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


June 18 to July 2, 2017 - Ensemble Evolution residency with International Contemporary Ensemble, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta.

July 17-22, 2017 - Residency with the City of Tomorrow at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Boscawen, New Hampshire.

August 11, 2017 - Flute and electronic music concert at the National Flute Association Convention, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. 9 am in Auditorium 3.

August 13, 2017 - River City Flute Quartet performance at the National Flute Association Convention, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. 12 pm in Main Auditorium.


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 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.