A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Elizabeth Janzen currently serves as Associate Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University – Kingsville and as Second Flute in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Her playing has been hailed in the New York Times as “…athletic, graceful…” and she has established herself as a prominent musician, teacher and clinician across Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Elizabeth began her flute studies at the age of eleven, and her passion for music soon propelled her to a national competition level. She pursued formal studies at the University of Toronto, with Susan Hoeppner and at the Manhattan School of Music, where she completed her Master and Doctorate degrees with Linda Chesis. In 2007 she was invited to be the first flute fellow in The Academy, a prestigious post-graduate program developed by Carnegie Hall, the Weill Music Institute, and The Juilliard School.
As a winner of New York’s prestigious Artist International Competition, Elizabeth gave her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2005. Her performance, which included a world premiere by J. Mark Stambaugh, was praised in the New York Concert Review for the “…velvety tone radiating from her flute…” and her “…impressive technical abilities…flair and wit with the musical phrase….” Also that year, Elizabeth was featured as the soloist in Pierre Boulez’s “…explosante-fixe…,” conducted by the composer himself. She has since given solo performances in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and has performed as guest soloist with the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Chelsea Symphony and the TAMUK Wind Symphony and Concert Band.
As an orchestral musician, Elizabeth has had the privilege of working on both contemporary and period music with some of the world’s most recognized conductors, including David Robertson, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Christopher Hogwood. She has performed with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony and the Chelsea Symphony, and is presently 2nd flutist in the Victoria Symphony, Texas.
A dedicated chamber musician, Elizabeth toured across the United States for several years as a member of The Fireworks Ensemble, an amplified contemporary chamber ensemble and internationally as a member of the ACJW Alumni Ensemble. Engagements have taken her to Canada, Japan, India, Germany and Mexico as performer and clinician. She currently performs as a member of the Canadian ensemble Dark by Five as well as the Vista Trio, a flute, saxophone and piano ensemble.
Equally devoted to her work as a teacher, Elizabeth’s students have been invited to participate in prestigious programs including the Imani Winds Festival, the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir, the Brevard Festival and the BUTI-Tanglewood Festival. Elizabeth is also a frequent lecturer on education and interactive performances, having presented at conferences across the United States. She has served as a flute teacher, chamber coach and teaching artist for many acclaimed institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, the New York Summer Music Festival, the New York Philharmonic, and Carnegie Hall. Since 2012, Elizabeth has served as Associate Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University – Kingsville.