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Georgia Southern music faculty members receive Global Music Award for new CD

Larisa Elisha, D.M.A., and Steven Elisha, D.M.A., faculty members in the Department of Music at Georgia Southern who form the acclaimed classical group, Elaris Duo, recently received the Silver Medal-Outstanding Achievement Award at the Global Music Awards.

Elaris Duo was awarded in the duo and new release categories for “Duo Virtuoso II – Works for Violin and Cello,” a colorful program of 20th-century European masterpieces written between the two World Wars.

“We are very humbled, honored and proud to receive a Global Music Award,” Larisa Elisha said. “It is very exciting to receive appreciation and international recognition for our duo and this unique duo program featured on our recent MSR-Classics release.”

The Elishas have gained national and international attention with performances at the Bergen International Festival, Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Summit Music Festival and Sunflower Music Festival.

Steven Elisha serves as the head of the string area, director of orchestras and conductor for the Georgia Southern Symphony, and Larisa Elisha is coordinator of upper strings studies. They both joined Georgia Southern in 2011.

Established in 2011, the Global Music Awards is one of the most prestigious international music competitions and celebrates independent musicians from more than 62 countries.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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