Elizabeth Downing, M.M.


Teaching Areas
•Applied Flute
•Chamber Music
•Majoring in Music
•Flute Pedagogy
 
Flutist Elizabeth Downing is a soloist, chamber musician and a faculty member at The University of Maine where she teaches flute, coaches chamber music, teaches at Maine Summer Youth Music, offers a summer course in flute pedagogy for teachers, and teaches the Majoring in Music course for new majors. 
 
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. Flute studies included work with Claude Monteux, Thomas Nyfenger, Karen Yonovitz, David Whiteside, Helmut Zangerle, Susan Heath, Richard Jacobs, Merilee Popham and masterclasses with Sir James Galway, Shaul Ben-Meir, and Geoffrey Gilbert. 
 
Elizabeth has been the director of master classes for Julius Baker, Robert Dick and Carol Wincenc and has taught at the University of Colorado, Maine Summer Youth Music, the Northern Conservatory of Music, RDL Strings and at The Boulder Center for New Musical Directions. She has performed as a soloist with members of the New York Philharmonic in the Arcady Music Festival Orchestra, 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 performed with the Bangor Symphony, at the “Lemonwheel” Concert tour of the band PHISH, with the Windwood Trio, Highland Chamber Ensemble, Trio Camerata, Pastorale Winds and Cadenzato and performs with Emmy award winning performer Paul Sullivan. Elizabeth has organized the Arcady Music Youth Competitions and served as an adjudicator for music festivals and competitions throughout New England. 
 
In addition to her music, Elizabeth is in charge of Alumni Relations for the University of Maine Admissions Office and has served on the Boards of the University of Maine Alumni Association, American Folk Festival,  UMaine Patrons of the Arts, Arcady Music Festival, MELMAC Education Foundation and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. She is the advisor to the UMaine Tennis Club, Mainely Voices Acapella Ensemble, and the UMaine Flute Ensemble. Together with Al McNeilly and the Class of 1944 they founded the annual University of Maine Alumni Association Class Adoption Program in 2006, and in 2005 with Alumnus Doug Hall ’86  helped create the first Innovation Engineering Program and taught the inaugural classes at the UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation.
 
She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honorary Music Society, Tau Beta Sigma Music Sorority and Delta Phi Alpha Honorary German Fraternity and enjoys honorary memberships in the University of Maine Class of 1944, All Maine Women and Golden Key and is the recipient of the Vincent Hartgen and Stephen R. Gould Awards from the University of Maine. Her grandfather was a founding father of Alpha Gamma Rho at UMaine and has over thirty five family members who are graduates of the University of Maine. She lives in Brewer with her husband, Dr. Dennis K. Cox, Professor Emeritus of Music.