Dr. Elizabeth Schauer accepted an appointment as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2004. An award-winning educator, Dr. Schauer directs the Symphonic Choir, the University Community Chorus and vocal jazz ensembles; and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and methods. She currently serves as Chancel Choir director at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, and has been on the summer faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Before coming to Tucson, Dr. Schauer was Director of Choral Activities at Adams State College in Colorado, and also taught at Centenary College in New Jersey.
Dr. Schauer has conducted college, community, church, honor and public school choirs including singers from ages 5 to 95, and has served as music director of community and university theatrical productions as well. She is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and presenter throughout the United States. She has presented sessions at the national conventions of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and College Music Society (CMS) and most recently served as headliner clinician for the Colorado ACDA summer workshop. Her choirs have been featured at local, state and regional events of Music Educators National Conference (MENC), ACDA and CMS.
As a chorister, Dr. Schauer has had the privilege to sing under the direction of Riccardo Muti, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Sir David Willcocks, James Conlon and Hugh Wolff, and in opera choruses under the direction of Robert Altman, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Gunter Kramer.
Dr. Schauer has held state and regional leadership positions with ACDA, CMS and MENC. She received her DMA in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, her MM in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and her BM in music education with distinction from the University of Michigan. She has studied conducting with Patrick Gardner, Thomas Hilbish, Joseph Flummerfelt, Frauke Haasemann, Allen Crowell, Elmer Thomas, Earl Rivers, John Leman and Dale Warland.