Dr. Lisa Garner Santa
Dr. Lisa Garner Santa currently serves as Artist-Performer and Professor of Flute at Texas Tech University where she enjoys a diverse career as teacher, recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Garner Santa’s playing has been described as “the kind of tone I prefer – rich, colorful, perfectly in control, and always in tune. Her phrasing is all well-shaped and thoughtful… a truly remarkable artist with dazzling musical ability.” (American Record Guide)
As an active member of the National Flute Association, Dr. Garner Santa recently served as Program Chair for the 2011 convention in Charlotte, NC, and continues to serve as a member of the NFA Executive Committee. She has been a featured performer at the Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, Kansas City, and Las Vegas conventions as well as an adjudicator and/or coordinator for many NFA events and competitions including the High School Soloist Competition, the NFA Newly Published Music Competition, the NFA Professional Flute Choir Competition, and as the NFA General Competitions Coordinator.
As a pedagogue, Lisa Garner Santa presents masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad. Recent international exchanges include masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London, England and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Presentations and performances at various regional and national conventions include invitations from the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the College Music Society. Her research and pedagogical articles are frequently published in The Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and The Instrumentalist. In recognition of her creative teaching, she was awarded the Texas Tech Big 12 Fellowship as well as the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award and is also an elected member of Texas Tech University’s prestigious Teaching Academy.
With co-authors Matthew Santa and Thomas Hughes, Lisa Garner Santa developed the Flute/Theory Workout, a method that efficiently introduces full-range scalar and chordal flute technique while introducing music theory fundamentals at the same time. The Workout, which comes with an entertaining accompaniment CD, is available through Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co., and Flute World. Dr. Garner Santa holds performance degrees from West Texas State University, Florida State University, and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her teachers to whom she is eternally grateful include Carol Wincenc, Charles DeLaney, Sally Turk, Helen Blackburn.
In addition to her active role as a flutist, Lisa Garner Santa is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and member of the Yoga Alliance. She teaches Yoga for Musicians at the TTU School of Music and Kripalu Yoga classes at various locations throughout Lubbock, and teaches Yoga and the Creative Arts: Philosophy and Practice, a core curriculum course at TTU. Lisa Garner Santa is a Wm. S. Haynes Ambassador/Clinician.