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Oboist Elizabeth L.K. Berman is no stranger to Howard Community College, where she is currently a faculty member for the Music Department and its noncredit counterpart, The Music Institute.  She has been an active chamber and freelance musician since 1998 and has played in a variety of settings, including musicals, recitals, and wedding ceremonies.

She received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages from the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, both in May 2005.  She recently completed her Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College, writing her major paper on the economic condition and challenges of today’s symphony orchestras.  Her oboe teachers have included Jane Marvine, Leslie Starr, and Barbara Girdler.  She has coached with many highly-acclaimed musicians including Phillip Kolker, Clinton Adams, John Shirley-Quirk, Joseph Turner, and Joseph Robinson.

Elizabeth has had the pleasure of touring with the national tours of Annie and Oliver!, musical productions of NETWorks Presentations, LLC, of Columbia, MD and Musical Theatre Associates, of New York, NY, respectively.  She learned a great deal about conducting and computer music while on the road as she was the Assistant Conductor on Annie and the NOTION operator for both shows.  Following 18 months of touring, she finished the necessary coursework, internship, and completed her major paper for her master’s degree.  Her internships, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, enlightened her on both the state of symphony orchestras and symphony orchestra management, with particular attention to marketing, development, and database management.

Elizabeth is the Assistant to the Program Manager for HCC's The Music Institute and she also serves on the staff at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company as the development assistant for the company's capital campaign.

Contact Elizabeth Berman at eberman@howardcc.edu