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.



bird-logo-webThe Inspire Choir is a heart-led, joy based choir 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 3-month-long 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.

The 2015 fall season starts September 14th.

Between seasons, all weekly classes are offered as drop-in classes by donation. Visitors are welcome to drop in on our season rehearsals too.

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Private Events

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 »

Corporate Services

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 »

Workshops & Retreats

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 »

Private Lessons

Lisa is available to schedule private voice lessons with adult singers in the Monterey area. All levels of experience welcome. Click here to look more »



monterey-weekly2014Read about Lisa, her Rise Up Singing group and local singing flash mobs in the December 23, 2014 edition of the Monterey Weekly.





Different Songs Taught


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Weekly Classes Enjoyed


Happy Singers

I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
~ Rumi
The Bird Sings with Lisa G.