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Elizabeth O'Bannon

Elizabeth O'Bannon

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    About me, Vera V:
    Violinist, teacher, orchestral musician, solo/chamber music performer.
    I've spent most of my musical life recreating the composer's intentions and following the baton of a conductor's inspirations; seemed like a road with an end. Now I've thrown the GPS and music maps away; on a new path and figuring it out all over again, making it up as I tra-la-la-along.
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    Elizabeth O’Bannon (a.k.a. “Vera Violin”) is the concertmaster of the South Arkansas Symphony, the assistant concertmaster of the Shreveport Symphony, and next season will be the new concertmaster for the Marshall (TX) Symphony. By day she is a faculty instructor for the Talented Arts Program in Bossier Parish. This season she also served as a guest concertmaster for the Southland (CA) and Monroe Symphony Orchestras She is a member of the West Edge String Quartet, recently performing three world premier silent film scores by Kermit Poling ( “House of Dr. Caligari,” “Nosferatu,” and “Tarzan”). In 2011 the WESQ released a CD “Christmas Around the World” (Centaur label), which has been regularly featured on NPR’s Performance Today.
    Ms. O’Bannon is a member of the NWLA Artist Roster, and is the current winner of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award; she also received an “Arts Ambassador” grant for “California Dreaming”, a week-long residency with the Southland (CA) Symphony. She has also written and produced several grant projects for Bossier Parish, including “Seasons 4 Schools” (an art/music collaboration), “Stairways To Schools” (String Trio Artists In Residence); and “Bossier Jam’n Bread” a chamber music series; in 2011 she received an artist award from the LA Division of the Arts for her DVD project “Vera Violin: From Practice to Performance”.
    As Vera Violin, O’Bannon has produced and participated in a NEA-funded project for the South Arkansas Symphony, “Classical Connections”. This season created a new violin ensemble, “Fiddle Faddle”, which incorporates fiddle tunes and as well as movement and original musical accompaniments.

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Member since
Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:00
Last online
8 months ago