Elizabeth Phelps is currently on leave from serving as Principal Second Violin of the North Carolina Symphony. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Paul Kantor and Stephen Rose. While in school she joined the Canton Symphony under Gerhardt Zimmermann, acting as principal second violin for the 2009-2010 season.
After graduating, Elizabeth was offered a fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, under the guidance of Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas. During the 2011-12 season, she performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Paula Robison in celebration of the piece’s centennial. In her final season she performed Brahms’ Viola Quintet in G Major with Christian Tetzlaff and New World Fellows. She also played in masterclasses for artists as varied as Jorja Fleezanis, former concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, and world renowned viol player, Jordi Savall.
She is a recent convert to historical performance practices and has participated in early music programs like Tafelmusik and the American Bach Soloists. She performs with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra.
Elizabeth has participated in many Summer festivals including the Aspen, Lucerne, Spoleto USA, and Verbier Festivals and has played with the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. She joined the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in 2014.