Elise Winters-Huete, violin
Beginning violin at the age of four, Elise Winters studied with internationally renowned Suzuki teacher Ronda Cole and Elisabeth Adkins, associate concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate summa cum laude of Rice University in English and Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler and playing under the baton of Larry Rachleff. She has played with the Austin Symphony Orchestra for 18 years. Her chamber music performances include the Grammy award-winning Conspirare Choir, Chamber Soloists of Austin, Salon Concerts, and the critically acclaimed Forklift DanceWorks.
Elise has been on faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center for 15 years and has twice co-coordinated their summer chamber music workshop. She is the Educational Director of Austin CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools) and presenter at American String Teachers Association national conference. Her violin & viola students have won top honors in Austin region orchestra competitions, and gone on to music schools including Texas State University, University of North Texas, Boston Conservatory, and New England Conservatory.
A University of Texas Presidential Scholar, where she received her Master of Social Work in 1999, Elise’s interests outside of music have extended to developmental psychology, linguistics, cognition, and biomechanics. She received her Kodály training at the University of Indiana under Brent Gault and Georgia Newlin. She is a co-author of Buzz to Brilliance: A Beginning and Intermediate Guide to Trumpet Playing (Oxford University Press, 2012), and is the author of Kaleidoscopes for Violin, a method book series which synthesizes the best elements of Suzuki, Kodaly, and traditional European traditions.