Graduate Teaching Assistant
A native of Richmond, IN, Elise Armstrong’s first foray into learning an instrument was with the piano at age 4. Coming from a family of musicians, her parents exposed her to a wealth of music as a child, ultimately resulting in a love for creating and performing. At age 9, after hearing many lively and dazzling sounds from the brass section of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, she begged to learn how to make music like that, too! From 2007 until 2012, she studied with Wesley Woolard, in Cincinnati. She won the Young Artist Concerto Competition with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in both 2009 and 2011. Additionally, she was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, she participated in Indiana’s All-State Band and Orchestra. Also in 2012, she performed as a Young Talent Search soloist hosted by Classical 88.1 WDPR, in Dayton, OH.
Elise attended Ohio University to study trumpet performance with John Schlabach. During her time at OU, she co-founded Brick City Brass Quintet while also playing with the Graduate Brass Quintet, coached by Dr. Lucas Borges. In 2015, Brick City Brass attended the Rafael Mendez Brass Summit where they studied with Carl Lenthe. When she isn’t making music she enjoys hiking and hanging out with friends and looks forward to exploring the Smokies!
Elise is a first-year master’s student in Trumpet Performance and the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Professor Cathy Leach and the Trumpet Studio this coming fall.