Elizabeth Dyer, PhD
Visiting Professor and Chair of the Music Program
Dr. Elizabeth Dyer teaches courses in Western and World music history, choral conducting, choral and sacred music literature and music ministry. She also directs OLLU’s two premiere vocal ensembles, Lake Effect and Les Canards. Dr. Dyer, a Fulbright scholar, has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of York in the United Kingdom, where she studied with Dr. John Potter and Dr. Jonathan Wainwright as an ORSAS scholar. She also earned a second M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia under Dr. R. Paul Crabb, while her first M.M. was in music composition from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, where she studied with Dr. David Ashley White and Dr. Rob Smith. Dr. Dyer’s bachelor degree is from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, double-majoring in music and English while holding the Amelia B. Walford Scholarship in Classical Music. She is a published scholar of early sacred music-drama, in particular the music in Benedictine, Augustinian and Jesuit college theatre c. 1500 - c. 1800. Additionally, she remains an active musician, performing as a vocalist and as an instrumentalist in a variety of ensembles.