Lenelle Morse began studying the violin in her hometown of Memphis, TN. She graduated with a degree in violin performance and mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her teachers included Paul Biss, Pavel Kogan, James Buswell for chamber music, and Mimi Zweig, violin pedagogy.
For 13 years she served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as well as a founding member of the Freimann String Quartet, the centerpiece of the Freimann Chamber Music Series.
Morse became the orchestra director at Canterbury School, Fort Wayne and grew the program from 12 students in 1997 to 147 in 2011. Additionally, she served as the chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Canterbury School for 5 years.
Morse came to Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins in 2012 and taught a full studio of 25 private violin students including some who have placed in area competitions and have gone on to study violin performance in college. She also coached ensembles with the Peabody Performance Academy and taught weekly group class lessons.
She was the Director of the Young People’s String Program at Peabody Preparatory from 2019 to 2021.
As a freelance violinist in the Baltimore/Washington area, Morse played with the Baltimore Symphony, National Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony, Choral Arts of Washington and Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center. She regularly performed in a faculty string quartet on the Howard Community College recital series.
During the summers, she performs in the 1st violin section of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. Morse has volunteered with audience development and PR at Chautauqua by initiating the very successful program, “Meet the Musicians”.
Morse has moved to the Bellingham, WA area in order to be closer to family and continues to teach Peabody private students and group classes online. She remains a part of the Peabody community and is enjoying new musical opportunities on the West Coast.
The Young People’s String Program (YPSP) is a creative blend of Suzuki philosophy, Paul Rolland’s approach to movement in string playing, and traditional string pedagogy.