Lisa Conway head shot

Lisa Conway

Instrument: Horn

Education: Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, Magna Cum Laude; Master of Music from The Juilliard School

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Current neighborhood: Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 2008

Favorite things to do in Cincinnati: Walking to explore parks with my husband and our two sons. Also enjoying the restaurants in the OTR area and throughout the city. 

Hobbies: Gardening, baking, and reading.

Funniest concert memory: When I was in high school, my school orchestra did a kids’ concert series called “Maestro the Lion” where our conductor dressed up in a complete lion costume, giant head and paws included (the “Lion” was even wearing tails and a bowtie). I was so mesmerized by his costume that I sat staring at him throughout an entire horn solo that I was supposed to be playing!

Where is the strangest place that you’ve ever practiced? After I joined the CSO, my former colleague Tom Sherwood showed me how to make a “tube horn” for practicing while traveling. It is simply a length of plastic tubing, bought from the hardware store, that a horn mouthpiece fits into. Because it is the same length as the horn, you can play most of a harmonic series on it. I have played my “tube horn” in many unusual places, including any number of cars, trains, and planes in various countries!

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? In divisive times, the orchestra can remind people of our common humanity. Music can inspire us all, regardless of who we are or where we come from.