Batavia trumpeter wants to share the power of music

Provided PhotographElise Hoerbelt of Batavia, the daughter of Mark and Lauren Hoerbelt, is majoring in music education at Ithaca College, where she is a freshman. She is an accomplished musical performer in both vocals and instruments.

Elise Hoerbelt, as the daughter of music educators, likely knows a thing or two about what she calls the power of music. It’s that power the 2019 graduate of Batavia High School wants to share with and teach students about.

Elise, the daughter of Mark and Lauren Hoerbelt of Batavia, is majoring in music education at Ithaca College, where she is a freshman. She is an accomplished musical performer in both vocals and instruments. Her primary instrument is trumpet, but she also sings, plays French horn and violin.

She is also the 2019 recipient of the John Mikulski Career Music Scholarship from the Genesee-Wyoming Music Educators Association, and featured this week in the Association’s virtual concert series.

The performance features Elise playing trumpet in composer Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz’ “Andante et Allegro,” a chamber piece for trumpet and piano. The piece is popular among advanced high school and early college players.

The more than four-minute video allows Elise to show of the lyrical and majestic nature of the trumpet, giving each its own showcase.

The composition’s title represents different musical tempos – allegro, which is speedy, and andante, which is a slower tempo.

Elise has studied with Dawn Mark in elementary school, Jane Hagget in Middle and High School Band, and private trumpet lessons with Derek Reiss of Elba, who served in the U.S. Air Force Band for 24 years before retiring back to his home county. At Ithaca, Elise studies with Christopher Coletti, an internationally acclaimed trumpeter most known for his work with the legendary Canadian Brass.

“My teachers and friends have been my main influences in my musical career,” she said.

Elise said her favorite music experience so far was her first concert at Ithaca College.

“It was amazing getting to play with so many talented musicians and it was the first concert of my college career,” said Elise, who anticipates graduating in 2023.

Her favorite performance venue has been Kodak Hall at Eastman School of Music in Rochester. She performed there with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as part of its Festival High School Chorale, which appears during the RPO’s Holiday Pops Concerts.

Her goal is to become a music educator, like her parents. Mark Hoerbelt is a music teacher at Alexander Central School and Lauren Hoerbelt teaches at St. Joseph’s Regional School, Batavia.

“Since I aspire to be a music educator, I would like to be the conductor of a band of students someday,” Elise said.

At Batavia High, Elise was a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, including serving as its vice president); band, chorus, orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Beautyshop, String Sensations, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Elise also attended All-County and Area All-State on trumpet and voice and was a very active member of the drama and production club where she performed in many plays and musicals, including appearing as one of the Von Trapp children in “The Sound of Music” as a high school senior. She was also a member of the varsity tennis team.

The GWMEA is celebrating the talent of high school musicians and recent alumni in a series of social media performances.

The John Mikulski Career Music Scholarship is awarded to two students each year who desire to pursue a career in music. Each year, students interested in the scholarship audition in front of a panel of judges and complete an interview process.

Previous performances in the GWMEA series have included guitarist Lowell Chamberlain of Alexander, flutist Lydia Geiger of Batavia and singers Andrea Gilebart of Batavia and Nicholas Allen of Alexander.

Performances will be posted across the GWMEA’s social media platforms, including Facebook (@GWMEA), Instagram (@gwmeamusic) and Twitter (@gwmea).

The videos will also be available Thursdays on

The GWMEA, which includes 11 schools in Genesee and Wyoming counties, works to enhance students’ musical experiences through solo and ensemble opportunities.

The goal of the online performances is to recognize the student musicians while also creating educational opportunities for viewers.

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