the official Fierce Conversation with Toby theme song.
Lisa Plasse – Composer, Arranger, and Flutist
Caroline Parody – Pianist
Tony Ventura – Bass
My friend Lisa Plasse has lived a life of music. It was only natural that I approach her when I was contemplating my own podcast. Lisa composed and arranged the theme song for Fierce Conversations with Toby. Her vision was the bass starting a solid conversation, with the piano joining in. Then the flute comes along, asking the hard questions and shaking things up. But, by the end, all three hit their stride and the conversation is on track.
Lisa Plasse, Flute
Lisa Plasse is the owner and director as well as flute and voice teacher of From The Top Music Studio in Midland Park, NJ which offers instrumental and vocal lessons. In addition to the studio, she is an applied vocal lessons instructor at Columbia University. Lisa received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from William Paterson University, with a concentration in flute and voice. She also holds a Masters degree in Education Administration & Supervision from Montclair State University.
She has over 30 years of teaching experience working with students of all ages and levels including special education. Her credits include performances with Onstage Inc., several local community bands and church organizations, numerous local pit orchestras, and the Ridgewood Concert Band. Lisa served as both Vice-President and President of the Board of Trustees of the Ridgewood Concert Band and during her presidency, the band was awarded The Sudler Silver Scroll Award.
She has produced and directed many musicals, theater workshops, summer workshops, and concert performances. Lisa has served as President of The Ridgewood Friends of Music and continues to serve on the board. She is currently President of the Midland Park Chamber of Commerce. Lisa is presently the music director for the Ridgewood High School Jamboree which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships for high school seniors. She is a member of the Da Capo Trio and continues to perform in the tri-state area. She is also a member of the International Association of Women and has appeared as a speaker in their Fireside Chat Series. Most recently, Lisa was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Eta Delta Chapter, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Incorporated through Howard University and she has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Ridgewood Guild.
She has always had a passion for writing and has written many articles for local newspapers and magazines. Now, as an empty nester, she is excited to begin her second act as a published author. She is currently working on her first Parenting Memoir which will be available in 2023 and is thrilled to have published her first children’s book. Lisa resides in Ridgewood, NJ with her husband Michel and they have four adult children Nick, Ashley, Amanda, and Brian.
Caroline Parody, Piano
Caroline Parody – earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from William Paterson University, and her Masters from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She received several awards, including Outstanding Performer and Music Scholar from WPUNJ. Additionally, she studied voice and vocal pedagogy, winning First Place in the NJNATS competition. Performing throughout the NY metro area, she has accompanied the Oratorio Society of NJ, Coro Lirico, Pro Arte Chorale, Harmony Singers, Concord Singers, WPUNJ Opera Workshop, and was assistant musical director for WPUNJ Musical Theater and Leonia Summerstage. An educator for almost 30 years, Caroline currently serves on the faculty of WPUNJ, From The Top Music Studio in Midland Park, NJ, and is the Director of Music at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wayne, NJ.
Tony Ventura, Bass
TONY VENTURA (Bass) BA in Music from City College of New York. Some of his broadway and off-broadway credits include RENT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORROR, PIRATE QUEEN, TONY AND TINAS WEDDING, GODSPELL, and MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. He has been seen on the SOPRANO’S playing bass beside Nancy Sinatra and in the Disney movie ENCHANTED. Other film credits include LIPSTICK JUNGLE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and DAMAGES. Tony has worked with numerous singers including, Lou Christie, Mel Carter, Darlene Love, Nelson Brothers, Bobby Rydell, The Drifters, The Tokens, and Shirley Austin Reeves. He has worked with jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks, Shinobu Ito, and jazz saxophonist Junior Cook. He is a busy freelancer in the jazz, blues, and r&b circuit in NYC.