Liza Calisesi Maidens

A photo of Liza Maidens

Lecturer of Vocal Ensembles


101N Alexander



Liza Calisesi Maidens is the conductor of the EMU Women's Choir. Most recently, the choir was invited to perform at the 2019 ACDA-Michigan Conference, the featured chorus in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 French Fest performance of Debussy’s Nocturnes at Orchestra Hall, and the 2017 Michigan Opera Theater performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House. 

Currently, Liza is pursuing a DMA in choral conducting at Michigan State University, where she has enjoyed assistant conducting University Chorale and Women's Chamber Ensemble. She holds a master's degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a bachelor's degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa. 

Liza serves as the R&R Chair for Women’s Choirs for ACDA-Michigan, adjudicates for MSVMA, and clinics with district choirs from around the state. She has performed professionally with sounding light, under the direction of Tom Trenney and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. She is grateful for all of her teachers and mentors - David Rayl, Sandra Snow, Jonathan Reed, Joe Miller, Amanda Quist, Steve Pilkington, Mark Babcock, and Brandon Johnson.


BM Central College

MM Westminster Choir College