Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Lissa Schneckenburger

“Schneckenburger’s playing is…quietly virtuosic…her voice is pure and clear, full of simple emotion.”

All Music Guide

The down beat slams your body as the song grabs you and surges forward. You lean in to hear every word, as Schneckenburger’s voice sweetly sets the scene and then brings it to a boil, careening around each detail. The song ends before you’re ready, leaving you breathless with your heart thumping in your ears. You reach forward and hit repeat.

Thunder in my Arms, Schneckenburger’s first release of all original music, is a song cycle about attachment and trauma. After decades as a traditional fiddler and ballad singer, Schneckenburger’s personal experience as a foster parent ignited her drive to write stories of family attachment and loss. She found herself diving into writing new material with a seriousness that matched her subject matter. Sung from a myriad of viewpoints, Thunder in my Arms can be at times brazen and childish, resilient and triumphant, softly confessional, or warm and comforting.

Schneckenburger says “At a certain point I noticed that everyone we turned to for help with parenting was talking about the same thing: finding compassion, synchronicity, and understanding. In my attempts to be a better adoptive parent I found plenty of invaluable books and workshops that got that point across, but no songs! Music has this magical way of communicating emotion almost instantly, and allows human beings to synchronize with each other on so many levels. I set out to write songs that would resonate with other parents like myself. Songs about loneliness, exhaustion, beauty, abandonment, love, loss, and above all, hope.”

Schneckenburger’s fans will be the first to tell you, the sonic tapestry of Thunder in my Arms is a sharp contrast with her previous recordings. Rooted solidly in a foundation of drums and bass, the songs swell with electric guitar, piano, and strings, and at times explode with brass and saxophone. Above it all rides Schneckenburger’s expressive vocals, with the lyrics driving it home.

Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Schneckenburger grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her parent’s interest in folk music. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing and teaching music around the world ever since.

“To me, music creates community,” Schneckenburger says. “Music is what people sing along to, dance to, fall in love to… music brings people together. These songs are part of all of us, and it’s an honor to have had the chance to record them.”

Lissa can be hired as a solo artist, as a duo with Corey DiMario (double bass and tenor guitar) as a trio with Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) or in a larger ensemble for festivals and theaters (adding guitar, double bass, percussion, and accordion to Lissa's fiddle and vocals).  Lissa is also the musician and composer for Droplet Dance, a modern dance company that specializes in educational outreach and multi-discipline performances on the theme of water conservation. The fees range from $400 to $5000 depending on the size of the group, and length and scope of performance.  Feel free to contact the arist with questions.

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Acoustic folk trio with fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and beautiful three part vocal harmonies
A modern dance company igniting thoughts and conversation about mothering, our mother earth/mother ocean, celebration, and healing through story, dance, and song.

I Have Worked With

  • December 2020

    Started by a former fiddle student and her mentor David Kaynor, Lissa was a recent virtual special guest instructor for the weekly gathering of the Fiddle Orchestra of Western Mass. The orchestra provides weekly instruction (currently available on line rather than in person) for it's 100 plus membership on traditional dance fiddling style and tunes.

  • November 2020

    Lissa has performed and taught at the annual Fiddle Hell music festival in Massachusettes for many years, including the most recent virtual version in 2020. The weekend of music includes workshops, concerts, and jam sessions for all instruments and all levels. Lissa's most popular workshops are the New England jam, New England fiddling, Improvisation for Fiddlers, Harmony Fiddling, and Learning By Ear.

  • September 2020

    Lissa has performed at La Grande Rencontre several times over the years, most recently in a virtual capacity with Low Lily for the 2020 incarnation of the festival. Although the global coronavirus pandemic restricted their ability to attend in person, it could not stop this wonderful gathering of musicians and fans from congregating on line. Low Lily pre recorded a 45 minute concert set, to be broadcast by the festival for their die hard attendees.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Lissa
Job Title/Position: 
Musician
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 1755
Brattleboro, VT 05302
Physical Address: 
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Last Name: 
Schneckenburger
Phone: 
617-285-6057

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Folk
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Music - Band
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Traditional
Theater - Circus
Year Founded: 
2001
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
School Groups
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
250
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
ASCAP
SoundExchange
Education: 
Bachelors of Music from New England Conservatory
Awards: 
Winner of the Falcom Ridge Emerging Artists Award (Low Lily, 2016)
#1 Song on International Folk Radio (with Low Lily)
Indépendant Music Award (with Low Lily)

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Vocal mic, fiddle xlr
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Health
Dance
Music
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
BM from New England Conservatory
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000