Originally from Northbrook, IL, Lisa Geering Tomoff is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied oboe with Marc Lifschey and Jerry Sirucek. Prior to her time in Bloomington, she studied with Chicago oboist Robert Morgan. Lisa worked for many happy years as an arts administrator, first at the University if Chicago where she was Marketing Director of the University’s Professional Concert Series and oboist in the University of Chicago Symphony of the baton of Maestro Barbara Schubert.  Following her time at the University of Chicago, Lisa had the great pleasure of being part of the administration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years, where she served as marketing manager and listened, like a kid in a candy store, to countless spectacular live performances. When her spouse’s career brought her family to Southern California, Lisa decided to take her lifelong love of orchestras back onstage and she joined the Pasadena Symphony and POPS orchestra in 2002. As a freelancer around Southern California, Lisa has performed with many ensembles, including the Santa Barbara, Redlands, and San Bernardino symphony orchestras, as well as the Riverside Philharmonic. She has been featured alongside groups such as the Raincross Chorale and the Riverside Lyric Opera.
Lisa lives in Riverside, CA, with her husband Kiril who is Professor of History and Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Riverside, her beloved daughter Lilia, and three unruly cats.