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

 

“World class fiddler …. far from just offering one dance tune after another, simple settings allow the true beauty of the music to shine through.”

Sing Out

 

The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new. 

 

Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her mother's interest in folk music and a family friend who was a professional violinist. Soon she was studying with influential Maine fiddler Greg Boardman and sitting in with the Maine Country Dance Orchestra. By the time she was in high school she was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days. Another of her major influences was the diverse musical community that she found at fiddle camps, where she had a chance to play with and learn from a wide variety of musicians including noted Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation, and since then has been performing around the US and internationally for a growing audience of enthusiastic listeners. She has recorded eight CDs, (five solo and three with various groups). 

 

Lissa's fiddling is uplifting and lively, and her singing is gentle and evocative. Both in concert and in the studio she is regularly accompanied by some of New England's best musicians, including guitarist Bethany Waickman and piano accordion player Jeremiah McLane. 

 

Recently she has turned over a new leaf with "Covers", a recording released in June 2013, which as the name suggests, is a mix of reinterpreted pop songs from the 1950s to today. Co produced with Aoife O'Donovan (of Crooked Still and The Goat Rodeo Sessions), Lissa's sixth solo album reinterprets beloved classics by artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Nelly, Weezer, The Magnetic Fields, Dire Straits, and many more. Lissa explained, "To me, folk music is anything that creates a feeling of community.  Music that people want to sing along to, dance to, fall in love to…. music that brings people together.  These songs are part of all of us, and it's an honor to have had the chance to record them". 

 

Whether playing interpretations of music old or new, Lissa brings to the stage enthusiasm, energy, and the bright future of New England’s musical traditions.

 Lissa can be hired as a solo artist, as a duo with Bethany Waickman (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.

Additional Links: 
Lissa Schneckenburger with Childsplay
Lissa Schneckenburger Duo
Lissa Schneckenburger with Droplet Dance
Lissa Schneckenburger Solo
Lissa with Low Lily

I Have Worked With

  • December 2016

    Most recently Lissa performed at One Longfellow Square with Low Lily and their Turning of the Year holiday show (including Katie McNally and John Whelan) but over the years she has performed there many times both as a soloist and with a variety of ensembles.  It is a great place to play in the Portland area!

  • August 2016

    Low Lily competed at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase in 2016 and won with the most audience votes.  https://falconridgefolk.com

  • July 2016

    Lissa performed at The New Bedford Folk Festival with Low Lily in 2016, but her relationship first began with the festival back in 2002 when she performed with Michael Kerry and Corey DiMario under the name Muse.  She always enjoys the amazing line up, and the exciting cultural experience of being part of an outdoor festival in the old port of a historic town.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Lissa
Job Title/Position: 
Musician
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 1755
Brattleboro, VT 05302
Physical Address: 
311 S. Main St.
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
Theater - Mime
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
Education: 
Bachelors of Music from New England Conservatory
Awards: 
N/A

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Vocal mic, fiddle xlr, uke DI box
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: 
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