Violin, Viola

Education

Elizabeth has a B.A. in English literature and music from Tufts University. She received a M.M. in Viola performance from the New England Conservatory and completed additional studies at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music.

Elizabeth has participated in fellowships with the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and the New World Symphony.

Performance and Teaching Experience

Elizabeth currently serves as Assistant Principal viola with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. She is also the Principal Viola for the Des Moines Metro Opera and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Sun Valley Symphony Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic.

Teaching experience includes Assistant Instructor of Viola for the Jacobs School of Music, Music Lab Instructor for the New World Symphony, visiting faculty at Iberacademy (Medellin, Colombia), El Sistema program practice assistant for Revolution of Hope, and Teaching Assistant at the Tufts University Community Music Program. In addition, Elizabeth has been a private instructor since 2013.

At Levine

Elizabeth joined Levine’s Strings Department in 2019, teaching violin and viola.

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“Learning an instrument and making music depends on finding joy in the process. I help students take the next step in their development, no matter their level, by emphasizing technique as a means of expression. I focus on left hand and bow arm fundamentals, practice strategies, and physical ease and coordination. Ultimately, I aim to give students the tools to be their own best teachers.”

Personal

When not teaching or performing Elizabeth enjoys cooking, hiking, and reading.