Corie Eliason

Corie E.

Chicago, IL

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Corie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Corie began the violin at age 4 in Sacramento, California. Some of her accomplishments include winning Colorado’s Loveland Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Wyoming Festival for Strings Concerto Competition and being two time winner of the Utah State University Concerto Competition. In 2010, Corie took first place at the MTNA Regional Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. She went on to compete at Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she represented the Southwest Region of the U.S. Corie received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Utah State University, where she studied under Rebecca McFaul of the Fry Street Quartet. She sat Concertmaster of the USU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors Sergio Bernal and Craig Jessop. She graduated with her Master of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, having studied under Blair Milton, violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Corie enjoys playing solo, chamber, and orchestral music and has performed with a number of orchestras across the country including Washington Sinfonietta and American Festival Orchestra.

Over the years and with varying chamber groups, she has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hermitage Museum Amsterdam, Kasteel Amerongan, Caine Performance Hall, and Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. As former first violinist of one of Utah’s premiere young chamber ensembles, Corie’s international debut was made with the Tribeca Quartet at Zeistermusikdagen in The Netherlands in 2016. With Tribeca, Corie has received instruction from renowned chamber ensembles including the Emerson, Alban Berg, Jerusalem, Brentano, and Pacifica Quartets. During her studies at Utah State University and Northwestern University, Corie received instruction from the Fry Street and Dover Quartets, respectively.

Corie grew up in Colorado and Utah and has a deep love and appreciation for the mountains. She enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking and canyoneering. Besides being in the outdoors, some of her hobbies include playing tennis, reading, and cooking with her husband.

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Violin and Viola Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Private School

Violin Instructor
Feb 2010 - Aug 2015
Corie's Violin Studio

Private violin studio in Logan, UT and the Washington, D.C. metro area.


Master of Music, Violin Performance
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
Northwestern University
Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2008 - Dec 2013
Utah State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Certification
Jun 2013
Suzuki Association of America


MTNA National Finalist
Mar 2010
Music Teachers National Association


Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jun 2013

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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5 Reviews

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Lexi Mar 13, 2018
Violin · In studio

Corie is not only a world class musician, but also a world class teacher. Her approach is very thoughtful and she will tailor your lessons to best fit your child's needs and growth (and she teaches adults too). Her warmth, personal investment in the student, and great sense of humor makes lessons both engaging and fun. She loves kids of all ages and is someone you can count on. If you are ready to work hard and want a teacher that will be able to open all sorts of amazing musical opportunities to you, this is the teacher for you. Studying with Corie is a great opportunity and I wholeheartedly recommend lessons with her!

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Nicole Feb 8, 2018
Violin · In studio

Corie was my daughter's first private violin teacher, and she was the perfect foundation for not just the love of the instrument but also the precise technique and skills needed to develop a true musician. Even years later, my daughter's current teachers are impressed with the solid foundation she received under Corie's tutelage. Corie made learning a challenging instrument fun at an age-appropriate level without giving up on any high standards. Whether it was learning to read music, developing ear and intonation, or perfecting a bow hold, Corie had multiple ways to teach, to address habits and difficulties, and to share experiences with the larger studio in group lessons. We still use her teaching reminders and phrases during practices sessions. With Corie's violin lessons, you get more than just basic instruction; you get a well-rounded introduction to true musicianship.

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Jesse Feb 1, 2018
Violin · In studio

Fantastic experience working with Corie. She is intelligent, patient and a beautiful musician. Couldn’t recommend more highly!

Kristen Feb 1, 2018
Violin · In studio

Corie is such a great teacher! She pushes you to challenge yourself and helps you reach your goals and take your skills to the next level and beyond. Five stars, would definitely recommend!

Dianne Jan 30, 2018
Violin · In studio

I came to Corie with some very specific concerns on what I would like to improve with my violin playing. Her approach, expertise, and resources to guide and help me become a better musician are on point. Her patience and focus during the lesson is wonderful and I leave knowing exactly what my goals are for that week. So grateful to be working with her!

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