Marisa Michelson

Marisa Michelson is a composer, singer and voice teacher passionate about the human ability to express and communicate through singing/sound-making. Marisa’s music has been called “exquisite” by the NYTimes and “the most unique and beautiful I’ve heard in musical theater” by Theatremania. Marisa’s most recent opera/music-theatre piece Tamar of the River was recently produced by NYC’s Prospect Theatre Company, where it was directed by Daniel Goldstein (Godspell) and choreographed by Chase Brock (Spiderman). Tamar of the River was also produced as a theatrical oratorio by New York Theatre Barn and Choral Chameleon. Marisa and playwright Jason Grote were commissioned by Montclair University’s New Works Institute to write Scheherazade – a musical adaptation of Grote’s acclaimed play, 1001. Scheherazade was workshopped with York Theatre in May 2013. Marisa is currently at work on a commission from Paulette Haupt to write a solo musical with Pulitzer Prize winning librettist Mark Campbell. Awards: Jonathan Larson; American Musical Voices: The Next Generation; St. Botolph Award; Grant to study Indian Hindustani singing in India. Residencies: Theatreworks Palo Alto; New Dramatists; Montclair University; Millkin University. Other music-theatre pieces include The Grid (NAMT-awarded residency with Millikin University); Still Life with Toe Shoes (Old Deerfield Productions; Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College); Hotel Sarajevo (CAP 21; hotInk Festival; Smith College); The Lovers (Prospect Theater Company; Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard; Calliope Theatre Company.) Her songs have also been featured at the Kennedy Center, the York, New World Stages, the Duplex Theater and the Flea. Marisa sang with Meredith Monk in Songs of Ascension at BAM and was invited to perform her two-person experimental vocal piece, Voice Becoming at the Basillica in Hudson, NY and the Goetheanum in Switzerland. Recordings: Broadway Lullaby Project (“All New “ singer: Nikki M. James); upcoming Tamar of the River CD with YellowSoundLabel.