Elizabeth (Betsy) Crone

Elizabeth (Betsy) Crone

Senior Lecturer - Flute

Elizabeth Lantz Crone is an artist/teacher of flute in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech.  She is a regular soloist and chamber musician in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region, and has performed both nationally and internationally.  Recent performance engagements have included the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair and world-premieres at the 2013 & 2014 National Flute Association National Conventions. Ms. Crone performed her newly commissioned piece, Wish, Sonatine for flute and piano by Valerie Coleman, in the keynote concert of the 2015 Annual National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Crone is a dedicated teacher and has presented clinics and adjudicated for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Flutefest High School Soloist Competition and the Collegiate Flute Choir Competition for the National Flute Association Annual Convention.  In March of 2016, she will teach and perform at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2014, Ms. Crone was honored by the Virginia Tech Women’s Center as a “Wonder Woman.”  She received recognition for her dedicated teaching, service, and performance at Virginia Tech.  Her community volunteer work, including coordination of children’s educational concert series for thousands of public school students for the Lyric Theatre, and the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra were also cited.   Her principal teachers have included Julius Baker, Michel Debost, Ann Diener-Zentner, Jim Walker, Tadeu Coelho and Jean-Louis Kashy.  Elizabeth Crone is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs on a Yamaha 877 model handmade flute. http://www.yamaha.com/artists/

Contact Me

(540) 231-0330
311 Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Flute
  • Research/Production: Flute Pedagogy

Education & Training

  • M.M., University of Southern California
  • B.M., University of Arizona

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

As a teacher, I really enjoy the close relationships and mentorships I develop with my flute students.  I feel energized when my students and I develop a symbiotic relationship in which a partnership of learning develops.  I love having the opportunity and privilege of guiding them to a successful future, whether that is working in the classroom with with young children, becoming a high school band director, or attending a prestigious graduate school to continue their flute studies.

What was the first performing arts event that you remember seeing and what do you remember most about it? 

The earliest memory I have of attending a classical music concert was in my first year of high school when I attended a symphony concert with the mother of one of my high school band friends.  One day she called and asked me if I would be interested in attending a symphony concert with her, as her husband and daughter were unable to attend.  My own parents did not attend concerts of any kind, so this was a new experience for me.  I remember the magic of arriving in the grand hall and being awed by all of the concertgoers dressed in evening gowns and tuxedos.  

When the concert began, we were seated in the balcony with binoculars.  I was overcome with awe at the big symphonic sounds, tone colors, and beauty of the music played by the orchestra.  I watched the first flutist intensely and took note of her every body movement and solos. With that single act of kindness, inviting me to a concert because a friend’s mother had an extra ticket, my future as a flutist was locked in.

What is your favorite place on campus?  Why?

My favorite place on campus is where the campus intersects with downtown Blacksburg, right outside of Henderson Hall.  A hop, skip and a jump away from my office, the area has been beautifully remodeled, boasts grassy hills, beautiful walkways, and is across the street from my favorite places to dine and play:  The Moss Arts Center, Theatre 101, The Lyric Theatre, Green’s, Gillie’s and Bollos.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Sponsor for Delta Omicron, Professional Music Fraternity
  • National Flute Association, 1986 - present
  • College Music Society, 2012 - present
  • National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, 2013 - present

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