MM '07; Vocal Performance Department Chair
Elizabeth Radigonda has been teaching at UArts since 2008. She is the program director of Vocal Performance and teaches various courses and ensembles in the School of Music.
Elizabeth Radigonda graduated from University of the Arts with a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in December 2007. In January 2008, she joined the Music faculty. In 2015, she became a full-time assistant professor and currently teaches Jazz Vocal Improvisation, Musicianship, private lessons, and runs the Jazz Singers and Vocal Workshop ensembles.
Radigonda is an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Radigonda conducted the District 7 Regional Jazz Choir for PMEA in 2018. Additionally, she is an adjudicator for the PMEA all-state vocal jazz choir and hears blind auditions from students statewide. Radigonda is also a frequent clinician, giving workshops and clinics for the Berks County Get JazzEd festival and at multiple schools in the Pennsylvania Area.
She published her first article in the PMEA Journal in April 2016, titled “Jazz Phrasing for Young Vocal Students: Teaching young singers how to rhythmically stylize a jazz standard in 4 easy steps.”
In 2009, Radigonda formed the Elizabeth Ross Quintet and regularly performs throughout the Philadelphia area.
Radigonda has also performed with the Crosky Street Trio, Hoppin’ John Orchestra, Pat Hart and the Fly Kicks, the Philadelphia Jazz Project’s Mysterious Traveler series and as a core member of the choir at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, the John Clarke Little Big Band, Here/Now, the Loose Cannon Band and the Philly Pops Festival Chorus.
She has performed as a member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of famous choral director Robert Page. While in the choir, she performed Verdi’s “Requiem,” conducted by Gilbert Levine and performed The Lord of the Rings Suite conducted by the composer Howard Shore with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Awards & Accolades
She was a featured guest artist for the 2019 Penn State Jazz Festival, where she performed with members of the Penn State Jazz faculty and worked with their student jazz vocal group.
In spring 2021, she will be the conductor for the first-ever virtual Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Choir.