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.