Elden Little Instructor, vocal coach


  • Vocal Arts

106 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Elden Little has worked as a pianist/coach in operatic productions that range from baroque operas to contemporary works by composers such as Jonathan Dove, Carlise Floyd, Philip Glass, Jake Heggie, and Andre Previn. While at Austin Lyric Opera, he worked as a pianist/coach, music administrator, orchestra manager, and orchestra librarian. Additional collaborations include Des Moines Metro Opera, where he has been a member of the music staff, Opera Birmingham, Kentucky Opera, and San Antonio Opera.

He has accompanied numerous singers, most notably internationally acclaimed soprano Gilda Cruz-Romo, in recitals in Texas and Guadalajara, Mexico. He went on several tours with the Austin-based choral ensemble Conspirare, and can be heard as a featured soloist on their recording "Through the Green Fuse," available on the Clarion label. He has accompanied the master classes of Mattiwilda Dobbs, Ezio Flagello, Denyce Graves, Brenda Harris, Marilyn Horne, Catherine Malfitano, Elizabeth Mannion, Samuel Ramey, Martial Singher, David Small, Pamela South, Gerard Souzay, and Todd Thomas.

His educational training includes a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in piano performance, and Master's and Doctorate degrees in applied piano from the University of Texas at Austin. His collaborative piano studies were with noted accompanists Eugene Bossart, David Garvey, and Gwendolyn Koldofsky.