Meet the Musicians Violin
Orchestra member since 2010
Hometown: Sioux Center, Iowa
Education: New England Conservatory
Studied with: James Buswell, Vera Beths
Instrument: Elayna plays a 1690 Dutch violin that has been restored several times.
Elayna and her husband, Zeger Verhage, have three children: David, Lukas and Tessa Joy. One of their favorite family restaurants is Dewey's Pizza in Shaker Heights. You'll often find Elayna baking and reading, sometimes accompanied by her favorite classical works. She has been a member of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and has participated in many summer music festivals including Interlochen and Encore. She and her family enjoy the outdoor offerings of Cleveland's park system and the rich cultural settings of the University Circle area.