Elizabeth Ostling, flute
Elizabeth Ostling joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and was named the associate principal flute in 1997. Ms. Ostling grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, and graduated in 1994 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was a student of Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. During her freshman year at Curtis, she won first prize in the quadrennial Koussevitzky Competition for Woodwinds. She spent a summer with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a featured soloist during the Festival of Contemporary Music as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Ms. Ostling has been featured in Boston Symphony performances of Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments and has also performed as soloist with the Boston Pops and New Jersey Symphony orchestras, the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra. A frequent performer in solo and chamber recitals, she has appeared locally with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Boston Artists Ensemble. She has premiered three works written for her: at Jordan Hall, Michael Gandolfi’s Geppetto’s Workshop for flute and piano and Dan Coleman’s Pavanes and Symmetries for flute and orchestra, and at Gordon College, Jeremy Begbie’s Good Measure for flute and piano, after a poem by Malcolm Guite.
In May 2017, Ms. Ostling graduated summa cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in spiritual formation, having studied Christian piety in various eras of church history, lived out by individuals such as the Stockbridge, MA, Puritan missionary Jonathan Edwards and the composers Hildegard of Bingen and Olivier Messiaen. She has lectured on “Christ and the Arts” at the Institute for Christian Unity, and performed in lecture events for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.
Ms. Ostling is on the flute faculty of Boston University and has taught master classes at MasterWorks and Gordon College. She will be participating in flute seminars for the 2020 Online Tanglewood Music Center and the New England Preparatory School, as well as teaching masterclasses for the Credo Flute Online 2020 summer festival. During this COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Ostling’s flute playing can be heard in BSO archival performances on WCRB 99.5 Classical Radio Boston, at www.bso.org and in BSO Musicians in Recital for the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.