Elizabeth Parker, pianist
Elizabeth Parker is a vocal coach at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and at the prestigious Austrian summer program, AIMS in Graz. She assisted Philip Gossett at the Center for Italian Opera Studies, University of Chicago, until his death earlier this year. Her translations of scholarly papers have appeared in Opera Quarterly and the Vox Imago series in collaboration with La Scala, as well as the critical editions of Rossini and Saint-Saëns with Bärenreiter. Beth has worked in opera as coach and pianist, chorus master, university lecturer in music history and theory, and opera workshop director over four decades. After graduate work at Indiana University, where she spent six years working with Virginia Zeani, she apprenticed at the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera and studied with Joan Dornemann and Nico Castel at the Metropolitan Opera. While in New York she ran a young artist program for Jerome Hines, accompanying for Franco Corelli, Henry Lewis, Frank Corsaro, and master classes with Marilyn Horne and other luminaries. Currently she is collaborating with Chicago's Fourth Coast Ensemble in a series called "Alla Rossini" that will highlight solos, duets, trios, and quartets from Bärenreiter's forthcoming critical edition of Rossini's Vocal Chamber Music. Beth also teaches master classes on vocal ornamentation, recitative, and repertoire for the Chicago Vocal Arts Coalition, where she recently prepared Mark Adamo's Little Women.