Versatile percussionist Elizabeth LaBrie is currently a first-year undergraduate student of Dr. Morris Palter at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, majoring in Music Performance. A Phoenix native, Elizabeth has studied for years with Wes Hawkins, percussion director of Phoenix College and Arizona Chapter President of Percussive Arts Society, as well as Ian Grzyb, Mitch Markovich, Tom Murphy, and Larry Alvarez.
Elizabeth has been an active orchestral performer since high school; for four years, she played with the Phoenix Youth Symphony under the direction of Matthew Kasper, Resident Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, and was appointed Principal Timpanist her junior year. Additionally, she participated in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Concert Band her junior year after qualifying in the Arizona All-State Orchestra the previous year.
Elizabeth currently is a percussionist for the prestigious University of Arizona Wind Ensemble under the baton of Dr. Chad Nicholson. She also occasionally fills in for the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, most recently for their performance of Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, as well as the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.
LaBrie also is an active student at the University. She is an ambassador of the College of Fine Arts, giving her multiple recruitment event volunteering opportunities for high schoolers. Elizabeth also is currently a pledge for the Music School’s Sigma Alpha Iota Sorority as well as an active performer and member of the iconic Pride of Arizona Marching Band.
Outside of music, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, running, going to the movies, and performing community service with her friends.