Elizabeth Crawford is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Ball State University. In addition to teaching studio clarinet, pedagogy and literature, she is also a member of the Musical Arts Quintet. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she holds a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from Furman University, the Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan School of Music, and a doctorate from The Florida State University College of Music. A member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for ten years, she has also worked with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and currently performs regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. While living in the United Kingdom from 2002-2005, she was a finalist for several bass clarinet orchestra positions and performed extensively with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has recorded for the BBC, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Robert Craft, and in sessions at Abbey Road, Angel, and Olympic studios in London. She was co-producer of the Musical Arts Quintet’s new CD of works by American composers, American Breeze, recently released on the Albany Records label (TROY 1369).
In 1995, her performance at the International Clarinet Association’s conference was included on a “Highlights from ClarinetFest ‘95” CD, one of only a few performances selected from the conference. Dr. Crawford continues to perform frequently at ICA conferences and, in addition, is the Indiana State Chair for the International Clarinet Association and the coordinator of the High School Clarinet Competition. She has also performed at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the National Flute Association and been a soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the Ball State Wind Ensemble, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the prestigious Robert Marcellus master classes.
She has performed in some of the worlds’ major concert halls such as the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Zurich Tonhalle, La Scala, and for the Maggio Musicale in Florence. Her teachers include David Breeden, Dr. Robert Chesebro, Dr. Frank Kowalsky, Dr. John Mohler, Theodore Johnson, and Fred Ormand. Dr. Crawford has taught clarinet at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville; Jacksonville University; the University of North Florida; the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Monterey; the Hill House School in London; the Blue Lake Fine Arts camp; and the Music for All summer program.