Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, respectively. Her principal teachers include Igor Markstein, Alvaro Gomez, and Routa Kroumovitch, a former pupil of David Oistrakh.


Since arriving in Michigan in 2008, Ms. Gelzer-Govatos has performed with a number of local and regional orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Michigan Opera Theatre, Adrian, Birmingham-Bloomfield, Saginaw, Oakland, Midland, and Battle Creek Symphonies, Horizon Strings Group, White Pines Entertainment, CutTime Simfonica, and Arborata, a small chamber orchestra, of which she was a founding member.

She has a particular love of early music, and has received instruction from members of Tafelmusik in Toronto and studied at Oberlin College’s summer Baroque Performance Institute and the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and in the past several years has been involved in many local projects featuring historic instruments and performance. Ms. Gelzer-Govatos is a current member of the Michigan Bach Collective, and of Ensemble l'Invenzione, a quartet comprised of period strings and recorder. 


Phoebe enjoys playing and listening to a wide variety of music, maintains a private violin studio at her home in Ann Arbor, and likes to involve herself in creative endeavors of all kinds.