Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Oklahoma City University and a Backun Artist, Dr. Lisa Kachouee enjoys an active career as a solo, chamber, and orchestral clarinetist. She has performed in Europe, Mexico, and across the United States. Her recent performance highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut; solo and duo concert tours; and international, national, and regional conference performances. She was selected to perform at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFests in Denver, Colorado; Reno, Nevada; Ostend, Belgium; Fort Worth, Texas; Orlando, Florida and at the first Low Clarinet Festival in Glendale, Arizona. She has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony, Painted Sky Opera, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, she has appeared with the El Paso Winds, Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra, OCU Wind Philharmonic, and the Oklahoma City Sinfonia. Dr. Kachouee has recorded orchestral and chamber works with Naxos and Vox Novus respectively.
With percussionist and composer Jamie Wind Whitmarsh, Dr. Kachouee has toured and recorded works as a member of Duo Rodinia. The duo performed at the International Woodwind Duo Symposium; American Single Reed Summit; Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference; Florida State University New Music Festival; University of Nebraska Kearney New Music Festival; as Featured Guest Artists of the SCI Region VI Conference; and they have concertized at numerous universities and secondary schools. Through her work with Duo Rodinia, as a soloist, and in collaboration with other performers, Dr. Kachouee has commissioned and premiered over forty works.
In addition to teaching at OCU, Dr. Kachouee has worked with students in Egypt, Lebanon, and the Kurdistan Region as artist faculty with American Voices. Active in researching repertoire and pedagogical techniques, Dr. Kachouee has contributed articles to The Clarinet (online) and published a guide to Daniel Nelson’s Clarinet Concerto. In 2023 she was awarded an OCU Presidential Faculty and Student Research Fellowship for her work in electroacoustic music. She holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Arizona, and George Mason University. Her teachers include Dr. Deborah Bish, Dr. Frank Kowalsky, Dr. Brian Jones, Jerry Kirkbride, and Michael Rusinek.