Elissa Edwards, award-winning soprano, specializes in music primarily of the 17th and 18th centuries, and her performances bring to light underperformed, yet stunning works from these periods. She is the co-founder and Creative Director of the Élan Ensemble - Historic Music Annapolis. Ms. Edwards began her training at Houston Grand Opera and obtained her performance degrees from Boston University (BA) and University of York, England (MA), where she studied under Martin Pearlman of Boston Baroque and Peter Seymour of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, with additional studies at the Royal College of Music, London. She currently studies with Dr. Julianne Baird.
In addition to chamber music performances, she is also a sacred music specialist and has been the featured concert soloist in many oratorio and cantata performances in the US and UK. (ElissaEdwards.com)
Dr. Anastasia Pike
Anastasia Pike, harpist, enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer and educator. Dr. Pike has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. She co-founded the the Elán Ensemble and also the Sprezzatura Duo, which commissions and premiers new works, most recently at the 2016 American Harp Society’s (AHS) National Conference.
Dr. Pike received her doctorate from Columbia University and has master's degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and the University of Maryland. She completed additional studies at the Juilliard School and, upon personal invitation, the Salzedo School. She is also a faculty member at the Teachers College of Columbia University, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Christopher Newport University. Dr. Pike serves as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Harp Society. (AnnaPike.com)