Soprano Liesl McPherrin has been praised by SF Classical Voice for her “brilliant top notes and winning comic chops.” She has performed a wide variety of repertoire in both opera, concerts, and musical theater including roles with Pocket Opera, Island City Opera, and been a chorister for professional ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and San Francisco Renaissance Voices.
This year Liesl has performed the role of Bianca with Island City Opera in their production of La Rondine in March 2019, and was Lisette in Pocket Opera's production of La Rondine in April & May 2019 ("Her stage ease communicated wit and salt, and so did her rich and expansive voice." - Operawire).
During the 2018 season, Liesl sang the role of Carolina in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage with Pocket Opera, the tail-wagging Mutts in Mutts and Maribel Walk to the Moon an outreach chamber opera by Nancy Bachmann, and was also featured as a soloist with Sing for America, San Francisco Renaissance Voices, and as Michaela and the title role of Carmen in a concert suite with Yuba College Wind Ensemble as their faculty artist. In the 2021 Season, Liesl joins the Extra Chorus at San Francisco Opera in their production of Fidelio.
In addition to singing, Liesl teaches and conducts choruses. She has directed several youth and children's choruses in the past and currently directs the adult choir at Coastside Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay, serves as the Executive Director for the San Francisco Renaissance Voices and is on the music faculty at Las Positas College. She is an active member of NATS and strives to educate singers of all ages! Her students perform in community music events, colleges and universities, and professionally.
Liesl believes in reaching out to communities through music, and strives to offer music to those who need it most. Not only is she seen on the concert stage or opera, but she frequently performs in senior homes, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. She also assists young singers with building their careers through her website, blog, and The Operapreneur Podcast.
She earned her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.