Erin Plisco is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at Missouri State University, where she conducts multiple choirs and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting and literature. She is a frequent guest clinician across the United States and abroad, and has presented at state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. She currently serves as the ACDA National Women’s/SSAA Choirs Repertoire and Resources Chair, the MCDA student/new teacher workshop coordinator, and is a conducting fellow for ACDA’s International Conductor Exchange Program. Choirs under her direction recently performed at the 2022 ACDA Southwestern Region Conference, the 2022 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, the 2023 National ACDA Conference, and at Carnegie Hall. She was recently awarded the Podium Award and the Outstanding District Director Award by MCDA for outstanding performances at state and regional conferences.
Dr. Plisco completed the DMA in choral conducting from the University of Arizona, where she studied conducting with Bruce Chamberlain and voice with Elizabeth Futral. She also studied at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship and worked with Grammy-nominated conductor Stephen Layton. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance with a minor in Leadership Studies from Christopher Newport University.
Dr. Plisco has conducted choirs of all ages, most notably serving as Director of Choral Studies at Pinecrest High School (NC). Under her direction, the choirs received numerous awards at national festivals and competitions, and her chamber choir was the winner of The American Prize for high school choral performance. She has also held positions at the University of Arizona, East Carolina University, and Simpson College. Dr. Plisco is a past recipient of the Colleen Kirk Award, given by southern ACDA 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.