Elizabeth Bert is in her 37th season as Principal Cellist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and enjoys a distinguished career as an area performer, conductor and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Education, Secondary Education; Instrumental Music Education and a Master of Education; Guidance and Counseling from the University of Toledo.
Elizabeth Bert also serves as Principal Cello of the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra and is also Co-Principal of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and she frequently performs with the Sault Symphony Orchestra, Marquette Symphony, Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra and the Alpena Orchestra.
A native of Wauseon, Ohio, Elizabeth Bert was born into a musical family. She studied piano and violin, and then began her cello studies at the age of 10 in the Ann Arbor, Michigan public school program under the guidance of eminent string educator Elizabeth Green. She also spent six summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp, studying with Oliver Edel and Louis Potter. She continued those studies with Mr. Potter at Michigan State University before moving to Toledo, Ohio. She continued her cello studies at the University of Toledo with Paul Katz, Peter Howard and Sachiya Isomura.
She continues to be an active performer, collaborating with her TSO colleagues in a variety of ensembles, and enjoys sharing her love of music and the cello.