Lisa Hastings received her master’s degree in music from Florida State University and her bachelor’s degree in music education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. In addition, she has completed coursework at FSU for a Ph.D. in music education. Prior to moving to Greenville, Mrs. Hastings was the founder and director of Reading Suzuki Music Academy. Her piano and cello students at RSMA received numerous awards and honors throughout the southeast PA region.
Mrs. Hastings’s school music teaching experiences include positions as orchestra director in the Carlisle Area School District (PA), the Wilson School District (PA), The Florida State University Research and Development School (FL), Eleanor Roosevelt High School (MD) and the Fleetwood Area School District (PA). Mrs. Hastings worked extensively with the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra program and was selected as assistant to the director, Dr. Alex Jimenez. She is a past president of the Maryland Orchestra Director’s Association and currently co-coordinates the SC Region 2 Orchestra auditions and Orchestra Concert Festival. Mrs. Hastings has served as an educator clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Her written work appears in Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, Volume 2 and on the NAfME website.
Mrs. Hastings is a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed teacher training for Cello Books 1 – 6. She has served as treasurer for the Suzuki Association of South Carolina and has taught at the South Carolina Suzuki Institute at Furman University. She also holds memberships in the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Suzuki Association of the Americas (SSA), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Pi Kappa Lamda and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Mrs. Hastings has studied cello with Jeffrey Solow and Lubomir Georgiev. In addition, she has participated in master classes with Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker. She has performed with many local and regional orchestras including the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra (PA), Reading Symphony Orchestra (PA), Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (PA), Maryland Chamber Orchestra (MD), Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (VA), Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (FL) and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (FL). Mrs. Hastings completed graduate studies on viola da gamba and has been a member of early music ensembles in Pennsylvania and Florida.