"I am insatiably curious about all facets of music history and performance and relish the opportunity to spark that same curiosity in my students."
Elisa Koehler is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College. Formerly the Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, she is also a professional trumpeter active in period instrument performance. Dr. Koehler is the author of Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press) and A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Rowman & Littlefield). She also edited new performing editions of the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concerti with historical commentary for Carl Fischer Music in 2016. As a trumpeter, Dr. Koehler has performed and recorded with the Bach Sinfonia, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band. She earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee, and Bachelor’s degrees in both music education and trumpet performance from Peabody. In 2014 she earned Goucher’s Caroline Doebler Bruckerl ‘25 Award, which recognizes an exemplary faculty member in the areas of teaching, scholarly activity, and service.
Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress
A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)
Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (IndianaUniversity Press, 2014)
"Salvatore Minichini" in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Second Edition (2010).
"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.
Joseph Haydn: Concerto in E-flat Major for Trumpet and Piano, Hob. Vlle: 1 (Carl Fischer Music Publications – W2680), 2016. Edition including historical commentary and original cadenzas.
J. N. Hummel: Concerto in E Major [and E-flat Major] for Trumpet and Piano, S. 49 (Carl Fischer Music Publications – W2682), 2016. Edition including historical commentary inoriginal (E) and transposed (E-flat) keys.
Rameau: Overture to Naïs (1749). Edition for modern chamber orchestra, 2015. Premiered by the Goucher College Orchestra, November 2015.
F. J. Keller: Fantasia on “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” (1881). Arrangement for Cornet andPiano in ITG Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4 (June 2009), 27-30. [Annual ITGJ Sheet Music Supplement]
Viva Italia: Sacred Music in 17th Century Rome Duke Vespers Ensemble, Mallarmé Chamber Players, Washington Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble; Brian Schmidt, Conductor (MSR Classics MS 1580) 2016; Cornetto.
Thomas Coates: The Father of Band Music in America. Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band, Douglas Hedwig, Conductor (MSR Classics MS 1556), 2015; Solo Cornet.
Exhibits or Performances
Cornet Soloist and Conductor, Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band (on period instruments),Vintage Band Festival, Northfield, MN, July 2016.
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).
External Awards, Honors, Grants
Certificate of Recognition, Frederick (MD) Board of County Commissioners, 2014 For outstanding contributions to the Frederick arts community as Music Director andConductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra for seventeen years (1997-2014).
Distinguished Alumna, University of Tennessee, 2009
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
“Banda Minichini: An Italian Band in America” invited presentation at the International Wind Music History Conference sponsored by the Historic Brass Society and the Internationale Gesellschaft zurErforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik (IGEB) in Northfield, Minnesota on July 29, 2006.
“Playing with History” invited presentation at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim,California on June 2, 2016. Also presented at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville on October 18, 2016 and Tennessee Technological University on October 20, 2016.
“How the Cornet Evolved into the Modern Trumpet” invited presentation at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on May 24, 2014.
Academic or Professional Associations
Editorial Staff, International Trumpet Guild Journal, Since 2002