Elizabeth Packard Arnold

Assistant Professor of Music - Voice
Dir. of Undergraduate Studies

DMA: Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

At UK since: 2009

Elizabeth Packard Arnold, soprano, is a versatile singer who has frequently performed as a soloist in recitals and oratorios throughout the U.S. with emphasis on early music and the Lieder of Franz Liszt.  She has sung with numerous regional orchestras, performing works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Saint-Saëns. In addition, she performed as a soprano soloist frequently with the Atlanta based group, New Trinity Baroque Ensemble, in performances of Bach cantatas, solo cantatas of Handel, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in addition to performances of Carissimi’s Jonas and Jepthe, Charpentier’s Messe de Nuit, Monteverdi’s Selve Morale e Spirituale, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas that are recorded on Edition Lilac. She also served as a soprano soloist in Handel’s L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed it Moderato for the American Handel Festival and in numerous performances with the Kentucky Baroque, whose inaugural concert was part of the fringe concert series for the Boston Early Music Festival. Her performances of Liszt’s songs include recitals and presentations in Weimar, Germany as part of the International Franz Liszt Congress for the 200th anniversary of his birth and at the American Liszt Festival in San Francisco.

Dr. Arnold regularly collaborates with Professor Lori Hetzel as the voice technician for the UK Women’s Choir. Their work in the area of “Voice Building for Choirs” has resulted in presentations at the regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. In addition, Professor Arnold has presented on this topic at conferences and universities, including the regional American Guild of Organists, as a faculty member at the Presbyterian Association’s of Musicians national conference in North Carolina, and as a guest clinician at universities in Texas, North Carolina, and Toronto. She is also a contributor to the book and accompanying DVD:  Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success, editor and co-author Debra Surgeon (Chicago: GIA Publications).

Professor Arnold received a D.M.A. in vocal performance from the Cincinnati—College Conservatory of Music focusing on the Lieder of Sophia Westenholz (1759-1838) for her D.M.A. thesis. Her research resulted in a presentation at the national meeting of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Orlando, Florida. She has also studied German oratorio at the Benjamin Britten–Peter Pears School in Aldeburgh, England with Kurt Equiluz, Ruth Drucker, and Alastair Ross and participated in Stephen Stubb’s summer Baroque opera program, Accademia d’Amore, in Seattle, Washington. She has coached with other Baroque specialists such as Julianne Baird, Evelynn Tubb, and the American Bach Soloists.

She served as an Artist-Affiliate in voice at Emory University from 1994 until May 2003 when she assumed teaching duties in voice at the University of Kentucky in September 2003. From 2006 to 2009 she was also an Assistant Professor at Transylvania University where she directed the Transylvania Singers (Women’s Choir) and taught applied voice, opera workshop, vocal diction, and song literature. Her students have successfully been accepted into graduate schools, musical theater and opera programs/productions, as well as placed in university and secondary school positions. In August 2009 she assumed the position of Assistant Professor in voice at the University of Kentucky where she teaches applied lessons and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies.