Currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, clarinetist Lisa Perry is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Dr. Perry plays regularly with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared with the North Carolina Master Chorale, the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, and the Stamford International Chamber Music Festival (UK). Lisa is an active member of the International Clarinet Association, most recently performing at the 2015 ICA Southeastern Festival in Birmingham, Alabama and the 2012 ClarinetFest in Lincoln, Nebraska. As an advocate for new music Dr. Perry is actively engaged in the 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, Lisa commissioned Bunun Fantasy for clarinet and electronics by composer Roger Zare that was premiered in December of 2016. This project was made possible through a grant from the Rislov Foundation.
As an educator, Dr. Perry is the clarinet instructor at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN and the Mount Olivet School of Music in Minneapolis, MN. During the summer, Dr. Perry has assisted at the Interlochen Center for Arts Clarinet Academy and is currently on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), the Alexander Fiterstein Clarinet Academy (MN), and the International Music Camp in North Dakota/Canada.
Dr. Perry earned her doctor of musical arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of Minnesota where she was a teaching assistant and 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 to Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Dr. Deborah Bish. 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.