Cara Ellen Modisett is a collaborative pianist, essayist, editor and teacher. She teaches writing and journalism at Ferrum College, is staff collaborative pianist at Radford University and music director at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Va. She graduated from JMU with degrees in English and piano performance and holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.
For the past two years, Cara lived in Memphis, serving as minister of communication for Church of the Holy Communion Episcopal. While there, she performed as a pianist at University of Memphis and wrote three cover stories for Memphis magazine. She was curator and writer of the Prayers of the People for the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in 2015 (a project in collaboration with the Society of St. John the Evangelist), is a contributing editor to Episcopal Cafe and interviewed composer David Hurd for The Living Church. While at Holy Communion, she founded the reading series Words3 (Words, Cubed) which continues in Memphis.
She was editor of Blue Ridge Country magazine for five years, working as an editor and writer for Leisure Publishing (now LeisureMedia360) for 12. She has been an announcer, reporter and producer for WVTF public radio and communications advisor for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. In summer 2014, she was Artist in Residence for Carilion Clinic.
Concert venues have included the Manhattan School of Music; Hollins and Washington & Lee universities; the U.S. Army Band’s Brucker Hall and Mill Mountain Theatre. Cara has coordinated performance series at St. Elizabeth’s and at WVTF and a reading series at Liminal: alternative artspace, which is relaunching as Words3 Roanoke in February 2017, hosted by the Roanoke Symphony and supported by Carilion Clinic.
Photo by Holly Marcus for Madison Magazine
- Light Follows (The Roanoke Rover)
- Memorials: The Others, Ourselves (A Sacred Presence/Church of the Holy Communion)
- Walter Brueggemann: A Conversation (A Sacred Presence)
- City with a Soul (Memphis magazine)
- Cooper-Young: Small Town Living in the Center of the City (Memphis magazine)
- The Bear, the Wolf and the Lion: Chronicles of a Modern Miracle (Memphis magazine)
- Encountering the Almighty God: 20 Minutes with David Hurd (The Living Church)
- A Mountain to Cross (Still: The Journal)
- Landscape (Flycatcher)
- The Last Night in the House (Braided Brook)
- Eating Local: Food Sourcing Industry Grows to Include Many Players (Roanoke Business)
- More than a Building: Architects use Materials and Design to Connect People (Roanoke Business)
- Mark Allen Bourlakas Consecrated Southwestern Virginia Bishop (Episcopal News Service)
- 25 Great Fall Destinations (Blue Ridge Country)
- Building a Business and Making a Difference: Advance Auto (Roanoke Business)
- The Future of the Mountains (Blue Ridge Country)
- Archive: Blue Ridge Country Magazine
- Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions (Farcountry Press)
- Movies in the Mountains (Blue Ridge Country)
- Climbing the Family Tree (Blue Ridge Country)
- Salt and a Potato (Blue Ridge Country)