Elyse, an active performer and teacher, holds a master’s degree in flute performance from Baylor University. She performed regularly with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and the Baylor Wind Ensemble. She performed as co-principal flutist with the Baylor Wind Ensemble at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and also performed as a member and co-principal flutist of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra at conventions for the College Orchestra Directors Association and at the Texas Music Educators Association. She conducted and performed with the Baylor Flute Ensemble.
Most recently she was the piccoloist for the Waco Symphony Orchestra and served as a member of the ensemble since 2013. Elyse earned her bachelor’s in music education from Ouachita Baptist University where she held principal positions with the Ouachita Baptist University Wind Ensemble for four years and principal flutist of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band for three. She was a concerto competition winner and guest soloist with the Ouachita Wind Ensemble in 2012.
Elyse has directed and taught music students of all ages in a variety of settings including clinics, large ensembles, chamber groups, methods classes, and private lessons. She loves to expand her knowledge of music through studying its many avenues, such as conducting, piano, voice, and other instruments. She has performed on alto saxophone and clarinet in the pit orchestra of various stage productions. With twenty years of piano experience, she also teaches private piano lessons. She is an advocate for using music to enhance local communities and to equip its members with tools to be positive contributors to their sphere of influence. Elyse’s teachers include Francesca Arnone, Kristin Grant, Lance Sanford, and Debbie Lonsdorf.
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