Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. After a childhood spent playing every instrument she could lay hands upon, Liz began exploring the endless possibilities of the voice. Hers is an instrument possessing an unusual range, color, and versatility, leading to performances of medieval to modern music on stages around the world.
Liz has a special affinity for music post-1900. Her recent projects include multiple performances of Pierrot lunaire, electroacoustic programming including Philomel, and an on-going project commissioning works for self-accompanying soprano. As a member of Quince Ensemble, a treble quartet dedicated to the creation and performance of contemporary vocal chamber music, Liz has performed Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, David Lang’s love fail (including the work’s Polish premiere), and on countless collegiate residencies and festivals coast to coast. Quince’s third album Motherland will be released by New Focus Records in March 2018.
Liz has performed with newEar, NAVO Arts, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, KcEMA, (le) poisson rouge, Omaha Under the Radar, Kerrytown Concert House, The Bun Shop, and Constellation Chicago. She has also performed at universities including DePaul, Lawrence, University of Nebraska – Kearney, Baldwin Wallace, Metro State Denver, and University of Central Missouri. Her opera credits include Lyric Opera Kansas City, Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks, alongside many performances with Indiana University and Bowling Green State University Opera Theatres.
As a doctoral student of Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Liz researches the prevalence and incorporation of contemporary repertoire in the collegiate voice studio. She won both the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition and the BGSU Competitions in Music Concerto Competition while at BGSU, and her mentor there is Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers. Prior to her doctoral work, Liz studied with Patricia Stiles at Indiana University.