Dr. Elizabeth Robinson is a modern portfolio musician who is committed to her performance craft, is an enthusiastic educator, and a passionate champion for new music.
She is the Assistant Professor of Flute at Missouri Southern State University. A dynamic soloist, orchestral, and chamber performer, Robinson currently holds the Diana Osterhout piccolo chair of the Topeka Symphony. She has performed as a soloist with the Kansas State Wind Symphony and Woodwind Ensemble. Robinson is a founding member of Tornado Alley Flutes, a professional flute ensemble based in the heart of tornado alley. Her performances have included the National Flute Association, the College Music Society's National Conference, Virginia Tech University, the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Kansas State University. She has held positions in the Salina Symphony and the Muncie Symphony, and has performed with Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas, Highland Plains Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and the Italian Opera Festival in Los Angeles.
As an advocate of new music, Robinson is a founding member of the Flute New Music Consortium (FNMC), an organization devoted to expanding the flute repertoire, and currently serves as Vice President. Their first commission, Confluence by Dr. Zhou Long, was completed in Fall 2015, and the second commission, Giantess for flute and piano by Carter Pann, was premiered in March 2018. Dr. Robinson coordinates the FNMC’s annual New Music Composition Competition and regularly performs its winning works. FNMC has received multiple awards, including the NFA's New Arts Venture Competition and the Illinois Entrepreneurship Competition.
Robinson has appeared as a guest artist throughout the midwest, teaching masterclasses and workshops. Her workshops are designed for a wide range of audiences. Student and amateur audience may enjoy "Extended Techniques for Dummies," or "Yoga for Musicians/Flutists." More specialized topics include"The Flute Works of Toru Takemitsu" and this year's, "So You Want to Freelance: How to Survive a Good Idea," which was presented at the Mid-South and Texas Flute Festivals in Spring 2018.
Winner of the 2012 NFA 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. She serves as the CMS Forums Editorial Board member for Scholarship and Research, and frequently submits to Flutist Quarterly, the NFA publication.
A native of Carthage, Tennessee, Dr. Robinson holds degrees in flute performance from Drake University (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 has extensive classroom experience with a wide variety of courses both in and out of the music discipline, as well as diverse student populations.