Lisa Liske-Doorandish, cellist, lives in the mountains of southwest Virginia, where she is presently preparing an eclectic CD of solo cello music, reflecting her interest in old, new, and world music as well as her love of the voice of the cello.

She is a member of New River Ensemble, with longtime Friends Music Camp colleagues Brenden Cooney (piano, banjo, trombone, guitar, vocals, composition) of Boston and Martha Hyde (clarinet, saxophone, vocals, composition) of New York.  New River Ensemble taps into the musical current of our time, presenting concerts that incorporate many styles and periods of music, performing original compositions as well as standard repertoire.  The ensemble gives a workshop in educational settings entitled “We Are Music: How to Navigate In A Musical Universe.”

Lisa has also been a member of the chamber group Emrys Ensemble (flute trio plus guests), which explored repertoire of the past and took delight in new music, including some written for Emrys; and a Baroque ensemble with harpsichord, violin, and cello that included the zestful thievery of viola da gamba music.

Lisa’s book on cello technique (How To Fly Your Cello) and her method and repertoire book (The Ants Book) for beginner cellists are works in progress. She enjoys her work with cellists ages 3-adult through her private cello studio, Community Cello Works, with a thoughtful pedagogy based in her years of Suzuki teacher training but including a flexible repertoire and awareness of the revolutionary, diverse approaches to cello playing that are now at liberty world-wide. Her own education includes a M.M. in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a B.A. from St. John’s College (the Great Books Program), and studies at Peabody with Stephen Kates. She counts among her primary musical influences Sophie Feuermann, Bonnie Hampton, Elisabeth Le Guin, and Anthony Martin.

Lisa gives workshops about cello playing, chamber music, celtic music, and improvisation in Suzuki institute and camp settings, for music clubs, university studios, among others.  She also offers parent and teacher workshops and talks on topics that range across the simultaneously narrow-and-wide fields of musicianship, pedagogy, education, and human development.

Her other interests and concerns include permaculture and the health of the planet; education for wisdom, knowledge, and resourcefulness rather than solely information; and community planning for a post-carbon society. Her husband, Dariush, is a medical graduate. Their two daughters, Miriam (17) and Eleanore (10) both play the cello and enjoy books, art, and nature.



1982-present Freelance solo, chamber music, and orchestra musician
1984 – present Registered Suzuki teacher, private studio Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Blacksburg, VA
2009-present Adjunct Faculty, Hollins University
1998- 2003 Adjunct Faculty, Washington and Lee University and Southern Viriginia University
1994-2004 Acting Associate Principal Cello, Associate Principal Cello, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
1994–2003 Principal Cello, Opera Roanoke


Cello instruction from: Channing Robins, Stephen Kates, Sophie Feuermann, Irene Sharp, Bonnie Hampton

Special Student: Peabody Institute of Music                           1981-82

Long-term Suzuki Pedagogy Training with Annette Costanzi     1982-84

Other Suzuki Training with Cary Hockett, Christine Livingstone, Rick Mooney, Gilda Barston, Nancy Hair, and Beth Cantrell among others

B.A., St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD 1990

M.M., San Francisco Conservatory 1993