Lecturer of Voice
D.M.A., University of Texas-Austin
M.M., University of Texas-Austin
B.A., Indiana University-Bloomington
257 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Contralto Elizabeth Pétillot enjoys an active and versatile career as an engaging performer in opera, oratorio, chamber music, and recital. Most recently she published a CD entitled: New People – Contemporary American Works for Voice, Viola, and Piano with her trio – The Chiaroscuro Trio. The CD was released nationally and internationally in July, 2013 on the Albany records label. As part of the project she was pleased to work directly with esteemed composers Libby Larsen and Michael Colgrass as well as premiere two commissioned works by Rob Deemer and Graham Reynolds. In addition to her work as a solo artist Elizabeth is also a long time member of the Grammy nominated chamber choir, Conspirare, directed by Craig Hella Johnson. Most recently the ensemble completed a CD of Russian contemporary choral works to be released on the Harmonia Mundi label in 2014. Elizabeth will be performing this year as the alto soloist in Amy Beach's Mass in Eflat with the UWEC Symphony, in recital at the Alliance Française in Minneapolis, MN and with her trio at the Baroque Room in St. Paul, MN.
Elizabeth currently teaches voice, intro to singing and directs the Women's Chorus at the University of WI – Eau Claire. Last summer she was invited to participate in the NATS Intern Program, a prestigious ten-day professional development workshop for teachers of singing. This winter she is excited to attend a seminar for singing teachers in NYC with master teacher David Jones.
Elizabeth speaks Italian and French fluently and has studied voice at Indiana University Bloomington where she received her Bachelors degree in vocal performance, and with Prof. Rose Taylor of the University of Texas at Austin where she completed both her Masters degree and her DMA. Her research interests include the studyof contralto voices and Italian art song composed after 1950.