A native of Mobile, Alabama, Elizabeth Bemis received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of South Alabama and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Commercial Music Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory. She has completed training at both the CCM Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory and University of North Texas Vocal Pedagogy Workshop and enjoys teaching all genres of music to students of all ages. A lifelong church musician, Elizabeth has served in churches as a pianist, organist, soprano, and choirmaster. She currently serves as Director of Music at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Centreville, VA. Elizabeth also works as a freelance collaborative pianist, playing primarily at Shenandoah Conservatory for undergraduate musical theatre students‘ private voice lessons.
Elizabeth has performed extensively in collegiate and professional operatic productions and was selected as a Madame Rose-Palmai Tenser Young Artist with Mobile Opera for two consecutive years. Her most recent roles include Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica, Gabrielle in La vie Parisienne, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Johanna in Sweeney Todd. While living in Alabama, Elizabeth worked extensively with the selective children’s choir Mobile’s Singing Children, coaching the group for tour performances at various venues, including Carnegie Hall. Most recently, she acted as the Music Director/Vocal Instructor at Levine School of Music in Washington D.C during their summer camp.
An avid researcher with particular interests in musical theatre education and cross-over pedagogy, Elizabeth recently presented her paper on the topic of riffing at the prestigious Voice Foundation‘s Annual Symposium. Her other research has been featured at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Women in Music Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions. Elizabeth currently maintains a private studio of voice students in Winchester, Virginia and Centreville, Virginia and is thrilled to be joining the Not Just Dance community.