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School of Music welcomes two new appointments

Wed, Feb 02, 2011

Join the School of Music in welcoming our two new faculty appointments: Sarah Fuller, harp lecturer and Kenneth Elpus, Assistant Professor of Music Education, choral specialist.

Sarah Fuller, Harp Lecturer

Sarah Fuller is the principal harpist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has been fulfilling the duties of principal harp with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. In a Baltimore Sun review of the Baltimore Symphony, classical music critic Tim Smith claimed that "...the refined harp playing by [Ms.] Fuller stood out" and he hailed her performance as an "impressive flash" in the orchestral texture.

Ms. Fuller is an active chamber musician and frequently performs with her flute, viola and harp trio, Trio Cloisonnè, on series such as the Chamber Music by Candlelight in Baltimore and the Baltimore Symphony's chamber music series in Frederick, MD. She is also a member of the notable Philadelphia contemporary ensemble, Network for New Music, and has recently been featured on a recording of the works of Bernard Rands with members of the group. In January, 2009, Ms. Fuller was the solo artist on an evening of harp music for the Delaware Symphony's Champagne Chamber Music Series, which was broadcast on Philadelphia's NPR station WHYY.

Ms. Fuller holds a master's degree in music from Indiana University and studied at the New England Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School for her bachelor's degree. Her teachers have included Judy Loman of the Toronto Symphony, Anne Hobson Pilot of the Boston Symphony, Nancy Allen of the New York Philharmonic, Alice Chalifoux of the Cleveland Orchestra, and distinguished professor at Indiana University, Susann McDonald.

Ms. Fuller is a former faculty member of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia was also the assistant director from 2006-2009 for the Saratoga Harp Colony, an advanced training ground for the world's next generation of professional harpists that was founded by the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal harpist, Elizabeth Hainen.


Kenneth Elpus, Assistant Professor of Music Education, choral specialist

 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.