Elizabeth Easley

French Horn, 2020

Elizabeth Easley (they/them) is a horn player from Clarendon Hills, Illinois. They are an avid performer of new music, performing modern works with Eastman’s Music Nova, the Eastman Graduate Composers’ Sinfonietta, and the Dynamic Brass Quintet. Notable performances include the world premiere of Kate Soper’s Missing Scenes: The Winter’s Tale, a live music-to-screen production of Jeff Beal’s Battleground conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and the world premiere of Varun Rangaswamy’s The Stone Cries When I Sing, commissioned by Elizabeth.

Mx. Easley is also committed to establishing diversity and equity within musical institutions. They were elected president of Eastman’s LGBTQ+ organization Spectrum, served on Eastman’s Diversity Committee, and helped found Beyond Consent, a network for gender relations and sexual health and justice. With Beyond Consent, they presented Classical Music’s #MeToo Movement at the 2020 Gender Equity in Music Conference. Following their passion for community outreach, they performed educational concerts across Rochester with the Eastman To Go program for two consecutive years. Furthermore, they analyze music theory in KPOP on the popular YouTube channel ReacttotheK, with whom they were invited to KCON LA 2019 as a panelist and featured performer.

Elizabeth spent two years in Bernhard Scully’s studio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where they were awarded section leader of the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, before transferring to W. Peter Kurau’s studio at the Eastman School of Music. They graduated in 2020 with Highest Distinction, earning a BM in Music Performance and a Musical Arts degree focused on film music.

You can find out more about Elizabeth’s work by following them on Instagram at @elizabethreacts.