Originally from Nova Scotia, Elizabeth holds an Associateship (Piano Performance) Diploma from both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Maritime Conservatory. She has had a long-standing connection with Brandon University from which she holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance), a Kodaly Music Education Specialist Certificate, and a Master of Music (Music Education). She has adjudicated extensively from Vancouver to Halifax, and is a popular clinician at local, provincial and national events. She conducted the Brandon Choral Society for 25 years, has coordinated the Kodaly Summer Programme and taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate music education courses at Brandon University. She also maintains a large private piano studio, and has been Musical Director of First Presbyterian Church for the past 40 years. She is the founding director of the Brandon Conservatory Chorale, which includes an Apprentice, Boys’, Concert and Chamber Choirs. The Chamber Choir has represented Canada at numerous international events. She led the Mecca Community Choir, and took a 70 voice adult choir to China for the pre-Olympic Cultural Celebrations in 2008. Awards include the YWCA’s "Woman of Distinction Award" for the Arts, the PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP by the International Rotary Club, the Manitoba Choral Association Peace Garden Award, the Brandon University Alumni “Excellence In Teaching Award”, the Governor General’s Queen’s Jubilee Commemorative Medal and an Honourary Doctorate of Music from Brandon University in 2009.