Dr. Lisa Cook
Dr. Lisa Cook has taught music appreciation, world music and American music courses at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2002. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her M.Mus. in music history from Colorado State University. Her B.A. is from Valparaiso University, where she majored in music and humanities with a minor in communication. She plays piano and organ, and has also studied shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese lute) with sensei Yoko Hiraoka and also with Dr. Jay Keister. Her research interests include appropriation and transculturation, East Asian music, Western twentieth-century music, modern opera, and American Indian music. She has presented nationally and internationally on the music of Olivier Messiaen. Her article, "Venerable Traditions, Modern Manifestations: Understanding Mayuzumi’s Bunraku for Cello" will be published in Volume 44 of the journal Asian Music (Winter/Spring 2013). In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, knitting, reading, gardening, and directing the Handbell Choir at Advent Lutheran Church in Westminster.