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Elizabeth Oakes is equally comfortable behind the scenes of the concert hall as on stage. Her interest in concert presenting began as a graduate student and has been an integral part of her professional career since then. In 1997, Elizabeth Oakes co-founded with pianist Rachel Matthews and cellist Ben Wolff, the Foothills Music Festival in Winston-Salem North Carolina. This three-week summer chamber music festival played to packed halls and was praised for its diverse and innovative programming. During her eight-year tenure with this organization, Ms. Oakes was integrally involved in all aspects of concert presenting, including programming, fundraising, board development, marketing, hiring artists and audience development. In February of 2007, Ms. Oakes programmed and coordinated Scandinavian/NordicFest - the largest interdisciplinary undertaking ever to take place at the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences This month long festival, with chamber music at the heart of event, included film, theater, dance, lectures, recitals and a large outreach component. Last season, Ms. Oakes worked with colleagues in the University of Iowa Music Therapy Department and University of Iowa Hospitals to focus on impact that music has on our health and wellbeing. “Music, Healthcare and Well Being” included concerts highlighting breast cancer awareness, MS, hospice care and hearing loss.