Founded in 2007, Whimsy is comprised of two esteemed musicians with a shared passion for lyrically driven music primarily from composers of today. Utilizing the sounds of the flute, alto flute, bass flute and piano, their programs are rich in tonal textures transporting the listener into the music.

“…Lisa is an exceptionally fine musician who can play anything with pizzazz, precision and feeling." (Michael Daugherty, Composer)

“Althea is an outstanding artist who should be heard again and again… An extraordinary pianist of rare talent and sensitivity." (San Francisco Chronicle)


About pianist Althea Waites:

Internationally acclaimed American pianist Althea Waites has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a brilliant soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist.

In addition to performances on concert stages around the world, she has also participated in numerous festivals as a soloist, collaborative pianist and ensemble coach, including Aspen, Tanglewood, the Yale Summer Festival, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Idyllwild Arts Festival in Southern California.

Praised by the Los Angeles Times for superb technique and profound musicality, Ms. Waites has a long and distinguished history of championing new music by American composers and has received many honors and commendations for her work. She has also been guest soloist in major venues and PBS stations including National Public Radio’s Performance Today, KQED/ San Francisco, KCET/ Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York City, and performances in Indonesia, Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Her recording credits include the landmark CD, Black Diamonds, Along the Western Shore, and her 2012 recording, Celebration, featuring music of American composers on her new record label, Kuumba Music.

Ms. Waites received the Bachelor of Music degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, and the Master of Music degree in piano from the Yale University School of Music where she studied with Donald Currier. Her principal mentors and teachers also include Alice Shapiro, Russell Sherman and Sr. Mary Elise Sisson.

In addition to maintaining her concert schedule, Ms. Waites is currently on the keyboard faculty for the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and is in demand for recitals, residencies, and master classes at colleges and arts institutions throughout the United States.

Althea Waites is a Steinway artist and member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.