Lisa Noordergraaf is delighted to be joining New England Adult Music Camp staff in the role of Camp Director and Director of Jazz Studies during the summer of 2022. She brings with her a lifetime of musical experiences, and an enduring passion to help and encourage others in their own musical explorations.
Lisa started her musical career when her mother enrolled her in violin and piano lessons at age 6. She added clarinet lessons at age 8, and continued her musical studies through college at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Working in the computer and technology industry for 28 years gave Lisa the opportunity to live and play music in California, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, and in her current home state of New Hampshire. After taking some time off from music to raise two boys adopted from Russia, she enrolled in a summer jazz camp and mail ordered a saxophone in 2011. The camp went well, and Lisa soon adopted more saxophones of various shapes and sizes, and discovered a new passion for jazz and especially big band music.
Lisa retired from her corporate job in 2018, and enrolled in the University of New Hampshire to finish the music degree she started back in 1984; she graduated summa cum laude in 2020 with a B.M. in Music Education, with a focus on jazz saxophone. During her time at UNH, Lisa enjoyed playing clarinet in the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, as well as serving as both lead alto and lead tenor in the school’s jazz band.
Lisa currently teaches music privately, and also instructs jazz ensembles in Concord and Belmont NH. She has served as the orchestra director at Concord High School, Director of Jazz for the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, and as guest conductor with various local instrumental ensembles and bell choirs.
Lisa a founding member of Contemplation Jazz (Arlington, MA), and enjoys playing with many local ensembles including The Freese Brothers Big Band, The New Legacy Big Band, the NH Jazz Ensemble, The Scott Spradling Band, Lakes Region Big Band, The Rockingham Groove, The Center Harbor Town Band, and more.
When she is not sharing her joy of music with others through teaching and performance, Lisa enjoys music composition and arranging, quilting, geeky computer stuff, and relaxing with her two dogs.