Originally from Bel Air, MD, Elizabeth Stefan is currently a freelance violist in the Boston area, playing regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a founding member of the newly formed ensemble, Phoenix. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both in orchestral and chamber music settings.
A founding member of the Sumner Quartet, one of two resident string quartets of the non-profit musiConnects, she also serves as the Program Director and teaches at the Mildred Ave and Lena Park Community Centers and the KIPP Academy in Mattapan. In addition to keeping a private studio of violin and viola students, she teaches violin in several schools with Making Music Matters! and has recently been on the faculty of Community Music Center of Boston’s Summer Music program. Previous engagements with the Discovery Ensemble took her to schools throughout Boston where they performed in a chamber orchestra setting, as well as smaller chamber groups traveling to classrooms and giving presentations to all ages.
She completed her master’s studies at the New England Conservatory where her principal teacher was Dimitri Murrath. Previously, she studied with George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her BM, and an Arts Leadership Certificate with a focus in contemporary orchestral issues. She also received the Robert L. Oppelt Viola Prize for the class of 2009.