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Lisa Forkish and Vocal Rush, Award-winning singer, songwriter, educator

Lisa Forkish is an award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, educator, and self-described "Love Warrior," infusing all she creates with fierce authenticity and heart. Lisa uses her songwriting, performing, and teaching as vehicles for social change, and believes in the power of music to transform, uplift, empower, and build connection.

Based in Oakland, California, Lisa has released four solo albums of original music and is currently putting out new music on Patreon every month.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Lisa has taken the stage at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and SFJAZZ Center. Her arranging and musical directing work has been showcased with Alice Russell, Ben Harper, Pentatonix, and Michael Franti.

Since 2011, Lisa has been on the vocal music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), where she is also the founder and director of five-time national champion a cappella group Vocal Rush. She is also the director of WeSing Choir, an inclusive community choir that sings for social change.

Before joining the renowned School of Vocal Music faculty at OSA, Lisa was music director for the University of Oregon's award-winning a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin's book Pitch Perfect, later made into the box office hit movie.

Lisa's latest solo release, Love Warrior EP, is a one-woman, all-vocal originals album that combines her lush, dissonant a cappella arrangements with honest and soulful songwriting.

Current Program


Upcoming Program

Personal Growth
The BOX Sessions
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Join award-winning writer Laura Holson hosting a weekend with wildly popular The Moth radio show and podcast, cooking sensation Samin Nosrat, director Jon M. Chu, MacArthur “genius grant” winner Lynda Barry, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and an original group of Oscar winners and world-class artists. In workshops and breakout sessions, you will explore your sense of wonder and curiosity, experience the power of community, and learn that you are a creative person—perhaps in dimensions you never realized.

Past Program