About JazzThis!

 

Elizabeth Smith Curtis

Born in Lake Charles, LA (she claims to have a little bit of bayou in her blood) but raised in Houston, Texas, Elizabeth has sung many forms of music. Upon completing a Master's of Music Degree from Rice University, she was the vocalist with a big band for several years. Also while in Texas, she performed with Theater Under the Stars, the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society and was a soloist in many classical major works including the Fauré Requiem, the Duruflé Requiem, the Mozart Requiem, Dubois' "The Seven Last Words of Christ," Bach's B Minor Mass, and Bach's Magnificat.

Since moving to Tulsa, she has been seen in numerous shows such as Gondoliers (Tessa), Pirates of Penzance (Edith), Phantom (Carlotta), Barnum (Jenny Lind), Rockwell (Mary Rockwell), and Honky Tonk Angels (Sue Ellen). Elizabeth also worked as the music director for a number of shows including The Fantasticks, Twelfth Night, John Brown's Body, Rockwell, Miracle on 34th Street, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag, and as the vocal director for Listen to My Heart. She has had the pleasure of working with Broadway composer David Friedman, Broadway performers John Sawyer and Erick Devine, and international stage personality Sir John Reed, OBE.

When not on stage, she enjoys composing and has written the music and lyrics for eight musicals. Elizabeth was the Minister of Music at Harvard Avenue Christian Church for over 6 years where she conducted performances of Mozart's Requiem, Dubois' "The Seven Last Words of Christ," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and the Christmas section of "The Messiah." After serving there, she was the artistic director for Council Oak Men's Chorale for four years. Since 2006 Elizabeth has conducted the Hyechka Chorus (a Tulsa-based women's community chorus) which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012! When not on stage conducting or performing, she maintains a full studio of private students studying piano, voice and guitar. In addition to her vocal skills, Elizabeth plays piano, guitar, bass, banjo and pipe organ. Elizabeth credits her phenomenal teachers Frances Bible, voice, and Sylvia Strong, piano, (both Juilliard grads) and her wonderful husband, Carl Curtis, with helping her be the musician she is today.

 
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