipient of Portland’s “Songwriter of the Year” award, and in 2010, was selected to participate in the prestigious Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project. Lisa has also been singing, arranging and teaching in the contemporary a cappella world since 2002 when she got her start as music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning female a cappella group Divisi, featured the best-selling book “Pitch Perfect,” later made into the box office smash film. In addition, Lisa is one of the founders of the Women’s A Cappella Association (WACA), a non-profit arts organization. Lisa has been on faculty at OSA since January 2011, where she is also founder and director of the school's acclaimed a cappella group Vocal Rush: two-time International Championship of High School A Cappella winners and third place on NBC's "The Sing-Off."
In May 2012, Lisa released her second full-length record Bridges alongside her husband and jazz guitarist Patrick Anseth. Bridges was reviewed by numerous publications including Jazz Times and received radio rotation across the country, as well as in The Netherlands, Bavaria, Argentina and Canada. One year later, Lisa released a collaboration album titled Vast is the Sky with jazz pianist and OSA colleague Cava Menzies 8/15 under their group name CAVALISA. Lisa's latest recording project, a five-song EP from breakout all-female a cappella quintet The Riveters, features Lisa's signature arrangements and contralto vocals.
Lisa has been teaching and directing for over 10 years and holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in Songwriting and Voice.