Honoured as one of the University of Saskatchewan’s Arts and Science Alumni of Influence, Saskatchewan born contralto, Lisa Hornung has been acclaimed for performances in repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary composers. Her voice has been called “rich and powerful” and her stage presence has “inspired audiences and musicians alike”.
Most often heard in Handel’s Messiah, Ms. Hornung's orchestral performances also include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C major, Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass and Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, the Duruflé Requiem, the Canadian premiere of Ruth Watson-Henderson’s From Darkness to Light, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughn William’s Magnificat, The May Queen by Bennett, and the Alto Rhapsody by Brahms. Very excited about the talents of composer Paul Suchan, Lisa was delighted to record his full nuptial mass entitled May, and to have premiered the role of May Bartram in his opera The Beast in the Jungle.
In addition to her orchestral work, Ms. Hornung enjoys an active recital career with recent performances including music by Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Marx, Debussy, Purcell and Handel as well as Christmas, Spiritual and Folk repertoire. She has toured the United States and Europe as a soloist and ensemble member with the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of professional singers dedicated to the preservation and performance of Negro Spirituals.
Soprano Casey Peden and Lisa have been presenting duet recitals including works of Haydn, Purcell and Handel as well as a variety of folk arrangements. They have collaborated with Mr. John Ried Coulter, Dr. Alison Kilgannon, and Professor Robert Hall. Their most recent venture saw them in Ontario singing Elijah with Peter McGillivray as Elijah, and before that, performing Folk Songs of the Four Seasons by Vaughan Williams as well as Canadian Folk Songs, both works arranged by Robert Hall for SATB choir with alto and soprano soloists. Lisa and Casey always enjoy their collaborations with Bob, Sudbury Studio Singers and the Sudbury University Chorus.
Having performed across Western Canada, the United States and Europe, Lisa is always happy to be close to home with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. She enjoyed singing Bach's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah with the orchestra and the SSO Chorus in the past season. In addition to her recital work, upcoming engagements for Lisa include Handel's Messiah in December 2020, and Bach's Mass in B Minor in the spring of 2021.
In accordance with her belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to sing, Lisa runs a non-audition Community Youth Choir including singers from ages 5 to 19 and a non-audition Community Men's Choir for changed male voices of any age. She is the founder and director of Summer School for the Solo Voice, a week long study and performance opportunity for singers, choral conductors, pianists / accompanists and voice and classroom teachers of all ages and abilities. Growing from a local to a national, and now, international program, July 4-11, 2020 will mark SSSV's 23rd year.
In October of 2017 Ms. Hornung was presented with the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association's Outstanding Achievement Award. In January of 2020 she joined the SMEA board of Directors.
Well known as a teacher, adjudicator, clinician and choral coach, Lisa lives in North Battleford, Saskatchewan with her husband John. They have two grown children and enjoy their German Shepherd and time at the cottage.