Tysa began performing in coffee houses at the age of fifteen, singing and playing guitar to the era's music, and to her original songs. If there happened to be a piano (as there was at the infamous "Cracked Cup" in downtown Columbus, Ohio), she would break set and play piano, often just making up compositions on the spot.
At seventeen Tysa fooled the musical director of her high school's "Show of Shows" into thinking she had "written" the piano piece she auditioned with, which later became yet another improvised composition on the concert stage. At eighteen her singing voice got her cast into the chorus for Jesus Christ Superstar's stage show production at the Agora Theatre.
Tysa's first year at Ohio State Music School was as a Voice Performance major. However, she switched over to earning a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition. It was in those moments of analyzing orchestral scores and writing music, that the dream of composing music for movies was first ignited. But rock-n-roll took over after college.
Tysa toured as a multi-keyboardist/singer/songwriter for the next several years, traveling through 26 states and Canada with regionally known rock band "Blue Max " and Nashville-based show band "Little Rock " After six years on the road and numerous recording sessions in Nashville and other places, she packed up her worldly belongings and drove across the country to Southern California.
In Los Angeles Tysa continued writing, showcasing, and recording. She performed original songs for such events as "March of the Animals" in Washington DC, Jerry Brown presidential campaign rallies, Whole LIfe Expos, and sang the Star Spangled Banner at Dodger Stadium.
In 1994 Tysa completed a Certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA Extension.
At the time, she was a single mother and found herself battling the music business trying to keep afloat. She started to pursue other interests, including writing screenplays and publishing stories. For several years she faced difficulties in finding inspiration to express herself through music, and turned away from it.
In early 2012, Tysa invested in a studio, got certified as a Pro Tools Music Operator, and returned to the Film Scoring program at UCLA for refresher courses. By the end of 2012, she had released her second meditation music CD and scored her first film. She is also now performing again and working on a second CD which combines her songwriting and orchestral composition.
Tysa has composed music for both documentary and drama films, including writing and performing two end-credit songs. She has provided theme music for radio programming, internet radio, websites , sound libraries, as well as wrote music and theme song for The Boeing Company corporate video promoting the space program.
There's a new determination in Tysa's work as a composer / songwriter / keyboardist, and a renewed vitality of spirit. It is highly unlikely she will ever again turn away from that original dream sparked by compositional studies at Ohio State University.
Tysa's music tends to meld rock-n-roll sensibilities with orchestral pallets, making her a good candidate for innovative scores as a composer.