Kenneth Elpus is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Maryland School of Music, where he prepares preservice choral music educators, teaches graduate courses in research methods, and conducts the University of Maryland Women’s Choir. Ken holds the Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from The College of New Jersey and earned his master's degree and 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). Since arriving at the University of Maryland, he has conducted numerous honor choirs and prepared the UMD Concert Choir for performances with the National Symphony Orchestra and Broadway veterans Lea Salonga and Terrance Mann at the Kennedy Center. 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, the demographics of music students, and the process of selection into music education. His research and scholarship have been published in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Research, Arts Education Policy Review, and the Journal of Research in Music Education, among other venues. He presently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. His research agenda at the University of Maryland is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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Choral Conducting

University of Maryland High School Choral Invitational, November 2012

Media Appearances

BBC World News America, Aired March 26, 2013