Elizabeth Malys is the current Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Piano department at the University of Montana, where she teaches Keyboard Skills classes and private lessons. She is pursuing her Master's Degree in Piano Performance, and is a student of Steven Hesla and Fern Glass-Boyd. In her first year at the University of Montana, Elizabeth has helped the School of Music raise money for scholarships and a new piano by performing in Pianissimo, February’s Keyboard Society Concert, and the Missoula Music Teacher’s Association concert. In January, Elizabeth was an official accompanist for the MTNA Northwest Divisional Competitions in junior and senior strings, and in March she adjudicated for the Montana Music Teacher’s Association Competition.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Kinderhook, NY. As an Undergraduate, she attended the Boston Conservatory and The University of Arizona, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Composition. Elizabeth also enjoys playing the cello, and has been a member of both the University of Arizona Philharmonic and the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. Her piece for solo cello, Idego, was published by ISG Publications in 2006. A recent transplant from Anchorage, Elizabeth spent the last four years teaching private piano, voice and string lessons, and accompanying Alaska Dance Theatre's company ballet classes. In addition to being fully immersed in classical music, Elizabeth is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, and has performed at venues across the nation including Tucson’s Annual Folk Festival and the Alaska Performing Arts Center. She has released a full-length album of all original songs called Desert, influenced by her time spent in the Southwest. Elizabeth serves as church pianist/song leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Missoula. When she is not playing music, she enjoys backpacking and cooking with her husband Levi.