Lisa Grodin

Director of Education

Involved in designing the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s education programs ever since she first joined the orchestra in 1985 as a violinist and violist, Lisa was hired as the Director of Education in 2009. She loves to teach, as well as perform.

She has taught, conducted and coached ensembles at The Crowden School in Berkeley since 1985, where she has served as the Director of Music since 2004. She has also served on the faculty of The Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and given master classes and lecture recitals at The Colburn School, U.C. Berkeley, University of Arizona, and in schools and museums throughout California through a grant from the California Arts Council.

Lisa has been privileged to play with many nationally based ensembles, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Smithsonian Chamber Players, El Mundo, the Aulos Ensemble, and Voices of Music. Her travels as a chamber musician and orchestral performer have taken her abroad with such groups as Les Arts Florissants (France), Capella Savaria (Hungary), La Cetra (Italy) and Capella Cartusianum (Germany). She can be heard on over 40 commercial recordings on Harmonia Mundi, Dorian, Teldec, Koch, Meridian, Hungaraton, Pandore, and Rhino Entertainment Company labels.

Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in both violin and history from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She continued her studies as a fellowship student at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Literature. A mother of two nearly grown sons, she enjoys backpacking, sailing, skiing, entertaining, and sometimes just pulling weeds.