Elise Parker

Violin Teacher

Elise Parker

SAA Member


Minneapolis, MN
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A native of Minneapolis, Elise Parker completed a Master’s degree at Rice University in 2008, where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Fellowship of Violin Award, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She received a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a School of Music scholarship, studying under Vartan Manoogian. Her study and training in the Suzuki Method includes pedagogues William Starr, John Kendall, Nancy Lokken, Mark Bjork and Brian Lewis.

An avid orchestral musician, Elise has performed with ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia, VocalEssence, Minnesota Pops Orchestra, Children’s Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, and Hennepin Theatre Trust. She served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School of Music’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as principal of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s orchestras while attending on full scholarship. Midwest highlights include playing at the 50-yard line at a UW Badger football game and center field at a Twins baseball game.

Elise Parker began violin lessons at age 6 with Toyo Lang, then continued her studies with Nancy Lokken and graduated from Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education. She graduated from all ten levels of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota Statewide Graduation.

Elise lives in Minneapolis and joined Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education as an instructor in 2010. She is a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and freelances throughout the Twin Cities.