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Lisa Rainsong

Lisa Rainsong received her Master of Music degree in composition from Cleveland State University and currently completing a DMA in composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studies with Dr. Margaret Brouwer. She is a member of the music theory faculty at Baldwin-Wallace College and is also a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild.

Ms. Rainsong's most recent work for chamber orchestra, Reaching Forward, was commissioned by Cleveland Women Celebrating the Bicentennial. It was recorded and performed by the Cleveland Women's Orchestra in December, 1996, and a score and CD were enclosed with other documents in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years. Her songs and song cycles have been performed by soprano Eileen Moore, tenor Allie Laurie and baritone Andrew White. Two of her arrangements of Christmas carols for choir, harp and organ have been recorded by the Old Stone Singers on their CD, Christmas with the Old Stone Singers. The Old Stone Singers, a professional chamber choir in residence at the Old Stone Church on Public Square, premiered her newest choral work, The Sacred Way, in April, 1997. Her Organ Sonata #1 was premiered in April, 1998 in a recital at Old Stone Church by Dr. Margaret Scharf, organist and co- director of music.

A soprano as well as a composer, Ms. Rainsong performs as a member of the Old Stone Singers and was a soloist in their 1995 performance of Handel's oratorio, Solomon. She currently performs early baroque vocal music with harpsichordist Linda Gilbert and also performs her own compositions for soprano and harp with harpist Jocelyn Chang. She sings with the Case Western Reserve University Early Music Singers and has performed Renaissance and medieval vocal music in various Cleveland area ensembles.

In addition to her musical work, she is also an avid birdwatcher. The bird sanctuary she has created in her Cleveland Heights backyard is registered as a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

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