Contralto Lisa Marie Gerstenkorn has served as Adjunct Voice Instructor at Pittsburg State University since 2005. She also joined the Voice Faculty at Missouri Southern State University in 2013. She holds memberships with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the music fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda.
Ms. Gerstenkorn’s teaching style focuses on excellent musicianship and attention to detail, as well as communication, honesty, encouragement and an open-minded attitude from both teacher and student. Her students have performed throughout the Midwest in leading roles on stage; they sing in auditioned summer programs and professional opera choruses. They have also received Superior ratings at contest and have won local awards at NATS auditions.
The Summer of 2017 found Lisa in Queens, NY where she performed in Cavalli’s L’ercole amante with the Baroque Opera Workshop. Soon after, she sang with the Lawrence Opera Theatre as a female version of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in a new staging by Grant Preisser. As “Sarastra” she performed her signature low notes and received much acclaim for her singing and commanding stage presence. Upcoming performances include the role of Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief with the Heartland Opera Theatre of Joplin, MO, and Lisa’s eleventh consecutive season with the professional Tulsa Opera Chorus for 2017-2018.
In the Fall 2016, Lisa created the comic role of Ms. Denari in Ozark Family Opera Company’s production of Opera Idol! in Bentonville, AR. Other favorite operatic roles performed include La Principessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. Musical theatre roles include Grace Farrell in Annie, Dominique du Monaco in Lucky $tiff, Glinda in the Wizard of Oz, and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ, Superstar.
Ms. Gerstenkorn enjoys performing a variety of repertoire including opera, art song, musical theatre, jazz, and sacred music. She has been a Young Artist with the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio and with the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and she made her Tulsa Opera solo debut as Sister Lillianne in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. For three years, Lisa served as the alto soloist with the Mosaic Vocal Ensemble of Springfield, MO, singing multiple concerts throughout the Midwest. In 2014, she was the alto soloist for Beethoven’s Fantasia in C Minor with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, MO.
Ms. Gerstenkorn holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Pittsburg State University. While studying, she received Outstanding Student Awards for Vocal Studies as well as Graduate Studies. She performed roles with the PSU Opera and PSU Theatre Department, and as a soloist with the PSU Jazz Band. Additionally, she was a semi-finalist in both the Classical and Musical Theatre categories of the West Central NATS auditions. Now a member of the PSU Voice faculty, in addition to teaching, she has continued her involvement with the PSU Opera program as both assistant and performer.
Lisa has also been seen onstage with Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, Springfield Regional Opera, Pittsburg Community Theatre, and the Midwest Regional Ballet. She previously taught Voice at Kansas City Kansas Community College and served as the Vocal Director for the Pittsburg Community Theatre and Jr. Starz Children’s Drama Workshop.
She also finds time to teach her thriving private Voice Studio in Pittsburg, KS and Joplin, MO. Lisa continues her own studies in Voice with Dr. Bill Hall of the American Opera Studio, with whom she frequently performs in the Kansas City area. She travels throughout the area for teaching and performing, but resides in Pittsburg with her husband Brian O'Neill.
B.M.E., M.M., Pittsburg State University, Kansas, U.S.A.