Professor of Music Performance (Clarinet)
Clarinetist Elizabeth Crawford is professor of music performance at Ball State University. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she holds degrees from Furman University, magna cum laude, and the University of Michigan School of Music. She earned her doctorate at the Florida State University College of Music, where her doctoral treatise “The Chalumeau in Eighteenth-Century Vienna: Works for Soprano and Soprano Chalumeau,” investigated the rare music of the primarily Italian court musicians working in the Habsburg empire. Prior to her tenure at Ball State, Dr. Crawford was a long-time member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra where, in addition to performing with the orchestra, she was an active chamber musician and teacher. While living in London from 2002-2005, she performed extensively with virtually all of the major orchestras in the United Kingdom and recorded at the BBC, Abbey Road, Angel, and Olympic studios. In 1995, her performance at the International Clarinet Association’s conference was included on a Highlights from ClarinetFest ‘95 CD, one of only a few performances selected from the conference. She remains an active performer at ICA conferences and has held positions as the organization’s advertising coordinator and coordinator of the High School Solo Competition. She has performed and taught at festivals and universities throughout the world including Poland, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, and South Africa. Notable conference performances include those at the International Double Reed Society, National Flute Association, European Clarinet Association, College Music Society, International Viola Congress, American Viola Society, and the Clarimania Festival in Wrocław, Poland.
An avid proponent of music for E-flat clarinet, Dr. Crawford has commissioned music for the instrument by composers Lori Ardovino, Jenni Brandon, and Scott McAllister, and has transcribed the five works by 19th century Italian composer Giuseppe Cappelli for E-flat clarinet and piano, available on the Potenza label. Her editions of Cappelli’s four works for B-flat clarinet and piano are available from BRS Music in Indianapolis. A CD of American music for E-flat clarinet, Instant Winners, was released on the Albany Records label in fall 2018. A 2020-21 recipient of a Fulbright Core Award to the Lisbon Polytechnic in Portugal, she will share her expertise on the piccolo clarinets through teaching and performing.
In addition to her interest in new music for E-flat clarinet, Dr. Crawford is a founding member of Violet, her duo with violist Katrin Meidell. Together they have commissioned over 130 new works for the ensemble, greatly adding to the repertoire of this underserved combination. A CD of music was released in February 2019 on the Albany Records label, and is the first recording of its kind. Information about Violet can be found at duetviolet.com.
Since 2012, Dr. Crawford and the Ball State University Clarinet Studio have enjoyed hosting guests such as Lawrie Bloom, Ben Freimuth, Diana Haskell, Frank Kowalsky, and many others at the annual Ball State Clarinet Festival.
Dr. Crawford is a registered yoga teacher, a Bridge Ruby Life Master, and enjoys hiking in America’s national parks.