Continuing Education
Georgia Southern University

Strings at Southern

Strings at Southern

Dates: February 15–18, 2018
Times: February 15, 4:00pm – February 18, 5:00pm
Location: Foy Fine Arts Building & Performing Arts Center, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Instructors: Dr. Steven Elisha and Dr. Larisa Elisha

The Georgia Southern University’s Strings at Southern Chamber Music Festival offered in conjunction with the Georgia Southern University Symphony is for students ages 13 and up and will include:

  • String Master Classes
  • Chamber Ensemble Coaching
  • Topic Workshops
  • Symphony Orchestra Rehearsals
  • A Gala Concert on February 17
  • A Symphony Concert on February 18

String players will have the opportunity to study with the internationally acclaimed Elaris Duo (Dr. Larisa Elisha, violin and Dr. Steven Elisha, cello), Directors of the Festival and the String Program at Georgia Southern University. Pre-formed groups, as well as single applicants, are encouraged to apply. Private instrumental lessons can be arranged for additional costs on an individual basis.

Participants must plan for arrival by 3:30 p.m. on February 15. The first scheduled symphony rehearsal will be February 15 from 4-6 p.m., and the last event is the Symphony Concert on the evening of February 18.

Participants will need to bring their musical instrument and appropriate attire for chamber concert performances. Participants must attend with their adult music teacher.

The Strings at Southern participants will:

  • Learn fundamentals of chamber music playing through the study of Repertoire appropriate to the student’s level.
  • Learn to perform in a chamber music group in front of others through the following formats: Master class, workshops, and recitals.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the music performed and the composers that composed the works studied.
  • Be able to perform at least one piece at a recital.
  • Demonstrate appropriate skills in rhythm, intonation, blend, dynamics and phrasing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to diagnose music problems and implement appropriate solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of aspects of musical performance that distinguish chamber music from large group experience.



Larisa and Steven Elisha are each internationally acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians and clinicians. Together they are the ELARIS DUO, whose performances and artistry have delighted audiences worldwide. The Elisha’s have gained national and international renown through performances that include the Bergen International Festival, Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Summit Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, as well as solo appearances with Washington Square Music Festival Orchestra, Hastings Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra and National Taiwan Arts Orchestra. They have also appeared in numerous live radio broadcasts. As clinicians, Larisa and Steven Elisha have been featured at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, College Music Society Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, National Orchestra Festival and American String Teachers Association National Conferences. While members of the Kansas Arts Commission’s Arts on Tour roster, they were chosen as representatives for the Kansas – As Big as You Think campaign. The duo has received many awards, including the 2008 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, the Kansas Federation of Music Club’s Musicians of the Year Award, a Chamber Music America Residency Grant, and an honorary Life-Time Membership to Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). Recently reissued, the Elaris Duo’s MRS Classics release, DUO VIRTUOSO, received critical acclaim from the Atlanta Audio Society, American Record Guide, Malcolm Tattersall’s “Music & Vision,” Turok’s Choice and BBC Music. In a feature in FANFARE MAGAZINE, Robert Maxham wrote,

Breathtaking élan…Mesmerizing…The reverberant recorded sound balances the violin and cello almost ideally, capturing just the right amount of detail. The repertoire, well chosen and well ordered …and above all, the striking performances – all might convince you you’re not in Kansas anymore. But you are. Very strongly recommended.” – ROBERT MAXHAM, FANFARE MAGAZINE

“Elisha left the audience slack-jawed in awe with her tour-de-force playing of the cadenza…It was heartbreakingly poignant and profound…The ovation that followed was as long and as enthusiastic as any I can recall in White Concert Hall…” TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL

On her performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1
“Elisha’s playing was a dazzling display of virtuosic fingering…” 

“Extraordinary violinist” -ELEONORE SCHOENFELD

Acclaimed Russian violinist, Larisa Elisha, is distinguished as an international soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue, having performed and taught extensively throughout Russia, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Taiwan, Lithuania and the United States. Dr. Elisha was the Concertmaster of the Witold Lutoslawski State Philharmonic, Principal Violinist of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and Director and First Violinist of the Wratislavia String Quartet. She was Professor of Violin, Chamber Music and Pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. Dr. Elisha has performed recitals at prestigious European festivals of Chamber Music in Belarus, International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in Wroclaw, Contemporary Music Festival Musica Polonica Nova, Draeseke’s Festival in Germany, Gioventi Musicale d’Italia, Wieniawski Festival in Poland and the Mozart Festival in Copenhagen. She has performed at the Concertgebouw, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall and Berliner Philharmonie, and has made numerous CD, radio and television recordings. Her solo performances of the Shostakovich Violin concerto with the Wroclaw and Koszalin Symphony Orchestras as well as solo recitals in Krakow and at the Wieniawski Festival in Szczawno Zdroj (Poland) drew critical acclaim. Dr. Elisha was Violin Artist-in-Residence at Washburn University and Concertmaster of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. As Concertmaster of the Wichita Grand Opera, she performed featured solos with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Joyce DiDonato. Dr. Elisha is heard regularly in solo and chamber music performances, including national and international music festivals. As a master teacher, Dr. Elisha maintains a very successful studio. Many of her students are winners of various competitions. As a performer/clinician, she frequently presents at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), College Music Society and other national and international conferences. Dr. Elisha belongs to numerous professional and honor organizations. Continuing in the tradition of Russian violinist David Oistrakh, she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the State Conservatory of Belarus in Minsk, where she was a student of Olga Parkhomienko, one of Oistrakh’s noted protégés. Larisa Elisha earned her Doctorate degree at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. Currently, Dr. Elisha is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Upper String Studies at Georgia Southern University.

Regarded by his mentor, the late Janos Starker, “in the front ranks of his generation’s musicians,” internationally acclaimed cellist, Steven Elisha, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Norway, China, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel and the United States. He first attracted attention at the age of fifteen as a student of Luis Garcia-Renart when he gave solo performances with the Albany and Schenectady (New York) Symphonies. Elisha’s New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and premiere performance of Cry of the Dove (a cello concerto written by his sister, Adrienne Elisha) received critical acclaim. As an honorary member and returned guest of the Beijing Cello Society, he has extensively toured mainland China, performing recitals and teaching master classes at the Shanghai, Canton, Xian, Jinan and Beijing conservatories. Featured solo appearances have included the Beijing Central Philharmonic and Symphonies of Beijing, Xian, Jinan, and Canton, Toledo Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Formerly, Director of String Studies at Washburn University, Principal Cellist of the Topeka Symphony, and Conductor of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra, Elisha was also the Artistic Director/ Conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Elisha regularly gives master classes, workshops and residencies throughout the United States, including his fun-loving and innovative “Mr. Cello Stories” program for audiences of all ages. Elisha frequently presents workshops, teaches and performs at national and international festivals, conferences and summer music programs, including the Summit Music Festival, Washington Square Music Festival, Charleston International Music School, College Music Society Conferences and the American String Teachers National Conference. As a recording artist, Elisha received critical acclaim for Duo Virtuoso, the Elaris Duo’s reissued MSR-Classics release, a Grammy-nominated Musical Heritage Society recording of New England piano trios, and Delos International. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University School of Music, as a student of Janos Starker; a Master’s degree from Yale, where he was a Teaching Fellow for Aldo Parisot; and his Doctorate from the University of Kansas.
Currently, Dr. Elisha is Head of the String Area, Director of Orchestras/Conductor of GSU Symphony and Associate Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University.


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Registration Fee:

  • $130 (no meals)
  • $60 Meals (Six Meal Plan [Dinner on February 15, Lunch and Dinner on February 16 and February 17, and Lunch on February 18])
  • $100 Meals (Dinner on February 15 through Dinner on February 18)

Registration Deadline: February 8

$25 non-refundable deposit required unless payment is received in full ($25 will be applied toward the registration fee).
Credit card transactions will be charged a non-refundable 2.75% fee

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Eagle’s Nest Inn

225 Lanier Drive, Statesboro, Georgia 30458

Room blocks are available at Eagle’s Nest Inn. Each school must call the hotel directly to reserve rooms. Reservations will be guaranteed with a credit card.

Arrival Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 through Monday, February 19, 2018
Reservation Deadline: January 12, 2018

Two Queen Beds
Rate: Single/Double $72.00, Extra Person is $10.00

One King Bed with a Sleeper Sofa
Rate: Single/Double: $72.00, Extra Person is $72.00.

Cancellations must be made 14 days prior to arrival date.

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Judy Hendrix


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