Elise Curran, Clarinet(back to musicians page)
"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world." Martin Luther "Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe." - Albert Einstein
Favorite composer(s) to listen to?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Favorite composer(s) to perform?
Gilbert and Sullivan
I design and make jewelry. I can sing a double-high Bb (Bb6).
If you could blink your eyes and be in a favorite place right now, where would it be?
Clarinetist Elise Curran is from Orlando, earned her music degree from UCF, and has been teaching music and playing free-lance in Central Florida for over thirty years. She is a doubler and often plays clarinet, sax, and flute in the pit for musicals. Elise is also an accomplished opera singer with a 4-octave range, and has sung internationally. She is the only clarinetist in captivity who has sung opera roles one night and played in the pit the next, and is famous for both singing and playing Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock” simultaneously. Elise spends her days teaching chemistry at Winter Springs High School in Seminole County, and in her ‘spare’ time makes and designs jewelry and opera costumes, and sings leading roles and directs productions for The Villages Lyric Opera. She has also taught elderhostel classes throughout Central Florida for the past 15 years, and has been a regular lecture-recitalist at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in the UK since 2006.