Photo by Katrin Talbot

Photo by Katrin Talbot

As a performer, pedagogue, clinician, and researcher, Elizabeth DeLamater is committed to bringing the highest level of percussion and steelpan performance to students and audiences alike. Elizabeth teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the International Music Camp (International Peace Gardens, North Dakota/Manitoba).  Elizabeth has performed with many classical and contemporary ensembles, including the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Opera Project Columbus  and the Phoenix Symphony, and frequently performs with Kaganu Percussion and as a soloist, most recently as a guest artist at the 2017 Honduras Internacional Festival de Percussión.    

Elizabeth has been fortunate to participate in the world’s panoply of percussion traditions. Her travels include two tours of Japan and multiple trips to Trinidad and Tobago, including performances at the 2000 World Steelband Festival and the 2005 Panorama competition with Phase II Pan Groove.  She traveled to Senegal and The Gambia in 2010 to study Wolof and Malinke drumming, and Ghana in 2016 to study at the Dagara Music Center. Her numerous festival and conference appearances include multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conferences, including the world premiere of Jenny Olivia Johnson's "COMA: I was in Pink" in 2015. 

Elizabeth has extensive experience as a steelband director and arranger for steelbands of all levels.  She has also taught at Youngstown State University, Baldwin Wallace University, Roosevelt University, and North Central College. Her published work can be found in the Instrumentalist, Percussive Notes, and Panpress.

Elizabeth received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University , her Master of Music Performance degree from The Florida State University, and her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Northern Illinois University.

Elizabeth serves on the Percussive Arts Society Diversity Alliance. She is a board member of the International Music Camp and a US advocate for Fundación Artes Educativas Coros Y Orquestas de Honduras.

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Photo: Sabar drums on the roof of the Konate house, Guedaiwaye, Senegal

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