Lisa Stidham
  • Visiting Instructor of Vocal Studies


  • BA in music, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978
  • MA in musicology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983
  • MM in voice, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1985
  • DMA in vocal performance, University of Southern California, 2006


Soprano Lisa Stidham is a native of New Mexico who grew up in Southern California, where she studied with Peggy Norcross, Martial Singher, Donald Stenberg, Judith Natalucci, and Elizabeth Hynes. A passionate chamber musician, she has sung in concerts and recitals in the United States, Europe, and South America, presenting repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Villa-Lobos, Bach to Britten, and especially current American composers such as John Harbison, Donald Crockett, and Stephen Hartke.

Stidham has performed with the São Paulo Municipal Orchestra, as guest soloist at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and as a guest artist at the University of Tasmania, among other engagements. She gave the West Coast premiere of Harbison’s Samuel Chapter and the world premiere of Hartke’s Sons of Noah with the University of Southern California Contemporary Music Ensemble. Her subsequent recording of that work was praised by New York Times music critic Anthony Tomassini as “a tour de force, a miniature opera written (as a birthday gift!) for the composer’s wife, Lisa Stidham, who makes the most of the dramatic and musical opportunities here.”

Stidham is also a veteran of opera and musical theater stages, with performances in the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, the title role in Flotow’s Martha, Marsinah in Kismet, and she toured as Mercedes in Victor Borge’s version of Carmen.  

A past president and vice president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Stidham has taught voice students of all ages and levels for more than 30 years. As visiting instructor of vocal studies at Oberlin, she teaches a beginning voice class for non-music majors and gives master classes for secondary-lesson students. She has been a member of the voice faculty of numerous colleges and universities in Southern California, including Scripps College, Biola University, the University of Southern California, CalArts, Pasadena City College, and California State University, Los Angeles. She was also a vocal coach for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, a guest clinician for the Choristers Guild of Southern California, and an adjudicator for many vocal competitions in the region.

Stidham holds a DMA in vocal performance from the University of Southern California, an MM in voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and MA and BA degrees in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She maintains a private voice studio at her home in Oberlin and is an enthusiastic equestrian, gardener, and practitioner of Iyengar yoga.

Stephen Hartke: Sons of Noah. XTET. New World Records 80567-2

Stephen Hartke: Iglesia abandonada. Ronald Copes, violin. Orion ORS 84470