Assistant Principal Viola
Originally from Lexington, KY, Elizabeth Jones grew up as a “Suzuki kid,” beginning her studies on violin with Donna Wiehe at the age of 7. After just one year, she switched to viola and was hooked for life! Elizabeth completed her BM in Viola Performance at the University of Michigan, studying with Yitzak Schotten. She received her MM in Viola Performance/Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, studying with Richard Young. At the University of Kentucky, Elizabeth performed with the Niles Quartet, studying with Dan Mason and Dorotea Vismara.
Elizabeth currently plays in the viola section of the Lexington Philharmonic and plays Assistant Principal viola in the Owensboro Symphony. She performs often with Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green and Evansville Philharmonic. Elizabeth has held seats in Lansing Symphony under Gustav Meier and Chicago Civic Orchestra.
Since making more music is merrier, Elizabeth also performs with the Lexington Bach Ensemble, Kentucky Bach Choir, Highland Chamber Players, and freelances with many other groups. A dedicated educator, Elizabeth loves sharing music with string students of all ages. As Owensboro High School Orchestra Director, she teaches 250 students at OHS and Owensboro Middle School. Elizabeth also maintains a Suzuki Violin/Viola studio in Owensboro and teaches at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Elizabeth has raised two musicians, Nathan (violin) and Lila (violin/viola), who also have many interests beyond music. Five feline friends – Luna, Big Tuna, Pickle, Orange and Grey – share their lives with Elizabeth with varying degrees of enthusiasm.