Strings and Chamber Music Camp

June 11-14, 2014


The Strings and Chamber Music Camp is led by members of the Auburn University Music Department and open to musicians ages 10-18 who play violin, viola, cello, and string bass. This program offers students a wide range of musical experiences including chamber music, orchestra, and fiddle sessions, as well as master class on current solo repertoire. The camp will conclude with a public performance open to student’s family and friends. Students will be placed in ensembles according to their level of prior experience and should have at least two years of instruction (private or class) on their instruments and two years of participation in small and/or large instrumental ensembles.

In addition to developing their musical talents, students will experience campus-life residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Camp participants will have 24/7 counselor supervision.


Dr. Lisa Caravan
Dr. Lisa Caravan

Camp Director and Chamber Coach

Dr. Caravan is an experienced performer in solo and chamber recitals and orchestral concerts. As soloist, Dr. Caravan has appeared with the Greater Rochester Women’s Orchestra and the Credo Summer Orchestra at the Warner Concert Hall in Oberlin Conservatory. She also was a prizewinner in the Atonement Bach Festival Series Competition.

Dr. Caravan served as the assistant principal cellist in the Binghamton Philharmonic in Binghamton, NY, from 2006-2011. She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mercury Opera Orchestra and held principal cello positions with the Greater Rochester Women’s Orchestra, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra, the Temple University Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with pianists Kevin Moore and Sar Shalom Strong, and clarinetist/saxophonist, Ronald L. Caravan. Most recently she performed with Todd Wilson, Head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, at the 2009 Celebrity recital series sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Eastman School, WXXI, and three local churches.

Dr. Caravan is committed to the performance of new music. On the Temple University campus in Rock Hall, she premiered two compositions written specifically for her degree recital: Prelude, Cadenza and Rondo by Walter S. Hartley and Overture, Cadenza, and Scherzo by Ronald L. Caravan for alto saxophone, violoncello and piano.  She collaborated 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.

An avid teacher in the Rochester area, Dr. Caravan began her teaching career as a strings teacher at the elementary and secondary level, and while in Rochester was on the faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, the Kanack Suzuki School of Music and SCOR! (String Camp of Rochester)

Dr. Caravan received her Master of Music degree in performance and literature along with the Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris, and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and performance from Temple University with Jeffrey Solow as her primary cello instructor.  She recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.  As a teaching assistant in the music education department, she supervised student teachers and assisted with string teacher preparation courses.  Dr. Caravan is the first recipient of the Donald Shelter Music Education Prize and recently received Eastman’s 2009-2010 Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Caravan has presented her research at the Alabama Music Educator Conference and has presented with colleague, Abigail McHugh-Grifa, at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota and New York State School Music Association in Rochester, New York.  Her research interests include cello pedagogy, small muscle development in young string performers, and teacher preparation

Dr. Howard Goldstein
Dr. Howard Goldstein

Orchestra Director and Chamber Coach

Dr. Howard Goldstein is a Professor of Music at Auburn University and Music Director of the Auburn University/Community Orchestra. He also teaches Music History, Music Appreciation, and String Methods, and has been Music Director for productions of the Auburn University Theatre. He is the Assistant Conductor of the Columbus (GA) Symphony, and has conducted concerts with the Pleven Philharmonic (Bulgaria), the Hradec Kralové Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore), and the Alabama Youth Symphony. For ten years he was guest conductor of the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama. He served on the faculty of the Korea String Research Institute and was resident conductor at the University of Szeged, Hungary, where he conducted concerts with both the University and Conservatory orchestras. He also conducted the Rochester Philharmonic as part of the Eastman School of Music Summer Conducting Workshop. As a violinist he is active as a chamber musician, section player, and concertmaster for ensembles including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Troy University Choral Festival.

Dr. Goldstein and the Auburn/University Community Orchestra received two prestigious awards in 2010. The American Prize competition awarded the orchestra third place in the community orchestra category and Dr. Goldstein received a special award for excellence in music education.

In 2009 Dr. Goldstein became a founding member and lead violinist of Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta, the first professional tango orchestra in the Southeast, based at Emory University. His interest in the Argentine tango and the music of Astor Piazzolla has led to lectures and performances at the Academia Nacional del Tango in Buenos Aires and professional conferences in the United States (College Music Society, American String Teachers Association), as well as studies in Buenos Aires with Damian Bolotin and Sonia Possetti.

Dr. Goldstein is also active as a scholar in the field of American Popular Music, with a particular interest in the performance practice of musical theater in the first half of the 20th century. He was a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar at Yale University, "The American Popular Ballad, 1920-1950," led by Allen Forte and has authored several articles on Broadway singers in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. In the field of music journalism, Dr. Goldstein has been a regular contributor of reviews, interviews, and feature articles to the BBC Music Magazine since 2006.

The Caroline Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University appointed Dr. Goldstein as the Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Humanities for Spring 2009. The award was used to fund and structure a month long residency by the Tasman String Quartet of New Zealand, who offered concerts, master classes, and workshops both at Auburn University and throughout the state of Alabama.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Goldstein received his early musical education there, eventually receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied violin with Alexander Treger and conducting with Samuel Krachmalnick. At UCLA he won the Julia Lotze Prize in violin two years in a row. After studies in historical musicology at Columbia University, where he served as Assistant Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra, he studied conducting at the Peabody Conservatory with Frederik Prausnitz, served as his assistant as well as Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Workshop, and received Master's and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting. Dr. Goldstein also studied conducting with Hans Beer at the University of Southern California, Milan Horvat at the Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie, Harold Farberman at the Conductor's Institute, and Neil Varon at the Eastman School of Music. Finally, Dr. Goldstein realized a long-term obsession a few years ago when he was a two night champion on the television game show, Jeopardy!

See Howard Goldstein and the Auburn University/Community Orchestra in concert performing the last movement of Beethoven's Second Symphony.

Dr. David Ballam
Dr. David Ballam

Dr. David Ballam, instructor of double bass and music appreciation has taught at Auburn University since 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn, Dr. Ballam has taught and performed extensively in central Texas and Chicago, IL.

As an experienced orchestral musician, Dr. Ballam has performed numerous times with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, and the Austin Singers. While living in Chicago, Dr. Ballam also performed with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Dupage Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Summer Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, and the Music Institute of Chicago. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra and Ensemble Settecento, and in recital at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Ballam holds a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin studying under DaXun Zhang, and completed his master’s degree at Northwestern University in double bass performance and string pedagogy under the instruction of both Peter Lloyd and DaXun Zhang. A graduate of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Dr. Ballam holds diplomas in both music education and double bass performance. Other previous studies include performing in masterclasses for noted doublebassists Tim Cobb, Joseph Guastafeste, Paul Ellison, and Francois Rabbath as well as private studies in violone and baroque performance practices with Jerry Fuller.

Dr. Ballam is a member of the International Society of Bassists (ISB). He has been invited to the biennial ISB Summer Convention as a presenter on the topics of establishing and running a private music studio and using technology in the private studio. Dr. Ballam has also been actively involved in the Young Bassists Program at convention since 2011, coaching and working with many talented young bassists.

As an early music performer, Dr. Ballam is a founding member and past performer with Ensemble Settecento “Austin’s Newest Period Music Ensemble”. Outside of rehearsals, David managed the ensemble’s marketing, media and communications. Dr. Ballam’s other collaborations in early music have included performing monthly with the University of Texas “Bach Cantata Project” and the Northwestern University Baroque Music Ensemble.

Sarah Schrader
Sarah Schrader

Sarah is a private violin instructor in the Auburn, Alabama area. She started playing the violin at age three, learning through the Suzuki Method. Her classical and Suzuki training gave her the opportunity to play with a local bluegrass band, Blue 32, in Auburn, Alabama while in college a few years after. While playing with the band, she fostered her love and abilities of fiddle style playing. She and her band, won numerous fiddling competitions including Sam McCracken Days Fiddling Competition, Tennessee Valley Fiddler’s Convention, and Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

Sarah taught elementary music at George Washington Carver Elementary school for 7 years. While there she started a violin class that performed all over the county at special functions. Her advanced groups performed fiddle songs at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Loachapoka Syrup Sop Festivals.

Sarah now directs the Concertino Orchestra with the Tiger Strings Youth Orchestra and serves as the Alabama Orchestra Association’s President Elect.


Workshop tuition is $409 and includes all instruction, housing, meals, recreational activities, a camp photo, and t-shirt. A commuter rate is available for $349 and does not include lodging or breakfast.

Required Forms and Insurance

Please complete the required camp form packet below, no later than two weeks prior to the start of camp. All information provided remains confidential.

If you consent to allowing campers to self-administer required medication, please print and complete the form listed below. (NOTE: You will need to upload this form when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

As proof of health insurance, all participants must upload a copy of their health insurance card (front and back) with the camp form packet. If the participant does not have current health insurance coverage; please contact us as soon as possible for options. (NOTE: You will need to upload the front and back of your insurance card when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

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For program questions, please contact Lisa Caravan, Auburn University Music Department, at (334) 844-8192.

Last Updated: October 17, 2014