About Mikaela B. Elms
"Music is not in the notes, but in the silence in between." -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mikaela Elms has been playing the cello for over 23 years. Starting at the age of 5 she found a passion for music and discovering its possibilities. Mikaela has been teaching music for over 9 years and has had the privilege of teaching children as young as 4 to adults of various ages. As an attentive teacher she can help you get moving in the right direction as well as keeping you on that path until you are a self-sufficient musician. A level of musicianship that simply means you can learn whatever you want on your instrument on your own, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement. Mikaela strives to encourage all of her students to pursue whatever interests they have through music and foster their creativity while developing a good foundation of technique and skills to learn music of their choice on their own. She also promotes the use of improvisation in ones playing, which as a string player can be both scary and foreign.
Through her own student career in private lessons she has had the chance to study with John Marshall, Principal Cellist of the Spokane Symphony at Eastern Washington University. In addition, she has participated in over 10 master classes with world renowned artists including Amit Peled, Ralph Kirshbaum, Joshua Roma, Alban Gerhardt, Zuill Bailey, and more. Among her achievements as a cellist is winning the string division Young Artist Concerto Competition and performing with the Spokane Symphony. Mikaela also was the first place winner of the Eastern Washington University Concerto Competition as well. She has won multiple gold medals for her chamber performances in MusicFest.
Mikaela has spent the last five years exploring a deep passion of hers by studying contemporary music under the direction of pianist, Kendall Feeney. She has collaborated in several different chamber ensembles and has explored many areas of contemporary music including improvisation, jazz, tango, Avant garde, as well 20th and 21st century classical repertoire. Because of this love of contemporary music, Mikaela strives to open up doors for her students to pursue whatever genre strikes their interest.
Mikaela has recently finished her degree receiving a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance from Eastern Washington University. She regularly performs at churches and charity events and also spends her time arranging favorite tunes for cello and string ensembles. She also performs with the Couer D'Alene Symphony. In her free time, Mikaela enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and biking and playing a variety of board games with her family. She also enjoys cooking, baking, all forms of art and spending time with her two daughters.