Dr. Elizabeth Robinson holds the Diana Osterhout piccolo chair of the Topeka Symphony and serves as an instructor of flute at Kansas Wesleyan University. An active teacher and performer, Dr. Robinson has given masterclasses and performed recitals through the United States. She is founding member of Tornado Alley Flutes, a professional flute ensemble based in the heart of tornado alley. She has held positions in the Salina Symphony (KS), the Muncie Symphony (IN), the Kokomo Symphony (IN), the Marion Symphony (IN), Wichita Grand Opera (KS), and the Italian Opera Festival (CA), as well as a variety of chamber groups. Most recently, the Bauson Duo (for flute and harp) performed a recital series in Virginia and Oklahoma.
Locally, Robinson maintains an active private flute studio. She has appeared as a guest artist throughout the midwest, teaching masterclasses and workshops ranging from Extended Techniques for Dummies to Yoga for Flutists/Musicians.
As a proponent of new music, Robinson is an officer and founder of the Flute New Music Consortium, an organization devoted to expanding the flute repertoire. Their first commission, Confluence by Dr. Zhou Long, was completed in Fall 2015, and the second commission, a sonata for flute and piano by Carter Pann, is anticipated in Spring 2018. Dr. Robinson coordinates the FNMC’s annual New Music Composition Competition and regularly performs its winning works.
Winner of the 2012 National Flute Association Graduate Research Competition, her dissertation Voice, Itinerant, and Air: The Solo Flute Works of Toru Takemitsu, was presented at the 2012 NFA Convention. She has given presentations and workshops at flute festivals in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Oklahoma.
A native of Carthage, Tennessee, Dr. Robinson holds degrees in flute performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (B.M.), San Francisco State University (M.M.), and Ball State University (D.A.). Her major teachers have included Linda Lukas of the San Francisco Symphony and Dr. Mihoko Watanabe.
In addition to an active performance schedule, Robinson teaches music appreciation and music of the world at Kansas State University, in both face-to-face and online formats. She has extensive classroom experience with a wide variety of courses both in and out of the music discipline, as well as diverse student populations. She has made something of a specialty out of working with first-generation and at-risk students, meeting each student interaction with personalized attention and enthusiasm.