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Symphonic Choir is the premier undergraduate ensemble at the University of Arizona, carrying on a sixty-five-year tradition of excellence in choral music and education. In addition to performing formal concerts on campus, on Tucson-area concert series, and on tours throughout the Southwest, the choir collaborates with university and professional ensembles, including on performances of Faure’s Requiem with University Community Chorus & Orchestra, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with Arizona Choir, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Arizona Symphony, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the City of Prague Philharmonic, and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Symphonic Choir won Second Place in The American Prize 2017 competition for the college/university division, and has been invited to perform for the conferences of the Western Division of American Choral Directors Association, the Pacific-Southwest Region of College Music Society, and the Arizona Music Educators Association. Students represent a broad variety of disciplines and hail from throughout the United States. Repertoire embraces music from a wide range of cultural traditions and from every historical period up to and including new works commissioned especially for the choir. Dr. Schauer is in her fourteenth year as conductor of Symphonic Choir.
Dr. Elizabeth Schauer serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the University of Arizona, where she is in her fourteenth year of teaching. An award-winning educator, Dr. Schauer directs the Symphonic Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, literature and methods. She is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, presenter and guest conductor throughout the United States, including recently for performances with the National High School Women’s Honor Choir at Carnegie Hall and the Connecticut and New Mexico All-State Choirs. Choirs under her direction have been selected by audition and invited to perform on local, state and regional conferences of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education, College Music Society and American Guild of Organists. In addition her choirs have been featured on the ACDA National YouTube Channel and the Community Concert Series of KUAT-FM Classical Radio, and are regularly invited to collaborate, notably with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Arizona Symphony and the UA Wind Ensemble. Repertoire embraces choral and choral-orchestral masterworks of the western canon from the Middle Ages through the present, up to and including new works commissioned for her ensembles, as well as music of our time and from a variety of cultures. She has presented sessions at the national conventions of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) and College Music Society (CMS); regional conferences of ACDA, and state conferences of ACDA and National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Former students are active as music educators at public and private schools, churches, colleges and universities throughout the country, and have been accepted into respected graduate schools and programs for continued study. Dr. Schauer currently is Immediate Past President of Arizona ACDA, and recently served on the Conference Planning Committee of the Western Division of ACDA. She holds degrees from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Westminster Choir College and University of Michigan.