Kenneth Elpus is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland School of Music, where he teaches courses in choral music education and directs the UMD Women’s Chorus. Ken earned his Ph.D. in music education at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he held a fellowship in the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME). He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The College of New Jersey and his Master of Music in Music Education from Northwestern. 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 CD of the composer’s eclectic works, which is available internationally in physical form and on iTunes. Ken’s research interests include music education and public policy, music education as a context for adolescent development, and the analysis of large datasets. His research and scholarship have been published in the Music Educators Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, and the Journal of Research in Music Education. He presently serves on the Editorial Committee of the Music Educators Journal. In 2012, Ken was awarded one of only fifteen research grants distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts in the Art Works: Research program, the agency’s first ever research grant competition. He was awarded a second NEA Art Works: Research grant for a follow-up study in 2013.

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Recent Conducting


University of Maryland High School Choral Invitational, November 2012

Media Appearances

BBC World News America, Aired March 26, 2013