Lisa Sylvester

Associate Professor of Practice

  • Program:
    Choral and Sacred Music, Vocal Arts and Opera
  • Division:
    Classical Performance and Composition


Lisa Sylvester enjoys an active career as collaborative pianist, coach and conductor. As pianist, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the Ventura County Master Chorale, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Music Festival and on the “Sundays Live” broadcast concert series at the L.A. County Museum of Art. She has served as rehearsal accompanist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Simon Rattle and Kent Nagano and for Opera Pacific under music director John DeMain and the Pacific Chorale under conductor John Alexander. For several years, Ms. Sylvester has served on the musical staff of the acclaimed Long Beach Opera as repetiteur, orchestral pianist, assistant conductor and chorus master to Neal Stulberg and Andreas Mitisek. In the Spring of 2006 she gave presentations for L.A. Opera’s Education and Community Outreach Programs.

In 1994, Ms. Sylvester completed her D.M.A. at the University of Southern California where she was named Outstanding Doctoral Graduate, and in 1993, she participated as Vocal Coach Fellow at the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival. Since 2003 she has been on the faculty of OperaWorks – a national summer training program for young singers under the artistic direction of Ann Baltz. Ms. Sylvester is currently on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she is a vocal coach and teaches courses in Diction and Song Literature.