Elizabeth Caswell
Project Director- Evening of the Arts
Mothers Legacy Project

“The first thirty years of my life were focused on one purpose: the singular goal of learning and mastering the technique and art of playing the piano. I was career-driven – a perfectionist – and marched through college and graduate school and realized my goal of playing on the world’s finest stages and teaching at a major university. At the age of thirty, I planned my first pregnancy, and like everything else in my life – it happened just as I wanted.

After the birth of my son, everything I thought I knew went by the wayside as my world was turned upside-down. A few months later, I found myself reducing my workload to part-time so I could care for my son myself, and a new world opened up to me. In desperation, I sought out other mothers to help me with breastfeeding, then infant and toddler parenting. As my world expanded through motherhood, my music-making reached a new level of emotion and beauty – a maturity and “realness” to my playing that markedly expanded. Now I find myself the mother of a teenager and a tween, and a house filled with music. My life is richer than I ever thought possible.”

A native of Moline, IL, Elizabeth Caswell began studying piano at the age of 7. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Augustana College, and the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in piano performance from the University of Iowa. She made her professional debut in a concert for King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden in Stockholm at the age of 19. She was a member of the piano faculty at New York University, and made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 1996, and has performed at Lincoln Center and throughout Europe and the United States. Elizabeth is also a talented performer on the pipe organ and has been a church organist for 25 years. She moved to Portland in 2004 and now works part-time outside the home as a concert performer, and as an Adjudicator for Oregon Music Teachers’ Association.

Elizabeth and her husband, Paul have two children.