Christian Elser , Ph.D.
Professor of Music
Department of MusicEmail Dr. Elser
DMA, University of Kansas
MM, Northwestern University
BM, University of Wisconsin
AS, Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts
About Dr. Elser
Baritone, Dr. Christian Elser is Associate Professor of Music at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he is Voice Division Director, Director of Choral Activities and Director of the PC Opera & Musical Theatre program. He has performed in opera, operetta and musical theatre with a variety of organizations in opera, operetta and musical theatre such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Lyric Opera Cleveland, LOOK Musical Theatre, Charleston Chamber Orchestra, Florence Symphony, Jefferson Performing Arts Society (New Orleans), Augusta Opera, Tulsa Project Theatre, and Centre Stage Theatre of South Carolina. Dr. Elser has recorded for Cedille Records on the world premiere recording of Robert Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweikas well as for Centaur Records on a project of previously un-recorded Songs of Sergei Taneyev. In broadcast he has performed live in concert on WFMT Chicago’s Live from Studio One and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvejhem series, among others. Additionally, Dr. Elser is the co-founder, Executive Director and Music Director of Glow Lyric Theatre in Greenville. Glow is South Carolina’s only professional lyric theatre producing musical theatre, opera and operetta and is currently in its 10th Season. Over the years many talented current and former voice students have had the opportunity to gain important professional stage experience through Glow apprenticeships. Christian holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Music in Historical Musicology from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice from the University of Kansas.