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Rachel Bean Photography

Rachel Bean Photography

Soprano Elizabeth Gartman (b.1996) has been heard across the country at events such as Songfest in Los Angeles, New Music on the Point near Burlington, as well as in the Urbana-Champaign, Illinois area and in Kohler and Sheboygan, Wisconsin - Elizabeth's hometown.  Her compositions have reached a similar span of audiences from the Music by Women Festival in Columbus, Missouri to the University of Illinois Campus, along with Songfest, a premier at New Music on the Point festival, and throughout the Midwest region.  Elizabeth's vocal, compositional, and academic achievements have earned her the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Music Award (2018), the Judith Life Ikenberry Award (2018), the Geraldine K. Scott Fellowship (2017), the Golden Lyre Award (2017), and the University of Illinois's Vocal Achievement Award (2016).  An excerpt from Elizabeth's chamber opera was selected as a finalist in the 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition.

Elizabeth frequently performs an array of both contemporary and classical vocal repertoire in concert and operatic settings.  She was recently featured as the principle role of "Bibi" in a workshop production of PRISM; a three-act opera written by Ellen Reid and sponsored by Beth Morrison Projects.  Elizabeth has also been seen in the Lyric Theater @ Illinois productions of Don Giovanni (2018), Viva Verdi! (2017), and Poppea (2016).   In August of 2018, Elizabeth played the roles of Sandman and Dewfairy at Vivace Summer Opera's production of Hansel und Gretel in Vancouver.

Elizabeth is currently developing a chamber opera for seven voices titled The New Motive Power.  This opera is set to have its fully-staged premiere in 2020 and is written in collaboration with librettist Susan Bywaters.  Elizabeth is pursuing a Master of Music degree in composition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, under the direction of Susan Botti (composition) and Lucy Shelton (voice). In May of 2019, Elizabeth graduated with Bachelor of Music degrees in composition and vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at U of I, Elizabeth studied with Dr. Reynold Tharp (composition), Dr. Carlos Carrillo (composition), and Dr. Ollie Watts Davis (voice).