Cara Ellen Modisett

WVTF Music Host

A newer addition to WVTF's classical music announcing staff, Cara Ellen Modisett  has been reporting, producing and hosting part-time for WVTF/RADIO IQ since 2000, focusing primarily on arts and culture.

A native of Harrisonburg, Va., she graduated from James Madison University with degrees in piano performance and English education and holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.

Cara is former editor, now editor at large, of the regional magazine Blue Ridge Country; music director at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal; and an adjunct instructor in English at Ferrum College. A collaborative pianist, she performs throughout the region in recitals, musical theater and choral/symphonic concerts.

Afternoon Classics on WVTF

The "classics" on WVTF covers a huge swath of chronological and artistic territory, from the plainchant of the Middle Ages to the bluesy, frenetic big-city rhythms of Leonard Bernstein, to show tunes and movie scores.

Steve Brown, Cara Ellen Modisett, and Kevin Sanders play all the big hits that you love, but they also search out and present lesser-known pieces that'll make you say, "I'm glad I got the chance to hear that!"

Besides the music, you'll get interesting background about the music and the musicians, with the occasional pithy observation about life in our part of the world as well as news updates, traffic and weather information.

It's a mix that makes Morning & Afternoon Classics on WVTF a must-listen part of your daily routine.

Weekend Classics on WVTF

WVTF presents the classics as selected by our creative music director Steve Brown and played by our weekend hosts.  Preempted by the Metropolitan Opera during their season.

Playlists for specials aired during Weekend Classics

Morning Classics on WVTF

The "classics" on WVTF covers a huge swath of chronological and artistic territory, from the plainchant of the Middle Ages to the bluesy, frenetic big-city rhythms of Leonard Bernstein, to show tunes and movie scores. Steve Brown, Cara Ellen Modisett, and Kevin Sanders play all the big hits that you love, but they also search out and present lesser-known pieces that'll make you say, "I'm glad I got the chance to hear that!" Besides the music, you'll get interesting background about the music and the musicians, with the occasional pithy observation about life in our part of the world as well as news updates, traffic and weather information. It's a mix that makes Afternoon Classics on WVTF a must-listen part of your daily routine.