Assistant Professor in Music EducationSpecialization: Choral Music Music Education Division
B.M., The College of New Jersey; M.M., Northwestern University; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Kenneth Elpus is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland, where he teaches courses in choral music education and directs the UMD Women's Chorus. Ken earned his PhD in music education from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from The College of New Jersey and the Master of Music degree from Northwestern, where he studied voice with Karen Brunssen and choral conducting with Robert A. Harris.
Prior to beginning doctoral study, Ken was for seven years the Director of Choral Music at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ. Under his direction, Hopewell's choirs collaborated with Canadian choral composer Stephen Hatfield to record Floating Upstream, a full-length recording of the composer's eclectic works available internationally in physical form and on iTunes.
Ken's research interests include music education and public policy and choral music education as a context for adolescent development. He has presented scholarly work at the Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association conference, national meetings of the American Educational Research Association, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, and at the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Beijing. His research and writing have been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, and the Music Educators Journal. Ken presently serves on the advisory board of the Music Educators Journal.