Alisa Horn enjoys performing and teaching a wide variety of musical genres from classical to jazz to rock and beyond. A native Memphian, 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 was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. Along with pianist, Jue He, she recorded the Miaskovsky and Rachmaninoff Cello Sonatas and the duo was featured on McGraw-Hill’s 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 toured extensively in North America and released three albums to critical acclaim including diverse works from Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Villa-Lobos, Claude Debussy, Bill Evans, Bill Mays, and Rachmaninoff.
On Broadway, Alisa played in many shows including Sunday in the Park with George, An American in Paris, If/Then, Dogfight, Little Miss Sunshine, Carrie, and Next to Normal. While living in NYC, Alisa performed and recorded with many singers, songwriters, and bands including Mary Testa and Michael Starobin, John Legend, Rod Stewart, Devotchka, Matt Wilson Quartet, The Roots, and Phish.
Recently, Alisa completed a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Memphis as well as becoming a Certified Rehabiliation Counselor (CRC). She is working to gain her LPC-MHSP as well as board certification in music therapy from Saint-Mary-Of-The-Woods College. Alisa has completed counseling internships at the VAMC of Memphis, Alliance Healthcare Services, and TigerLife at the University of Memphis Institute on Disability.
Alisa completed her Suzuki Cello Teacher Training at the School for Strings, NY with Pam Devenport and teaches privately and for the Midtown Suzuki Cooperative. Alisa is also working with the Memphis Chamber Music Society and the Memphis Youth Symphony Alumni Association. She loves felines, French fries, The Weather Channel, and anything that sparkles!