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Violist Elizabeth Moore shares how her background in both the classical and folk traditions has shaped her as a musician. She talks briefly about some overlaps and differences in bowing and ornamentation between styles, playing an original waltz, and one by fiddler Winefred Horen, whose playing and tune writing has influenced her. 

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Growing up in Midcoast Maine, violist Elizabeth Moore was surrounded by music at an early age. She began studying violin at six, but has earlier memories of hanging out in guitar cases along the back of the stage as her father played and called for contra dances.

Whether playing folk music, participating in ensembles through Bay Chamber Concerts, or singing every chance there was, she developed her musical interests in a small yet supportive community. After discovering the beautiful resonance of the viola, Elizabeth went on to study at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Sheila Browne, and at Boston University College of Fine Arts with Karen Ritscher.

A violist and Co-Artistic Director in Palaver Strings, Elizabeth is also the ensemble’s Programming Director, and teaches at the Portland Conservatory of Music, Bay Chamber Music School, and the Palaver Music Center.

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