Lisa Goddard is an avid orchestral and chamber musician on both historical and modern instruments. Lisa plays regularly with the Portland Symphony in Maine, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and can also be heard with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Odyssey Opera, Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Lisa has served in leadership positions at festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA orchestra in Charleston, SC and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO.

Lisa takes a particular interest in contemporary music, and is a member of the Providence-based Ensemble Parallax. She has played three seasons at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. Locally, Lisa is a founding member of Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon and committed to sharing music with a wide variety of audiences.

Lisa is also fascinated by the roots of her instrument, and has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Grand Harmonie, and Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra on classical and baroque instruments. With Emergence Quartet, a period-instrument string quartet, she performed on NPR and live at the Boston Early Music Festival fringe series and Society for Historically Informed Performance. 

Lisa runs a Suzuki violin program (the Goddard Violin Studio) from her home in Jamaica Plain, and is on the board of the Massachusetts Suzuki Association. She holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, and Bachelors degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory in violin performance and Oberlin College in biology. Lisa's primary teachers include Lucy Chapman, Marilyn McDonald, David Bowlin, and William Starr. She has performed in master classes for Vadim Gluzman, Lee-Chin Siow, and members of the Takacs, Cavani, and Chiara Quartets. 


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