Elizabeth Strickland, 25, and daughter of Mike Strickland, is a classical pianist and performer. Currently she is in graduate studies for her Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.
Since age 8, she has performed her classical selections in well over 200 of her dad’s concerts with audiences from 100 to 3000 sometimes joining her dad on four-hands piano arrangements of ragtime, boogie-woogie and novelty songs. A couple of highlights include performing under the faces at Mount Rushmore in SD, and playing a Haydn Concerto with the Black Hills Symphony at age 10. Here’s a video of her performing at age 11 in Bozeman MT at one of her dad’s concerts.
Elizabeth started taking piano lessons at age 8 with Dr. Cassandra Carr of Seattle WA. In 2007, Elizabeth and her family moved to Oregon where she studied with Dorothy Fahlman, of Portland and on to University of Oregon for her undergraduate degree in Classical Piano Performance where she studied with Dr. Dean Kramer and Dr. Claire Wachter. Elizabeth will graduate this spring with her Masters in Piano Pedagogy and Performance.
For the summers of 2010 and 2011, Elizabeth attended one of the top summer music festivals in the country, Pianofest in the Hamptons, where she had the opportunity take part in daily master classes and lessons from some of the most stellar teachers/concert artists in the world. In addition, the attendees perform several concerts for the community. Other more recent accomplishments include performing and studying in Austria at the summer Classical Musical Festival in 2015 and 2016 with Dr. Jane Magrath, studying with Anton Nel at the Aspen Music Festival and School during the summer of 2014, receiving music scholarship awards from the Rislov Foundation and the Eugene Kiwanis Club, and performing with the Oquirrh Mountain Symphony in Utah. In the fall of 2017 Elizabeth won the Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association Collegiate Piano Competition. Elizabeth has taken master classes with Richard Egarr, Edward Auer, Paul Schenly, Awadagin Pratt, Alessio Bax, Susan Chan, and Alan Chow. Elizabeth also attends the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, and enjoys hiking and teaching wilderness survival skills in her spare time.
She is a gifted writer and a self-described tree-hugger. She loves being outdoors enjoying nature and is an avid reader. She loves to share her love of nature as a volunteer camp counselor for Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA.