Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson is a molecular biologist turned composer who started writing music after accompanying her son to years of composition lessons. She writes solo, chamber and orchestra music, with a special interest in music for strings. Her works have been performed by the Marylhurst Symphony, the Pacific Crest Youth Sinfonietta, the BRAVO Youth Orchestra of Portland and the Community Music Center Adult Orchestra. Several of her chamber works have been performed at concerts organized by Cascadia Composers and she is one of the Crazy Jane Composers. She has adjudicated Composition Celebrations for the Oregon Music Teachers Association. Elizabeth teaches music theory at the Music and Arts Academy in Camas, Washington. She has studied composition with Dr. Robert Priest and Tomas Svoboda and Jonathan Newman, and is currently studying with Kenji Bunch.