ADRIENNE CARAVAN, VIOLIN
Biography and Experience
Performer, Educator, and Composer; Adrienne Caravan’s musical life encompasses a wide variety of experiences, and musical expression. At the prestigious Eastman School of Music, she earned the Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as a student of Louis Bergonzi. While completing the Master’s degree in Violin Performance, she studied with a renowned faculty that included Charles Castleman, Camilla Wicks, and Lynn Blakeslee. Additional study of the Suzuki approach provided time with master teachers Ronda Cole, Martha Shackford, Edmund Sprunger, Tom Wermuth, and Linda Fiore.
A career spent in public education, Adrienne currently oversees the string program at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School where she conducts the 7th and 8th grade string ensembles, and has created a hybrid program for beginning strings that combines traditional American educational philosophy with Suzuki instruction. Her program has quickly grown to one of the largest in Loudoun County, Virginia, and has received critical acclaim in district assessment, as well as competitive arenas in and out of Virginia.
An active performer, her musical resume as a violinist includes collaboration with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, The Gary Sinise Foundation at the Kennedy Center, Kevin Spacey, Clay Johnson, and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. She regularly performs with her own piano quartet, The Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she composed the original soundtrack for a documentary film entitled Jurs, Edge of Discovery; a film about sculptor and artist Nancy Jurs.
Adrienne serves as Dean of the Castleman Quartet Program at the State University of New York at Fredonia; a summer program devoted to chamber music.
Music School Education
Adrienne Caravan attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and privately studied with highly acclaimed teachers such as Charles Castleman.
Ms. Caravan has completed Suzuki training in Books 1-6 and pursued additional courses such as Suzuki Principles in Action. Her studies have been with recognized Suzuki teacher-trainers such as Tom Wermuth, Ronda Cole, and Edmund Sprunger.
Extensive Teaching Experience
Adrienne Caravan has led one of the top-performing middle school orchestra programs in Prince William County, Virginia for over 15 years. Her beginning strings program consistently earns top marks in orchestral assessment.
Ms. Caravan is an active performer and member of the Savanna Philharmonic violin section. Additionally, Adrienne Caravan performs with the Manassas Ballet Theatre and frequently appears as a soloist and chamber artist.