As a diverse musician, violinist Elise Meichels has appeared in a wide range of venues throughout the world, from Beijing's Central Conservatory as a chamber musician, to a touring orchestral musician throughout Germany, Austria and Spain. Other ensemble appearances have included the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, concerts with the Shepherd School of Music's contemporary ensemble 20/2, performances on Houston's KUHF radio program The Front Row and with the KUHF Houston Public Radio Chamber Players. An avid orchestral musician and concertmaster of orchestras for a decade, Ms. Meichels has performed with ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Minnesota Children's Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, South Dakota Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. 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.
A native of Minneapolis, Ms. Meichels 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 . Ms. Meichels lives in the Twin Cities with her husband Jeremy and their little dog, Madi, where she teaches at the Augsburg College Suzuki Talent Education Program and performs around the twin cities.