Elizabeth Blake is a Pasadena native who began her violin studies at the age of three. She earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in violin from Northwestern University in 1989, and moved to Tennessee, where she served as Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras for seven years. During that time, Ms. Blake appeared twice as the featured soloist with the Chamber Orchestra, as well as in frequent performances for the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Music Series and on local radio broadcasts.
In 1997, Ms. Blake and her husband, David, returned to Pasadena, where she pursued a freelance performance career. In 1998 she was invited to participate in the Michael Crawford “Phantom of the Opera” National Tour as Assistant Principal Second Violin. Ms. Blake has performed locally with the Glendale and New West Symphonies; in addition, she has served as Principal Second Violin in the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Riverside and Antelope Valley Orchestras, as well as Concertmaster for the West Coast Chamber Orchestra. In 2005 she appeared as guest soloist with the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, and in 2006 gave the United States premiere of a newly revived triple concerto by Mozart with the Crown City Chamber Players. She was also a featured soloist with the Santa Maria Philharmonic in 2009. Currently Ms. Blake is a regular member of the California Philharmonic Orchestra's Disney Hall Concert Series, for the 2006-7 season serving as Acting Principal Second Violin. Her performances can also be heard on soundtracks for Warner Brothers, Sony and Castle Rock Entertainment.
Ms. Blake began her teaching career in 1981 at the age of 15, when she began giving private violin and viola instruction. While with the Knoxville Symphony, she was an active member of the KSO Youth Education and Outreach Program, bringing classical music into the Knox County public schools with over 100 concerts each year. Since then, she has obtained her teaching credential, and has acted as guest director for the Arrowbear Music Camp Elementary String Session and the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra. In 2001 Ms. Blake founded the String Orchestra Program at Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks, which now includes beginning and advanced classes, as well as the full symphony orchestra and the audition-only Chamber orchestra, which performs throughout the Ventura area. The LCMS Advanced Orchestra currently holds an unbroken record of Superior ratings and first place awards from more than 20 performances over the past nine years.