Ukulele, Songwriting, Voice
Liz's classrooms are calm but playful, and encourage new friendships. While everyone learns at a different pace and has different strengths, Liz believes we can all find a way to play together.
Liz Chidester, from the mountains of Virginia, moved to Chicago in 2013 and resides as a singer, songwriter, actor, and teaching artist. She released her debut folk album People Pumping Pedals in 2014 under CAU Dog Records, her intimate EP Otter Hill in 2015, and her third release Progress into Simplicity with her band LIZ AND THE LOVELIES in 2017.
She was a Midwestern Finalist in NPR’s NewSong Songwriting Contest 2014, nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the Chicago Music Awards 2015, and was a finalist in the NewSong Leaf Songwriter Competition 2016. LIZ AND THE LOVELIES, were nominated for 'Best Roots EP' in the 2018 Independent Music Awards, and were in the top 4 bands at the 9th Annual Silversound Showdown 2018 in Brooklyn, NY.
She was recently critically acclaimed for her role of "Lizzie Borden" in Firebrand Theatre's feminist rock musical Lizzie, and played "Laura" in the Jeff Award Winning 'Best Musical 2017' High Fidelity with Refuge Theatre project. She has worked with the American Blues Theatre, Sideshow Theatre Company, Mercury Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Route 66 Theatre, and the Cabinet of Curiosity Events as an actor and writer.
Before moving to Chicago, she was singing all over the world as a lounge singer with Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line. She has her BM from James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Started at the Old Town School in May of 2015