Elizabeth Kapitaniuk is a multi-faceted classical musician who is passionate about creating compelling and meaningful musical experiences through her performing, teaching, and directing. She is completing her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at DePaul University where she studies with Steve Williamson and performs with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and chamber music ensembles. While completing her degree, she has continued to work as a freelance performer, clarinet instructor, church music director, and band director. She has performed with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Festival Orchestra, Fresh Inc Music Ensembles, the Community Concert Series Orchestras at First Presbyterian Church Wheaton, The Birch Creek Music Festival Orchestra, and other various venues in the Chicagoland area. She serves as the Music Director at Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Roselle, IL and teaches clarinet lessons in the Chicago suburbs at Carl Sandburg High School, Dundee-Crown High School, and privately in Wheaton. During this past year (2020-2021), she worked as a band director at Fischer Middle School in IPSD 204. She also has teaching experience working as a long-Term substitute band director at Hill Middle School (IPSD 204), Westminster Christian Academy in Elgin, and in District 200 Elementary Band Program.
Originally from Wheaton, IL, Elizabeth completed her Bachelors of Music in Music Education at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. She studied clarinet with Trevor O’Riordan, conducting with Dr. Daniel Sommerville and Dr. John W. Trotter, and music education with Dr. Timothy Yontz. During her Undergraduate Degree she was Principal Clarinetist of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, was a member of the Concert Choir and served as the Honor’s Conductor for all three ensembles performing concerts on campus and in South Korea. Additionally she served administrative roles of the Symphonic Band President and Vice President from 2013-2016. She was a concerto competition winner and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra on tour to the Los Angeles area. She conducted the premier performances of multiple student and faculty compositions including Shawn Okpebholo’s choral work Sing Dumb. She completed her Student Teaching with Victor Anderson at Yorkville High School (District 115) and Allison Rider at Fischer Middle School (IPSD 204). She was the recipient of The Presser Foundation Scholarship and the Stella Russel Scholarship in Music.
In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending one-on-one time with close friends, playing games like Settlers of Catan and Euchre, and watching movies and listening to music on her expanding home theater system.