Educational Background: 

  • D.M.A., Music Education, Eastman School of Music
  • M.M., Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
  • B.M., Music Education and Performance, Temple University

Teaching Interests: 

  • Cello
  • String Music Education
  • Chamber Music

Activities and Other Interests:

Lisa Caravan is Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University. Previously she served as assistant professor of String Music Education at Auburn University and as lecturer in the Music Department at Buffalo State University of New York. Dr. Caravan is an experienced performer in solo and chamber recitals and orchestral concerts. As soloist, she has appeared with the Bucknell Orchestra, Auburn University Community Orchestra, Greater Rochester Women's Orchestra and the Credo Summer Orchestra at the Warner Concert Hall in Oberlin Conservatory. Dr. Caravan has collaborated with numerous performers including pianists Kevin Moore and Sar Shalom Strong, clarinetist/saxophonist Ronald L. Caravan and Todd Wilson, Head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed with clarinetist Dr. David Odom and pianist Dr. Jeremy Samolesky as the Plains Trio in Alabama, New York and Oklahoma. Dr. Caravan is committed to the performance of new music. She appeared with violinist Jo Nardolillo in the premiere performance of Cutting Contest by living composer Mark Olivieri, and performed Kamran Ince's MKG Variations for solo cello and other works by Olivieri and Jonathan Miller in Heidelberg College's New Music Festival. She served as the assistant principal cellist in the Binghamton Philharmonic in Binghamton, NY, from 2006-2011 and has also performed with numerous orchestras which include: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony (GA), Charleston Symphony, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Mercury Opera Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include performances in Savannah (GA) Charleston (SC) and a short tour with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, an international professional ensemble that specializes in "America's Original Music" in Arkansas.

Dr. Caravan has presented her research at state, regional and national conferences including the College Music Society, American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Association of Americas Conference, National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference, New York State School Music Association and Alabama Music Educators Conference. Dr. Caravan received the Master of Music degree in performance and literature, the Orchestral Studies Diploma and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris. She is the first recipient of the Donald Shelter Music Education Prize and received Eastman's 2009-2010 Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Recent Presentations: 

"Breaking the Learning Curve: Decoding and Fostering the Adult String Student," Co-Presenter, Dr. Erin Ellis, 2016 American String Teachers Conference: Tampa Bay, FL 

"The New National Music Standards: How to unpack them and use them in the String/Orchestra Classroom," Co-Presenter, Anthony Pinelli Jr., 2015 National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference: Providence, Rhode Island

"Your students can play the notes...What Next?" 2015 American String Teachers Conference: Salt Lake City, UT

"Pre-Service Music Teachers' Reactions to Filed Teaching Experiences: A Qualitative Analysis of Discussion Board Posts," Co-Author, Dr. Nancy Barry, 2014 College Music  Society: St. Louis, MO


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