Lisa Markley

is creating compositions, arrangements, songs, and clinics and music lessons

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In the 30+ years since studying composition and jazz studies at the University of North Texas, I have rarely been able to hear my compositions come to life, except in the song format (where I can perform it myself). Hiring musicians to perform (on stage or in the recording studio), is expensive. Yet, in order to keep music as a living, breathing artform, at its core must be living, breathing human beings.

I have, in recents years, produced an annual concert featuring everything from duos to nonets. It is a financially daunting, but the most rewarding struggle of my musical life. As I venture into my final decades, I want to hone my craft both as a clinician/private instructor, and as a composer & performer. To work freelance while in my twenties was one thing, but to do this in my fifties, sixties, even seventies is daunting. But at this age, I am just hitting my stride as a creator of music, and mentor to young musicians. Now is the time to make beautiful art, and strive for change in the world.

After 23 years as a teaching artist in Texas, balancing my musical life between the elementary music classroom, private teaching studio, recording studio, and touring & performing, I am finally taking the leap.  I resigned from my steady paycheck working as a music teacher in the schools, and I moved to New York, where I am growing my roots, and laying my creative path into the next twenty to thirty years, near family, and near a incredible music community.

The reality has always been that patrons are on the front-lines of building a thriving music community.  I will share new compositions (in-process, and in rehearsal) exclusively with patrons, through videos both solo and with my musicians.  And as I delve more deeply into jazz voice, I will share new titles as I add them to my repertoire.

More importantly, I will pay it forward, through private teaching and sharing music in nursing homes, rehab units and in private lessons.  As I build my private practice in my new home here in Woodstock, my wish is to offer lessons to students in need, on a sliding scale.  
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