Elizabeth Smith, Board-Certified Music Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist, has been passionate about music ever since her first solo at age 5 in her Kindergarten school program. She continued to pursue music theatre and vocal performance throughout high school and college. Elizabeth has over 18 years of professional musical experience. She received her Bachelors of Music Therapy with a concentration in vocal performance from East Carolina University in 2002 and completed a music therapy internship before passing her Board Certification Exam in 2004. Elizabeth has been providing research based music therapy services and music lessons in the Triangle area since 2006.
Elizabeth is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association, The Music Therapy Association of North Carolina, and The Child Life Council. Elizabeth has presented nationally on numerous topics related to music therapy, including music therapy and copyright issues, the use of music therapy in assisted livings, the effects music therapy on geriatric psychiatry units, the benefits of music on early childhood development, and the effects of music on the human brain.
Rachel Pazur is an accomplished Opera Singer in her undergraduate career, having sustained four mainstage roles, despite being an education student. She has enthusiastically sought out more than what the Choral Music Education degree had to offer, taking extra courses in Brass, Woodwinds, and Strings Methods, as well as taking up a psychology minor for her own interests in developmental psychology. In addition to her freelance performing record for numerous churches in or around the Guilford County area, she has also worked as a counselor for UNCG's Summer Music Camp, and served as Treasurer for her local chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota; an International Music Fraternity. She teaches piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, and flute.
Eliya Watson, mezzo-soprano and flutist, is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music under Dr. Nancy Walker, Dr. Jim Bumgardner, and Dr. Robert Wells. At UNCG, Eliya performed both on stage and backstage regularly with Greensboro Opera, UNCG Theatre, UNCG Opera, and with local community theatres around the triangle and triad areas. Eliya intends to pursue a master of Music in the near future. Favorite roles include Juenefille in King of Hearts, Penny in The Back Seat, and Rusty in Footloose. Eliya joins us teaching voice, flute, ukulele, and beginner piano.
Johanna Evans has been practicing the clarinet since the 6th grade (10+ years!). She was in marching band and concert band through high school and obtained a solo her senior year of marching band. She was also a member of the All County band. While studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Johanna played in the University Band and was coached by several different high performing clarinet instructors. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration and currently works in a law office. Johanna is very excited to get back into music and teaches clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone.