Background 

Lis Viggers has won awards, honest. She is a multifaceted, charismatic Melbourne-based artist. Her diverse original works are spread across a varying spectrum of media – from visual arts, music, film and even street performance. But not mime. Never mime. The unique, unifying and ultra-important factor about her various works of art is that they all embody her keen ability to connect to your emotions. Her output is guaranteed to make you think and feel deeply.

A woman of many talents, Lis can play multiple instruments, has competed in Yoga championships and even once won a prize out of 400 Yoga teachers.  She has trained dogs up to a high level of obedience and once even played the cymbals in a marching band.  She prefers to cycle rather than drive, loves attending music conferences (please invite her to one) and was once interviewed and filmed for a feature length film on music education.

 

A skilled and creative artist, Lis aims, and succeeds, to make people feel and think via her collection of works.

  • Lis has an extensive and diverse CV, having music composition, styles, theory and technology to years 7 to 12. She has tutored music technology at The University of Queensland, where she also guest lectured on film music scores. She has also worked as a casual relief teacher at various schools, including primary school and kindergarten, teaching music and choir. Lis has also worked as a private music tutor for various private families for over a decade.

    Lis is gifted with a wide range of experience teaching yoga, having worked at various public and private studios across Melbourne, including a 2-year stint as a Studio Manager.

    Featuring as a guest speaker at private schools, Lis has composed original music for a puppet show, and has written and directed multiple original plays, as well as composing the score, too.

    Last and not least, Lis is an experienced freelance photographer, painter, and musician. She also has extensive community service and volunteering experience, across a range of sectors including youth mental health, drug and alcohol and animal rescue.

  • TEACHING

    Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
    Part-time Classroom Teacher — Musicianship, Yoga
    Guest Teacher — Composition, Music Technology, Music Styles, Theory
    Grades 7-12
    2009-2016

    The University of Queensland
    Tutor — Music Technology
    Guest Lecturer — Film Music in Sibelius
    2007

    Caulfield Grammar School – Wheelers Hill & Malvern campuses
    Casual Relief Teacher — Music, Choir
    Kindergarten to Grade 6
    2016-2017

    Xavier College — Burke Hall
    Casual Relief Teacher — Music, Choir
    Kindergarten to Grade 6
    2016

    Yoga Teacher — various yoga studios (public, private & special classes)
    Was also Studio Manager at BY Richmond and Prahran for 2 years
    Mostly adults, some children
    2011-2017

    Melbourne Girls’ College
    Casual Relief Teacher — Music
    Grades 7-12
    2015-2016

    Private Students
    Tutor — Piano, Aural Studies, Music Technology, Composition
    Children aged 4yrs old up to mature aged adults
    2001-2017

    GUEST SPEAKING

    Geelong Grammar School
    Guest speaker at Year 11 Retreat
    2015 topic ‘Resilience’
    2016 topic ‘Living a value driven life’

    The University of Queensland
    Guest Lecturer — Sibelius Software and Film Music

    COMPOSITION

    MidSumma Festival
    Sound Designer & Performer — Original Adult Puppet Show
    2011

    Victorian College of the Arts
    Writer, Director and Composer of ‘Nothing Exists In Isolation’ — Grant St Theatre
    Sound Designer and Composer — ‘A Dream Play’ and ‘The Learned Ladies’
    2009-2010

    Fringe Festival
    Sound Designer and Composer for Munro street performance
    1999

  • CONDUCTING

    The Firm Choir
    Choir Director — Performances at Gasworks Park & Federation Square
    2014-2015

    Melbourne Girls’ College
    Guest Conductor — Year 12 Evening Performance
    2015

    MULTIMEDIA

    Self-employed Photographer and Painter
    Photographer for wedding and various other events
    Private sales and commissions of paintings, drawings and prints
    2008-2017

    Ultrasonic Recording Studios
    Recording experience — Singer, Writer, Keyboard player
    2004-2008

    Insight Magazine
    Graphic Designer
    2004

    Able Studios
    Audio: Singing for TV commercial, recording and editing voiceovers
    Graphics: Creating and manipulating still images for printed materials
    Video — Editing commercially released videos
    2002-2003

    COMMUNITY SERVICE

    Forever Friends Animal Rescue
    Volunteer Foster Carer
    Dogs
    2017

    The Lighthouse Foundation
    Volunteer Yoga Teacher
    2015-2016

    Amazon Promise and Amazon Animal Orphanage
    Volunteer and Fundraiser
    2008

    Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS)
    Youth Mentor, Artist
    2004-2008

    Mirikai, Gold Coast Drug Council
    Volunteer Sleep Over Staff
    2001-2003

  • Lis has been the recipient of a variety of honours and awards both national and international.

  • Australian Postgraduate Award
    Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
    2009-2011

    Flower Petal Blooming Award
    Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles
    One of 6 prizes awarded, decided out of 400 trainees
    2011

    Study Abroad Scholarship
    at The University of California, Berkeley
    2008

    University Medal for Academic Excellence
    at The University of Queensland
    Only the top 1% of university graduates can be nominated for this award
    2008

  • Arts Faculty Scholarship
    Only one awarded for the entire Arts faculty
    Merit-based
    2007

    University Excellence Scholarship
    The University of Queensland — Merit based
    2005

    Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement
    Received every year of degree
    2004-2007

    Short Film ‘The Writings on the Wall’
    Music by Lis Viggers
    Short film shown in cinemas throughout Australia
    2004

  • Lis has performed her soul-soothing, mellow brand of original and cover music at a variety of gigs. She has played for private clients at art exhibitions and openings, weddings and wedding receptions and national conventions.

    She has also played a number of corporate functions, including The Brisbane Club and Gold Coast Arts Centre.

    Lis is an accomplished pianist, vocalist and occasional guitarist and has performed in choirs including So-La Voce, Astra and UC Berkely Chamber Chorus. In these choirs she has been a Chorister, Head Chorister and an occasional Alto soloist.

  • PERFORMING

    Private gigs including art exhibitions, weddings & conventions
    Pianist, Vocalist, Guitarist, Percussionist

    Corporate functions including The Brisbane Club & Gold Coast Arts
    Centre

    Pianist, Vocalist, Guitarist

  • Choirs including So-La Voce, Astra & UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus
    Chorister, Head Chorister, Occasional Soloist — Alto

    Please enquire for a full list of performances, or see events on the News page.

  • Lis possesses an extensive education, including graduate studies. With a strong focus on music, yoga and multimedia, her qualifications are listed below:

  • Graduate Diploma of Education
    Secondary School Music
    Excelsia College
    2014-2015

    Australian Kodály Certificate
    Secondary School Music
    The Cuskelly College of Music
    2014

    Master of Sound Design
    Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
    2009-2011

    Bachelor of Music (Honours year)
    The University of California, Berkeley
    GPA 4.0 (Perfect Score)
    2008

    Bachelor of Music (Composition)
    The University of Queensland
    First Class Honours GPA 6.857 (High Distinction)
    Year 1: Piano Major — 7.0 perfect scores in every section for performance Years
    2-4: Composition Major — High Distinction
    2004-2008

  • Diploma of Multimedia
    (Graphics, Sound and Film)
    Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
    2002-2003

    Yoga Teacher – Flow 300hrs
    Jimmy Barkan Hot Flow Yoga
    Rise Yoga, Richmond
    2016

    Yoga Teacher – Hot 200hrs
    Jimmy Barkan Hot Yoga – 200 hr certificate
    Hotbox, Windsor
    2015

    Bikram Yoga Teacher
    Bikram Yoga College of India
    Los Angeles
    2011