Eliza's charismatic stage presence and musical flexibility has led her to a wide variety of roles, from young debutante to aged matriarch. She completed her masters in opera performance at UNT in 2018 where she studied with Professor Molly Fillmore. While there, she played the roles Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (2016), Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music (2017), and Souer Geráld in Les Dialogues des Carmélites (2017) under the direction of David Ward. She sang the role of Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte as part of a summer performance series with The Fillmore Studio in 2016 and 2017. 


Eliza received her Bachelor of Music in 2015 from Iowa State University where she studied with Mary Creswell and Jody Goble. While there she performed the roles of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Yum-yum in The Mikado, and Cunegonde in Candide, for which she was nominated for an Irene Ryan Award. 


Prior to her studies at UNT, Eliza participated in the 2015 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona Italy where she collaborated with fellow musicians, conductors, and composers to premiere new works. This inspired her interest in new compositions. She continues to commission and collaborate with composers on new music projects. She performed an original work by composer Jason Charney at the CEMIcircles Festival of Experimental Music and Intermedia in 2017 and has premiered new works of area musicians in recital. In Fall 2018 Eliza sang selections from Frauen Liebe und Leben for Margo Garrett as part of Collabfest at the University of North Texas.


One of Eliza's greatest interests is bringing classical music into her community. In Fall 2018 she collaborated with the Baroque trio, Trio Amaranti, on their fall tour of the DFW metroplex. For more information about her collaborations go to her calendar



When not on the stage, Eliza stays busy in her music community. While at the University of North Texas, she stage-managed three main-stage productions for UNT Opera. She is now a stage manager for the Murchison Performing Arts Center as well as a freelance event coordinator and stage manager. She managed The Baroque Salon: Apollon, La Nuit, et Comus at Moody Hall in Dallas for the Dallas Bach Society in March 2019. Along with management, Eliza has a vested interest in directing.


In September 2017 she co-conceptualized and directed a variety show charity fundraiser called Cabaret for a Cause in New York for a women's shelter. The event raised over $1,000 in donations and helped raise awareness about health services available in the community.  She is currently serving as the music video director for DFW based non-profit Lumedia Musicworks' 2018-19 season. In September 2018 she conceptualized and managed their Share the Love-stream fundraising event; a multimedia live-stream that featured DFW musicians and artists. The event raised $2,000 for Lumedia Musicworks and was awarded a $1,250 cash prize by North Texas Giving day for "Best collaboration with a for-profit business". She will continue to serve as the music video director and stage manager for Lumedia Musicworks on their 2019-2020 season. 


If you would like to learn more about Eliza's projects or engage her in a project of your own, feel free to contact her.

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