Elizabeth McDonald

Region: Ontario
Elizabeth McDonald

Profile Type: Educator
I Play: Soprano, High voice


Soprano Elizabeth McDonald is having a diverse career as a performer and teacher. Recently she has presented recitals at the Universities of Toronto, Lethbridge and Bimiji State, St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston, the Quinte Society for Chamber Music and the Canadian University Music Society 2017 Conference. She has appeared with the National Ballet Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Kingston Symphony and with the Off Centre Music Salon and is a founding member of the trio "Women on the Verge". As a young artist with both the Santa Fe Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Elizabeth understudied and performed a number of major roles including Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, The Woman in Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and Jenufa in Janecek’s Jenufa.

A voice instructor at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth’s students have won major awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition, the Eckhardt-Grammatte Competition, and the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award at UofT. They have been accepted at prestigious summer programs including the Ravinia Festival, and The Schubert Institute; as well as major graduate programs in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth was selected as a 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Teaching Program participant. She has served as an adjudicator for major voice festivals across Canada and works regularly with the Ontario Youth Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and lectures at the University of Toronto’s annual Choral Symposium. Elizabeth is the past-president of the Ontario Chapter of NATS and is the co-founder of the website ArtSongFinder.com.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. She lives in Prince Edward County, ON with her husband and two children.


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