Elizabeth Crafton

Savannah, GA, USA

Curtis Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music, 2027

Elizabeth Crafton is an undergraduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music and currently studies with Jennifer Montone and Jeffery Lang. In 2023, she attended the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. In addition to NRO, in 2024, she will be performing as a member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Elizabeth has toured with the Brass of Peace ensemble and performed with the Savannah Philharmonic. Her former teachers include Sylvia Alimena and Carolyn Wahl.

What inspired you to become a musician?
My parents and my teachers inspire me.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and Frederic Chopin.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I didn’t know what a french horn was before I started playing it. My dad handed it to me and said “You’re going to play this,” and I think it’s working out pretty well so far.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I like to go on long walks, read, and play softball.

Why did you choose the NRO?
I chose the NRO because it offers what I’m looking for; a lot of good repertoire! I’m excited to learn and play pieces I’ve never heard of.