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101 Fine Arts
Elizabeth Dunning has enjoyed playing the horn most of her life. Among the many musicians in her family, her grandfather was a horn player in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He gave her an appreciation for music at a very young age in addition to being her first teacher. Many happy hours spent playing together gave her wonderful memories learning from a great man.A brief study of the violin and the piano as a child proved that the horn was the instrument of greatest potential, and she hopes to continue to love playing and studying the horn throughout her life.
She completed Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she studied with Ellen Campbell, Kelly Cornell, and Elizabeth Freimuth; she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Western State University, where she studied with Dr. Deborah Freedman.
Elizabeth is a freelance musician around the Kansas City area, having played with such groups as: the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, Conservatory Wind Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Kinnor Philharmonic, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Kansas City Puccini Festival, Brookside Brass Quintet, Maguire Street Brass Quintet, Harmonie Winds, Cameron Municipal Band, Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Northland Symphony, Liberty Symphony, Independence Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, the UMKC Conservatory/Liberace Winds and with the pit orchestras at Starlight Theater and the Music Hall.
She also enjoys collaborating with her friends on a wide variety of musical projects. Elizabeth is thrilled to be the horn instructor at Northwest Missouri State University, where she enjoys leading a great horn studio and collaborating with excellent colleagues.