Elaine Gervais


Elaine is a native of Colonie, NY and has been active in local professional music performance since graduating from Colonie Central High School. Elaine is a cum laude graduate of the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in music performance (viola) and secondary education. She completed a Masters of Science degree in Special Education from Sage Graduate School.  Elaine is a permanently certified teacher in K-12 music education, N-6 education, and K-12 special education.  She taught strings and was the orchestra director at Shaker High School and was a special education teacher at Lisha Kill Middle School until moving to the NYS Education Department (NYSED) as an Associate in the Office of Special Education.

She became a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO) shortly after graduating from high school and enjoyed a 30 year tenure in ASO as a member of the violin section and principal second violin retiring in May 2000. Elaine currently performs as principal second violinist with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra (2000-present), a professional mentor with the Skidmore College-Community Orchestra (2000-present), and violinist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra (2002-present).   She has performed in local area music venues as an orchestra member for music groups including the Moody Blues, and for entertainment stars such as Pavarotti, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett and many others.  She performed on Mariah Carey’s television special as well as in Mariah’s “Hero” video on MTV and YouTube.

Elaine retired from NYSED in July 2014 and currently teaches violin and viola at the Patrizio Center for the Arts.