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April Lisette is an award winning vocalist and musician from Albuquerque, NM and graduated with a B.A in Music Performance from New Mexico Highlands University on athletic and music scholarships. She studied voice under Danya Tiller and 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.

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 age 11 and 12. She also found an interest in composing and has written over 30 pieces of original music in 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 artist 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.


April is currently studying voice with Dr. Elena Blyskal and Jared Trudeau (a pupil of renowned pedagogue Mary Saunders-Barton) at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy 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.

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

A Dedicated Music Instructor

It is my goal to establish the best possible experience for each student and provide a fun and safe atmosphere in which to discover, learn and embrace their unique selves. Everyone learns differently, so whether in voice, piano or acting, goals will be established for each student while maintaining professional standards and demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

I engage myself in other activities such as master classes, reading and research to keep myself up to date with the latest information in voice science and teaching styles in order to provide opportunities for professional growth and enhance my own skills. 

I have training in several different body movement, speech and voice techniques including Linklater, Lessac, Viewpoints, Fitzmaurice, Laban and Suzuki.

I love teaching just as much as performing! It makes me happy to share my passion with others. Since starting as a professional Music Instructor in 2011, I’ve been privileged to learn and grow from my students as they themselves discover their natural skills and abilities and reach results they never dreamed were possible. I have students who have won first place in singing and acting competitions, accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy, Music and Musical Theatre programs at University of Evansville and Long Island University and are currently working in Off-Broadway shows, national tours, regional productions and performing on cruise ships around the world.


If you’d like to know more about the lessons I offer, get in touch.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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.

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ROLES PLAYED

Some Favorites

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)

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