Vocalist and music educator, Elise Seymour, graduated with honors from Appalachian State University with degrees in Spanish and Music Education. Prior to beginning undergraduate studies, she attended summer programs at Appalachian, Interlochen, Florida State University, and toured Europe with a national choir and band. In addition, she created a summer music program serving disadvantaged youth in Eastern North Carolina.
Her music education continued as she completed her studies while teaching middle school chorus and piano at Martin Middle School in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduation and a summer study in Madrid, Spain, Elise moved to Charlotte and began her work with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO).
This past year, she was the Education Assistant for the CSO’s Education Department. Her primary duties included her role as on-site coordinator and music theory instructor for an El Sistema-inspired program at Winterfield Elementary School. This program combined her passion for music advocacy and social change by creating neighborhood change through means of an arts initiative. Winterfield’s Elementary program has increased by 200% to now educate 100 students a year. Children can study clarinet, trumpet, flute, violin, cello, music theory, chorus, and bucket band.