Lisa Jablow holds a DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied under the late Dr. Robert Fountain and Catherine Comet. She has done additional study in conducting and voice at the Aspen School of Music, the Tanglewood Festival, Westminster Choir College, the Carnegie Hall Conductors’ Workshops and the Conductors Retreat at Medomak under the likes of Pierre Boulez, Robert Shaw, Kenneth Kiesler, Fiora Contino and Joseph Flummerfelt.
She was a company member at New York City Opera for 10 years and has also performed as a vocal soloist with organizations including Opera Orchestra of New York, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Milwaukee Symphony, Boise Opera, and Skylight Opera. Vermont audiences have seen her in productions or concerts with Lost Nation Theater, Vermont Opera Theater, Lamoille County Players, Opera Burlington, the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, Friends of Music at Guilford, WordStage Vermont and Burlington Choral Society. In addition, she is an alumna of the world-renowned Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, where she was awarded top honors for the interpretation of new music. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel in a segment of the series Women Who Kill, performing an excerpt from the monodrama Erzsebet, by Vermont composer Dennis Bathory-Kitsz about his ancestor, the 16th-century serial killer Countess Erzsebet Bathory. In October of 2011, she created the entire role of Erzsebet Bathory in the premiere of the complete opera with the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. She also heads, and comprises the entire roster of, her solo opera company, MicroscOpera. In recent years she has performed Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Gesänge and Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Vermont Philharmonic and appeared with the Windham Orchestra in Poulenc's one-woman opera La voix humaine.
When Lisa agreed to join the Choral Union as its next Music Director, she shared her thoughts on the reason people enjoy singing in a choir:
"I think one of the reasons people enjoy making music together is that it offers an opportunity not only to engage in something that is simultaneously gratifying to the intellect, the emotions, and the senses, but also to be a part of something that is bigger and greater than we are, individually or collectively. In that sense, it is truly magical. In the present time, the importance of community cannot be overstated. And this is what a musical ensemble offers - a reason to come together in the service of something that we all love doing and sharing. As I see it, our common goal is simple - to make the best music we possibly can and to do it in a spirit of generosity, compassion, and collaboration."
Lisa's upcoming projects include a newly-composed setting of Awake by Vermont composer Jorge Martín (text by Jenny Allen) and a double-bill of the spoken and operatic versions of Henrik Ibsen’s The Stronger with music by Hugo Weisgall. Lisa also serves as conductor of the Vermont Symphonic Winds.