Lisa Caravan


Lisa Caravan, a native, from Syracuse New York, is an upcoming performer in solo, chamber recitals and orchestral concerts. She also is a prominent strings teacher in the Rochester area.

Ms. Caravan currently serves as the assistant principal cellist in the Binghamton Philharmonic in Binghamton, NY. She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and held principal cello positions with the Greater Rochester Women’s Orchestra, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra, the Temple University Orchestra, and the Temple University Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Caravan has soloed with the Greater Rochester Women’s Orchestra at the Hochstein School of Music and the Credo Summer Orchestra at the Warner Concert Hall in the Oberlin Conservatory. She also was a prizewinner in the Atonement Bach Festival Series Competition and performed the second cello suite at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Reading, PA.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with pianists Kevin Moore and Sar Shalom Strong, and clarinetist/saxophonist, Ronald L. Caravan. Most recently she performed with Todd Wilson, Head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music at the 2007 Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival in Rochester, NY. Mr. Wilson and Ms. Caravan plan to record the piece, Song Without Words, by Craig Phillips in June of 2008.

Ms. Caravan is committed to the performance of new music. On the Temple University campus in Rock Hall, she premiered two compositions written specifically for her recital. Walter S. Hartley wrote Prelude, Cadenza and Rondo and Ronald L. Caravan wrote Overture, Cadenza, and Scherzo for alto saxophone, violoncello and piano in which he also performed. She has also collaborated with violinist, Jo Nardolillo in the premiere performance of Cutting Contest by living composer Mark Olivieri.

An avid teacher in the Rochester area, Ms. Caravan began her teaching career as a strings teacher at the elementary and secondary level in the Fairport, New York school district. She is on the faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and the Kanack School of Music as a Suzuki and tradition cello teacher and chamber coach. Ms. Caravan is also a teaching assistant in the music education department at the Eastman School of Music, where she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education. Ms. Caravan received her Master of Music degree in performance at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris.

Ms. Caravan received her Bachelor of Music degree in music education and performance from Temple University with Jeffrey Solow as her primary cello instructor. She graduated summa cum laude and received numerous awards including the President’s Scholar Award, Presser Scholar Award, the Essie Baron Memorial Award, and the Max Aronoff Prize among others. Ms. Caravan is a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lamda and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

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