Profile Type: Artist
Lara Herscovitch

Lara Herscovitch is singer-songwriter-poet-performer gem. As described in The Boston Globe, she brings “a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence… big-hearted lyrics embrace the sum of life… Herscovitch’s music blows on the embers of a lagging spirit or a dormant creative life.” She leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart.

Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… Lara gets it all done with her skillful songwriting – musical timing, memorable melodies, and compelling lyrics. It’s good for your ears AND your soul” – and with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor.” 

Her new album, Highway Philosophers, reflects about courage, authenticity, adventure, healing, love and loss, the hero’s journey, faith and freedom. Connecticut Public Radio host Colin McEnroe observed, "Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive American vision, and there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist." 

The wisdom in Lara’s artistry comes from her decades of humanitarian work, focused on education, community development, environmental protection, and justice system reform. The depth of this experience resonates throughout her music; as Acoustic Live in New York City described, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.”

The jury is in and is raving about this accomplished, award-winning musician:


  • “It’s rare to come across poets able to inject such an achingly human and knowing warmth into their work... It’s obvious that this musician-composer has hit her stride, that her star’s still rising” –Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
  • “above and beyond the pack” –Performer Magazine
  • “Lara weaves a tapestry of melody and poetry that stirs the intellect while reaching deep into the listener’s soul… A proud torchbearer, she is today’s troubadour, carrying the essence of the folk spirit, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joan Baez and Ani Difranco.” –Citizen News
  • “Lara’s music has that special sauce: it sticks to your soul” (Everything Sundry: Introducing you to all kinds of great music blog).

Lara tours and performs across the U.S., playing solo and with her backing band the Highway Philosophers. She is a regular guest speaker, keynote presenter and workshop facilitator. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a policy MSW from the University of Connecticut. She grew up in the Northeast U.S. and lives in Connecticut.

I Have Worked With

  • December 2019

    Certified teaching artist in the Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence, a partnership supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts (Department of Economic Community Development).

  • July 2019

    Songwriting course teacher for summer creative arts program on campus, July 2018-July 2019 (2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19).

  • September 2018

    Workshop teacher: 2020 course, Songwriting Essentials, cancelled due to COVID-19; autumn 2018 (Courage, Confidence & Creativity: An Exploration for Artists). Participant reviews: 

    "Lara Herscovitch was amazing. She walks the walk, provided a safe space for us to really delve into the issues at hand and guide us through ways of empowering ourselves. I can't say enough good things about her and the weekend. Love love love. I came back changed and uplifted."

    "Lara is an incredibly gifted musician, artist and facilitator. She brought energy and compassion as well as passion to the whole weekend. I was hesitant at the beginning but knew by the end I was in good hands with Lara and our entire group."

    "Deeply connecting, challenging, encouraging. I am so grateful for this workshop with Lara!"


  • Artist

Contact Information

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Mailing Address: 
PO Box 719
Durham, CT 06422
Physical Address: 
PO Box 719
Durham, CT 06422
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Primary Discipline: 
Music - Folk
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts - Poetry
Media - Video
Music - General
Music - Band
Music - Composition
Music - Folk
Music - New
Music - Solo / Recital
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
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Artist (Individual)
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Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Folk Alliance International
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
National Recording Academy (NARAS)
MSW in policy, U.Conn. School of Social Work
Music study: guitar, voice & performance - various
Connecticut State Troubadour (2009-2010)
Roots on the River (VT) annual Songwriter Award
Solarfest Singer-Songwriter Competition Grand Prize Winner
Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Contest Winner
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Grassy Hill Emerging Artist 2019
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Formal Showcase

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Solo: Boom stand w/ XLR out, XLR out from DI, Power, feed to wireless in-ear monitors (or wedge)
Band: Depends on configuration & personnel
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
CT Center for Nonviolence teaching artist
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