Elizabeth Packard Arnold
Soprano Elizabeth Packard Arnold frequently performs as a soloist in recitals and oratorios throughout the United States, emphasizing early music and the Lieder of Franz Liszt. She has sung with numerous regional orchestras, performing compositions of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and others. Additionally, she performed frequently as a soloist with the New Trinity Baroque Ensemble (NTB) in Bach cantatas, solo cantatas of Handel, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Her recorded performances with NTB of Carissimi’s Jonas and Jepthe, Charpentier’s Messe de Nuit, Monteverdi’s Selve Morale e Spirituale, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas appear on Edition Lilac. She also performs in numerous regional and national performances with Dieter Hennings, guitar/lute with their inaugural concert as part of the fringe concert series for the Boston Early Music Festival. She is currently working with Baroque trumpeter Jason Dovel to develop an early music collaborative between UK students, faculty, and outside guest artists. 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 the American Liszt Festivals in San Francisco and Arizona.
Dr. Arnold regularly collaborates with her colleagues at the University of Kentucky. She has joined Professor Lori Hetzel as the voice technician for the UK Women’s Choir with previous presentations of “Voice Building for Choirs” at regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Associations. In addition, Professor Arnold has presented on this topic at conferences and universities in North Carolina, Texas, and Toronto. She is also a contributor to the book and accompanying DVD: Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success (Chicago: GIA Publications). She has further given scholarly presentations and lecture recitals at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and College Music Society (CMS) on the lieder of Sophia Westenholz (1759-1838), the subject of her D.M.A. studies.
In 2018, Dr. Arnold became certified in Koru Mindfulness (korumindfulness.org). She works regionally and nationally, presenting a mindfulness curriculum she designed called “Mindfulness for Singers” and “Mindfulness for Musicians and Artists.” She has received invitations to lecture at distinguished young artist programs such as Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA) and the Kennedy Center for the Arts, including the Washington National Opera Institute and the National Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, she has presented “Mindfulness in the Voice Studio” and “Mindfulness for Musicians” at regional and national conferences through NATS, CMS, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians with further invited invitations from the Kentucky and Florida Music Educatorsxx Association conferences and Memphis Symphony musicians.
Professor Arnold received a D.M.A. in vocal performance from the Cincinnati—College Conservatory of Music with a cognate in Baroque vocal studies. She studied German oratorio at the Benjamin Britten–Peter Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, with Kurt Equiluz, Ruth Drucker, and Alastair Ross. She coached with Baroque specialists such as Julianne Baird, Evelynn Tubb, and the American Bach Soloists and participated in Stephen Stubb’s summer Baroque opera program, Accademia d’Amore.
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 continued in prestigious graduate schools, musical theater and opera programs and productions, and placed in university and secondary school positions. In August 2009, she assumed the position of Assistant Professor in voice at the University of Kentucky and a promotion to Associate Professor in voice in 2015, where she continues to teach applied lessons. She served as Director of Undergraduate Studies before becoming Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts in January 2018.