- B.M., Auburn University
- M.M., Virginia Commonwealth University
Elizabeth Blakeslee served as second harp with the National Symphony for seventeen years from 1999-2016. She has been harp instructor at George Mason University since 2012. She also is the harp faculty for Sewanee Summer Music Center, in Sewanee, Tennessee, and is director of the AYP Harp Ensemble, in its inaugural year in 2016-2017. She maintains a private studio in Falls Church of about 30 students.
Ms. Blakeslee received her Bachelor of Music degree at Auburn University under the direction of Marjorie Tyre and her Master of Music degree at Virginia Commonwealth University under the direction of Marilyn Costello. She has held principal harp positions in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia, and guest principal harpist with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Ms. Blakeslee was the harp instructor at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA from 1996 until 2008.
Ms. Blakeslee has served the American Harp Society (AHS) in many capacities including Secretary, Publications Director, and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. She served as president of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) from 2013-2014. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Virginia String Teachers Association (VASTA) and was named VASTA Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year in 2011. Currently she serves on national committees for all three organizations (AHS, MTNA, and ASTA).
Her students have won competitions at the local, state, and national levels and have been accepted to the top conservatories in the nation. Many have gone on to establish successful careers as free-lance harpists as well as positions in prominent orchestras in the nation.