Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Elizabeth Simmons began studying music at the age of six, exploring a few instruments until she chose horn in 2006. She attended Science Hill High School, where she participated in the band program and regularly played with the choral department for its annual musical theater productions. She was principal horn in the 2012 Honor Orchestra of America and in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Tennessee All-State Orchestras. Elizabeth was also a member of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra from 2008 to 2013, where she won the Joyce Brown Senior Concerto Competition in 2013.
Currently, Elizabeth is finishing up her bachelor’s of music performance studies at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She has played in all of the university’s major ensembles, including the wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band, and opera, touring the Dominican Republic with the orchestra in 2014 and 2017. She also is an active chamber musician, most frequently performing with a faculty/student brass quintet for university functions. In addition to her studies, she is a freelance hornist in the Birmingham area. She will begin her master's degree studies at the Eastman School of Music this fall.
Elizabeth’s playing has also taken her to Italy, where she performed in the 2016 soundSCAPE festival for new music.
Elizabeth’s primary teachers have been Kevin Kozak, Stephanie Blaha, and James Blalock, and she has studied and attended masterclasses with such renowned teachers and musicians as Demondrae Thurman, Hermann Baumann, Kendall Betts, Lowell Greer, Randy Gardner, Robert Hoyle, Jacquelyn Adams, and William VerMeulen.
Elizabeth has been a KBHC participant since 2010 and is excited to join the staff in 2017.
KBHC Alum: 2010-2013, 2016
KBHC Staff: 2017