Elizabeth Oakes, violist
Elizabeth Oakes, violist, is an active chamber musician, teacher and performer. For twenty-two years, Ms. Oakes served as the violist of the Maia Quartet and performed throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, and Europe, concertizing in major venues including Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y and the Kennedy Center. Her collaborations with other artists include Maia Quartet performances with Daniel Avshalomov, Joel Krosnick, Helen Callus, Andre Michel Schub and Robert Kapilow. Ms. Oakes has taught at numerous summer festivals including the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Program, The Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Ms. Oakes’s musical and interdisciplinary interests have led her to develop many large-scale projects. With two colleagues, Ms. Oakes founded and served as an artistic director for the Foothills Music Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for nine years. As member of the Maia Quartet, she coordinated several large events, including Scandinavian/NordicFest – a month-long U. of I. festival of chamber music tied to film, theater, dance and lectures. In her current position as Director of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program. Ms. Oakes brings in nationally and internationally-recognized quartets to campus for week-long residencies. These residencies reach across disciplines and impact the broader U. of I. campus as well as the larger state of Iowa. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from major granting organizations such as Chamber Music America, the Iowa Arts Council, Humanities Iowa and the John and Anna Hanes Foundation. Ms. Oakes is an Associate Professor of Instruction at the University of Iowa and her current areas of research are focused on racial equity in classical music specifically and higher education more broadly.