and “delicately compassionate”
(Times Herald Record) singing, Soprano Elizabeth Kling is gaining
recognition as a dynamic and versatile performer.
In her Carnegie Hall début, she created the title role of Lucy by Tom Cipullo, and her performance was acclaimed as “excellent” (The Big City). Other roles include Áljana (A Little Princess), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Hope (Anything Goes). Also a lover of new music, Elizabeth has performed in world premieres written by American composers Tom Cipullo and Christian McLeer. She was a 2013 national semi-finalist in The American Prize Art Song Competition.
In Colorado, Elizabeth has performed with Loveland Opera Theater, Luminous Thread Productions, and Coal Creek Theater of Louisville. She has been a guest artist in recitals at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Elizabeth is a first place winner of the Colorado-Wyoming NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) music theater competition and a two-time finalist in the classical competition.
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. She is multi-lingual and specializes in crossover vocal techniques, including belting for the classically trained singer. As a master class clinician, she has presented at several universities around the country, including The University of Colorado, Boulder and Auburn University.
Elizabeth holds a master of music degree from New England Conservatory, and a doctorate from The City University of New York Graduate Center. Published in 2011, her dissertation is titled The Art Songs of Tom Cipullo.
In 2012, Elizabeth was one of eight teachers across the US to receive the Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Elizabeth served as Auditions Chair of the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of NATS from 2011 to 2013 and is also a member of the College Music Society. Conference presentations include Unabashedly Tonal: The Art Songs of Tom Cipullo (lecture-recital) at the West Central Regional NATS Conference in 2012 and Redefining Versatility: Teaching Classical Singers How to Belt at the Rocky Mountain Chapter CMS Conference in 2014.
Elizabeth teaches private voice lessons, master classes, and specialized workshops at Dana V Music in Louisville and at her private studio in Erie.