Name: Elise Lasker
Class of 2017
Hailing from Sugar Land, Texas, Elise Lasker has a disposition as sweet as her hometown suggests. Elise is currently in her second season of the SSO, and as a sophomore in the oboe section has tackled a wide variety of challenging repertoire. Although she hasn’t yet declared a major, Elise has already proven herself at Stanford to be a brilliant, caring, and talented member of the Class of 2017.
How and when did you get your start on the oboe? Did you play any other instruments beforehand?
I started playing [the oboe] in the 6th grade, in band class. I played piano for a few years before that.
What’s an enjoyable experience or funny anecdote you’d like to share from your time in SSO?
Well, hanging out in the oboe section is generally fun. One anecdote is that Max and Edward [the fellow oboists in the SSO] sing a lot of musical snippets during breaks.
What’s an interesting, weird, and non-musical fact about you?
I had a childhood fear of condiments (especially mayo and ketchup).
Do you have a cause or passion that you care deeply about?
I love people [laughs]! This may come as a surprise, since I am not the most outspoken person ever. I’m pretty quiet, but I love listening to people. I’m working on becoming a peer counselor at the Bridge, and I’m a small group leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. If anyone ever wants to talk, I’m all ears!