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Faculty - Elizabeth Downing

Flutist Elizabeth Downing is a soloist, chamber musician and a faculty member at The University of Maine where she teaches flute and chamber music. She received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from the University of Maine, and studied at the Mozarteum Conservatory of Performing Arts and the University of Salzburg in Austria. She received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of Colorado. Further studies include work with Claude Monteux and Thomas Nyfenger, and master classes with James Galway, Shaul Ben-Meir, and Geoffrey Gilbert. Elizabeth has been the director of master classes for Julius Baker, Robert Dick and Carol Wincenc. Elizabeth has taught at the Maine Summer Youth Music, the University of Colorado, and The Boulder Center for New Musical Directions. Elizabeth is a member of the Bangor Symphony and has performed with chamber ensembles such as the Trio Camerata, the Pastorale Winds, with Paul Sullivan and with members of the Bangor Symphony at the “Lemonwheel” Concert tour of the band PHISH. She has performed as a soloist with members of the New York Philharmonic in the Arcady Music Festival, with the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, and with the Haydn Festival Orchestra under Claude Monteux. Elizabeth has appeared on “Morning Pro Musica”, WGBH, and Boston, “Live from Studio B “and” Bed and Breakfast on Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Elizabeth has organized the Arcady Music Youth Competitions, and acts as an adjudicator for the Bangor Symphony Youth Competitions as well as music festivals throughout New England. Memberships include the National Flute Association, Maine Music Teacher Association, National Music Teachers Association, and the Music Educators National Conference.

In addition to her music, Elizabeth Downing is the Senior Associate Director of New Student Programs at The University of Maine. Her responsibilities include the Visitors Center, the Telecounseling Program and enrollment management events such as Open House Programs and New Student Orientation.

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School of Performing Arts
5788 Class of 1944 Hall, Rm. 208
Orono, Maine 04469-5788
Phone: 207.581.4703 | Fax: 207.581.4701E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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