Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Elise Blake


Abigail PackRSO violinist Elise Blake is a member of the string faculty at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA since 2009. She has appeared in many exciting locations in Virginia and around the world - including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York, the "Globe Theatre" of Villa Borghese in Rome, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, DC, and the Palais de la Musique et des Congr¸s at the Strasbourg International Music Festival. In addition to fulfilling her posistion in the RSO, Elise regularly performs with an array of ensembles including the Richmond Symphony, Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival Orchestra, Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony.

Also an avid chamber musician and recitalist, Elise recently collaborated with the string faculty of the University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Music in Copeland's Sextet (1937), and performed with acclaimed soprano Elizabeth Futralin a concert series of Handel opera arias. She has appeared as soloist with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra in Sarasate's Navarra Op. 33 and is a prize winner of the New England String Ensemble Concerto Competition. World premieres and new music collaborations include those for Alea III (Boston, MA), Illusory Correlations (Baltimore, MD), and the original ballet score for University of New Hampshire's "Murder at Smuttynose".

Boston University's School of Music awarded the Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance to Elise in 2005; her master's degree in performance is from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Instructors include Bayla Keyes, Shirley Givens, Pamela Frank, Herbert Greenberg, and Elisabeth Adkins.