Misty Elfer Bio:
🎻 Ms. Misty Dawn Elfer began her studies at age 3 as a Suzuki Violin Student of the Hurley School of Music in Shreveport, LA, an established Suzuki School. In high school, she was selected to play in the National Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as winning a paid section position at the age of 16 with a professional orchestra, the Rapides Symphony, and was awarded a local scholarship, allowing her to attend the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, where she studied with Julia Bushkova.
Ms. Elfer holds the following degrees and honors:
•Bachelor of Music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, with Professor Cornelia L. Heard, and Chamber Music Coaches such as John Kochanowski and Felix Wang, as well as Orchestral Studies with the Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony, Mary-Katherine Van Osdale.
•Graduate Certificate in Performance from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, with William Terwilliger and Ryan Kho, holding a Graduate String Quartet Fellowship, as well as the Co-Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster titles, under the direction of Donald Portnoy, and performed for the Conducting String Quartet.
•Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance with Benny Kim, also earning an honorary faculty nomination for the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, and additional Violin studies under Elizabeth Suh-Lane, London Symphony Alumnus, and Founder of the Bach Aria Soloists.
Ms. Elfer has taught students from age 3 to Adult, Individual to Group lessons of twenty, at Institutions and School Districts across the US, finally settling in Houston TX, closer to family. She currently teaches Violin and Viola Private Lessons at Summer Creek High School/Woodcreek Middle School, and Cy-Fair Music and Arts Academy, Tomball ISD area, and at her Home Studio, and has previously taught for private lessons programs with Atascocita High School, Tomball ISD, Cy-Fair ISD, and served as a Guest Clinician and Solo/Ensemble Judge for Fort Bend ISD, Guest Clinician for Klein ISD's Fiddle Camp, as well as serving as a Full-Time Instructor for Kansas City Missouri School District's Early Childhood Suzuki Program, Adjunct Instructor for UMKC Community Music and Dance Academy (University's Pre-Collegiate Program), Instructor for Kansas City Strings, Graduate School Instructor for USC Community Music School, Orchestral Teaching Assistant for the Brevard Music Center, Intern for the Kansas City String Quartet Program, and has held a private studio for 19 years in Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Columbia, South Carolina.
Ms. Elfer is certified with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the Southwest Texas Suzuki Association, having completed her teacher training with Carol Smith in Nashville, TN and Beth Titterington in Kansas City, MO, as well as special trainings with Master Pedagogues Brian Lewis (UT Austin) at the Ottawa Institute, and Guest Artist Barbara Barber, in Houston.
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