Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide, violin

Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, Class of 1997

Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide

Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide

Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide, originally from Lynchburg, VA, began violin studies at age 5. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was in the studio of the late Franco Gulli, Distinguished Professor of Violin. She earned the Master of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Glenn Dicterow, former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. While in New York she appeared as a soloist both with the Claremont Ensemble and in a live broadcast on Soundcheck with John Schaeffer on 93.9 WNYC FM, and performed regularly with Dicappo Opera and the Kalaiope Quartet. 

Elizabeth joined the Virginia Symphony as Assistant Principal Second Violin in 2003, and since then has also played a season as Acting Principal Second. Since 2008 she has been a regular substitute with the St. Louis Symphony, and has joined them for both their Opera Season and their 2015 Carnegie Hall tour. She has soloed with the Virginia Symphony, the Lynchburg Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra, and performed as a member of the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, The Sarasota Orchestra, the orchestras of the Spoleto, Italy Festival, the American Institute of Musical Study (Graz, Austria), the Crested Butte Music Festival, The Colorado Music Festival, the Wintergreen Music Festival, and the Conducting Institute at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. This January she toured Japan with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra. 

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Elizabeth is a regular performer on the Organ Swell Recital Series in Hampton Roads and the Midday Music Recital Series in Lynchburg, and has given Guest Artist recitals at Randolph College and Old Dominion University. She has appeared with the Ambrosia Quartet on the Feldman Chamber Music Series in Norfolk, with the Virginia Symphony Quartet on NPR’s Performance Today, and with the Quartet-in-Residence at Quisisana Resort in Center Lovell, Maine. She is a founding member of both Outer Banks Chamber Music and The New Commonwealth Quartet, the latter of which was featured in a contemporary music set at Bruce Hornsby’s Funhouse Fest this June. 

Elizabeth is married to Virginia Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpeter David Vonderheide, and they live in Portsmouth with their dog Marty.