Elisabeth Small is Assistant Professor of Violin and Coordinator of Strings at the Belmont University School Music. She serves as Artistic Director of Belmont Camerata, the resident faculty ensemble. Ms. Small teaches at Belmont’s summer String Crossings Camp for high school students that include classical, jazz, rock and bluegrass styles. She received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where her principal teacher was Dorothy DeLay. Other teachers and mentors include Samuel Applebaum, Felix Galimir, and Nathan Milstein.
Ms. Small has served on the faculties of Interlochen Arts Camp, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, Tennessee Technological University, and Tennessee State University. Her clinics and workshops for American String Teachers Association National Conference, Tennessee American String Teachers Association and the Tennessee Music Education Association have focused on developing methodology to manage musculoskeletal injury through tension-free playing. She has led many master classes, including the Dresden Hochschule fur Musik and the Tianjin Conservatory, China.
Ms. Small served as Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for two years. She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the National, Atlanta and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. As a recitalist she has performed in major cities in the United States, Canada and Germany. She has collaborated in chamber music performances at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the Symphony Space in New York City, for the Lincoln Center Institute and at the Aspen, Teton and Banff festivals. Most recently she performed with Belmont Camerata at the 2012 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, S.C. Ms. Small’s recording of duo works by Loewe and Rontgen with pianist Alan Mandel can be heard on the Premiere Records label and her performances on public radio have been broadcast throughout the United States. She also records commercially with the Nashville String Machine.
Ms Small served as past president of Tennessee ASTA. Her former students are members of professional orchestras and string quartets and hold teaching positions at institutions from elementary through university level. They have achieved distinction in the commercial music industry and demonstrate stylistic versatility on stages worldwide