A BIT ABOUT ME
Live Your Dream
April Lisette is an award-winning vocalist and musician from Albuquerque, NM, and graduated with a BA in Music Performance from New Mexico Highlands University on athletic and music scholarships. She studied voice under Danya Tiller, Dr. Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, and piano under Dr. Deborah Wagner and Dr. Joseph Gonzales. April studied voice for 4 years under Carol Jennings a member of the Grammy Award-winning choir The Phoenix Chorale. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where only a handful of graduates in the world hold this one-of-a-kind degree seeking to train multi-hyphenated musical theatre singers and teachers. April has been studying voice with Dr. Elena Blyskal and Jared Trudeau (a pupil of renowned pedagogue Mary Saunders-Barton).
April began playing piano at the age of 6 under Mary Jobe and Flora Russo, maintaining superior ratings nine years in a row as well as a first and second-place scholarship recipient at ages 11 and 12. She also found an interest in composing and has written over 30 pieces of original music, of which over half were completed between the ages of 12 & 20. In 1995 April auditioned for the Young Razzcals Jazz Project, Directed by Dave Adams. They produced several records in which April was a vocalist on and were guest artists at the prestigious Telluride Jazz Festival. Many past members have studied music at Conservatories like New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory at Berklee and currently play in major orchestras and with award-winning artists and Grammy winners. April was also part of the Contemporary Folk Rock group Wild Humans and produced a record under the same name available on all music streaming platforms.
Making Every Lesson Count
April started teaching at age 16 and never thought, besides performing, it would become her career and passion. She has worked as a teaching artist, actor and singer in New Meixco, Arizona and Hawaii as well as faculty at Pas De Deux, The School of Rock, New Mexico School of Music and, The Growing Stage. She also served as the acting coach and resident actor at Play Conservatory's summer stock production of Children of Eden in 2016 and acting coach for The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race in collaboration with Missoula Children's Theatre in 2017. Children of Eden was the first show in the southwest done simultaneously in spoken English and ASL.
April has also accompanied students in various recitals at Carnegie Hall, internationally in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music, with her private studio, and other venues in Albuquerque, NM.
Aida (Aida), Erzulie (Once On This Island), Joannie Lish (The Full Monty), Bessie Toler (Civil War), Ayah (The Secret Garden), Cyndi Gibson (Back to the 80's: The Totally Awesome Musical), Eve/Mama Noah (Children of Eden) and Delores Van Cartier (Sister Act), Landlady/Lula Buffington (Violet The Musical).