Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for her “superb command of color and nuance,” Elise Blatchford is the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music.
A chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician, and teacher, Ms. Blatchford is a flutist who embraces the independent, the experimental, and the DIY. As a founding member of the new music woodwind quintet The City of Tomorrow, Ms. Blatchford won first prize at the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and received a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning grant in 2014. The quintet tours nationally and was in residence at Tufts University in Boston in February 2019. Ms. Blatchford has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble in New York and at the Banff Centre for Creativity in Alberta, Canada.

As a recitalist, Ms. Blatchford frequently programs music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has been an invited guest at venues across the U.S., including Yale, Indiana University, University of Oregon, and Virginia Tech. In 2019, she will perform recitals at the Buffet-Crampon showroom in New York City and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Also at home in the traditional orchestra world, Ms. Blatchford served as Principal Flute for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season. She has performed with the Oregon Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, IRIS Orchestra, 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.

Ms. Blatchford holds degrees in flute performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. A Powell Artist, she performs on a 14K gold handmade Powell flute.

Upcoming Concerts

past performances

June 18, 2019 - Crosstown Arts Spotlight Series: Elise Blatchford, flute, and Adrienne Park, piano. 7:30 pm.

June 10, 2019 - 8 pm. With International Contemporary Ensemble, The City of Tomorrow & Nick DeMaison. Roulette, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets.

March 22-23, 2019 - Mid-South Flute Festival at the University of Memphis. More details.

March 3, 2019 - Memphis Chamber Music Society: Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. 2 pm.

February 20, 2019 - The City of Tomorrow in recital at Tufts University, Boston, MA. 8 pm.

February 18, 2019 - Master class at Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA. 10 am to 12 pm.

February 9-13, 2019 - The City of Tomorrow in residence at Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, VT.

December 1, 2018 - IRIS Orchestra performs  Mozart and Strauss. 7:30 pm at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

November 2 and 3, 2018 - Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. More information.

October 26-27, 2018 - Opera Memphis performs Madama Butterfly. Germantown Performing Arts Center. More information.

September 25, 2018 - Recital and master class at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. With Jacob Coleman, piano.

September 8, 2018 - University of Memphis Woodwind Symposium - a full day of classes and performances. The flute guest artist is Jennifer Gunn, piccolo, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

August 9-12, 2018 - National Flute Association Convention in Orlando, FL. Performance: "For the Birds" - solo flute music by George Benjamin, 8/10 at 12:30 pm. Pedagogy Workshop: "Side Embouchures: No Need to Cry Over a Teardrop Lip" - 8/11 at 2:45 pm

August 2, 2018 - The City of Tomorrow at Crosstown Concourse, Main Atrium at 7:30 pm - Memphis, TN. Free.

May 19-21, 2018 - Oregon Symphony performs Mahler's 7th Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR.

More Past performances


Study flute at the University of Memphis

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 embouchure 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 music of the 20th and 21st 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

special opportunities

Memphis Flute Choir, River City Flute Quartet, flute pedagogy class, study abroad, audition for Memphis Symphony sub list, audition prep class

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.