Elisha started playing the piano at the age of 3; violin and guitar were added to their repertoire by age 11. They always preferred instruments in the lower register, so cello was a natural fit from the moment Elisha picked it up at age 12. By the time Elisha could drive, bass was also in the practice and performance mix. Along the way, they have studied with a variety of modern, baroque and classical cellists including Coral Marchant, Matthew Rehfeldt, Meg Brennand, and Bradley Hawkins
Elisha joined their school orchestra in the 5th grade and currently performs with the orchestra at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), where they’re studying music therapy with an emphasis in psychology. They played cello and bass for the Mount Baker Youth Symphony from 8th-12th grade and is now in their 3rd year with the SPU string quartet. Elisha has played weddings, performed in a church band and has recorded with other artists. They spent a year as the music coordinator for a kids' club and has been a music theory tutor.
On Elisha’s Stereo:
All kinds of albums by all kinds of artists; their favorite genres are indie folk and movie scores. Elisha’s favorite classical composer is Dame Ethyl Smythe who composed “March of the Women” in 1911 as an anthem for the women’s suffrage movement.
When Elisha was in high school, they were playing a Christmas Eve church service. While the pastor was making announcements, their audio was set up so they could hear themselves in their headsets but the audience couldn't. Once they were all tuned up, they took turns playing the riff from George Michael's "Careless Whisper".
Why Elisha Loves West Side Music Academy
Elisha feels the comfortable, welcoming environment offered by WSMA is an ideal place to learn and practice one’s art.