Elise Arancio is a composer from Atlanta, currently based in Philadelphia. In 2014 she made her debut with the premiere of a string orchestra piece at Emory University. Since then, her orchestral and chamber works have been performed across the country and internationally by ensembles including the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, Sandbox Percussion, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Emory Junior Chamber Orchestra, and by members of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and Curtis Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has collaborated with organizations such as OneBook Philadelphia, Musaics of the Bay, and the Rock School of Dance Education, and her work has also be featured as part of WHYY/PBS's series "On Stage at Curtis."

Some of her recent accolades include being selected as a winner of the 2020 Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra’s Call for Scores, 2019 NorCal Music Festival Orchestra Composition Competition, 2018 NextNotes High School Composition Awards and the 2016 and 2017 National Young Composers Challenge. She has attended summer programs at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Curtis Young Artists Summer Program, Yellowbarn Young Artist Program, and Atlantic Music Festival, and was a composing fellow at the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. She joined Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra as an apprentice composer in the summer of 2018. 

Upcoming projects include a commission by Curtis Institute of Music for  OneBook Philadelphia's 2021 program with poet Jericho Brown, and a virtual ensemble piece for members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra featuring the video work of artist Maria Constanza Ferreira. 


Elise is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studies with David Ludwig, Jennifer Higdon, and Richard Danielpour.

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