Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Dr. Lisa Evans Brooks, Professor of violin

Lisa Brooks

Lisa Evans Brooks is currently Professor of violin at the School of Music of Butler University after holding previous faculty appointments at Baylor University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Messiah College, and Dickinson College.

She received both a bachelor's and master's degree in violin performance in four years from West Virginia University, where she was a student of Donald Portnoy. While completing her doctorate in violin performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she studied with Joyce Robbins, and as a member of the Stony Brook graduate piano trio, coached extensively with Julius Levine and Gilbert Kalish. Other important teachers have included Rafael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, William DePasquale and Carol Taleff.

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Brooks is currently principal second violinist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She was associate concertmaster of the Waco Symphony and performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Harrisburg and Reading Symphony Orchestras; she also has toured nationally with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She was an artist-fellow at the 1984 and 1985 Bach Aria Festivals, and was a finalist in the 1981 A.S.T.A. National Solo Competition.

In the realm of chamber music, Dr. Brooks is currently a member of the Linden String Quartet, in residence at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis. She has been a member of the Commonwealth and Landolfi String Quartets. She also performs regularly on baroque violin, and is a founding member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, a period instrument ensemble in residence at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Brooks also enjoys performing contemporary music, as well as music by women composers.

Her interests as an educator range from violin pedagogy to music appreciation for non-music majors. She is in demand as a clinician for student musicians and teaching colleagues alike. Recent lectures and recitals have included presentations for the Indiana Music Educators Association, the College Music Society's Institute for Gender and Music and a lecture-recital at a conference celebrating women in music held at Ohio University in October, 1997. Dr. Brooks is the pre-concert lecturer for the Ensemble Music Society's series of chamber music concerts. In 2001, she received a Creative Artist Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.  In 2013, Dr. Brooks was recognized by faculty and staff at Butler University, receiving the University Award for Distinguished Faculty Service and Leadership, which honors a faculty member whose service has improved the University, the community, or one's profession. 

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