Elliot Weisgarber Associates published music by the late North American composer
Elliot Weisgarber and his daughter, flutist Karen Suzanne Smithson from 1994 to 2015.
The catalog focuses predominantly on flute music but also includes publications for
clarinet, piano and organ.
Karen Smithson’s music (now published by Cimarron Music Press) is designed for beginner
to upper intermediate flute players and includes a comprehensive set of method books
as well as collections of Christmas carols, Hanukah music and folk songs.
Elliot Weisgarber wrote primarily for professional musicians but his published material
(now available from Wiltshire Music Company) is playable by good intermediate or
moderately advanced students.
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Elliot Weisgarber studied at the Eastman School
of Music in Rochester, New York where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s
degrees as well as his Performer’s Certificate in Clarinet. His composition teachers
included Edward Royce, Bernard Rogers, Howard Hanson, Halsey Stevens and Nadia Boulanger.
For many years he served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro
until 1960 when he was invited to join the faculty of the newly-formed music department
at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Here he led an
active career as a composer right up until his death. His enormous interest in Asia
was well-nourished on the Pacific coast and led him to spend a number of years of
partial residence in Japan where he made a profound study of Japanese music and was
admitted as a master to the Kinko school of shakuhachi playing. Although certain
of his compositions are highly influenced by his Asian experience his style is uniquely
his own, fueled by a tremendous range of interests and a deep love of the musical
traditions imparted to him by his teachers.
(Dec. 5, 1919 ~ Dec. 31, 2001)
About Elliot Weisgarber
About Karen Suzanne Smithson
Flutist Karen Suzanne Smithson is well-known for her musical activities in Vancouver,
British Columbia where she performed and taught for nearly 35 years. She made her
performing debut at the age of 15 in Hawaii where she performed a set of 10 short
pieces for flute and koto (Japanese harp) written by her father Elliot Weisgarber
for the Maui Japanese Cultural Association. (Four of these pieces are now published
by EWA for flute and piano under the title Miyako Sketches.) Subsequently she has
become a great advocate of her father’s music and has performed, both as soloist
and chamber musician, throughout the West from Anchorage to San Diego. She is the
author of a major flute teaching method which became EWA’s first publication in 1994.
Since then she has composed several more collections of flute duets and flute & piano
arrangements all of which are published. Until her relocation to Kelowna, B.C. in
2006 she played co-principal flute and piccolo with Vancouver’s West Coast Symphony
as well as principal flute with North Vancouver’s North Shore Sinfonia. She now devotes
much of her time to the furtherance of her late father’s work.
Elliot’s late widow Bethiah (Setter) Weisgarber contributed significantly to the
business in its early days before she was stricken with Alzheimer’s. She also leant
her artistic talents to the creation of the cover art for Fantasia on “Down Ampney”,
Three Folk Songs and Two Irish Jigs. She passed away on November 24, 2011.
We are also grateful to Hiroko Ogasawara for her calligraphy on the covers of A Japanese
Miscellany and Miyako Sketches as well as in the logo that appears at the top of
these web pages.