Distinguished for her genuine musicality and rich tone, award-winning flutist Elisa Moles is a solo artist, chamber musician, and teacher. She is a prizewinner of national competitions, including the San Diego Flute Guild, MidAtlantic Flute Society, and the MidSouth Flute Society, and has been a featured soloist in venues across the nation, such as Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Sonoma’s Weill Hall. An advocate of collaborative and contemporary music, she has premiered numerous works at universities, conferences, and on national radio. Elisa has an extensive background in wind and orchestral ensembles, including as second flute/piccolo in both the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia da Camera.
Elisa currently serves as the flute professor at California State University, Fresno. She is a popular clinician, appearing at events such as the California Music Education Association festivals and the California All-State Honor Bands. Previous appointments include San Joaquin Delta College, Illinois Summer Youth Music and theory instructor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Ball State University. A passionate teacher, she has worked with students of all levels and ages.
She founded and directs The Modern Flutist Festival at CSU Fresno, a program dedicated to educating a diverse population of flutists through the fusion of traditional technical craft and interdisciplinary entrepreneurship.
Elisa is acclaimed for her brilliant scholarship and insightful analyses. In 2016-2017, she was awarded the national Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship for her academic prowess and artistry. Her specific area of research focuses on the relationship and archetype of the “flute as bird” in Western classical music. Her work has been published in Flute Talk and is featured online on the website of composer David Maslanka.
Her past teachers include 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). www.elisamoles.com
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