Lisa Linde has been the instrumental music director at Newton South High School since 1998. As a teacher and conductor, Lisa directs the Newton South High School Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Honors Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz Ensemble, and four levels of jazz improv courses. Under her direction, Newton South performing ensembles consistently receive state, regional, and national recognition. The Newton South Jazz Ensemble regularly receives top ratings at MAJE state festivals and the Berklee HS Jazz Festival. Most recently the Newton South Jazz Ensemble has been accepted into the 2018 and 2021 Essentially Ellington HS Jazz Festival as well as being selected to the Charles Mingus HS Jazz Festival for the past six years, placing 2nd in 2019.
Lisa is a passionate advocate for gender equality in jazz and is the founder of the nonprofit, jazzhers, an organization committed to shaping the future of jazz by helping young musicians who identify as female and nonbinary to become connected to and feel empowered within the jazz community.
During the summer she conducts the Summer Wind Ensemble at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA.Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her master’s degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Frank Battisti. In addition to teaching she currently serves the larger music community as a frequent adjudicator, clinician and speaker. Ms. Linde was the 2022 recipient of the MICCA Hall of Fame award for teaching excellence.
The process of creating jazz connects us to the past, to our peers, from generation to generation, and helps us create the future together. Jazz is rooted in humanity.