Born in 1961, Elaine Dewar grew up in British Columbia, starting piano lessons at five and violin lessons at ten. After earning a Bachelor of Music in 1985 and a Master of Music in 1990, she has enjoyed a career of professional playing and teaching. Symphonic engagements include the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Bronx Opera Orchestra. She has also performed with a variety of artists including Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, the Electric Light Orchestra, and Luciano Pavarotti. She has taught violin, viola and piano lessons throughout Canada and the United States and is the current Music Director for the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra based in Lake Placid. Elaine is also a proud charter member of NAVE (The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble), and has broken out of her classical box to play violin and the sing in the all-female band of original music with a folk, blues, jazz blend called “The Dust Bunnies”. She currently lives in Saranac Lake with her husband “Shorty” and their dog/child Reba.
Principal Violin II