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Dr. Lisa Scrivani-Tidd

Dr. Lisa Scrivani-Tidd … ORGAN-ically Inclined

Dr. Lisa Scrivani-Tidd is Jefferson Community College’s professor of music and she is also director of music and organist at the Church of St. Lawrence in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.  Growing up in Niagara Falls, Dr. Scrivani-Tidd had an almost instantaneous love of music and began lessons at a young age. “I began my lessons at age 6 and just excelled at the saxophone and organ. I told my parents when I was a senior in high school that I wanted to be an organ major at SUNY Fredonia; I always knew music was going to be life,” she said.

Dr. Scrivani-Tidd was true to her word and earned her bachelor of music degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia in 1982 and went on to earn her master of music degree in organ performance from the University of Tennessee where she was also awarded a graduate teaching assistant position while studying there.  “I really honed my craft in organ performance while at Tennessee, and felt that I should continue on with my craft.  I auditioned for the top 5 music schools in the nation and received wonderful offers; but, when Larry Smith called from Indiana University and offered me a teaching position in their school of music while earning my doctorate degree I remember literally screaming with joy,” she said.  In 1996, she earned her doctor of music degree in organ performance and literature from Indiana University while also serving as associate instructor of organ.

Dr. Scrivani-Tidd returned to the North Country and served for several years as university organist at St. Lawrence University as well as music teacher in the public schools in New York State and as a visiting professor of summer graduate music education courses at her alma mater, SUNY Fredonia.  In 1997, she was hired as Jefferson’s first ever full-time music professor where she has subsequently developed the music curriculum for the College and currently teaches courses in performance, music technique, music theory, music history and music appreciation. “I came to Jefferson as the only full-time professor of music and really wanted to build and grow the music curriculum,” she said. “All of the faculty and staff at Jefferson make this College what it is today and coming here day after day is not just a job for me, it is my passion, and I get to do it at a place I truly love.” 

The depth of Dr. Scrivani-Tidd’s resume is unparalleled and in addition to her many teaching positions she has held church music positions in New York, Indiana and Tennessee and has served on diocesan music committees for the Roman Catholic Church in New York State. However, her vast knowledge in classical organ performance is not her only musical passion; she teaches regularly for the education department at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH and has authored The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: The Early Years (1951-1959). This encyclopedia is the first volume of a multi-volume reference series on the history of rock and roll in American culture. Dr. Scrivani-Tidd was recently chosen to present on Chuck Berry at the National Conference of the College Music Society in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

“Coming to Jefferson to teach, I had to become more of a generalist music teacher. I came as a professional classically trained organist, but Jefferson opened my world to pop music, and it led me to begin teaching at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and what really prompted my great love for this genre,” she said. “I owe it all to Jefferson.”  Dr. Scrivani-Tidd’s love of music runs deep, but don’t be surprised if you spot her sitting outside enjoying her other passion in life: baseball. 

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