ELISA MILNER was born in Calgary, Alberta. She began to learn violin with the Suzuki Method at the age of four. Elisa attended the Academy of Music at Mount Royal College in Calgary where she studied with Joan Barrett of the Calgary Philharmonic. After moving with her family to Atlanta, Georgia, Elisa played with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra while studying violin with David Arenz of the Atlanta Symphony. Elisa then moved to Cleveland, Ohio and completed a Bachelors of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied violin with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. She then continued on to graduate studies at Kent State University studying with Ivan Chan and Kathy Meng-Robinson of the Miami Quartet as well as Semmy Stahlhammer, concertmaster of the Royal Swedish Opera. In 2006, Elisa and her husband Chip relocate to Grande Prairie, Alberta where Elisa taught violin at Grande Prairie Regional College, while Chip directed the freestyle skiing program. In Fall 2010, they relocated to Calgary for Elisa to play with the Calgary Philharmonic and Chip to coach freestyle skiing at Canada Olympic Park. Elisa loves teaching the violin and has maintained an active teaching studio for over 12 years. She currently teaches violin lessons long distance to Grande Prairie with the aid of video conferencing technology. She also plays regularly with the Lily String quartet, the Red Deer Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic. Elisa also enjoys improvising and playing music at her church. Elisa also has three active children, two boys and a girl!