Elisa Koehler

Associate Professor and Chair, Music Department

Hoffberger Science G16


D. M. A. (Orchestral Conducting,) Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, 1996
M. M. (Trumpet Performance), University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1989
B. M. (Music Education), Peabody Conservatory, 1987
B. M. (Trumpet Performance), Peabody Conservatory, 1987

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Conducting, orchestration, trumpet history and literature, historic brass instruments, American cultural history, nineteenth-century wind bands, and music theory pedagogy using technology.


Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances


A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press, 2014)


"Salvatore Minichini" in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Second Edition. (2010).

"F. J. Keller's Fantasia on Safe in the Arms of Jesus (1881)." Arrangement for Cornet and Piano in International Trumpet Guild Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4 (June 2009).

"Bach Cantata Trumpet Parts: A Compendium" in International Trumpet Guild Journal, Vol. 32, No. 2 (January 2008).

"A Trumpeter's Guide to the Cornett" in International Trumpet Guild Journal, Vol. 30, No. 2 (January 2006).

 "Salvatore Minichini and his Italian Bands in America" in Alta Musica, Vol. 26 (2006), 251-264.


Cornet Soloist, Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band (on period instruments), recording sessions in July 2014 for a CD featuring the music of Thomas Coates (forthcoming release in 2015).

Music Director and Conductor, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, 1997-2014

Solo Trumpeter, Baltimore's Bach Concert Series, 1996-2013.

Trumpet Soloist, performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Hertel's Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra of the Detmold Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig, Bielefeld, Paderborn, and Lemgo, Germany (January 2010).

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Caroline Doebler Bruckerl '25 Award, 2014
Presented annually to a Goucher faculty member "whose accomplishments in teaching, scholarly activity, and service deserve special recognition."

Certificate of Recognition, Frederick (MD) Board of County Commissioners, 2014
For outstanding contributions to the Frederick arts community as Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra for seventeen years (1997-2014).

Distinguished Alumna, University of Tennessee, 2009

Editorial Staff, International Trumpet Guild Journal, Since 2002