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August 1, 1998


During its annual spring Concert of March 27, 1999 at Goucher College's Kraushaar Theater, The Rosa Ponselle Foundation shall present its Gold Medal Teacher-of-the-Year award to Catholic University's Elizabeth Daniels. In previous years, the Rosa Ponselle Gold Medal Teacher-of-the-Year award has been presented to Betty Ridgeway of Morgan State University; Selma Gottlieb of Bowie, Maryland for her training of young children; Linda Dystra of UMBC and Jean Carter of Catholic University.

Soparano ELIZABETH DANIELS received her B.A. in Music Theory from the University of Chicago, her M.M from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where her teacher was Florence Wend, and a certificate from the American Conservatory in Paris where she studied composition and was a soloist under the direction of Nadia Boulanger. Her mentor and teacher of twenty years was the great American baritone, Todd Duncan.

Mrs. Daniels began her singing career in New York where she was a frequent performer in opera and oratorio, most notably at Carnegie Hall, and was the soloist at Riverside Church. In Washington, she has appeared in opera and oratorio in many places including the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In addition, she has appeared as a soloist with many of Washington's major choral groups.

ELIZABETH DANIELS is currently the Maryland State Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In the 1998 Maryland/D.C. Student Auditions she had the honor of having five first place winners. In 1995 her student, Amanda Gosier, was the Silver Medallion Award winner in the Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition. In 1997, her students, Anastasia Mastroianni and Joshua Saxon received Silver Rose awards in this same Competition. In 1998 Anastasia Mastroianni received the Silver Medallion award in the Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition.

Her current students include young singers at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Julliard School of Music. Most recently, her student, Amanda Gosier, became one of the youngest singers, at the age of 21, to win first place in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition. Miss Gosier was also a finalist in the Rosa Ponselle INTERNATIONAL Competition for the Vocal Arts in November 1997.

Mrs. Daniels is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium -- a team of voice teachers who have brought intensive vocal technique workshops to hundreds of singers all along the East Coast. Mrs. Daniels is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Vocal Arts Society, an organization dedicated to perpetuating the art song recital and which currently enjoys the position of having the premiere art song recital series in the United States.

ELIZABETH DANIELS is currently on the adjunct faculty of The Catholic University of America and has a large private voice studio in her home in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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