A classically trained trumpet player and most recently a lyrical high note specialist and cross-over artist, Elizabeth enjoys performing and teaching in a variety of venues in the Lone Star State. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Elizabeth grew up under the tutelage of artists in the premier military ensembles. Elizabeth began playing trumpet at the age of 13 and within two years was chosen to be a featured soloist with the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus where she toured 13-countries. This elite group, composed of high school and college students chosen by competitive auditions across the U.S., boasts some of the most visible artists on today’s music scene. Within only 4-years of trumpet study, Elizabeth won all-state positions in the wind band and jazz fields respectively as well as garnering many awards and scholarships including the Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship, and the Semper Fidelis Marine Band Award.
Upon acceptance of the John Haynie trumpet scholarship, Elizabeth went on to pursue her undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas where she mentored with Professor John Holt. In addition to performing in UNTs top ensembles, Elizabeth distinguished herself as a soloist by performing Philip Sparks Manhattan with the UNT Brass Band under the direction of Dr. Brian Bowman. As a crowning achievement in 2009, Elizabeth was voted by UNT’s brass faculty to receive the award for Most Outstanding Undergraduate in Brass. Before graduation Elizabeth studied abroad for a semester in the Czech Republic at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno where she studied trumpet performance and orchestral repertoire. In addition, she researched and documented her “Peroutka” family history and along with her father was able to discover and visit the ancestral home of her great, great grandparents in a small village just outside of Prague. As a student of Wiff Rudd, Elizabeth went on to pursue her Master’s in Music at Baylor University where she further distinguished herself in chamber music studies by placing 1st and 3rd in the National Trumpet Competition, ensemble division in 2011 and 2012.
Elizabeth now makes her home in Huntsville, Texas where she enjoys a vibrant music career in performance, recording, and education. She has performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and is a current member of Imperial Brass, Encore Brass, and is Principal Trumpet with the Dallas-Irving Lyric Stage. As a member of Imperial Brass, she has performed as an opening act for Blake Shelton and Usher at Texas Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX for over 30,000 people including members of President George W. Bush’s family. She also teaches privately in the schools of Huntsville, Conroe and the Woodlands. Elizabeth is a guest soloist on the newly released CD, “Spotlight” with the Sam Houston State University Jazz Ensemble where she plays the Wayne Bergeron high-note feature, “O Holy Night.” Her newest collaborative project with her husband, Aric Schneller, “I Love Being Here with You” is slated for release in the summer of 2015. Elizabeth can also be heard on the latest 2014 CD of the Grammy Award Winning Texas Boy’s Choir. Most recently, Elizabeth has accepted a Teaching Fellowship and scholarship to begin her Doctoral Studies in Trumpet Performance at the University of North Texas fall of 2015. Having achieved an appreciation of the benefits between physical fitness and music, Elizabeth is a Qualified Instructor for P90X home fitness programs as well as being an avid runner and cyclist and has earned a certificate in Nutrition from Cornell University. Elizabeth is a Yamaha Performing Artist.