Elena Butcher was born in The Netherlands and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. She started playing the flute when she was 12 years old at MacArthur Middle School in Maryland. She moved to the northern Nevada area in 1996, where she also learned to play the alto and tenor saxophone in the Jazz band at Dayton High School. She played in solo and ensemble festivals and made the honor band each year in high school.
After graduating from Dayton High School in 1999, she returned to The Netherlands, and joined the Harmonie Orkest Concordia Treebeek.
She moved back to Northern Nevada in 2006, but took a break from music for a few years. In 2012 she joined the Capitol City Community Band, and performed with that band for 6 years before joining the Reno Wind Symphony in 2018.
When she is not working or playing music, she likes to spend time with her husband John and her two young children, Henry and Evelyn. They like to go to the playground, and enjoy hiking, swimming and camping.