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Elise Winters



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Violinist Elise Winters began her studies at the age of four. Her teachers included internationally renowned Suzuki teacher Ronda Cole and Elisabeth Adkins, associate concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in English and Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler and playing under the baton of Larry Rachleff.

Performing with the Austin Symphony for 18 years and a former member of the Austin Lyric Opera, Elise has played solo and chamber music with premiere ensembles in the Austin area, including Salon Concerts, Austin Chamber Music Center, and Chamber Soloists of Austin. She enjoyed a 10-year tenure with the Austin String Quartet (now the Artisan Quartet) with the principals of the Austin Symphony, and currently performs with the Victoria Bach Festival, La Follia Austin Baroque, the Grammy Award-winning Conspirare Choir, and the nationally renowned Forklift DanceWorks, with award-winning choreographer Allison Orr.

Elise has been on faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center for 12 years, and has twice co-coordinated their summer chamber music workshop. She coaches string quartets on advanced literature in various schools around Austin, and is Associate Education Director of CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools).

A graduate summa cum laude of Rice University and a University of Texas Presidential Scholar with a Master of Social Work, Elise’s interests outside of music have extended to developmental psychology, linguistics, cognition, communication, biomechanics, and self-organizing systems. A certified Suzuki teacher, she was selected to present a session on teaching young children at the American String Teachers’ National Conference. She received her Kodály training at the University of Indiana under Brent Gault and Georgia Newlin.

Elise is co-author of Buzz to Brilliance: A Beginning and Intermediate Guide to Trumpet Playing(Oxford University Press, 2012), and author of Kaleidoscopes for Violin, a method book series which synthesizes the best elements of Suzuki, Kodaly, traditional European and folk traditions.