Marisa Michelson

Composer and Vocal Artist MARISA MICHELSON is an award-winning writer of interdisciplinary music-theatre, choral work, and musicals, and is the founder of Constellation Chor | An Immersion in Voice, Movement and Spirit – a vocal performance ensemble whose “sonic expressions, from ethereal sounds to primal screams, animalistic wails and simply breath” have been likened to “vocal innovators like Kate Bush, Bjork, Florence Welch and even Yoko Ono.” (StageBiz). In residence at the historic Judson Memorial Church and Spectrum (BK), the Chor explores performer as truth-seeker/shaman, and the performance as an invitation to enter into an intimate relationship with the moment and each other.

Marisa’s music has been called “exquisite” (The New York Times), “otherworldly” (Steven Suskin), “gorgeous…adventurous” (Vox Magazine). Her Desire|Divinity Project investigates the liminal space between earthly and divine love. Her musical with Joshua H. Cohen, Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater; 2 Drama Desk Nominations) was praised as “one of the most extraordinary scores in years (New York Magazine). Her recent musical with Jason Grote, One Thousand Nights and One Day (Prospect Theater World Premiere 2018) was called “heavenly” by Time Out NY, where it was also a critics pick;  Naamah’s Ark (an oratorio with Royce Vavrek, starring Victoria Clark and written for five choirs/200 singers, headlined NYC’s River to River Festival in Rockefeller Park. Awards: 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; 2018 National Endowment for the Arts; 2017 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; 2013 Jonathan Larson. Residencies: MacDowell, Ucross, Blue Mountain Center, New Dramatists.  

Marisa is also a sought-after voice teacher who has worked with hundreds of singers of all ages and levels and genres from beginners to Broadway stars. Most recently, she was the Vocal Coach at Signature Theatre for Dave Malloy’s Octet and as a vocal consultant for his Moby Dick at A.R.T. Marisa’s perspective is grounded in the Szamosi® path ( which she has studied both as a singer and as a teacher for fifteen years.   The use and training of the voice is at the center of her work as a composer. Singing reaches into every corner of artistic, intellectual, physio-emotional and spiritual life. Being in intimate relationship with singing, and sharing this relationship with others, is at the center of her life’s path and passion.