Elizabeth Bert held the Principal Cello position for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for over four decades, and also enjoys a career as an area performer 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 for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and she frequently performs with the Sault Symphony Orchestra, Marquette Symphony, and the Benzie Area Symphony.
She is on the faculty for the Gerber String Program, an after-school string program serving the greater Charlevoix and Petoskey areas, where she is the cello instructor. She also is the cellist in the Cummings String Quartet.
A native of Wauseon, Ohio, Elizabeth studied piano and violin before beginning 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 transferring to the University of Toledo where she also studied with Paul Katz, Peter Howard and Sachiya Isomura.
Elizabeth 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.