Having enjoyed playing piano and recorder during primary school, Elise continued her musical education at Blackburn High School, where she began playing the bassoon. Elise studied at the Victorian College of the Arts with Harold Evans, and then played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra before joining Orchestra Victoria as Associate Principal Bassoon. During 1992 Elise furthered her studies in The Netherlands with Joep Terway (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) with the support of the Willem van Otterloo Scholarship. During 2000 Elise was guest Principal Bassoon for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, before her appointment to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2001 as Associate Principal Bassoon. Elise enjoys playing chamber music and is currently Head of Bassoon at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).