Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios, Performer, Teacher and Stage Director
Well known for her interpretations of Contemporary repertoire, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios has performed more than 100 world premieres, many of which had been composed for her. She has recorded for Orion, CRI and Grenadilla and has been acclaimed for her solo recitals all over the world. She is known for her master classes given in Japan, Finland, South America, The Netherlands, Germany, England and Denmark.
She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton California and her Master’s degree from Northwestern University. She completed further graduate work at the University of Indiana. She is presently a Professor Emerita from American University where she had directed numerous operas and shows for the past 30 years. She was honored for her outstanding service to the University. While there, she chaired the vocal department, the music division of the Performing Arts Department and was founder and director of the American University Opera Theater which was responsible for many productions and operas over the years. She created and taught a unique course entitled “Opera on Stage and Film” which was a staple of the General Education program for nearly twenty years.
As a Director she has worked with many regional opera companies including the Springfield Opera, Capitol Opera, Washington Civic Opera, New York State University and the Virginia Opera Theater. As an educator she has conducted workshops in opera and vocal production at many universities across the country including the University of Delaware, North Carolina University, University of Mississippi, Cleveland Institute of Music, Longy School of Music Boston University, Boston Conservatory, and the Goldovsky institute in Oglebay, West Virginia.
In New York she has been acclaimed for her concert work and recitals in such spaces as Carnegie Recital Hall, Symphony space, Merkin Hall, and in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center both in solo recital and with the National Symphony, Wolf Trap, the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, The National, Phillips and Renwick Galleries as well as the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. She has appeared with Santa Fe Opera, Lake George Opera, New York Lyric, Opera Southwest, Colorado Springs Opera, Washington Civic, Washington Lyric Opera, and Shreveport Opera.
She has been the associate director of the Crittenden Opera Studio for the past 23 years, which conducts workshops in Washington, Boston and New York. At the present time she is the founder and Artistic director of the Redwoods Opera Workshop in Mendocino, California, an exclusive workshop dedicated to the training of young opera singers.
She is a member of the international Who’s Who of Musicians, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of Women in the US. She is a Professor Emerita of American University. Presently she is the National President Elect of the National Opera Association.
She presently maintains active vocal studios in Washington DC, New York and Boston.