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Elise Dalleska

Teaching Area(s)
Traditional Suzuki

MM Florida State University
BM Boston University

Courses Taught

Elise Dalleska has been teaching at the DePaul Community Music Division since 2002. Currently, she is the violin teacher at Whitney Young Magnet High School and maintains a private studio. Ms. Dalleska enjoys playing multiple styles of music including orchestral, chamber, fiddle, R&B, and jazz. She has worked with artists ranging from Pierre Boulez to Mary J. Blige. In addition to teaching, she freelances in the Chicagoland area and is the violinist in the Coalesce Duo with pianist Jeff Kowalkowski.
Ms. Dalleska received her undergraduate degree from Boston University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. At Florida State University she received a graduate assistantship and was a member of the Liberace Piano Trio. While in Florida she was a chamber music and sectional coach for the Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra and an associate concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
As a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago she worked under conductors and artists ranging from Pinchas Zukerman, to Daniel Barenboim, and the Berg String Quartet. She also studied chamber music at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine for 5 years. While there she studied with members of the Juilliard Quartet, Raphael Hillyer, Roman Totenberg, among others.
Ms. Dalleska has Suzuki training for Pat D’Ecrole, Carrie Ruenning-Hummel, and Ed Kreitman. She has also received training from Dr. Cliff Madsen and Mimi Zweig. Ms. Dalleska has studied violin with Bayla Keyes, Eliot Chapo, Tom Hall, and Joe Golan; she has studied jazz with David Bloom. ​