If I cannot fly, let me sing.
~ Stephen Sondheim
Lisa “Littlebird” Goettel is a singer, composer, writer and voice coach with a lifetime of musical experience. She holds a Bachelors of Music from the conservatory at Miami University in Oxford, OH and has performed throughout the US with dozens of ensembles, choirs and bands. She currently resides in Big Sur, CA.
She served as the Executive Director of the Denver Women’s Chorus in Denver, Colorado for three years and has been on the faculty as a community singing facilitator at Esalen Institute in Big Sur since 2006. Lisa has a private studio of piano and voice students on the Central Coast of California and leads community singing classes, workshops and retreats throughout the US and internationally. She currently has two albums and a book of poetry in process of publication.
Lisa uses singing as an ancient, natural pathway– an authentic connection with oneself and the world. When joining voices in community the benefits are immeasurably magnified. Singing in community cultivates mindfulness, empathy, receptivity and joy.
Her classes and workshops offer a safe, supported space where singers of all abilities and experience can explore their unique gifts. Her mission is to restore community singing to daily contemporary life– all in service of the universal vision of a thriving and harmonious planet.
Wholehearted is a heart-led, joy based community chorus open to all voices on the Central Coast of California. It meets weekly, all year-round in two locations: Evolution Transformative Arts in Pacific Grove on Monday evenings and the Grange Hall in Big Sur on Wednesday evenings. No musical or singing experience is required.
Two distinct 12-week seasons are offered in the spring and fall for singers who wish to learn a full repertoire of new group harmony songs that culminate in two local concerts.
Between seasons, all weekly classes are offered on a drop-in basis by donation. Visitors are welcome to drop in on our season rehearsals too.
Lisa loves to offer fun and accessible group singing facilitation at private parties and events. She can easily shape the offering to meet the themes, time requirements and desires of your unique group. Learn more »
With more than 15 years of corporate facilitation experience, Lisa brings a unique, enlivening and effective offering to working teams in the business sector. She has several curricula appropriate for small or large groups that can be customized to your needs. Learn more »
Lisa offers community singing workshops for singers of all levels of experience. Based on the central coast of California, she travels internationally facilitating workshops and weekend or week-long immersive retreats. Learn more »
"Do yourself a favor and take one of Lisa Goettel's Rise Up Singing workshops - she has a wonderful style, great talent, and an endlessly encouraging attitude. Highly recommended!"
"My first experience with any type of organized group singing and I now wonder what I've been waiting for. Lisa fosters a nuturing, safe, encouraging atmosphere for everyone to learn in, and it's really fun! You won't believe you can sing the stuff Lisa puts out there but you'll soon see that you can! "
"I took a 1 hour workshop with you at Esalen in Dec. Thank you, I wanted to honor you for helping me realize my voice. As a child I sang all the time. During that 1 hour my soul rejoiced in finding that long lost place once again. Gracias."
"Lisa is a great voice coach who is dedicated to bringing community singing back to everyday life. She taught us how to be with our voice, and give it away as a gift. She is clear, joyful, encouraging and very knowledgeable."
"Thank you for being such an inspiration and solid teacher. I loved all the tools you gave to us and I think of you almost every time I sing... I have been on a beautiful discovery in this past short period of time and have started singing more and more. I even sang at a friend's wedding last weekend in front of a hundred people. Woweee!"
"I very much enjoyed the healing energy that your singing gave us all.
Thank you so much for shining and holding space with an open heart."
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I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.