Lisa Radakovich Holsberg
M.A. – Union Theological Seminary
M.Ed. – Teachers College, Columbia University
M.F.A., B.Mus. – University of California, Irvine
Lisa Radakovich Holsberg comes to theology from a professional life in the arts. Her theological research centers on questions surrounding the intersection of theological anthropology and theological aesthetics across Christian history. She completed her M.A. thesis, "Piercing the Soul: Beauty, Affliction, and the Love of God in Simone Weil," at Union Theological Seminary under the direction of Roger Haight, S.J. Recent publications include “Understanding Artistic Creativity through the Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain” (Cithara
, November 2013) and “Beauty and the Unceasing Movement of Desire in St. Gregory of Nyssa’s On the Life of Moses” in The Concept of Beauty in Patristic and Byzantine Theology
, ed. J.A. McGuckin (Theotokos Press, 2012).
Lisa is curator of Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Traditions
at Columbia University’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, May 1, 2014; and co-chair of the joint Fordham and Heythrop College international conference Shaped by Beauty: Art, Religion, and Ethics in Conversation
at Heythrop College, University of London, June 26-27, 2014. She was a co-curator for the 2013 exhibit "Writing the Word: A Selection of Medieval Latin Biblical Manuscripts in Columbia Collections" at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of Columbia University.
Also an active performing artist and composer, Lisa recently conceived and presented "Sanglots: Songs of the 20th Century on Art, Politics, Suffering and Solace" on the 2014 MOSA music series in Manhattan. Other NYC chamber music concerts include "Songs of the Spirit: Spiritual Poetry from Different Traditions"; "Race for the Sky: Songs for New York and 9/11"; and performances of Ravel’s "Trois Poèmes de Stephane Mallarmé," Villa-Lobos’ "Bachianas Brasileiras No.5," Rachmaninov’s "Vocalise," and Handel’s "Messiah" with chamber orchestras.
Lisa has presented her award-winning 9/11 music peace project Race for the Sky
, a contemporary reflection on the human impulse to create form out of chaos and crisis, across the U.S. and in the U.K. Her musical compositions of Byzantine texts, "Akathist to Jesus Christ" for chorus, chanters, and congregation, and "Come, True Light: Prayer of St. Symeon the New Theologian" for voice, piano, cello, bells and cymbal, premiered respectively at the 2011 and 2009 annual conferences of The Sophia Institute
at Union Theological Seminary. She presented these compositions at the 2013 International Institute of Orthodox Church Music
Conference in Joensuu, Finland. Lisa performs regularly as a liturgical musician, often with her harp.
Lisa has served on the music faculties of Long Island University, Nyack College Manhattan, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and The Diller-Quaile School of Music. She lives in Manhattan with her music educator husband Dr. Peter Holsberg and their two children, Sarah and Lukas.