Horn Instructor, Lecturer
Elisha is a versatile musician with an eclectic background of 29 years in the field of art, which includes extensive study in music, dance and theater. Her formal studies include a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Horn Performance and a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Horn Performance from California State University, Fresno. Elisha Wilson is currently the Conductor and Musical Director of the Visalia Opera Company, she is on the faculties of California State University Stanislaus, College of Sequoias in Visalia, CA, Fresno City College, and teaches horn at La Sierra Summer Music Camp in Fish Camp, CA.
Early in her career, Ms. Wilson performed as a horn soloist and dancer in the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Blast!, between 2001 and 2003 on a national tour. Elisha has performed as a featured soloist with the Tulare County Symphony, Kings Symphony, with a Fresno State alumni group at the 2012 International Horn Society Convention at San Francisco State University, and was a guest artist during the 2013-2014 Fresno Pacific University Pacific Artists Concert Series. In April 2012, Elisha was invited to join a group of professional brass players called The Edge to the final auditions of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in New York, NY. Elisha has had the privilege of sharing the stage with world-renown artists such as Jackie Evancho, Natalie Cole, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Audra McDonald, Branford Marsalis, Juan Diego Florez, Sarah Chang, Airborne Toxic Event and Mannheim Steamroller, to name a few. Her current orchestral accomplishments include Principal Horn Tulare County Symphony and Third Horn Merced Symphony. She has performed with the Fresno Grand Opera, Fresno Philharmonic, Fresno’s Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and San Francisco Wind Ensemble. In recent conducting experiences, Ms. Wilson has conducted Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figarowith the Visalia Opera Company, as well as Les Miserables with the Leauge of Christian Actors in Visalia, CA.
Elisha Wilson is a performer and educator with appearances throughout North America and Europe. Outside of her extensive performances around the US, Elisha has appeared in international concert halls such as Prinzregententheater in Munich, Germany, Stiftung Mozarteum and Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, Austria, Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest, Hungary and Smetana Concert Hall of Prague.
Ms. Wilson is an artist that is deeply committed to music education through her membership to the International Horn Society, California Music Educators Association, and National Opera Association. Her upcoming 2014 and 2015 engagements include staging and directing an original Mariachi opera with the Visalia Opera Company to be debuted in November 2014, conducting Bizet's Carmen with the Visalia Opera Company in June 2015, performing as a featured artist in the recital of a central valley composer, Brad Hufft, in March 2015, and performing as a solo guest artist with the Yosemite Wind Ensemble in Australia in June-July 2015.
Elisha began playing the piano and singing at the age of 3 and later picked up the horn at the age of 11. Having grown up in a rural community of south central Texas, Elisha was a self-taught horn player until she attended Chapman University in Orange County, CA at the age of 18, and the University of Houston in Houston, TX at the age of 21. Elisha is fortunate to have studied with world-class hornists such as Brian Drake, Tom Hiebert, William Vermeulen, Nancy Goodearl, David Krehbiel, Tom Bacon, Richard Todd and JD Shaw. Elisha travels regularly throughout the central valley performing and teaching as far north as San Francisco and as far south as Orange County, while residing in Fresno.
Phone: (209) 667-3421