As an artist -teacher based in Norman, Oklahoma, 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.
Dr. Robinson currently serves on faculty at Missouri Southern State University, where she teaches both applied flute and music appreciation. Prior to her 2017 appointment to MSSU, she served on faculty at Kansas State University as an instructor of music appreciation and music of the world. Additionally, she has served as one-semester instructors of flute at both Kansas State University (KSU) and Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU).
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 Great Plains Chapter, the Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair, the Florida Flute Convention, Virginia Tech University, the University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University, Butler Community College, SWOSU, and KSU. She has held positions in the Salina Symphony and the Muncie Symphony, and has performed with Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas, Highland Plains Orchestra, the Kokomo Symphony, the Marion Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera, and the Italian Opera Festival in Los Angeles. Tornado Alley Flutes recently performed at the CMS National Convention in San Antonio.
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. Specialty topics include "Extended Techniques for Dummies," as well as, "Yoga for Musicians/Flutists," and "The Flute Works of Toru Takemitsu." She will give a presentation about constructing a freelance career at both the MidSouth and Texas Flute Festivals this spring.
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. 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.