Elizabeth Widzinski has been Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at the State University of New York at Fredonia since 2011, and at Canisius College since 2013. She joined the faculty at Fredonia after serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and earning a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance at Wichita State University. While studying at WSU, she held the Konrad Wolff & Isle Bing Chamber Music Fellowship. Ms. Widzinski earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and an additional degree in Music Business from the State University of New York at Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, and graduated summa cum laude.
An active musician in the region, Ms. Widzinski performs with the Buffalo Chamber Players, Erie Philharmonic, and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her work with established ensembles, she also produces unique, singular concerts in the area at venues such as Artpark in Lewiston, NY, and Pausa Art House in Buffalo. In these concerts, a central focus is to present works from contemporary composers.
At SUNY Fredonia and Canisius College, Ms. Widzinski performs frequently in faculty recitals and showcases, with an aim to inspire and educate students through these performances. Like the off-campus concerts she produces, these on-campus performances aim to include diverse pieces that cross genres and time periods and vary in scope from solo works to large scale chamber music.
While studying at Wichita State University, Ms. Widzinski was a substitute clarinetist with the Wichita Symphony, and participated in two chamber groups that won first prize in the prestigious Wolff-Bing Chamber Music Competition in both 2009 and 2010. One of these groups, Trio Frenetique, also won first prize in the Friends Cello Day Competition in 2008. Additional chamber music competition appearances include advancement to the semi-finals at the NaIzger Young Artist Competition in 2009, and a performance at the 9th Street Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Competition in Wichita.
In addition to her work teaching and performing, Ms. Widzinski works extensively as a woodwind and brass repair technician. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, spinning, and has participated in several half marathons.