A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Elisabeth Potthoff has been on the faculty of the Settlement Music School and the Doylestown School of Music and Arts. She graduated with a masterís degree in flute performance in 2006 from Carnegie Mellon University, where also she finished her undergraduate degree. While there, she completed a minor in architecture history, was a fencing TA, built a small robot that was part of a please touch exhibit at the 2003 RoboCup's first American Open, was the CMU flute studio webmaster, worked as a graduate student assistant to Jeanne Baxtresser and in the university library, maintained a 4.0, and hardly ever slept. She has also been a recipient of the Presser Foundation Scholarship and the Harry G. Archer award.
A substitute with the New World Symphony, she has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and the Brevard Music Center, playing under conductors such as John Williams, Peter Oundjian, Sir Andrew Davis, Roberto Abbado, David Zinman, Stefan Sanderling, and Jeffrey Tate. Solo experiences include performances with the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, the George Mason University Wind Ensemble as the winner of the Judy Lapple Flute Competition, and the Philadelphia Biblical University Orchestra as the winner of the Young Artists Competition. She was a student of Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza at Carnegie Mellon, and prior to that, she studied with Adeline Tomasone and Jeffrey Khaner.
Potthoff spent four years in the Air Force, stationed in Oklahoma and the United Kingdom, where she worked as an intelligence analyst in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She was the 752 OSS Airman of the Quarter at Tinker AFB in 2011. Her husband, Brace, is also an Air Force veteran now attending Cairn University for his master's degree, and they have adopted two dogs from the shelter, appropriately named Chewie and Mr Grumples.