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Lisa Stafford has been a musician all her life, involved in choirs, piano, musical theater, composition, cantoring, and directing. For the last 25 years, she has participated in the music ministry at St. Joseph Church in Norman, Oklahoma, in various positions: director, assistant director, children’s choir founder and director, cantor, chorister, and composer-in-residence. She has also sung with the choir of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City, as well as the Archdiocesan Chorale. She was also a member of Deo Gratias Chorale, a traveling traditional/chant group.

Lisa graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree, with an emphasis in vocal performance. She also attended a Gregorian Chant Practicum at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska.

She lives in Norman, Oklahoma (until a twister comes down and decides otherwise) with her husband, Doug, and children, Paul, Michael, and Rebekah.

Lisa’s music is influenced by many eclectic sounds: Arvo Pärt and other contemporary masters, Impressionism, ancient music of chant and polyphony, jazz, the young idealism of some indie bands, and the sounds of nature, to name a few.

In writing lyrics and music, Lisa finds word painting important, the marriage of word and music, and the occasional spiciness of dissonance. Her ideals—in music and in life—are three facets of Our Lord himself: goodness, beauty, and truth.