Elisabeth Waldburger has a unique and inspiring musical background. Music has always been a part of her life, whether it is playing music herself or listening to it, and her parents and former teachers have had the most impact on her. Music was always playing in her house and her parents had an infectious love for music, which they passed down to Elisabeth and her brother. Elisabeth began playing B-Flat clarinet at a young age and her musical career started when she was invited to audition for the South Bend Youth Orchestras, where she fell in love with playing classical music. Along with the SBYSO, Elisabeth was always involved with other music-centered extra-curriculars, such as the All-District and All-State Honor Bands, high school musical pit orchestras, Side-By-Side concerts with the South Bend Symphony, the former Donald A. Dake Summer Chamber Music Academy, and also took classes in music theory, composition, and piano.
Elisabeth has pursued music as a career ever since and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in instrumental performance from Western Michigan University, where she studied clarinet with Bradley Wong and Stephanie Hovnanian from 2010-2016.
Starting in 2015, Elisabeth began performing with a number of other musical organizations around the Michiana region. She has been a member of the St. Joseph Municipal Band since 2015, a member of the Elkhart Municipal Band from 2017-2019, a member of the Elkhart County Symphony since 2018, and the summer of 2019 was her inaugural season with the LaPorte City Band. She has also been invited to perform with other local organizations for the occasional concert, such as: the Claricello duet and Muses’ Workshop performances and the Citadel’s production of “A Steamed Nutcracker” of Benton Harbor.
Elisabeth currently serves as a performer, private clarinet instructor, and also works in customer service with the Quinlan and Fabish Music Company.