My full name, Elizabeth A. (Mosby) Knox, has morphed into "just Liz" now. I currently reside in Lebanon, Indiana (20 minutes NW of Indianapolis) with an active schedule as a conductor, teacher, and composer (not necessarily in that order.) I'm a native Hoosier (whatever that means) and was raised in Lamar, a town with no stop lights. It's about
5 miles from the town of Santa Claus, and no I'm not making that up...go ahead, Google it ...Santa Claus, Indiana.
See, I told you.
My mother is one of the most amazing church pianists to ever live, and my father is a southern gospel fanatic. I strongly believe this had a profound impact on every aspect of where I am today, particularly in my compositions. I began piano studies with my mother at the age of five, and later began private studies with my elementary music teacher, Sarah Sergesketter (graduate of Indiana University and an AMAZING pianist/vocalist.) My time with her was the beginning of my education in classical music. She had a profound impact on my life, and we're still very close to this day.
I began brass studies in trumpet at the age of ten, later moving to low brass studies in euphonium, trombone, and finally tuba in high school (yes, I know, they're heavy.) I always blame high school band director and tuba extraordinaire, Jon Hyneman. While we're tossing around names, I must mention an unsung hero in Indiana music history, Mr. Gary Ahrens. In my humble opinion, he is one of the greatest concert band directors (retired) to ever live. I was very fortunate to have these two men to shape the beginning of my music career.
From a young age, I had an obsessive interest in conducting. To be exact, I knew I wanted to be a conductor the day our 3rd grade class took a field trip to see the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. I don't think I heard one note, the world completely stopped when I saw the conductor and I was literally changed forever at the age of 9. That is the only field-trip I can really remember as a child.
After high school, I attempted college a couple of times, but I guess I found the experience overwhelming. I often compare my college history with the story of Goldie Locks and the Three Bears. The first university was too big, the second university was too small, the third one...was just right.
I relocated to central Indiana in the late 1990s and established a private teaching studio for piano and low brass students, because I could. During this time, I also provided fundamental instruction for several marching bands, and served as a piano accompanist for various groups. On May 6th, 2000, I married my best friend Mr. Kevin Knox, and we later welcomed our son Christian, and daughter, Julia. I enjoyed a very successful private studio in northern Indiana until the unfortunate events of 9-11. The economy where we lived at the time was particularly damaged, so with two babies in diapers, we decided to head south to find new opportunities in Indianapolis.
Like so many musicians, I decided that the grass had to be greener on the other side, so I closed my studio and accepted a job with a large corporation in Indianapolis. I worked furiously for three years, and I did fairly well. Kevin went to school in the evenings and I worked during the day while he received his Associates Degree in Organizational Management. We were tired, new parents, but too dumb to be afraid of anything.
As our children neared elementary age, we knew that the inner city wasn't the place for our little family, so we searched several areas outside of Indianapolis and fell in love with the city of Lebanon. After our children were both in elementary school, the pain of being away from music had finally become more than I could handle. I left my corporate job and later continued my education at the University of Indianapolis. During my time at UIndy, I focused my efforts toward a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance (tuba), with a Concentration in Theory and Composition, including independent studies in conducting. I had the most incredible honor of studying composition with Dr. John Berners, piano with Dr. Sharon Parr, harpsichord with Thomas Gerber, and conducting with Dr. James Spinazzola. Conducting and composing are my passions, and I was fortunate to have participated in several masterclasses, workshops, and clinics with notable conducting clinicians such as Dr. Rodney Winther (Cincinatti Conservatory), Dr. Gary Hill (Arizona State University), Dr. Allan McMurray (University of Colorado), and Cliff Colnot (principal conductor/Chicago Symphony Orchestra's contemporary MusicNow series.) I also participated in the 2011 International Conducting Festival and Workshop, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan under the direction of Maestro Gustav Meier.
In 2010, my composition Liberare, a piece for violin and piano, was among four pieces featured during a masterclass sponsored by the International Violin Competition, conducted by renowned American composer, Joan Tower. I was so fortunate to receive instruction by not only my professor, John Berners, but many other influential composers such as Frank Felice, David Gompper, Gabriela Lena Frank, Joel Hoffman, Steven Bryant, and William Bolcom.
In addition to teaching for Family Music Studio, I try to remain active in the art community of Lebanon as president and founding member of the
Lebanon Community Arts Council of Indiana. This outstanding group of artists and musicians work tirelessly to bring cultural education and awareness to our community. Through this program, we were able to establish the Boone County Youth Orchestra in 2009, of which I serve as Artistic Director. I also enjoy serving as a pianist at Grace Church of Lebanon, principal tuba for the Lebanon Brass Quintet (founding member), and was recently appointed the Artistic Director of the Boone County Community Band.
So that's literally my life story up to this chapter. Thank you so much for visiting my site. I would love to hear from you, even if it's just a quick "Hello!" You can sign my guestbook below, or better yet, send me an email at: email@example.com
Best to all -
Private Piano and Low Brass Instructor for Family Music Studio
Owner/Director - Knox Music Instruction
Executive Director - Lebanon Community Arts Council of Indiana
Artistic Director - Boone County Summer Youth Orchestra
Grace Church Orchestra
Lebanon Brass Quintet
Boone County Community Band
University of Indianapolis Symphonic Wind Ensemble
University of Indianapolis Orchestra
UIndy Baroque Ensemble
Lebanon Community Arts Council of Indiana, President
Symphony at Sunset, Committee Member
High School - Heritage Hills HS/Santa Claus, IN - Graduated 1995
Indiana State Univ. - 95/96 - Music Education
Oakland City Univ. - 98/99 - Music Performance
University of Indianapolis -Bachelor in Music Performance / Tuba Concentration: Theory/Composition
Directors/Teachers with whom I have studied:
Sarah Sergesketter/Piano - Choir
Gary Ahrens - MS-HS Marching/Concert Band
Jon Hyneman - HS Marching/Concert Band
Dr. William Hughes - Piano / Indiana State Univ.
Carolyn Spitler - Piano / Oakland City University
Dr. Sharon Parr - Piano/University of Indianapolis
Dr. James Spinnazola - Wind Ensemble/Conducting - University of Indianapolis
Alex Lapins - Tuba / University of Indianapolis
Glen Dimick - Tuba/ University of Indianapolis
Thomas Gerber - Harpsichord
Private Piano and Brass Instructor 10+ yrs.
Church Musician and Choir member
Various Community Music Groups
Piano and Orchestral Accompaniment for High School Musicals
Instruction and Accompaniment for ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Competitions 10+yrs.
Marching Instructor for High School Band Camps and Clinics 10+ yrs.
John Philip Sousa Musicianship Award
Various Music Scholarships
Special Performances and Events
Masterclass with Joan Tower - featured compositon "Liberare"
Masterclass/Residency - William Bolcom - featured composition "Jellyfish Rant"
International Conducting workshop with Maestro Gustav Meier
My Favorite Websites
Dallas Symphony for Kids - www.dsokids.com
Create your own music www.playmusic.org
PBS Kids Music - www.pbskids.org/music
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - www.indianapolissymphony.org
Lafayette Symphony Orchestra - www.lafayettesymphony.org
University of Indianapolis Arts Schedule and Events
Lebanon Community Arts Council of Indiana