Elisa Moles is an award-winning flutist originally from Lodi, California. In her travels across the United States, she has taught and performed widely. She is the top prize winner in numerous competitions across the nation, including as a repeat National Flute Association Young Artist Quarterfinalist. Elisa has also performed in numerous wind, orchestral, and chamber music ensembles, notably as second flute/piccolo in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia da Camera. Always interested in collaborating with composers and performing new music, she has premiered new works at several national conferences, and her recordings have also aired on national radio. In addition to performing, Elisa’s skills as a researcher and writer were recognized as a 2016-2017 national recipient of the highly competitive Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship. Her specific area of research focuses on the relationship and archetype of the “flute as bird” in Western classical music.
Currently, Elisa is flute faculty at California State University, Fresno. Previously, she was flute faculty at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, California and has taught theory classes at Ball State University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her past teachers include Carole Romans, Teresa Beaman, Mihoko Watanabe, and Jonathan Keeble. DMA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2017) MM, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (2013) BA music performance, Smittcamp Family Honors College, California State University, Fresno (2011).