Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Dr. Elizabeth Janzen , Assistant Professor of Music, Flute


Dr. Elizabeth Janzen, Assistant Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University Kingsville.

 A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Elizabeth Janzen’s playing has been hailed in the New York Times as “…athletic, graceful…”  Dr. Janzen has established herself as a prominent chamber and contemporary musician.  She began her flute studies at the age of eleven, and her passion for music soon propelled her to a national competition level.  Dr. Janzen pursued formal studies at the University of Toronto, with Susan Hoeppner and at the Manhattan School of Music, where she completed her Master and Doctorate degrees with Linda Chesis. 

As a winner of New York’s prestigious Artist International Competition, Dr. Janzen gave her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2005.  Her performance, which included a world premiere by J. Mark Stambaugh, was praised in the New York Concert Review for the “…velvety tone radiating from her flute…” and her “…impressive technical abilities…flair and wit with the musical phrase….”   In 2007 she was invited to be the first flute fellow in The Academy, a prestigious new post-graduate program developed by Carnegie Hall, the Weill Music Institute and The Juilliard School.  Since then, Dr. Janzen has been in high demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and clinician across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Janzen has had the privilege of working closely with some of the world’s most recognized conductors.  She has performed solo flute in Pierre Boulez’s “...explosante-fixe...” under the composer’s baton, and she has worked on both contemporary and period music with conductors as diverse as David Robertson, Sir Simon Rattle and Christopher Hogwood.  Her interests in promoting contemporary repertoire and community programming have also led to close collaborations with esteemed artists including Paula Robison, Orli Shaham and Dawn Upshaw. 

A dedicated chamber musician, Dr. Janzen tours nationally throughout the year as a member of The Fireworks Ensemble, an amplified contemporary chamber ensemble.  She plays a double role in the ensemble: in addition to her flute duties, she designs and leads the ensemble’s outreach performances including master classes and family concerts.   Several times a year Elizabeth also tours internationally with the ACJW Alumni Ensemble; past projects have included performances in Japan, India, Germany and Mexico. 

Equally devoted to her work as a teacher, Dr. Janzen’s students have been invited to participate in prestigious programs including the Brevard Festival and the Tanglewood Festival.  She has served as a flute teacher, chamber coach and teaching artist for many acclaimed institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, the New York Summer Music Festival, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.

Contact Information

Music Department
BMUS 208
MSC 174 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-4562
fax: 361-593-2816
email: elizabeth.janzen@tamuk.edu
Personal Website: http://www.tamuk.edu/music/

This page was last updated on: January 24, 2014