Currently based in Johnson City, Tennessee, clarinetist Lisa Perry is the clarinet instructor at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Perry has appeared with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Master Chorale, the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, the Stamford International Chamber Music Festival (UK), and has recorded for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). As a member of the International Clarinet Association, Dr. Perry has written for The Clarinet Journal and performed at the 2015 ICA Southeastern Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, the 2012 ClarinetFest in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the 2019 Clarinet Fest in Knoxville, Tennessee. As an advocate for new music Dr. Perry is actively engaged in the commissioning and performance of new works for the clarinet. In the summer of 2015 Lisa premiered Jason Cress’ Adopis for two clarinets, a project made possible by a community engagement grant through the University of Minnesota. Additionally, Dr. Perry commissioned Bunun Fantasy for clarinet and electronics by composer Roger Zare that was premiered in December of 2016. Dr. Perry is a founding member of the Nexus Duo, a clarinet/sax duo committed to furthering the medium through the commission and performance of new works, most recently Katherine Bergman’s Alone Together - premiered at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference held at Texas Tech University, Gustav Westin's Divertimento - premiered at the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Regional conference at South Dakota State University, and Sam Krahn’s Moon Forms - premiered at the 2018 American Single Reed Summit at Truman State University.
As an educator, Dr. Perry is on faculty at East Tennessee State University. During the summer, Dr. Perry has assisted at the Interlochen Center for Arts Clarinet Academy and has been on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), the Minnesota Clarinet Academy (MN), the International Music Camp in North Dakota/Canada, and the International Clarinet Workshop and Competition (ICW) in Mizra, Israel.
Dr. Perry earned her doctor of musical arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of Minnesota where she was a Berneking fellowship recipient. She received her master of music degree in clarinet performance at Florida State University where she served as a graduate teaching assistant. Lisa also holds a bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from East Carolina University. Her teachers include Janice Lipson, Michael Cyzewski, Anne Dervin, Christopher Grymes, Frank Kowalsky, and Alexander Fiterstein.