Biography

Elizabeth Munch, a native of Penfield, NY, discovered music at age seven playing piano, but quickly switched her emphasis to harp at age eight. As a young performer, Elizabeth studied with Roxanne Ziegler, and went on to study with Kathleen Bride, Professor of Harp at the Eastman School of Music.

In 2008, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance with Highest Distinction and the Performers' Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Summa Cum Laude with Highest Distinction from the University of Rochester. She is a Lois Rogers Scholar, the 2007-2008 Presser Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, she received a PhD in Mathematics from Duke University in May, 2013.

While in North Carolina, Elizabeth performed with the Charlotte Symphony, the Chapel Hill Philharmonia, the Duke Wind Ensemble, and has performed and premiered new works with Wayne Leechford, Saxophone. In Rochester, Elizabeth has performed with the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, University of Rochester Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She has also performed with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, the Ithaca College Womens Chorus, the Cornell Wind Ensemble, the Southern Tier Symphony and the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra. Nationally and Internationally, she has held the position of Principal Harpist at the Oberlin in Italy Festival in Urbania, Italy, the Brevard Summer Festival in Brevard, North Carolina, and at the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga, New York.

Currently, Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics at the University at Albany - SUNY. When not practicing, studying, or teaching, Elizabeth enjoys yoga, cooking, watching terrible scifi movies, reading, and playing far too many video games.