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gary wheatPrincipal flutist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 1997, Lisa has also been the principal flutist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She was also the assistant principal and 2nd flutist of the former Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Solo appearances with these orchestras have included Nielsen - Concerto, CPE Bach – Concerto in d minor, Charles Griffes – Poeme, Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto, Bernstein – Halil, J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concertos# 2,4, and 5, and Lukas Foss - Renaissance Concerto. Lisa was also a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra for 10 seasons.

Born in Germany and raised in Eagle River Alaska, Lisa received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy as well. Her major teachers were Robert Willoughby and Timothy Day. Active in education, she is on the faculty of University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has also served on the faculties of Birmingham Southern College, the University of Montevallo, Samford University, and the University of Alabama. Lisa also maintains an extensive private teaching studio. When not busy with the orchestra or teaching Lisa is an avid dog fancier, participating in obedience and field retriever competitions with Lea and Fi,her yellow labrador retrievers. They are named for Beethoven’s only opera – Fidelio (Fi) and its heroine – Leonore (Lea).


  • All Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Music in flute performance
  • Bachelor of Music in recording arts and sciences
  • Master of Music in flute performance
  • Artist Diploma in flute performance