Senior Instructor of Flute, Woodwind Area Coordinator
Lisa McCarthy is the Senior Instructor of Flute and Woodwind Area Coordinator at Western Washington University. She has also been a faculty member at the Maritime Conservatory of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Delta Institute of the Arts in Ladner, B.C. Lisa enjoys chamber music and currently performs as a Bellingham Chamber Music Society Artist and with two ensembles, Fifth Inversion and Impromptu. The faculty woodwind quintet, Fifth Inversion, performs regularly and has been featured at the 2016 Northwest Horn Symposium, 2017 Wyoming Music Educators Association Conference, 2017 National Flute Association Convention and the 2018 National College Music Society Conference. Impromptu, her flute and bassoon duo with bassoonist Pat Nelson won the 2004 National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition and was invited to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Nashville. The duo was also asked to present a recital at the 2006 International Double Reed Conference in Indiana. Lisa is the former principal of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and Whatcom Symphony Chamber Orchestra and has performed twice as a guest soloist with the group. Lisa maintains a private studio and adjudicates throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, including multiple Washington Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble contests, Music Teachers National Association competitions, Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside competitions, Kiwanis Music Festival competitions, and Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competitions.