As flutist of Trillium Ensemble Elise DePasquale combines her dual passions of performing chamber music with that of championing new compositions. Recent highlights of her time with Trillium include an artist residency at American University in Washington DC, collaborating with composer Mark Fromm to create The Silent Spring Project as part of the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA (Community Supported Art) 2015-2016 series, and releasing the ensemble’s first album Silent Spring. Other ensembles with which Elise has performed include OvreArts, Classical Revolution, the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.), the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Professional Flute Choir, the Arioso Trio, and the Aeolian Winds.
Elise DePasquale is an active educator and supporter of the region’s flute community. She has been on faculty at the Pittsburgh Flute Academy, where she conducted flute choirs, taught music theory courses, and was a private flute instructor. She also served as both Secretary and Vice President on the Pittsburgh Flute Club Board of Directors, and has adjudicated for Solo and Ensemble festivals in West Virginia. Elise was invited to perform at National Flute Conventions in Las Vegas and in New Orleans and is also published in Flute Talk, a leading American flute magazine. Elise currently lives with her husband in Toronto where she is principal flutist with the Ontario Pops Orchestra.
A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Elise holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she studied with John Bailey, and a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University, where she studied with Beth Chandler. She has also studied with Jennifer Steele of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. During her schooling Elise was selected to perform in numerous prestigious masterclasses throughout the United States, including the Jeanne Baxtresser International Masterclass at Carnegie Mellon University, the Trevor Wye Albuquerque masterclass, and Bradley Garner’s International Flute Symposium at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.