ELISA C. COOPER
CHAIR, MUSIC DEPARTMENT
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MUSIC, MUSIC MINISTRY
B.M., Piano Performance, Wheaton College
M.M., Piano Performance, Indiana University
2005 – present
Elisa C. Cooper received her B.M. in Piano Performance from Wheaton College and her M.M. in Piano Performance from Indiana University. She studied piano with Joy Miller Kiszely, Karin Redekopp Edwards, and Shigeo Neriki. She was coached by Matthew Manwarren and Elaine Greenfield at Adamant Music School and Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University and has performed in master classes with artists such as Nelita True, Alan Chow, William Westney, and Ben Heppner with Craig Rutenberg. She has performed twice at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and has appeared as a soloist with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. As a collaborative artist, she has played with vocal and instrumental soloists, choral groups, and chamber groups for many years and continues to perform as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She has also served as an adjudicator for Iowa Music Teachers Association piano auditions and festivals in eastern Iowa.
Miss Cooper studied conducting with Paul Wiens, Daniel Sommerville, and Ariadne Moisiades at Wheaton College and was the honors conductor for the Wheaton College Concert Choir in 2002 – 2003. She recently served as pianist and assistant conductor for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company during their 2011 European Tour to Austria and Italy. During her graduate studies, she taught undergraduate music theory/aural skills for two years as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. Currently she is Chair of the Music Department at Emmaus Bible College where she is also the director of the Emmaus Ensemble and teaches piano, music theory/aural skills, and conducting.