The Elite Academy for Strings, within the Elizabeth Faidley Studio offers multiple ensembles and classes for students geared toward middle and high schoolers on a path towards serious music development, but within a warm and friendly environment.

Dear Elizabeth, Michael and Elite Faculty:

Krystof and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the tremendous experience of the Elite Ensembles this year. The final concert said it all: the students were completely engaged, focused and enthusiastic! The quality of the performances was absolutely outstanding. 

My children have thoroughly enjoyed their Saturday morning rehearsals throughout the year. The repertoire was challenging, musically rewarding and skillfully conducted. They were motivated to practice and prepare their music for the sessions. The enthusiasm and professionalism of the stellar faculty was infectious, and my children were also inspired by the commitment that the other students brought to the table. The experience of playing alongside the professional musicians from the faculty is invaluable. The atmosphere that is created within the ensemble and within the studio in general is exceptional.

We feel so grateful that our children can benefit from such rewarding ensemble experience during their formative years. Although the level of the performance was so high at the final concert in May, perhaps the most important aspect of the experience is the integrity which infused the experience throughout the entire year. The thoughtful emphasis on musical process contributes to making Elite Ensemble such a rare find for an aspiring musician!

Thank you so much for creating this incredible experience in our community! We look forward to many more years of our children making music with their friends in the Elite Ensembles!

With deepest gratitude,
Tanya and Krystof Witek


The Preparatory Violin Ensemble

The Preparatory Violin Ensemble is a dynamic training ensemble for students in Suzuki books 4-8 (or an intermediate level)



Mozart Ensemble

This ensemble is for students in Books 2 and 3.  Learn basic ensemble techniques and make friends at the same time!


Violin Virtuosi

The Violin Virtuosi is in its 5th year as an elite performing ensemble. Read more inside! Entrance is by audition only. 

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Chamber Orchestra

A longtime wish of the Studio to perform larger repertoire, the Chamber Orchestra is the cornerstone of Elite Academy for Strings. Beginning with student violinists and cellists, the goal is to expand further to be able to perform the most challenging music in the string orchestra repertoire. Music of standard composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Grieg will always be the main focus, with other "challenge pieces" or "fun" works added to round out our concerts. 


Violin Choir 

An ensemble inaugurated at the Conservatory Camps offered by the Studio in the past, the Violin Choir is a "festival ensemble" by invitation from the other ensembles, and will be assembled briefly for rehearsals geared to specific performance and/or recording opportunities, usually for a span of 4-6 weeks.


The Young Artist's Program

The Young Artist's Program is a special program for advanced musicians wanting to further their musical education