Since beginning her teaching career as an undergrad, Elyse has worked with students of all ages and skill levels, teaching in the public school system and preschool as well as giving private lessons.
At Duquesne University, Elyse studied piano under Ken Burky and performed in the Voice of Sprit, serving as section leader, under the direction of Christine Jordanoff. As a sophomore she began teaching preschool classes as part of Duquesne’s Early Childhood Music Initiative, funded by PNC’s Grow Up Great. The following year, she began teaching supplementary general music classes at Hope Academy of Music and the Arts for preschool and elementary school students. In her Junior year, Elyse was inducted into the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda. She completed her student teaching in the East Allegheny School District in cooperation with Steve Ehrlich, directing their string orchestra in grades 4-12, and at Fox Chapel Area High School in cooperation with Craig Cannon, where she led the choirs, music theory classes, and piano lab.
Elyse has performed with the Pittsburgh Compline Choir and has served as an accompanist, pianist, cellist, and vocalist at various schools and churches in the area.
Currently, Elyse is the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry at First Lutheran Church in downtown Pittsburgh. She teaches private lessons with Kathy’s Music and works with actors with special needs at the Center for Theatre Arts in Mt. Lebanon.