Alisa Horn is a freelance cellist and loves performing and teaching a wide variety of musical genres from classical to jazz to rock and beyond. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Alisa studied with Professor Peter Spurbeck at the University of Memphis. Alisa received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Anthony Elliott and her Master of Music in Cello Performance from Northwestern University with Hans Jorgen Jensen.
Alisa has performed as soloist with orchestra playing pieces by Miaskovsky, Bloch, Dvorak, and Elgar. She was a winner of the WAMSO-Young Artist Solo Competition and a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. Alisa has attended many music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Meadowmount, Sewanee Summer Music Center, Henry Mancini Institute, Newport Jazz Festival (Rhode Island) , and Newport Jazz Festival (Oregon). With pianist, Jue He, Alisa recorded the Rachmaninoff and Miaskovsky Sonatas and the duo was featured on McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase.
Along with jazz legends Marvin Stamm and Bill Mays, Alisa is a member of The Inventions Trio which performs a fusion of jazz and classical repertoire. The Trio has toured extensively in North America and has released three albums including the diverse works of Bill Evans, Bill Mays, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Claude Debussy, and Miles Davis.
On Broadway, Alisa has played in many shows including the 2017 revival of Sunday in the Park with George, An American in Paris, If/Then, Dogfight, Venice, Little Miss Sunshine, Carrie, and Next to Normal. Alisa performs with Broadway singer, Mary Testa, and Broadway orchestrator, Michael Starobin, who released their album "Have Faith" in 2015. She has played with many singer/songwriters and pop artists/bands such as John Legend, Devotchka, Rod Stewart, The Roots, and Phish.
Alisa completed her Suzuki Teacher Training at the School for Strings, NY with Pam Devenport and is also working toward becoming a board certified music therapist. . Alisa loves felines, French fries, and all things that sparkle!!