Highlights in Elizabeth Motter’s career as a modern harpist include concerts with Singapore Symphony, Spoleto Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lancaster Festival, New World Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, a residency in Japan, and performing as a regular substitute in the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. She has had the privilege of playing in the backup orchestras of such legends as Marvin Hamlisch, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau, The King’s Singers, and Frank Sinatra, and participated in recordings made by Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Indianapolis Symphony, as well as two Christmas CD’s with Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance degree from Oberlin College Conservatory and studied with Susann McDonald at Indiana University. She has devoted the past five years to exploring historical performance practice as it pertains to the baroque triple-strung harp, attending the Amherst Early Music Festival, Accademia D’Amore in Seattle, Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, Tafelmusik’s Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, and the San Francisco Early Music Festival.
In addition to performing with Catacoustic Consort, Elizabeth has performed and recorded with Consortium Carissimi, participated in CCM’s Monteverdi Project, and was a member of the continuo teams for Cincinnati Opera’s 2014 production of La Calisto and a 2015 production of La Purpura de la Rosa at the University of Illinois. Elizabeth teaches at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and freelances throughout the region, performing in many professional ensembles. She is also a founding member of Three 2 Tango, a trio that specializes in improvisatory Argentine tango music.