Originally from the Philadelphia area, Elizabeth Koch has been Principal Flute with the ESO since 1987. She studied at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Blossom Festival School (summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra).
Her teachers include David Cramer (recently retired Assistant Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra), Jeffrey Khaner (Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Adeline Tomasone (recently retired Principal Flute, Philadelphia Opera).
In the summer of 1987, Elizabeth was the only American flutist to play in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orkester under Leonard Bernstein. Since arriving in Edmonton, Elizabeth Koch has been in demand as a soloist with the ESO, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Alberta College Percussion Ensemble, ECHO, and the Arden Ensemble. Elizabeth was a founding member of the woodwind trio Take 3 which was heard regularly on CBC Radio from 1992-1998. Along with Shelley Younge (recently retired Assistiant Principal Flute of the ESO), Elizabeth Faulkner, and Petar Dundjerski, she is a founding member of Edmonton's only professional flute quartet, The Top Notes. Formed in 2017, they have performed in Edmonton, St. Paul, St. Albert, and Calgary, as well as Camp Van Es for the Wye String Ensemble's Fall String Camp. She is on faculty at King's University College and maintains a private studio. She is married to ESO violinist Murray Vaasjo. They have one son - and a number of cats.