Let's knock down that wall that separates the audience from the music on the stage....
Elizabeth O’Bannon is a classically trained violinist who has spent most of her career on the orchestra stage. She is currently concertmaster for the Marshall (TX), Monroe (LA) and South Arkansas Symphony orchestras, and is the longtime resident CM and assistant CM for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with all groups-- most recently performing the Four Seasons” (Vivaldi) with the Marshall Symphony in November, 2016.
As a member of the West Edge String Quartet, she premiered three silent film scores for the area, and in 2011 produced CD (Christmas Around the World) for Centaur records. In fall 2015, O’Bannon also released a short violin/piano CD “Reflections” with Maestro Kermit Poling, as a fund-raiser for the Marshall Symphony.
O’Bannon has been educator for the Shreveport Bossier region (Bossier Talented Arts program/Bossier schools). She produced several grant programs for the students and community. More recently, she has developed/produced a new music/movement program “Fiddle Faddle” for students. (See Fiddle Faddle page for more.)
The alter-ego personaVERA VIOLIN emerged as an alternative to the stuffy musician/teacher on the stage and in the classroom. As Vera, she is always looking for ways to make music an interactive experience for audiences.
An inspiration to buy a 5 string electric violin turned into a new direction as an arranger, composer, singer-songwriter. Vera currently performs her own one man band show in area venues and schools. She currently performs on a Yamaha EV250, a four string Yamaha YEV, and various instruments in the sink---along with her faithful 19th century friend Nick (with a great French accent.)