Elizabeth Elena (Betsy) Pabon
Violin, Viola Teacher
Elizabeth Pabón, a.k.a. “Miss Betsy,” is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her formal classical training at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, obtaining degrees in violin performance (B.M.) and music education (M.M.E.) with specialization in instrumental pedagogy. Miss Pabón pursued violin and chamber music studies with Saul Ovcharov, Franco Gulli, Rostislav Dubinsky, Henryk Kowalski, and Mimi Zweig.
As a performer Miss Pabón has presented master classes and performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador, and in the United States.
As a teacher Miss Pabón has been employed at the Indiana University Young Violinist Program (1989-1993), and at the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1994-2003), where she also served as a guest lecturer for the Masters in String Pedagogy program (2001-2003). She also served on the faculty at Maranatha Baptist University (1996-2015) where she developed the String Pedagogy Program, founded the Maranatha String Prep School, and mentored young string teachers via distance education and the virtual classroom. In addition to her SAA membership, Miss Pabón is also a member of the Suzuki Association of Massachusetts, the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, and is a representative and consultant for Fundación Gisela, a foundation dedicated to promoting music education and the Suzuki method in the Caribbean. In 2013 she relocated to the Boston/Providence area where she serves on the faculties of the Suzuki Institute of Boston, The Real School of Music, the Canton Public Schools, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Suzuki School. Most recently, Miss Pabón performed as a member of Unitas, a classical Latin American music ensemble, as a member of Talztop Season 3, an acoustic rock orchestra. She also performs with the band Nick Vecchio and Co. where she is exploring aspects of creative and improvisatory music making.