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In music, a tuning fork is a classic vibratory instrument providing true pitch, used as a guide to all other tonal relationships. In life, it is Elise Witt.
Born in Switzerland to survivors of Nazi Germany, raised in North Carolina, Elise makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia. Speaking fluent Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English and singing in more than a dozen languages, Elise’s passion for music and language has carried her around the nation and across the seas. “My work and my life are all about sound,” says the multi-instrumentalist and longtime member of the Children’s Music Network.
My song “Amoeba” won a Silver Award at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, awarded by the Songwriters Association of Washington!
From the Archives at The Children’s Music Network: Thank You by Elise Witt. “Thank You” was written during a residency at Garden Hills Elementary School in Atlanta GA. My students spoke 40 different languages among them, and we all shared the way our culture says “thank you.”
Lake Claire neighbors know Elise for her Impromptu Glorious Chorus™ community singing classes and workshops, which she has taught in our neighborhood since she moved to Atlanta in 1977 as a founding member of the Theatrical Outfit. Currently, Elise is teaching at the Candler Park Yoga Studio, and the next 6-week session runs Monday evenings 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Oct. 12 – Nov. 23.
“We’re All Born Singing:” that’s the name of a new CD and book from Atlanta-area composer and singer Elise Witt. It’s also her paradigm as a music educator. Witt will officially launch her album with a concert at Decatur’s Oakhurst Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, but she gave Amy Kiley a preview. Witt began by explaining how she herself was born singing.
“My voice is my sword,” says Atlanta singer/songwriter Elise Witt, who celebrates the release of her 12th CD with a concert at Oakhurst Baptist Church on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m. “I think this is my most activist album yet.”
Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Elise Witt has spent her entire adult life making a living as a singer. Those with deep Atlanta roots will remember her band from the ’80s, Elise Witt and the Small Family Orchestra, a staple act at community events and social justice demonstrations.
Elise Witt is the recipient of the William L. Womack Creative Arts Award, which acknowledges artistic expression of a person or group that is using their talent to build bridges of understanding between diverse communities. The award recognizes Elise’s work traveling around the world using music and song to create harmony among people of different cultures and ethnicities, and also recognizes her work at the Global Village Project, a school for teenage refugee girls, using singing to learn English and to stimulate creativity, inspire self confidence, and create community.
Apr 25, 2013 | by Ivy Rutzky
Sep 14, 2012 | by Times-Georgian
Apr 7, 2011 | by the Cary Academy
Atlanta Journal Constitution | From War to Warmth : Refugee Teens Find a Haven and Hope at Global Village School
Mar 14, 2010 | by Maureen Downey
Mar 5, 2004 | by a.z of eco risoeglio
Nov 20, 2002 | by Connections
Oct 29, 2001 | by Elise Witt & the Children’s Music Network
Dec 29, 1999 | by Children’s Music Network
Sep 1, 1999 | by Nicole Lee
Dec 20, 1997 | by Asa Tapley
Dec 9, 1995 | by Hawkinsville Dispatch Staff Writer
Feb 13, 1992 | by Chalk Talk Staff Writer