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Dr. Elise Hepworth is an associate professor of voice and music education at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. She teaches vocal pedagogy, song literature, diction, music methods courses, and conducts the Wayne State College Concert Choir as well as Black and Gold, Wayne State’s premier collegiate show choir. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University and a MME from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. In 2006, she earned a Doctorate of Arts in Music from the University of Mississippi, her research focusing primarily on vocal pedagogy and performance. Her studies included an internship with The Voice Care Associates of Memphis, Tennessee and interdisciplinary work with the Ole Miss Communicative Disorders Department, focusing on pathological disorders of the voice.
Dr. Hepworth has performed leading roles from operas including The Ballad of Baby Doe, Into the Woods, Die Zauberflöte, The Mikado, Tartuffe, Martha, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2007, she received an honorary scholarship from Rotary International to study at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, New Zealand. During her studies, she performed with the New Zealand Light Opera as Stella and Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann opposite international tenor, Patrick Power. Additionally, she performed with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra as a finalist in New Zealand’s National Aria and Art Song Competition, placing second in the Lied and English Art Song divisions. While in New Zealand, Dr. Hepworth performed as a recitalist and was invited by the New Zealand School of Music to formally present her dissertation findings as a part of the Professionals Lecture Series at Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr. Hepworth is Nationally Certified in Orff Schulwerk by AOSA, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Voice by MTNA. She is the Vice-President of the Nebraska Music Teachers Association and coordinates the NMTA state festival held in October. She is an active member of the state and national chapters of NATS, NAfME, MTNA, CMS and ACDA. In July, 2010, Dr. Hepworth performed works of Joan Trimble in Durham, England as a part of the International Irish Folk Song festival. In May and June of 2013, she spent five weeks in the northeast states of Sergipe, Alagoas, and Bahia, Brasil on a cultural and vocational exchange focusing on education and music literacy. She has been invited by NMEA (Nebraska), MMEA (Minnesota), SDMEA (South Dakota) and IMEA (Iowa) as well as Hawaii and England to present her research and dissertation findings at conventions and she performs and presents regularly as a recitalist and clinician (vocal and choral) regionally, nationally, and internationally.