Liz Rosa is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, with a Bachelor's degree in Bassoon Performance and Music Education. She has studied bassoon with Roger Nye, John Hunt, and George Sakakeeny. During her time at Eastman, Liz performed with internationally famed artists Béla Fleck and Renée Fleming, as well as recorded Sam Adler’s Concerto for Guitar with Eastman Philharmonia as principal bassoon. Liz has been a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia, Dave Rivello Ensemble, and currently serves as Principal Bassoon of the Eastern Wind Symphony in Princeton, New Jersey. Other performance credits include Principal Bassoon of the Empire Film Music Ensemble, where she world premiered Jeff Beal's House of Cards Symphony, and was the studio bassoonist/contrabassoonist for two episodes of Star Trek Continues. Additionally, Liz was the house musician for Gabriel Marshall's Sleepless Scholar comedy show at NYC's Broadway Comedy Club in November 2016, as well as the house musician at The Growing Stage Children's Theater of New Jersey during two weeks of their Summer Arts Camp in summer
Active as a composer and arranger, her works have been performed at various music venues in New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Texas; including at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City and annually at Eastman School of Music’s “Double Reed Christmas” since 2014. Other arrangements have been played on the air on WHEC's Roc City Tonight, WXXI's Backstage Pass in Rochester, NY, and on Abbey 104's Trad Jazz with Sandy in Somerset, Britain. Her arrangement of the Theme Song from Late Night with Seth Meyers for four bassoons was featured on NBC's Late Night show in September 2014.
As an educator, Liz strives to bring out the optimal musicianship in her students by way of ear training and developing or improving executive instrumental skills for students of all ages. Her main goal is to help her students “become the musician they want to be,” helping them improve across a number of musical styles, genres, and skill sets. Her background in a variety of musical settings allows her to develop versatility in her students’ individual playing, both as musicians and as musical scholars.
In 2014, Liz co-founded Project Bassoon Quartet, where she performed and served as Music Director for three years. When she is not whole heartedly exploring the world of music, Liz enjoys all things late night television, New York City, Christmas, and spoiling her baby bunny, Nico L. DiBunni.