About Elise Blatchford

A flutist who embraces the independent, experimental, and the DIY, Elise Blatchford is a professor, a member of the City of Tomorrow wind quintet, and a frequent soloist and recitalist. Her solo playing has been hailed for its "superb command of color and nuance" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Ms. Blatchford is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music. With the contemporary music wind quintet the City of Tomorrow, she has won a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and toured across the U.S.

Ms. Blatchford's willingness to take risks has extended to multidisciplinary performance art at the Next Wave Festival at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), touring with the amplified cello rock band Portland Cello Project, and arranging and performing an entire album by singer-songwriter Mirah with her partner Leander Star.

Also at home in the traditional orchestra world, Ms. Blatchford has performed with the Oregon Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. With YOA, she toured extensively throughout South America, the Caribbean, and mainland China, made an appearance at Carnegie Hall with Valery Gergiev, and recorded with Philip Glass.

A dedicated and inventive pedagogue, Ms. Blatchford has given master classes  at New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Williams College, Longy School of Music, and Skidmore College, among many others. She completed degrees in flute performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. 

Elise Blatchford loves coffee, penguins, yoga, and independent radio stations.


Upcoming Concerts

September 25, 2016 - Duo recital with Nashville flutist Celine Thackston. 3 pm, Middle Tennessee State University.

September 29, 2016 - Duo recital with Nashville flutist Celine Thackston. 7:30 pm, University of Memphis.

October 20, 2016 - Flutes of the University of Memphis - students, flute choir, and Prof. Blatchford perform. 7:30 pm, University of Memphis.

November 12 & 13, 2016 - with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 pm Saturday at the Cannon Center, Sunday at 2 pm at Germantown Performing Arts Center.

November 19, 2016 - Recital with Jacob Coleman, piano. 6 pm, at University of Southern Mississippi. Works by Carl Vine, Frank Martin, and Darius Milhaud.

December 6, 2016 - Recital with Jacob Coleman, piano. 7:30 pm, University of Memphis. Works by Carl Vine, Frank Martin, and Darius Milhaud.

February 6-10, 2017 - Artistic residency at the Vermont College of Fine Art with the City of Tomorrow.

May 21, 2017 - Improvisatory and experimental concert with Stuart Breczinski, oboe and electronics. 8 pm, Spectrum, New York.

Past Performances


Study flute at the University of Memphis

The University of Memphis Flute Studio draws students from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and all over the country.

The University of Memphis Flute Studio draws students from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and all over the country.

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis in Tennessee offers the bachelor of music and master of music degrees in music (BM and MM) and the doctor of musical arts (DMA) degree. As a flute player, you can major in flute performance, music education, music business, or minor in music while taking flute lessons.

There are considerable flute scholarship and flute assistantship opportunities available to students who audition, and the university is serious about keeping tuition affordable. I offer a free sample lesson to anyone visiting campus and I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the school via email You can also read testimonials from former students about their experience here. 

I bring energy and focus to all the lessons I teach. Hard work should be praised, and enthusiasm for the music is important in fostering a disciplined work ethic. Lessons focus on fundamentals:

  • Tone development and intonation through embouchre work, long tones, and ear training.

  • Technique through scales, arpeggios, proper hand position, and training light, supple fingers.

  • Musicality, interpretation, and style through the study of repertoire from the baroque, classical, and romantic periods in addition to the twentieth century. 

  • Development of creativity and sense of freedom via improvisation. 

I mostly teach students at the university, but I accept private students on a limited basis and by audition only. Contact me for more information.


degrees and majors

BM, MM, DMA, music minor.

Music performance, music education, musicology, music business, recording technology


Memphis, TN


Memphis Flute Choir
Study abroad opportunities

Play better than you ever thought you could.

It all starts with that single goal, that first hour, that weekly plan. Add supportive and inspiring fellow students. Mix in varied performance opportunities and a high level of expectation. You'll never know what you can do until you try.