Lisa Gray

Violin Teacher

Lisa Gray

SAA Member


Waterford, CT

Lisa Gray is an accomplished violinist and dedicated teacher. She began her violin studies at age five in the Suzuki program with Harriette Hurd and Ronda Cole and was excited to return full circle to her roots when she took her Suzuki training at the Hartt School with Teri Einfeldt and Christie Felsing. Teaching brings Lisa a lot of happiness and personal fulfillment and she loves to share her love of music with her students at the Thames Valley Music School in New London, CT and in her home studio. She taught previously at Music & Arts in Waterford and was a faculty member at the Community Music School in Essex for over 10 years. She continues to mentor students as a visiting artist coaching ensembles including the Waterford High School orchestra and the Eastern Connecticut Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also helped begin the Music City Strings program located in New London. She has been a substitute teacher for the Waterford Public School System and instructor of a violin workshop through Waterford Parks and Recreation.

Lisa enjoys playing her violin as much as she enjoys teaching. Currently, Lisa is a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT. She performed with the Stamford Symphony 2016-17 through a Fellowship Program with the Hartt School. She also enjoyed playing two seasons with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In February 2005, Lisa had the privilege to solo with the Coast Guard Band. She also plays for the Salt March Opera, Con Brio, Eastern Connecticut Chorus, and the Mystic River Chorale. In addition to orchestral playing, Lisa performs frequently throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island in solo and chamber music recitals in collaboration with other great musicians from traditional quartet to guitar to harp and to voice. She is a member of the Riverside String Quartet, a group comprised of Waterford residents who perform regularly around Southeastern Connecticut.

Lisa attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she studied with Mitchell Stern and Ilya Kaler. She graduated in May 2001 with a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance. She continued her education at the Hartt School of Music, graduating in May 2017 with a Masters of Music in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis. Lisa studied with Katie Lansdale for private lessons and enjoyed the mentorship of Teri Einfeldt and Christie Felsing for all things Suzuki. Lisa was honored to be a member of the 20/20 Chamber Music Ensemble which provided a full scholarship.

Her other interests include playing the piano and soccer though the majority of her time is spent being a mother to three children.