Elizabeth Lavender graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she studied cello with Leighton Conkling. She has done graduate work in music education and cello performance at Hartt School of Music, including participation in cello master classes under David Wells. Beth is a member of Allegro Orchestra Lancaster and also serves on its board. She is an active free-lance cellist in the Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg areas, performing with various choral groups such as the Harrisburg Choral Society, the Grantham Oratorio Society, the Harrisburg Singers and the Wheatland chorale. She has been a member of the Huntington (WV) Chamber Orchestra and is the former assistant principal cellist with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Beth retired after a 35 year career as a public school string teacher and orchestra director, primarily in the Hempfield School District, where she worked with string students at all levels, grades 4-12. She has served as guest conductor for the Central Dauphin Honors Orchestra, the Dauphin County Elementary Orchestra, and the LLMEA Middle School County Orchestra, and has been on the faculty of the Strings Excell Elementary String Camp at Elizabethtown College for over 20 years. In the fall of 2017, she began conducting Prelude Strings, the youngest of Allegro’s youth ensembles, and in 2018 will also direct Intermezzo, Allegro NextGen’s middle school orchestra. As a clinician for Boosey and Hawkes Publishing, she presented string teaching workshops at the Colorado State Music Music Educators Conference, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference and the Eastern Division Music Educators Conference, and was on the faculty of the Institute for String Teaching held at George Mason University. Beth lives in Landisville, PA, where both she and her husband, Steve, maintain very active private cello studios.