Ms. Lisa Goddard

Violin, Viola Teacher

Lisa Goddard

SAA Member


Jamaica Plain, MA
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Lisa Goddard teaches violin students ages 4 and up from her home in Jamaica Plain. She emphasizes strong technique, healthy playing posture, and efficient practicing. Lisa works to develop self-motivated and accomplished learners through the loving Suzuki method. She is a board member of the Suzuki Association of Massachusetts, where she is secretary and editor of the chapter’s print newsletter.

Lisa is an avid orchestral and chamber musician on both historical and modern instruments. She plays regularly with the Portland Symphony in Maine, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and can also be heard with Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Odyssey Opera, 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 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. Since 2017, Cardamom Quartet has performed all music by women.

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 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.