Dr. Lisa R. Caravan, is a string pedagogue, cellist and conductor who most recently served as assistant professor of music at Bucknell University. Her previous positions included assistant professor of String Music Education at Auburn University and lecturer in the Music Department at Buffalo State University of New York. Caravan is an Eastman Graduate, receiving the Master of Music degree in performance and literature, the Orchestral Studies Diploma and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree, studying with Alan Harris. She is the first recipient of the Donald Shetler Music Education Prize and received a Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching while at Eastman.
As a sought-after clinician, she has been invited to work with orchestra ensembles regionally, nationally and internationally in London, UK and Perth, Australia. She spent three years as the music director for the Auburn (AL) youth orchestra program and has public school instrumental teaching experience in Fairport, NY. Dr. Caravan has presented her research at state, regional and national conferences including the American String Teachers Association, College Music Society, Suzuki Association of Americas Conference, and National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference, New York State School Music Association and others. Her research interests include music teacher preparation, cello pedagogy, and 21st century practice pedagogy.
Dr. Caravan is an experienced performer in a variety of settings, with focus on chamber music and orchestral. Dr. Caravan performs regularly with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, an internationally recognized professional ensemble that specializes in “America’s Original Music.” Recently, she recorded with Paragon on their latest CD, Black Manhattan, Volume. 3. Dr. Caravan served until 2019 as principal cellist of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and was previously assistant principal cellist in the Binghamton Philharmonic. She has performed with numerous orchestras including Charleston Symphony, Columbus Symphony (GA), and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed in Paris and London with the Weis Trio.