Elisa S. Keeler is a songleader, retreat facilitator, composer & singer.
Elisa S. Keeler, MA Transpersonal Psychology & BM Vocal Performance & Music Education
Elisa has taught voice & world music workshops since 2003. She is the founder of the Freeing Your Voice workshop for adults and the Music For Unity and Social Change Program for public schools. Elisa has been a guest presenter for Threshold Choirs, Religious Organizations, Community Choruses, College Music Majors, Public Schools, and Staff Community Building Retreats.
Since 2011, Elisa has been a co-teacher of the Hidden Treasure Program, a 3-year course in personal and spiritual growth, at Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten NY. In 2019, she scripted and recorded meditations for Valera Health, a mental health. app.
Elisa is the lead singer and songwriter for the band Elisa & the YesMen. Formerly the lead singer of Solstice and Mutron Warriors. Keeler’s deep and resonating voice has been compared to Nina Simone. She performed onstage with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the State Theater in Ithaca, NY.
SOLSTICE was Keeler's foray into original songwriting, embracing the soul style with elements of R&B, funk, reggae, Latin, jazz and gospel. Her initiation to the band scene began in 2004 with 60s Motown cover band The Destination. From 2007-2008 she sang with Kevin Kinsella (founder of John Brown's Body) in the bands Food, Clothes and Shelter and Millionaires of Love.
SOLSTICE released a debut album, “Red Sky” on November 6, 2009 Her latest album "Soul of the Earth" was released on March 28, 2019 on all streaming platforms. In 2020 during the worldwide pandemic, Elisa released a single called "Life As We Knew It".
Her music is available on all streaming platforms.Elisa Keeler, Elisa S. Keeler, Elisa Sciscioli Keeler
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Grants and Awards:
Artist in Community Grant - Community Arts Partnership - 2020
Women Building Community Grant - City Federation of Women's Organizations - 2020
Jill Mellick Creative Expression Award - Sofia University - 2017
Arts in Education Grant - CNY Arts - 2020
Arts in Education - The Arts Council of the Southern Fingerlakes - 2020
Arts in Education - Community Arts Partnership - 2019 - 2020
Teacher Grants - Ithaca Education Public Initiative - 2015 - 2020
Elisa S. Keeler: Freeing Your Voice Workshop Demo Reel
Elisa S. Keeler MA Transpersonal Psychology, Creativity & Innovation Specialization
BM Music Education & Vocal Performance from Ithaca College.
Elisa has been teaching world music and movement workshops since 2003. She is the founder of Freeing Your Voice workshops for adults and the Music For Unity and Social Change Program for public schools. She sings with and leads the Honey Child Soul Quintet. Former lead singer and songwriter for the band Solstice. Her conscious soul album Red Sky was released in 2009. Elisa is also a co- teacher of the Hidden Treasure Program at Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten NY.
Elisa has taken singing workshops with :
Bobby McFerrin, Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock and some of NYC's top contemporary music singing coaches. She combines their approaches, along with her music education and healing training to form her celebrated Freeing Your Voice classes and workshops!