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Lisa Sain Odom

Lisa Sain Odom

Assistant Professor of Music, Vocal Studies and Musical Theatre

Department of Performing Arts

Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance, University of South Carolina; Master of Music, Vocal Performance, Converse University


Dr. Lisa Sain Odom is an opera and musical theater singer and actor who teaches musical theater and singing-related courses and lessons in the Department of Performing Arts. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina, as well as Vocal Performance degrees from Bob Jones University (B.M.) and Converse College (M.M.). As an opera and concert singer, Dr. Odom has appeared with orchestras and opera companies including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Foothills Philharmonic, Opera Carolina, Spartanburg Repertory Theatre, Opera at USC, Columbia Opera Guild and the Bob Jones University Opera Association. Some of her roles include Papagena (Die Zauberflote), Isabelle/Madeline (The Face on the Barroom Floor), Musetta (La Boheme), Anne Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Monica (The Medium) and Miss Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief). An accomplished concert soloist, some of Dr. Odom’s appearances include soprano soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; Ophelia in a concert version of Thomas’ Hamlet with the South Carolina Philharmonic; featured soloist in the New Year’s Eve Pops Concert with Foothills Philharmonic; featured soloist in an all-Gershwin concert with Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra; and in the role of Anna in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with USC Symphony and Ballet. Dr. Odom enjoys performing new music and has premiered a variety of new works in concerts throughout South and North Carolina, including a set of gospel song arrangements by Dr. Jackie Griffin and several songs by Dr. Richard Williamson. Dr. Odom founded and performs with the soprano trio, “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Redhead,” currently singing opera, musical theater and jazz in concerts throughout the Southeast. Equally comfortable in the world of musical theater, Dr. Odom has performed a variety of musical theater roles including Julie Jordan (Carousel), the Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Chairy (Barnum!), Jeannie (Brigadoon) and Rose (The Secret Garden). She sang in the US premiere of British composer Ivor Novello's show The Dancing Years and also performed the role of K.D. McLady in the world premiere of DOGS: The Musical at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In addition to her stage work, Dr. Odom is a television and film actress and has appeared in a variety of independent films that have shown in festivals throughout the US and Europe, and she often appears as an actor or spokesperson in industrial films and commercials. Dr. Odom was a 2007 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern and has worked with acclaimed teachers of both classical and contemporary vocal pedagogy such as Donald Simonson, Robert Edwin, Stephanie Samaras, and Jeannette LoVetri. Dr. Odom has served as musical director or vocal coach for a variety of musical theater productions including Rent; Guys and Doll;, She Loves Me; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Arsenic and Old Lace (stage director); Christmas Spectacular!; and Barab’s children’s opera The Toy Shop (music and stage director). She has taught classes in vocal pedagogy, diction for singers, beginning vocal technique, music history, musical theater history and opera scenes. In addition to her work at Clemson, she has served on the music faculties of North Greenville University and Western Carolina University.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

Odom, Lisa Sain. "Get Into the College of Your Dreams." Classical Singer, 4 October 2022,

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

Odom, Lisa Sain. "Making the Cut: Your Perfect Musical Audition Cut." Southeastern Theatre Conference, March 2021.

Odom, Lisa Sain. "Difficult Conversations: Classic Musical Theatre and the Modern Audience." Southeastern Theatre Conference, 28 February 2020.

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