Committee Chair - Events
As Chair of the Events Committee for NYSTA, Elizabeth Saunders has spearheaded NYSTA's events planning, bringing masterclasses and workshops of the highest caliber to the Association's worldwide membership, which cover the styles, audition techniques, and healthy execution of everything from Classical voice to the Rock "scream". In addition to her private studio, Elizabeth has trained young professionals for the New National Theater Tokyo’s Young Artist Training Program, and taught private voice and given masterclasses at Trinity College, Hartford CT. Work in high schools has included voice technique classes, Musical Theatre repertoire, and private voice for the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and masterclasses as a visiting clinician with the top competitive show choirs of San Diego County.
A classically-trained singer who has performed principal roles in concert and opera throughout the United States and in Germany, Japan, and Italy before re-training for Musical Theatre and moving to New York in 2011, Elizabeth also has a great love of exploratory and avant-garde vocal music and takes delight in working with singers who are preparing this type of music. In 2010, she was selected by MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient composer Anthony Braxton to participate in his "Trillium" recordings, and is currently recording more than fifty of Charles Ives’ solo works as mezzo-soprano soloist for the Ives Vocal Marathon, a six-concert series of his complete songs that has been presented in concerts around the Northeast since 2005. She received her BM degree in vocal arts from the University of Southern California and her Artist Diploma in opera performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Elizabeth is also a member of NATS, AGMA and Actors' Equity.