Lisa Weiss

ProfessorCenter for Dance, Music, & Theatre

Lisa Weiss is Professor of Music at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She made her debut as a pianist soloist with the Boston Pops at age 7. She completed her doctorate at the Peabody Conservatory, where she focused on the late, rarely performed piano music of Robert Schumann. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 1986, she was a resident music tutor at Harvard University’s Dunster House and also taught private piano on a freelance basis. She has also previously served on the piano faculties of Smith College and at Philips Exeter Academy. At Goucher College, she teaches a broad range of courses that address the performance aspect of the music major, including opera, musical theater, chamber music, and solo piano. She is an active solo and chamber music performer as well as vocal accompanist. Ms. Weiss was the recent recipient of Goucher’s Todd Professorship, which has enabled her to pursue many creative pursuits. She received her M.A. in Creative Writing (fiction) from Lesley University in 2015 and has published in The Kentucky Review and Story Shack. She regularly engages in collaborations that include dance, visual art (some of it her own), text and music. She also composes music.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Music: Learning works for piano solo by Bach, Coleridge-Taylor, Liszt, Golijov, Schubert, Poulenc and Chopin for future recitals. Learning chamber music works by Beethoven and Brahms. Writing text for and composing songs. Revising and editing latest short story collection. Transforming fictional memoir into nonfictional memoir. Making short videos that combine my playing, texts and original drawings.


  • Kentucky Review Literary Journal, January 2016: Flash fiction story “Sexy Wil and Shao Ling”
  • Story Shack Literary Magazine, January 2017: Flash fiction story “Summertime” (with original drawing

Exhibits or Performances

  • Guest performer/writer/artist at “Pathways Music Series”, Martha’s Vineyard.  Collaboration with Yard Dance Company for musical performances in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 2017)
  • Recital with soprano Jennifer Blades, Quadrangle Series, Haverford, PA. Art songs by Schumann, Wolfe, and Weill. (September 2016)
  • Guest pianist with International Music Festival, Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy; two concerts. Included original composition, “Four Haikus,” for soprano and piano. (July 2016)
  • Guest performer on Cathedral Choir School of Delaware concert series: “Id, Ego and Superego: A Musical Foray into the Subconscious.” A collaborative recital with countertenor Arreon Harley. (April 2016)
  • Guest artist on Forum Concert Series, St. Thomas, USVI: “Collaborations,” a concert of music, dance and video curated and performed by Lisa Weiss, with original art by Lisa Weiss (March 2016)
  • “The Flexibility of Line”: graduate seminar lecture-performance at Lesley University on the parallels between opening lines in music and fiction (January 2016)

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Recipient of Todd Distinguished Professorship Award, Goucher College, 2013-2017