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Elizabeth Crute

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Elizabeth Almond began her musical studies with the Suzuki Method at age four. In 2005, she won the Augusta Symphony’s Concerto Competition and performed Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G Major. Elizabeth attended the University of Georgia on a music scholarship, performing with both the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and ARCO Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth was involved in many performances and recordings of classical and contemporary music with ARCO. She also toured with ARCO in Italy and performed at the 2011 UNESCO Conference in Venice. During her time at UGA, she also gave several solo and chamber recitals. Elizabeth has also performed with ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the North Georgia Chamber Orchestra. Her principal teachers were Levon Ambartsumian and Shakhida Azimkhodjaeva. New to Asheville, Elizabeth was recently accepted as a substitute musician with the Hendersonville Symphony, and also plays in old time and Celtic/Irish jam sessions in town. Elizabeth is also one of the Artistic Directors of the Artüm Project, a program dedicated to musical outreach through education and creative performances (www.artumproject.com).

Teaching/Lessons

Elizabeth’s philosophy lies on the belief that anyone can learn to play and enjoy music at any age. Furthermore, as a teacher, her aim is for each student to find his or her own musical voice and personal identity. Elizabeth works with each of her students to achieve his or her goals and encourage them to explore and cultivate music, art, creativity, curiosity, and understanding in all aspects of their lives. She accomplishes this by providing a strong technical foundation while focusing on music as artistic expression unique to each individual. Furthermore, cultivating a love and appreciation of music is the first step to becoming a successful musician and artist. It is also her philosophy that music extends beyond classical music, and that each student should pursue music he or she is interested in. Beyond a focus on technique, Elizabeth encourages listening and collaboration with her students. Ultimately music is a rewarding pursuit that is applicable to all aspects of life and it is her aim to instill a life-long love of music and intellectual curiosity in her students.