A native Mississippian, soprano Elizabeth Blanton Momand, Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Mississippi College in Clinton, where she was an active performer of chamber and solo recital music. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary vocal teachers were Gerald Claxton, Patricia O'Neill and Martha Deatherage.
As a soprano soloist, Dr. Momand has performed over a dozen major oratorios with orchestra including Messiah (Handel), The Creation (Haydn), B minor mass, Magnificat (Bach), Requiem, C minor mass, Vesperae solennes de confessore (Mozart), and Christmas Oratorio (Saint-Saëns). Among the honors Momand has received for her academic work are a scholarship to Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany, a fellowship for study in East Germany, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for study and travel in India.
Dr. Momand joined the UAFS faculty in 2003 where she teaches voice and voice-related subjects. Since that time, her students have regularly been state, regional, national, and international winners of competitions and scholarships, and many have been admitted to prestigious graduate programs and summer festivals in the United States and abroad.
As an active member in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Dr. Momand has served as secretary, vice-president, and president of the Arkansas Chapter. Also active in the College Music Society, she currently serves as the South Central Chapter secretary, and has presented her scholarship at chapter, national, and international conferences, including the most recent CMS international conference in Sweden and Finland.
Dr. Momand served as the UAFS Department Head for Music and Humanities from 2007-2013. She is a trained visiting accreditor for the National Association of Schools of Music and has served as secretary for the Arkansas Association of Schools of Music.
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