Carol Cravens is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. At an early age, she was accepted into advanced study in Dallas with Bomar Cramer (1900-1974) with a thorough focus on piano technique. Her studies with Mr. Cramer provided her with rich musical experiences and major performance opportunities. Mr. Cramer was a nationally renowned concert pianist and student of Rosina and Josef Lhevinne, famous pianists and pedagogues at Juilliard in New York.
Ms. Cravens won first prize in both the Wichita Falls, Texas and Tyler, Texas Young Artist Piano Concerto Contests, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto in numerous youth concerts and subscription series concerts with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Tyler Symphony Orchestra. She was also a finalist in the Midland-Odessa Piano Concerto Competition. Ms. Cravens was selected to perform recitals at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts sponsored by Mu Phi Epsilon Alumnae and Dallas Art Association.
While at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ms. Cravens won the highly competitive Bezazian Full Merit Scholarship. Her study at Oberlin was with world-renowned pianist John Perry, Professor Emeritus at USC Thornton School of Music. She also studied at Oberlin with Jack Radunsky (1909-1995), a highly regarded piano pedagogue who studied with pianist/composer Percy Grainger.
While serving as Arts in Education Chair for the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs, Ms. Cravens received the 1998-1999 Texas PTA Life Membership bestowed by RISD Council, one of the highest honors presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth.
Ms. Cravens remains most inspired by her two children who achieved their highest goals in education. Her son earned a Masters of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her daughter earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and holds four college degrees in Flute Performance.