Elizabeth Shuhan has been the principal flutist of the Fort Smith Symphony since 1998. She is presently a Suzuki flute specialist in Ithaca, New York, a visiting lecturer at Cornell University and lectures in music education at Ithaca College. She performs regularly in recital with the Shuhan Duo and is an active freelance artist with the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra, the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, the Fingerlakes Professional Flute Choir and the Cornell Festival Orchestra. Ms. Shuhan is the Woodwind Chair for the New York Sate Music Teacher’s Association and is actively involved with the College Music Society. Ms. Shuhan was previously a faculty member for the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Canandaigua, NY, the director and flute instructor of the Suzuki Music School of Arkansas, a teaching assistant and lecturer of flute at the University of Arkansas and a member of the North Arkansas Symphony and the Meridien (MS) Symphony.
As a flute soloist, she has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony, the North Arkansas Symphony, the Music Festival of Arkansas Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony and the Hunstville (AL) Youth Symphony. Ms. Shuhan was a 2005 winner of the National Flute Association Convention Performers and Professional Flute Choir Competitions. She was also the first-place winner of the 1998 Mid-South Flute Society Competition, a finalist in the 1997 Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, a winner of the 1997 MTNA South-Central Regional Collegiate Artist and 1996 MTNA State (AR) Collegiate Artist Competitions and a finalist in the 1995 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Ms. Shuhan has received advanced teacher training in the Suzuki flute method, earning certification with the Suzuki Association of the Americas while studying with Toshio Takahashi, Kenichi Ueda, David Gerry, Pandora Bryce and Sarah Hanley. She earned degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Southern Mississippi. Prinicipal teachers include Ronda Mains, Sharon Lebsack and Sheryl Cohen. Other teachers include Marianne Gedigian and Bart Feller. She has performed in numerous masterclasses for William Bennett, Marc Grauwels, Jim Walker, Carol Wincenc and Charles Delaney. Elizabeth Shuhan is a Burkart Flutes artist. She has recorded for the Naxos label and for PBS.