Erin E. Plisco



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • DMA, Choral Conducting, University of Arizona
  • MM, Choral Studies, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  • BM, Choral Music Education; Vocal Performance, Christopher Newport University

Professional experience

Erin Plisco is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at Missouri State University, where she conducts the Women’s Chorus and Choral Union and teaches advanced choral conducting and graduate choral literature. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Arizona, where she studied conducting with Bruce Chamberlain and voice with Elizabeth Futral. She completed the Master of Music in Choral Studies at Trinity College, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), where she was a recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship and studied with Grammy-nominated conductor Stephen Layton. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance with a minor in Leadership Studies from Christopher Newport University.

Ms. Plisco has conducted choirs of all ages, most notably serving as the Director of Choral Studies at Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines, NC). Under her direction, the choirs received numerous awards at national festivals and competitions, performed by invitation at the NCMEA State Conference, and her chamber choir was the winner of The American Prize for high school choral ensemble performance in 2013. She also contracted and hosted Grammy award-winning composer Eric Whitacre for a residency at the school.

Ms. Plisco has also served as director for the East Carolina University Women’s Choir and Collegiate Choir, and as a frequent guest clinician throughout the United States. She is a past recipient of the Colleen Kirk Award, given by the ACDA Southern Division in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a young conductor, and has spent three summers as a choral fellow with the Yale School of Music -Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, under the direction of Simon Carrington.

While at the University of Arizona, Ms. Plisco was the assistant director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus and assistant conductor for the Varna International Music Festival and Opera Academy in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She served as the graduate teaching assistant for the Arizona Choir and the graduate choral program at the UA Fred Fox School of Music, where she was named the Music Advisory Board’s Distinguished Graduate Student of 2017. She has recently joined the ranks of the Grammy-nominated professional choral ensemble True Concord Voices & Orchestra as both assistant conductor and soprano, and will be appearing in programs throughout the 2018-2019 season.