Empty Road
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. 
– Lao Tzu
The journey, not the destination matters.
 – T. S. Eliot
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose.
– Dr. Seuss

Everyone has something to say about your travels through life and music, but what do you want your path to look like? My own musical journey has had twists and turns and a few surprises, but every step of the way has given me something to share with you!


Here are some of the landmarks in my exploration of music, flute and life! 

Buckle up, because the ride gets a little bumpy!

1st Grade Talent Show

Getting Ready
(the pre-flute years)

  • Daily viewings of Fantasia, complete with choreography arguments with my brother.

  • Nonstop musical theater songs at the top of my lungs.

  • Singing in an amazing elementary school choir program with an incredible teacher.

  • Spending every night in December singing the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” for the Kirov Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker and learning about the special kind of magic that lives backstage and in orchestra pits.

(finding the flute)
  • Getting my first flute in fifth grade, learning my first seven notes from my mom (also a flute player!), and immediately playing nothing but “Do-A-Deer” for a while.

  • Joining band in middle school, working my way from last chair to first chair in advanced band, and making it into the top jazz band - they got the cool white coats, I wanted one too!

  • Learning that I could do fun stuff like go to Disneyland with the band!

Jazz band and the cool white coat

Another exciting fashion choice

The First Leg: San Jose
(I become a real music nerd)

  • Joining wind ensemble and marching band, and learning to love (tolerate?) the uniform.

  • Discovering that there’s a lot of fun musical stuff to do - honor band! Solo festivals! More interesting music!

  • Finding the teacher that helped me take my playing to the next level so I could do all that fun stuff.

  • Learning to play saxophone and clarinet for pit orchestras, and traveling to Scotland to play in Grease!

  • Keeping my love of singing alive in the jazz choir, and even learning to dance (barely!) and apply clown makeup to be in a musical.

Got a fancy flute for college auditions, then did my next show on an $8 recorder

The Second Leg: University of Redlands
(now I'm getting serious)

  • Meeting a new teacher who nurtured my passion for all things flute and encouraged me to explore everything music has to offer.

  • Being immersed in music and surrounded by other musicians all the time!

  • Winning the concerto competition and performing the C.P.E. Bach D Minor Concerto with orchestra.

  • Getting my first opportunity to play with a professional orchestra as 2nd flute with the Redlands Symphony.

  • Taking voice lessons and singing with the choir in Newfoundland.

  • Performing my own arrangement of Carmen Fantasy for flute and wind ensemble!

  • Graduating with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Flute Performance!

With my teacher Sara Andon ofter my concerto performance

Senior Recital

Choir tour in Newfoundland

^ that's me!

"The Stars and Stripes Forever" at my graduation

"Stars and Stripes" again, this time in China!

The Third Leg: University of Washington
(Toto, we're not in California anymore)
  • Moving to Washington to start another round of grad school and finally enjoy some rain!

  • Studying with a new teacher who really helped to push me past my comfort zone and expand my playing.

  • Playing more performances of all kinds, and actually getting paid to perform as an opera singer!

  • Starting my current job with Northshore Middle School as a woodwind coach.

  • Touring to Beijing as the piccolo player in the UW Wind Ensemble!

Sometimes opera gets weird.

Pit orchestra - these are a few of my favorite things

Fork in the Road
(this is where it gets a little bumpy)

  • Getting an office job and deciding that a doctorate wasn’t for me.

  • Nearly giving up music entirely, and barely playing for two years.

  • Learning that there are always twists and turns in the road, and that’s OK.

  • Rediscovering happy practicing and leaving the office job to begin sharing my secrets with my students!

and finally...

(for now!)

  • Playing flute and piccolo with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra.

  • Meeting my flute soulmate/duet partner and forming the Jolly Jones Duo, then performing at the National Flute Association convention!

  • Documenting my journey through all the etudes on my bookshelf.

  • Sharing all the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way  with my students.

  • Still singing show tunes all day long!

Jolly Jones Duo

Thanks for joining me on this ride -

I'm glad to meet you!

And a few fun facts...

I love textile crafts and I’ve tried just about all of them. I’m so obsessed that I knitted the lace fabric and then sewed my own wedding dress!

Elizabeth Jolly

Flutist - Teacher - Arranger

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