Elyse Ader

EIP Faculty

Elyse began playing the viola at 9 in her elementary school music program. When her Dad asked her to choose between the violin or the viola (because he thought the cello would be too big) she asked what everyone does...“What’s the difference?” After explaining the unique role of the viola, Elyse immediately felt called to the instrument. After hearing its rich, dark sound, she was hooked. Since then, Elyse has gone on to perform all over the world. Since settling in San Francisco, she has had the opportunity to play with artists such as Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Father John Misty, Portugal. The Man, Il Divo, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Evanescence and Il Volo.

Elyse is a member of the Indie folk rock band Hunters Chorus, with whom she has recorded three albums— “The Boy Ain’t Right”, “Live at the Atomic Garden” and “The Ping Pong Ball Career Center.” She can also be heard with The Robin Yukiko band on the album “Love War” and Redwood Tango Ensemble’s “We Become the Night Sky” vol. I and II.

An avid orchestral musician, Elyse has played with many orchestras throughout the country, including The Colorado Symphony, Symphony San Jose, Santa Rosa, Berkeley, Monterey, California, Santa Cruz, Stockton and Modesto Symphonies. She has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, New World Symphony, National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, Lake Tahoe Music Festival and Mendocino Festival Orchestras. She continues to play regularly with many of these orchestras. She is the Principal Violist of The Peninsula Symphony, as well as a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony.

Elyse holds an M.M from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a B.M from the University of Denver, and an Artist Diploma in Orchestra Studies from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra.

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