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 “At First Sight” Chamber Music Sight-Reading Workshop in Tennessee.
Dr. Lewis is a devoted chamber musician, interdisciplinary collaborator, and community engagement specialist. A former member of the Ardore String Quartet, Dr. Lewis was an avid participant in the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program (UISQRP), and in May of 2013, through the sponsorship of Arts Share at the University of Iowa and a Better Future for Iowans grant through the University of Iowa Office of the Provost, the quartet toured Iowa with Elizabeth Oakes (former member of the Maia String Quartet and UISQRP director), as guest artist. The tour combined educational outreach programs for audiences of 200+ elementary-aged school children and performances in restored opera houses in rural communities. In the 2013-2014 season, Dr. Lewis organized the personnel and performances for the entire set of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti at the University of Iowa. The purpose of this project was to perform this wonderful repertoire, but also to provide an opportunity for the University of Iowa School of Music students to use their talents to give back to the global community; as such, this project partnered with the American Red Cross to raise money for the relief efforts in the Philippines through it’s December 2013 concert, and it partnered with the Johnson County Food Bank in May of 2014 to raise donations for community members in need through the final concert of this series.
Committed to making contributions to research in the field of chamber music, Dr. Lewis has presented a session entitled “The ABC’s of Chamber Music” at the Iowa Music Educators Conference, the California All-State Music Educators Conference, and the American String Teachers Association National Conference, and she has co-presented a session entitled “Reimagining the Chamber Music Residency” with Elizabeth Oakes (UISQRP), Annie Fullard (Cavani String Quartet), and Felix Umansky (Harlem String Quartet), at the Chamber Music of America National Conference in New York City. Currently, Dr. Lewis performs as a member of the CSUSB Faculty Piano Trio with Mi-Hyeon Chu, cellist, and Dr. Wen-Ting Huang, pianist, and is a chamber music coach for the Inland Empire Chapter of the Junior Chamber Music (JCM) Program.
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.