Dr. Elizabeth Pfaffle is the Associate Professor of Horn at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct professor at Franklin & Marshall College. She is active as a solo, chamber and orchestral performer. In April 2015 she travelled to Armenia to perform with an international orchestra commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Dr. Pfaffle has performed solo and chamber recitals at both Steinway and Carnegie Hall on numerous occasions with the WCU faculty woodwind quintet, Quintsylvania Winds, most recently in March 2018 with the WCU Ensemble. Dr. Pfaffle serves as principal horn of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra in addition to performance experience with the Delaware Symphony, OperaDelaware, Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and both Akron, and Youngstown symphonies. Dr. Pfaffle can be heard on the Mark Masters and MSR Classics labels. A collaborative recording project with Dr. Jonathan Fowler featuring works by Alec Wilder entitled Wilder-ness for tuba and horn was released in 2015.
Dr. Pfaffle received a master's in horn performance from the University of Akron and a doctorate from Indiana University. Upon completion of her Doctor of Music degree, Dr. Pfaffle served as a lecturer in the brass department at Indiana University for two years. She is currently the Assistant Director and theory instructor for the College Audition Preparation Program, an international summer workshop, at Indiana University. Her primary teachers include William Hoyt, Karen Schneider, Michael Hatfield and Richard Seraphinoff.