Download from iTunes tracks from Lisette's 2 new CDs

  • JS Bach: Trios for Two
  • Simple Pleasures, Hidden Treasures:  Boismortier Trio Sonatas

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Lisette now offers lessons and group coaching via Skype!

About Lisette Kielson

About L'Ensemble Portique

Recorder ~ Flute ~ Instruction ~ Performance

Lisette Kielson

Lisette Kielson has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in France, New York, and throughout the Midwest. Enthralling audiences with her innovative programming and distinctive musicianship, she has been described by the media as “sparkling with life” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and with “dazzling natural technique and brilliant interpretation…performing with true character and style.” (Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace)

Past President of the American Recorder Society (2008-2012) and former Director of Bradley University’s Collegium Musicum (2009-2019), Lisette currently teaches on the faculty of the Whitewater Early Music Festival, serves as Music Director of the Chicago Chapter of the ARS and Associate Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest, and leads workshops and master classes throughout the country.

Lisette holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in flute performance from Indiana University and a post-master’s Diploma in recorder performance from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands.

Lisette has released recordings of Bach and Boismortier with Centaur Records as well as CDs under her own label. Her recordings are played nationally and have received enthusiastic reviews from American Recorder, American Record Guide, and Audio Video Club of Atlanta.

Lisette has had the honor and pleasure of performing with, among others, the Lyric Opera of Chicago (stage band soloist), Baroque Band, Chicago Opera Theater, Haymarket Opera Company, Music of the Baroque, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce, Callipygian Players, Madison Bach Musicians, New Comma Baroque, Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and at the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, Chicago’s Bach Week Festival, Bradley University Faculty Series, Luther College Faculty Artist Series, Madison Early Music Festival, and Peoria Bach Festival.

Founding member of Chicago Recorder Quartet Lisette joins three of America's top recorder players to explore the vast repertoire for recorder ensemble. Performing on two dozen beautiful instruments, the quartet leads audiences on journeys through many centuries, to lands near and far. Chicago Recorder Quartet has performed on the following Chicago-area concert series: Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn; Fourth Presbyterian Church; Musicians Club of Women; St. John’s Episcopal Church; and American Recorder Society. As described in the November 2017 issue of Recorder Reporter, “the Quartet's professionalism, beautiful tone quality and general attunement to each other while performing made the hour fly by, and inspired the audience to insist on an encore!”

Lisette's L’Ensemble Portique has been invited to perform at such venues including the North River Music Series in New York City; The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series in Montgomery, NY; the Norton Building Concert Series, Mostly Music at NEIU, and Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn in the Chicago area; Sunday Afternoon Live in Madison, Wisconsin; and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Lisette has gained much inspiration, guidance, and strength from her teachers and mentors. Recorder: Roberta Sweet, John Langfeld, Eva Legêne, and Michael Barker. Flute: Nina Barwell, Mary-Louise Poor, Ernestine Whitman, Kate Lukas, James Pellerite, and Peter Lloyd.

Curriculum Vitae

Lisette Kielson, Recorder & Flute

Soloist, Chamber Musician, Orchestral Player

Royal Conservatory of The Hague
, The Netherlands
Diploma - Recorder Performance 1994
Certificate - Recorder Performance 1992
       Teacher: Michael Barker

Indiana University, School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana
Master of Music - Flute Performance 1990
Bachelor of Music - Flute Performance 1988
       Flute Teachers: James Pellerite, Peter Lloyd
Participant in Early Music Institute - Recorder 1986-90
       Recorder Teacher: Eva Legêne

Faculty Positions (recorder; flute; chamber music)
Bradley University (Affiliate Instructor: Director, Collegium Musicum), Peoria, IL 2009-2019
Bradley Univ. (Affiliate: Applied Flute & Director, Collegium), Peoria, IL Spring Semester 2017
Heartland Community College Department of Community Education, Normal, IL 2009, 2015-16
University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Continuing Education, Madison, WI  2001-06
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, WI 1998-2004
Monroe Street Fine Arts Center, Madison, WI 1998-2002
The American School of The Hague, The Netherlands 1991-1997

Festival/Workshop Faculty Positions
Chicago Chapter of the ARS: Music Director, Chicago, IL 2013-present
Whitewater Early Music Festival, Whitewater, WI June 1999-present
Portique’s Midwest Recorder Workshop Series, Bloomington, IL Fall 2007-present
Winds of Southern Wisconsin Recorder Workshops, Madison, WI Spring/Fall 2007-present

Next Level Recorder Retreat, Carmel Valley, CA February 2018
San Diego County Recorder Society Workshop, San Diego, CA October 2016
San Francisco Early Music Society Recorder Workshop, Oakland, CA July 2015
Sarasota Chapter Workshop, Sarasota, FL February 2014
Early Music Road Scholar, Carmel Valley, CA October/November 2009, 2012
Kalamazoo Recorder Players Workshop, Kalamazoo, MI October 2003, 2012
American Recorder Society 2012 Festival, Portland, OR July 2012
San Diego County Recorder Society Workshop, San Diego, CA October 2011
Portland Recorder Society's Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, Corbett, OR March 2011
Orange County Recorder Society Workshop, Fullerton, CA March 2011
Twin Cities Recorder Guild Workshop, St. Paul, MN January 2011
Fort Collins Recorder Society Workshop, Fort Collins, CO September 2010
Ann Arbor Recorder Society Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI April 2010
Montreal Recorder Festival, Montreal, Canada September 2009
American Recorder Society Festival and Conference, St. Louis, MO Summer 2009
Chicago Chapter of the ARS Recorder Workshop, Chicago, IL April 2009
San Francisco Early Music Society Recorder Workshop, Oakland, CA July 2008
St. Louis Recorder Society Workshop, St. Louis, MO November 2007
Worcester Hills Recorder Society Workshop, Worcester, MA March 2007
Winds of Southern Wisconsin Workshop Series, Madison, WI 1998-2006
Greater Cleveland ARS Chapter Workshop, Middleburg Heights, OH March 2006
Aeolus Recorder Konsort Workshop, Little Rock, AR August 2003-2005
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Adult Chamber Music Workshop, Milwaukee, WI Summer 2002, 2004
The Westchester Recorder Guild Workshop, Pleasantville, NY March 2004
Madison Early Music Festival, Madison, WI July 2000-2002

Professional Touring Ensembles
Chicago Recorder Quartet
Kim / Kielson / Duo
L’Ensemble Portique

Compact Disc Recordings
Simple Pleasures, Hidden Treasures: Boismortier Trio Sonatas (Centaur Records, Inc.)
JS Bach: Trios for Two (Centaur Records, Inc.)
Telemann: Canons and Duos (double disc)
Taste of Portique (baroque & contemporary chamber music)
Trio Atlantica (baroque chamber music)

Selected Performances
Chamber Music
       American Bach Project - Milwaukee, WI
       Ars Musica Contemporary Music Festival - Brussels, Belgium
       Bach Cantata Vesper Series - River Forest, IL
       Bradley University – Peoria, IL
       Callipygian Players/Bella Voce – Chicago, IL
       Chicago Humanities Festival (w/ Ars Antigua) - Chicago, IL
       Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn – Grayslake, IL
       Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series - Montgomery, NY
       Live from the Elvehjem – Madison, WI
       Luther College – Decorah, IA
       Madison Bach Musicians – Madison, WI
       Madison Early Music Festival – Madison, WI
       Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society - Chicago, IL
       Mostly Music at NEIU – Chicago, IL
       New Comma Baroque – Peoria, IL
       North River Music Series – New York, NY
       Norton Building Concert Series – Lockport, IL
       Oriana Singers – Oak Park, IL
       Saint Luke Recorder Series – Chicago, IL
       SFEMS Recorder Workshop Faculty Concerts - Oakland, CA
       University of Minnesota Bach Festival - St. Paul, MN
       University of Wisconsin – Platteville, WI
       Jubilate Deo Chorus & Orchestra (Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major) – Alsace, France
       Lyric Opera of Chicago (stage band recorder soloist in Handel’s Rinaldo)
       Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (recorder solo in Handel’s Water Music) – Milwaukee, WI
       Trinity Concert Series (Sammartini’s Concerto in F Major) – Peoria, IL
       Bach Institute at Valparaiso University – Valparaiso, IN
       Bach Week Festival - Chicago, IL
       Baroque Band – Chicago, IL
       Chicago Opera Theater - Chicago, IL
       Davidkoor (Solo Artist-in-Residence) - Rotterdam, NL
       Haymarket Opera Company – Chicago, IL
       Het Haags Barokgezelscap (Baroque Orchestra) - The Hague, NL
       Music of the Baroque – Evanston/Chicago, IL
       Peoria Bach Festival – Peoria, IL
       Peoria Symphony Orchestra – Peoria, IL
       Rockefeller Memorial Chapel presents... - Chicago, IL

Professional Organization Memberships
American Recorder Society (President 2008-2012; Board Member 2006-2014)
Early Music America

Media Appearances
WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL – Live Broadcast Concerts
       “Chamber Music at Prairie Crossing”
       “Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series”
       “Live From WFMT”
Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison, WI – Live Broadcast Concert: “Sunday Afternoon Live”
Wisconsin Public Radio, WHAD Milwaukee, WI: “Milwaukee Presents”
WORT Radio, Madison, WI
Chamber Music Minnesota, St. Louis Park, MN - Television Series: “Music da Camera”

References - upon request