Winner of the international 2007 New Century Harp Competition for composition, Lisa Boggess is a freelance performer and teacher with over 20 years of experience on the harp, piano, and organ. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Valparaiso University. In addition to playing at numerous church, corporate, and private events, Ms. Boggess has appeared with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, West Suburban Symphony, Oak Park/River Forest Children's Chorus, and the Downers Grove Choral Society. She is the founder/director of Harpe Diem and Glissando, performing harp ensembles that make several local appearances including Chicago's Celtic Fest. In 2003 Ms. Boggess co-wrote and played harp and piano in Birds of a Feather, a modern fable with original music. In 2004 and 2006, Ms. Boggess released two CDs of her own harp and piano compositions entitled Lakeshore Escape and Full Circle.