Dr. Lisa A. Billingham, Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at George Mason University, conducts the University Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Under her direction, the University Chorale was honored to accept an invitation in Fall 2009 to perform for the Virginia Music Educators Conference.
She is the advisor for the GMU student chapters of American Choral Directors Association and NAfME. She is the President for the Virginia Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and is a planning committee member for the Annual Voices United Conference hosted by VA, MD/DC and DE chapters of ACDA.
Dr. Billingham's research interests include the incorporation of Laban Movement Theory in conducting pedagogy and the choral rehearsal. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst from the Integrated Movement Studies Program at the University of Utah and incorporates that theory with her private conducting students.
Dr. Billingham is active as a clinician for conferences and choirs throughout the United States and Europe. She has presented for ACDA, VMEA, two Regional ACDA conferences and at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference in Bologna, Italy. Her text The Complete Conductors Guide to Laban Movement Theory is available from GIA Publications.
Dr. Billingham holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, an MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and a BME in Choral Music Education from Indiana University (Bloomington). Her conducting mentors include Bruce Chamberlain, Eph Ehly, James Jordan, Maurice Skones and Volker Hempfling.
She resides in Centreville with her husband Jay and their cat Bogart.
Associate Professor of Choral Music Education
George Mason University School of Music
4400 University Drive, MS3E3
Fairfax, VA 22030