Julie Elhard is a versatile educator of the viola da gamba. Her students range in age from 5 years to the mature adult. Ms. Elhard has taught at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, in Northfield, MN as well as at MacPhail Center for the Arts, Minneapolis. She currently teaches at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota and at The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music where she is writing a new curriculum for school-age children to play viola da gamba. Playing this fun and rich repertoire with young people is an indescribable joy.

Ms. Elhard has taught at workshops nationwide including with the Viola da Gamba Society of America and at Whitewater in Wisconsin. She is the director of Early Music Day at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. This annual event draws faculty and participants from across the United States and Europe. She has coached numerous adult consorts, one of which, The Silver Swan Consort, recorded a CD. Check out this amazing CD by The Silver Swan Consort!

The most surprising turn of events happened when giving her son viola da gamba lessons at age six. She found herself writing a new method for the gamba in order to make this ancient instrument and repertoire accessible to the young child. It is an on-going labor of love. Since its birth in 2006, this new method has grown along with the many children who have been partners in exploring these uncharted waters. To learn more about this method, click on the link at the left.

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