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. Her work will also be featured on the radio as part of WHYY/PBS's series "On Stage at Curtis."
Some of her recent accolades include being selected as a winner of the 2018 NextNotes High School Composition Awards and the 2016 and 2017 National Young Composers Challenge as well as being selected as a finalist in the 2017 BMI Student Composer Awards. She has attended summer programs at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Curtis Young Artists Summer Program, 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.
Her previous teachers include Richard Prior and Yinzi Kong (viola). Elise is currently holding the Peter King fellowship and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studies with David Ludwig, Jennifer Higdon, and Richard Danielpour.
Upcoming projects include a work for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and a commission by the Curtis Institute of Music in collaboration with the Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia, both being premiered in the spring of 2019.
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