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Elizabeth York

Elizabeth York
  • Lecturer of Music – Viola

Elizabeth York lives in St. Paul, MN, and is sought after as a performer and teacher across the region. In 2013 she completed a dual Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin and viola performance at Stony Brook University (NY). She currently holds the positions of Associate Concertmaster and Personnel Manager of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and is on faculty at UW Eau Claire and College of St. Benedict/St. John's University.

​Elizabeth is an avid chamber musician and recitalist with interest in a wide range of musical styles, from baroque performance practice to contemporary music. Recent performance highlights include projects with La Grande Bande, 113 Composers Collective, Transept, and Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective, as well as solo violin recitals at The Baroque Room in St. Paul, the BARC in Windom, MN, the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, MN, and the University of South Dakota. Elizabeth plays baroque violin and viola as a member of Lyra Baroque Orchestra, where she also previously served a three-year term as Players' Representative on the board of directors.

Elizabeth is a dedicated teacher, committed to fostering creativity and freedom of expression in her students along with a solid technical foundation. In addition to her private violin/viola studio, she has taught violin at Birch Creek Symphony Session (Door County, Wisconsin) since 2013, and for the Adult Chamber Music Retreat since its inception in 2019. She has been the chamber music coordinator and violin faculty at Upper Midwest String Camp since 2017 and has conducted sectionals for MN All-State, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, and Southwest MN Orchestra, as well as various high schools in Minnesota and North Dakota. She previously served as Lecturer of Upper Strings at North Dakota State University and St. Cloud State University.

​In addition to her doctorate, Elizabeth holds a BM from East Carolina University, and MM from Stony Brook University in violin performance. Her major teachers include violinists Ara Gregorian, Soovin Kim, and Phil Setzer, and violists Dan Panner, Nicholas Cords, and Lawrence Dutton.


B.M., East Carolina University
M.M., Stony Brook University
D.M.A., Stony Brook University