About MeName: Elise BjordammenPosition: Instrumental Music. BAND.
Welcome to my webpage. I have taught many areas of music in the district and have enjoyed them all. I am always energized while working with kids and music!
My education in the area of music began as a kid, taking piano lessons, which I continued for 12 years. I participated in both choral and instrumental music through high school and was awarded the opportunity to perform at the PA all-state and all-eastern(Boston, MA) level conferences and attended the summer program of PA Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University.
I furthered my music studies at Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music) in Bloomington, Indiana. At IU I had incredible performing opportunities, but also developed a passion for the art of teaching! After coming to the Upper Merion Area School District, I finished my master's degree at West Chester University, specializing in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy. I returned to West Chester University to serve as an adjunct supervisor in the music education department in 2008. In recent years, I have studied with the dynamic Dr. Quincy Hilliard, a composer of band music, conductor, and music educator at University of Louisiana.
When I'm not teaching in Upper Merion, I'm often on the opera stage! A recent highlight was when I performed the role of Leila in Gilbert and Sullivan's, Iolanthe, with The Savoy Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia, as well as in the United Kingdom in 2018. This November, I will be playing the roles of both the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen in a production of Alice in Wonderland with the Ardensingers Company in Delaware. In the Spring of 2023, I will be singing the role of Lady Psyche in a production of Princess Ida, a Gilbert And Sullivan operetta that has been rescheduled from the early days of the pandemic in 2020!
As a band director, it is my goal to inspire my students in the Upper Merion community not only to play their instruments well, but also to develop a love and understanding of music that lasts for many years to come!
LET'S GO BAND!!
Last Modified on July 18, 2022