Elisa Wilson

Fox Fine Arts Center
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Elisa Fraser Wilson
Associate Professor, Music

Dr. Elisa Fraser Wilson is Director of Choral Activities at UTEP, with 25 years experience conducting choirs at the elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate levels. She has conducted children's choirs, women's choirs, and mixed ensembles, including show and vocal jazz choirs. Her doctoral research with Dr. Nicholas Temperley focused on range and tessitura for countertenors in the Chapel Royal anthems of Henry Purcell. Dr. Wilson was Director of Opera UTEP/Music Theater Company at UTEP from 2004-2013; her directing and musical directing credits span nearly 20 opera and musical theater productions. She has trained in the Viewpoints acting method with SITI company members and internationally renowned opera singer Lauren Flanigan, and has successfully directed productions using this method. Current applications include work with Viewpoints for choirs. Dr. Wilson co-authored and coordinated the interdisciplinary Music Theater program at UTEP, teaching voice and coaching roles in classical and contemporary vocal styles and courses in music theater repertory. She is passionate about creating partnerships between UTEP and local arts organizations, having pioneered the relationship between UTEP Music's opera choruses/Young Artist Program and El Paso Opera and, most recently, a collaboration between the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the UTEP Choirs. Additionally, she coordinates vocal outreach activities for the UTEP Voice Area. Having led UTEP Music’s participation in Opera Bhutan, which resulted in student/faculty travel and performance of the first Western opera in Bhutan and El Paso, she continues to explore avenues for continued research and performance in the kingdom of Bhutan. Future plans include continued biannual choral residencies at Leeds Cathedral (UK).


  1. Opera
  2. Music theatre
  3. Voice instruction
  4. Contemporary vocal styles
  5. Choral music
  6. Vocal jazz
  7. External partnerships
  8. Community engagement