Dr. Lucy Lewis

Violin, Viola Teacher

Lucy Lewis

SAA Member


San Bernardino, CA
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Dr. Lucy Lewis enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, and teaching clinician, and has appeared in these roles throughout the United States and internationally. At California State University San Bernardino, Dr. Lewis is Associate Professor of Orchestral Music Education, and coordinates the string area, teaches applied violin and viola, directs the orchestral studies program, coaches string chamber music, teaches string methods and pedagogy, and maintains a small private studio. Previously, Dr. Lewis served as the director of the Loma Linda Academy String Program, and has also been on the faculties of the Preucil School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Preparatory Department, Southwestern and Lake Michigan Colleges, the Citadel Dance & Music Center, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Association’s Mentor Program. She has also been a guest clinician and performer at several music festivals, including the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and the Advanced Suzuki Institute.

Dr. Lewis is a dedicated pedagogue and has a special place in her heart for researching, exploring, and developing the sembiotic relationship between performance and pedagogy. This unique interest has led her to pursue a variety of projects, and she firmly believes that performing artists in the twenty-first century should also have the high-level skills to be artist-educators. Subsequently, her doctoral thesis at the University of Iowa was based on pioneering research that focused on developing an innovative model for re-designing collegiate performance degree program curricula, such that pedagogy and performance may be taught holistically.

Dr. Lewis has presented sessions at several regional, national, and international conferences that include the California All-State Music Education Conference, Iowa Music Educators Association Conference, Suzuki Association of the Americas National Biennial Conference, American String Teachers Association National Conference, Chamber Music of America National Conference, the National Association for Music Education National Conference, and the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Lewis a firm believer in the relevance, beauty, and efficacy of the Suzuki Method and has completed extensive training with Moshe Neumann, Ed Sprunger, Ed Kreitman, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Nancy Lokken, Alice Joy Lewis, Susan Kempter, Carol Dallinger, Christie Felsing, Mark Bjork, William Preucil Sr., and Julia Hardie, and has also authored articles for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Journal. Additionally, she has studied string pedagogy with Susan Keen, Carla Trynchuk, Lynelle Smith, Roberta Guaspari, and Kurt Sassmannshaus, trained for the Mark O’Connor American String Method, and participated multiple times in the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin at the Juilliard School.

Dr. Lewis is a graduate of Andrews University where she received Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and violin performance as a student of Carla Trynchuk, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in bilingual education, magna cum laude. While at Andrews University, Dr. Lewis directed the string program at the Ruth Murdoch Elementary School and completed her student teaching under Roberta Guaspari (about whom the Grammy award winning movie “Music of the Heart” was made) at the Rivereast Elementary Public School, Central Park East I & II Public Schools, and the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in East Harlem, New York City. Dr. Lewis also holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance, summa cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Piotr Milewski, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance and pedagogy, summa cum laude, from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Scott Conklin, and was a recipient of the String Area Henry & Parker Pelzer Fellowship Award. At the University of Iowa, Dr. Lewis also completed a cognate area in viola performance and pedagogy with Christine Rutledge, and a cognate area in orchestral conducting with William LaRue Jones.

Dr. Lewis is a member of the Suzuki Association of Southern California, Los Angeles and the American String Teachers Association, she serves on the board of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, and she is an international traveler/foodie who happily resides in Loma Linda with her three cats, Callie Mae, Maestro, and Maximillian.