Lisa Sheppard Hadley engages her audience by effortlessly singing in several musical styles while portraying various interesting characters. Her performances inhabit stunning musical and visual effects with well thought out programming executed to surely please all audiences. Performing in a variety of styles, Lisa's mezzo-soprano voice has recently been heard throughout New England as a soloist, with several Boston based vocal ensembles, and in a vocal/piano duo co-founded with her sister.
An experienced ensemble singer and soloist, Lisa has been busy this past year with Labyrinth Choir performing/competing on PBS’s “Sing That Thing” at WGBH in Boston, singing a second tour in Venice, Vienna and Prague, and completing a recording of their second CD; singing with Cappella Clausura in Newton and Boston as alto soloist and ensemble in the U.S. premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn’s “3 Cantatas”, the world premiere of Suzanne Sheppard’s “The Twilight Turns” for alto and string trio, and recording a CD of the music of Libby Meyer; as well as singing with The Church On The Hill Choir in Boston, performing as alto soloist in Handel’s “Messiah”, appearing as the compere in “200 Years Of Sound/A Musical Journey celebrating the bicentennial of The Society Of The New Jerusalem”, and as alto soloist in the annual concert series.
In 2017, Lisa sang the role of The Teacher in the world premiere reading of the Elena Ruehr opera, "Crafting the Bonds", performed at MIT, Cambridge. Earlier in the year, she was alto soloist for the photoplay of "La Mort de Jeanne d'Arc" presented at Harvard Musical Association, Boston. In addition, she was mezzo-soprano soloist for 2016 performances of Vivaldi's "Gloria" and "Magnificat" with the Cape Cod Chorale, as well as a 2015 performance of an original retelling of "Passion", by Mark Morgan, at Hancock Church, Lexington. Performing with Cranberry Coast Concerts in the 2015 summer concert series, Lisa performed the alto solos in Mozart's "Requiem" and the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, both of which were transcribed for soloists, chorus and four hand piano. She returned, in 2016, to perform the role of Dolores in the original musical "Always Remember" by Marilyn Morales.
In addition to performing Brahm’s “Liebeslieder Waltzes for 4 hands and 4 voices” with Cranberry Coast Concerts this summer, Lisa will be performing in a joint concert in the fall with Carlton Doctor, baritone at The Church On The Hill in Boston, and at the Newton Free Library with her sister, Suzanne Sheppard, pianist/composer. With this co-founded duo called “The Sheppard Sisters”, Lisa has recently been heard at the Brookline Public Library as well as numerous other joint concerts with her sister throughout the Boston area since 2013. Eleven of these concerts were awarded Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. Lisa continues to sing this season with Labyrinth Choir, Cappella Clausura, Joyful Noyse, Church on the Hill, and Temple Emanu-el, all New England area choral groups and religious institutions. Lisa received a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the New England Conservatory, and pursued additional graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory.