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Liz Pearse

Liz Pearse
  • Lecturer
  • Music + Theatre Arts

Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. She has performed wide-ranging works from medieval to modern, and though she is known as a specialist in contemporary vocal repertoire, she also deeply enjoys a well-aged song. Liz has recently begun a long-term project commissioning and performing works for singer at the piano, and presented her second full-length program of such pieces, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poulenc’s La bestiaire featuring newly-commissioned animal portraits, on tour in 2019.

Liz has a special affinity for music post-1900. As a soloist, her performances include multiple performances of Pierrot lunaire, touring Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi, electroacoustic programming including Philomel, and on-going commissions dedicated to the creation of works for self-accompanying soprano.

In previous seasons, Liz has had the privilege of performing at the Lucerne Festival, singing Berio's Coro under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. She also performed at soundSCAPE Festival in Italy, where in 2013 she earned the distinction of "Outstanding Performer". Other chamber and solo engagements have included the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium; (le) poisson rouge; Omaha Under the Radar; Kerrytown Concert House; Baldwin Wallace University; and Constellation Chicago. Her opera credits include Lyric Opera Kansas City, Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks, in addition to many performances with Indiana University and Bowling Green State University Opera Theatre.  

Liz is one-quarter of Quince Ensemble, a treble quartet dedicated to the creation and performance of contemporary vocal literature. With Quince, Liz has performed on tours of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, David Lang’s love fail (including the work’s Polish premiere), and on numerous collegiate residencies and festivals from coast to coast. Quince’s third album, Motherland, was released to critical acclaim by New Focus Records in April 2018, and they will release their 4th album, love fail, in 2020. (More information about Liz can be found at 

Teaching Interests

MUSI 153/353 Applied Voice
MUSI 345 Voice Pedagogy

Research and Creative Activities

Vocal chamber music
Contemporary and experimental vocal music
Self-accompaniment in performance


B.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
M.M., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
D.M.A., Bowling Green State University