Liisa Nessim is the founder and director of Stepping Stone Music Company.
Liisa has been teaching music privately for 30 years in voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, french horn and trumpet. She completed the 2 year diploma program at Vancouver Community College in 1986, majoring in french horn, then received a second diploma from their Jazz Program in 1987, majoring in voice. From there she went on to study classical voice at UBC and received her Bachelor of Music, with a minor in piano, in 1989. She also studied classical guitar privately for a number of years.
Liisa has taught throughout the lower mainland for years, developing music programs for all ages in many areas of music. After moving from Vancouver in 2001,she founded Stepping Stone Music Company in Matsqui Village.
Liisa has also performed professionally for a number of years in many different groups. Currently she is composing and singing with Kitchen Sync and has two CDs of her own original music.
Liisa has been conducting choirs for over 20 years, and started her current projects, Joy Vox Community Choir and Voce Destino, in 2001.
Liisa has received awards such as the 2006 Arty Award for Outstanding Artist in Music in Mission, BC, the Mission Muse Award in 2014 for Arts Advocate, and was nominated for the Myrtle Everett Woman of the Year Award in Abbotsford in 2007. She also received the Celebration of the Arts Award in 2018 for Arts Advocate - Educator/Mentor.
She has served on the Mission Arts Council Board, also as their President one of the years. She was on the Cultural Resources Commission in Mission, BC from 2016-2018 and offered music workshops at the Mission Children's Festival for over 15 years until 2019.
She has also been running the Mission Coffee House Concert Series for over 15 years.
Her first love is music education, whether it be the wee kids just starting out or older adults rediscovering their love of music. She enjoys providing free music workshops for the Mission Children's Festival every year. Her philosophy is that everyone should participate in music in some way. Singing, playing and listening to music can light up the lives of many, and should be shared with everyone.