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Lisa Dills

Traverse City (in person only)

Clarinet

A native of Michigan, Lisa Dills attended Eastern Michigan University as a scholarship student in the Honors Program where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Her post-graduate work was in Music Theory and Literature. During her studies at the Music School, she was a winner of the annual EMU Orchestra Concerto Competition and was also a Soloist with the EMU Wind Ensemble. Her teachers of Clarinet include Armand Abramson, Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano and Ted Oien. Lisa has spent most of her career as a teacher and instructor. Most recently, she was a Band Director with the Michigan Home Education Music Association. Prior, she taught Instrumental Music as the 5th and 6th grade Band Director in the Novi Community School District. While at Eastern Michigan University she taught the Clarinet Class for Music Educators and the Music Theory Lab Classes for Undergraduates. She also maintains a private clarinet studio. Lisa has been with the Livonia Symphony Orchestra for 28 years and principal clarinetist since 1998. She is a member of the orchestra’s woodwind quintet which performs for various public school and community engagements and was also featured as a soloist during their 2011/2012 season. As an active freelance musician, Lisa has performed in numerous pit orchestra and ensembles including being a member of the Clarion Wind Symphony which recorded 20thcentury Wind Ensemble music of renowned composer Anthony Iannaccone. She is also currently a member of the Grosse Ile Woodwind Quintet, which actively performs throughout Southeastern Michigan. A recent transplant to the Traverse City area, Lisa is currently the principal clarinetist with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra. Lisa is married and mother of two beautiful girls.