Teaching

Elizabeth is Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Auburn University. She serves as the Department of Theatre’s principal singing instructor and music director. In collaboration with Auburn University-colleague Jeri Dickey, she conceived of and directed an original Broadway cabaret, “Puttin’ on the Hits,” in 2015. She also maintains an independent commercial voice studio in Auburn.

Elizabeth’s students have been accepted into prestigious music programs at universities and summer training courses around the country, including Cap-21, Berklee College of Music, New York University and Oberlin College. Her students have won prizes in CO-WY NATS competitions and been accepted into both Jazz and Classical All State Choirs. She is multi-lingual and specializes in crossover vocal techniques, including belting for the classically trained singer.

In 2012, Elizabeth received the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing. As a master class clinician, she has presented for The New York Singing Teachers’ Association, for CO-WY NATS, and at several universities around the country, including The University of Colorado, Boulder and California State Polytechnic University.

Elizabeth grew up in a wonderful artistic community in California where she played clarinet and piano, sang with award-winning choirs, participated in musical theater productions, taught dance, and was apprenticed to a professional modern dance company. As a voice teacher, she strives to pass on her great love of music to her students, as well as guide them through their vocal development with enthusiasm and encouragement.

I had the pleasure of being taught by Elizabeth for four years, and in that time I went from someone with intonation and confidence issues to being selected to perform with the top choir at my high school. Elizabeth has always been warm, dedicated, and caring and was always introducing new techniques and exercises to help me as I grew as a singer and performer. She is extremely knowledgeable about many different styles and was always very helpful with audition prep. She is both kind and professional and was able to truly help me reach my potential.

— Talia Nadel, Student at Oberlin College

Elizabeth gave me confidence, in both my voice, and myself. By encouraging me to explore my whole range, as well as all styles of singing, I learned more than I ever thought I would. She was passionate about teaching, and that passion made me want to rise to the challenge of every piece we worked on. She pushed me to work on posture, range, as well as performance skills, to become a well-rounded performer and musician. Elizabeth helped me with choir music, solo opportunities, and performance preparation. We learned classical, jazz, pop and Broadway songs, and she always encouraged me explore on my own, including accompanying myself on the piano while singing. Working with Elizabeth was amazing, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

— Amanda Fenwick-Smith, student at Georgetown University

When I started lessons with Elizabeth, I was a high school senior looking to have fun and learn more about my voice and how to make it the best it could possibly be. Elizabeth helped me achieve all that and was a joy to learn from in the process. She is a wise teacher who always knows exactly how to get her point across to help you understand what’s going on with your voice at the technical and emotional levels. Elizabeth helped me gain the knowledge I needed to be confident in my vocal abilities.

— Whitney Meer, student at New York University