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Elena Lazaro has taught music to a wide range of ages, starting early in her career as a private flute instructor and freelance performer while attending the UNC School of the Arts. After receiving her master’s in flute performance she began teaching music appreciation and fundamentals in North Carolina community colleges. In 2008 she became the applied flute instructor and director of the flute ensemble at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh. In recent years Ms. Lazaro began working with the flute ensembles at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Elena has a strong interest in early childhood music and development, working as a music specialist in preschools throughout the Raleigh metro region and gaining valuable training in the education of young people.
Ms. Lazaro has enjoyed performances with colleagues from recitals to musicals, often appearing as soloist with choral groups. She has played in numerous chamber groups for weddings, receptions, and church services. As an orchestral flutist she was chosen as resident and soloist at Roanoke Festival Park, was selected for a European touring orchestra, and played as substitute with the Winston-Salem and Durham Symphonies.
Elena enjoys helping students discover the satisfaction of playing the flute beautifully and proficiently. She believes that musical study is important for self-expression, problem-solving, and persistence, not to mention for the sheer preservation of beauty in the world. Her approach is compassionate without sacrificing high standards and responsibility. Many of her students have been accepted into honors bands while others have been division winners in contests such as the Raleigh Area Flute Association's Review & Contest. Ms. Lazaro resides in Wendell, North Carolina, with her husband, their two daughters, and a rather vocal beagle.