Elizabeth Thorpe

Saxophone & Clarinet

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Elizabeth Thorpe, woodwind specialist and performer, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Music degree in Music Performance, focusing on the clarinet from the University of Lowell.

Ms. Thorpe has performed in Europe on two separate occasions with the American Chamber Winds and the University of New Hampshire Jazz Band. She has been 1st clarinetist with the New England Wind Symphony for the past 28 years and performed at First Night in Boston with the clarinet quartet 4 of 1, in which she was a co-founder. She also co-founded the saxophone quartet A Gathering of Friends. She has been a freelance performer in many venues including theater productions as a woodwind doubler, orchestras, wind symphonies and small ensembles. Her teachers include David Martins, David Seiler, John Fullum of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Craig Nordstrom of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed in clarinet master classes with Tom Martin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and world renowned clarinetist, David Shifrin. She has also studied jazz with Shannon Leclaire of The Berklee College of Music.


Ms. Thorpe has been teaching private instrumental music lessons for over 30 years, and built successful instrumental music programs in the public school systems of New Hampshire.

She believes that education and learning is a lifelong process, and that we all learn from one another. Ms. Thorpe teaches to her students needs and what they want, to have a positive musical experience.

Dr. Karen Luttik  


My students call me Karen and you may view my availability on Wednesdays here.

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Clarinetist Karen Luttik has taught and performed extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States.  Her work has been praised for its ‘musicality and innovative performance’.   She started her career in Asia as solo clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony during its weekly performances and European tours, recording both western and Asian classics.   She worked in Europe with the solo clarinetist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, transferring to the Wurlitzer clarinet (Reformed Boehm system), famous for its special warm tone and musical versatility.  In the Netherlands, she initiated innovative approaches to chamber music through multimedia performances and recordings with the Aleotti and Delta Trios, and the Kurios Clarinet Quartet.  Conferences provided by MusicaLeren, introduced new audiences at universities and corporations to the beauty, skill sets and disciplines of outstanding classical performance.   Karen’s work with elderly audiences and Asperger students explored the therapeutic benefits of classical music and the practice of clarinet performance. 

Since returning to the US in 2008, Karen has performed with a range of orchestras and ensembles in the region, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony N.H., Granite State Symphony, the Longfellow Festival Orchestra, Aliento Chamber Players, Classicopia, Vermont Virtuosi and Gateway Trio.

Karen developed her distinctive musical sound and fluid musicality while working with legendary clarinetists Charles Russo (NYC Opera), George Pieterson (Concertgebouw), Jonathan Cohler (Boston based soloist), Michael Wayne (Boston Symphony) and Jorge Montilla (Simón Bolívar Orchestra) during her studies at Manhattan School of Music, Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and Longy School of Music in Boston.  Currently recently received her DMA at Boston University, studying with Ethan Sloan and David Martins.


Her passion for making her music speak in new ways has resulted in involvement with Holocaust Memorial events through performances of Messian’s Quartet for the End of Time, and commissions of new multimedia works, focusing on issues of poverty and homelessness. 

She uses BK reeds, handmade by Benno Kruger, in his basement in a small German town, necessitating a regular trip to Germany to hand pick the good ones!

Check out some of Karen's work at her website: karenluttik.com