Dr. Anthony Lis

Dr. Lis joined our department in 1987. He teaches Theory II, Forms & Analysis, Orchestration, History of Country Music, and Blues, Jazz & Rock, and also directs independent studies in Composition, Theory, and Counterpoint. Dr. Lis earned the B.M. in Composition from the University of Oklahoma and the M.M. and D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Lis has received commissions from the Dale Warland Singers, the Cincinnati Composers’ Guild, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Lis also maintains an active interest in American "roots" music. Recent research-trips have taken him to Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, and Oklahoma, to research early country-music steel guitarists and Hawaiian steel-players active on the Mainland. On research trips to England, Lis has visited London, Liverpool, and Birmingham, as well as Coventry, where he co-presented features on country music and Cajun music for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio.

Dr. Lis has written for the British publications BMG, Aloha Dream, and the British Steelies Newsletter, as well as the Honolulu-based Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association Quarterly and the Journal of Kentucky Studies; he has also authored entries for the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Dr. Lis is also a regular presenter at Nashville’s International Country Music Conference, detailing Hawaiian and Mainland steel guitarists.


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