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Elisabeth Axtell is a nationally recognized natural horn specialist who delights in sharing the period instrument ethos with audiences across the country. Her East Coast engagements include Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Opera Lafayette, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. On the West Coast, she takes the stage with American Bach Soloists, Opera Neo, Musica Angelica, and Pacific MusicWorks. She performs in the southern United States with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Mercury Orchestra, La Speranza, Ars Lyrica, and Arts at Redeemer, and in the Mountain West with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and the Montana Early Music Festival.

Off stage, Elisabeth is an entrepreneur of unconventional ensembles whose recent projects include co-founding Grand Harmonie, a wind-led period instrument orchestra, Conica, a path-breaking natural horn quartet, and Emergere, a conductorless wind band. She has proudly supported community music organizations through past service as a president of New England Brass Band and as a board member of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.

A Pacific Northwest native, she holds degrees in English and music from Minnesota’s Gustavus Adolphus College and a masters degree in music performance from Boston University.