Soprano Kiena Williams in a Studio LIS Masterclass with Dr. JJ Penna, 2019
In 2015, Elisabeth Stevens made a powerful decision to create an organization that would be more than a voice studio — that it would service artists around the world by creating resources, spaces, experiences, and opportunities for singing artists to thrive. Additionally, this organization would make a change in the opera industry by nurturing BIPOC talent and filling the information, experience and important relationship gaps that are created through the historic inequity in our business. Lis declared that singers who come through her company would be empowered by Learning their craft and their business, mastering their Intuition, and designing their individual Success to create their own artistic space and be true to their unique artistry and identity as a path to living their dreams. Hence, Studio LIS Voice was born.
Soprano Breanna Williams (center) as Despina with Jennie Legary (left) and Beth Ann Mirzai (right) as Dorabella and Fiordiligi in the Quarantine Sing! Opera Scenes concert, April 2021. This was Studio LIS’s first post-quarantine concert with in person attendees, held at Teatro LaTEA with a virtual audience of 200+ attendees.
We hope you will join us and become a part of this powerful shift in the Studio LIS Voice journey. The best way to join us is by donating to our cause. There are several options for donating any sum that makes sense for your budget, and you can even become a monthly donor to increase your individual impact. A gift of $100 covers one lesson or coaching for a singer. A gift of $2500 covers the full tuition costs for one singer per program. Every penny counts and we would be grateful for any contribution that you are able to make. To donate to Studio LIS Voice, please visit bit.ly/donatetostudiolis
– Jose Melendez (Academy of Vocal Arts, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia)