Elise Blake has been a teaching artist for the DC Youth Orchestra Program, a guest instructor at the University of Virginia and the University of Mary Washington, and a teacher for a unique International Rescue Committee program bringing violin lessons to public schools for newly-settled refugees.

As a string faculty member at Mary Baldwin University from 2009-2014, Elise taught applied violin and viola, guided students through recitals, coached chamber ensembles, and coordinated studio classes and juries. Additional faculty experience includes Montclair State University Preparatory Division, Dwight-Englewood School, Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, Roanoke Youth Symphony's Summer Music Institute, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival and Academy, and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's Summer String Fling.

In 2012 Elise was awarded a Pedagogy Fellowship from the Heifetz International Music Institute where she received mentorship from world-renowned artists including violinists Midori, Alexander Kerr, and Paul Kantor, cellists Amit Peled and Steve Doane, and the Orion Quartet. Other valued pedagogy mentors include Rebecca Henry, chair of the Peabody Preparatory String Department, and Shirley Givens, faculty of the Juilliard Pre-College Division. 

As an adjudicator, Elise has served on panels for the James Madison University Concerto Competition, Wednesday Music Club Competitions, Charlottesville Music Teacher's Association Competitions, and the Virginia Music Teachers Association.

In demand as a private instructor, Elise’s students consistently place well in All-State auditions and competitions, serve in principal positions in their youth orchestras, and attend summer institutes such as Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and Meadowmount School of Music.

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