The Cornell College Flute Day was a HUGE SUCCESS!!! We had 32 students in attendance and I couldn’t be more proud of all their hard work! Check back for details on next year’s event!

The Cornell College Flute Day Performance. 32 students grades 7-12 participated in this event! September 22, 2018.

Join me for the first annual Cornell College Flute Day!

**Students are still able to register the morning of the Flute Day at 8am!**

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30am – 5pm

Armstrong Hall, 600 1st St, Mt Vernon, IA 52314

Registration Form

Iowa students grade 7-12 are invited to perform in free clinics for Junior High and High School Honor Band and All-State Preparation with a special Flute Choir performance. Free and open to the public!

The Day’s Activities include:

  • Warm-up class with scale practice with special guest Lizzy Darling
  • Junior High and High School Honor Band/All-State Clinics
  • Perform audition etudes and solo repertoire
  • Flute Choir rehearsal and performance at the end of the day
  • A chance for everyone to perform on Alto Flute, Bass Flute, and Contra Bass Flute
  • World Premiere by the students who attend of a Flute Quartet Commission by Flutist and Composer, Nicole Chamberlain
  • A reception after the performance!
  • View the full schedule HERE!

Special thanks to Fluterscooter, Flute Authority, lefreQue, and West Music for joining us!

Click HERE for a map of the campus. Free parking is located in lot H, just south of Armstrong Hall, where all of the Flute Day events will take place. When coming into Mount Vernon, take a left onto 4th Street SW from 1st Avenue. Turn right onto West College Blvd N. Lot H parking will be on the lefthand side of the roundabout.


Elizabeth Darling recently completed her Artist Diploma in flute at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where she studied with Henrik Heide. She holds a M.M. in performance from Ohio University, where she studied with Alison Brown Sincoff. Mrs. Darling received a B.M.E. from Ithaca College, where she studied with Suzuki instructor Elizabeth Shuhan. Additionally, Elizabeth has received Suzuki early education training from the Eastern Tennessee State University Suzuki program where she attended “Nurtured By Love” with Rebecca Paluzzi and “Book 1 methods” with David Geary. Currently, her teaching studio has students of all ages learning both traditional and Suzuki flute education. In addition to her private studio, Ms. Darling teaches private flute instruction at the Ohio School of Music and at the Manuel Performing Arts Academy.

An avid performer, Mrs. Darling has achieved a great deal of success in both local and national competitions including first prize in Ohio University’s Concerto Competition where she performed the Nielsen Concerto for flute with the Ohio University Orchestra, first prize in the Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition Woodwind Division, 1st prize in the Rochester Flute Association’s Emerging Artist Competition, and second place in the Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition. More recently, Elizabeth was a 2nd place finalist for the MidSouth Young Artist competition in 2017.

A passionate orchestral musician, she has been a finalist for orchestra positions with the Lexington Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony, The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra. Her additional professional pit experience includes flute and piccolo for an off-broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Chorus Line”, and various operas by Britten, Bernstein, Messiaen, and Mozart.

An active chamber musician and supporter of new music, she enjoys performing in a chamber group with her husband, and together “The Darling Duo” commissioned multiple works for flute and euphonium – some of the first in the repertoire for this instrumental pairing. Ms. Darling’s flute and alto flute performances can be heard on the discography “Sounds of Cincinnati” and is in partnership with Doctoral Composition majors from the College Conservatory of Music. This CD of brand new works for flute, alto flute, clarinet and bass clarinet will be available in Fall of 2018.