Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Elizabeth Wolfrey is a flutist and teacher currently based in Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to teaching and performing professionally, she is studying flute with Valerie Watts and is the studio graduate teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
As an educator, Elizabeth teaches flutists of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to learning an instrument or someone with musical experience looking to learn a secondary instrument, she strives to create a unique curriculum for each student based on their needs and goals. Her philosophy of teaching is driven by her desire to make learning a musical instrument accessible to everyone that wants to learn. A frequent phrase in her studio is that “It’s never too late to start!”
As an academic, Elizabeth’s research focus involves gender identity and diversity in the field of classical music. She is passionate about elevating the music of female, queer, and non-binary composers through performance and theoretical analyses. She has written and presented projects on gender bias and discrimination among professional orchestras and organizations. Recent analysis projects examine the use of gestures, topics, and tropes in the music of female composers in the Classical and Romantic eras.
One of her most recent collaborative projects includes the formation of the Neumae Trio with oboist Emily Rixstine and pianist Jared Rixstine. The Neumae Trio formed in 2018 as part of a project to explore, highlight, and perform works written for flute, oboe, and piano. Though instrumentation is flexible among the three players, the goal is the same: to perform music composed for instruments that so often find themselves partnered in larger settings. This partnering is often realized as part of a larger texture in orchestral works and woodwind quintets but chamber works for these voices is often left to gather dust. Neumae Trio strives to explore works outside of the canon to expand chamber music in a more inclusive way. Their current program seeks to elevate the voices of composers from varying backgrounds and features works by Madeleine Dring, Alberto Ginastera, William Grant Still, and Robert Delanoff.
Elizabeth has been fortunate to have performed in masterclasses with Sir James Galway, Jim Walker, Robert Dick, Yossi Arnheim, Tadeu Coehlo, Sam Coles, and Greg Pattillo. As a chamber musician, Elizabeth has performed with the Eufaula Winds in a masterclass for Lisa Kaplan, Matthew Duvall, and Yvonne Lam of Eighth Blackbird.
When she isn’t playing flute, you can find Elizabeth hanging out with her dog, Lili, eating pasta, or at the gym lifting weights (it’s a lot of work holding up a flute!)
Elizabeth teaches flute lessons to children and adults in Norman, Moore, and the Oklahoma City area. Email her at email@example.com to schedule a free trial lesson or book a performance!
B.M. Flute Performance, Christopher Newport University, 2015
M.M. Flute Performance, University of Tennessee, 2017
Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy, University of Tennessee, 2017
M.M. Music Theory University of Oklahoma, in progress
D.M.A. Flute Performance University of Oklahoma, in progress
Elizabeth currently performs on a Burkart Elite flute with a 14k Burkart headjoint and a Burkart Elite piccolo.