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In the true spirit of the Liberal Arts – where diversity of disciplines studied broadens individual capacities to understand and to feel – music studies at Lake Erie College are open to all students, regardless of their previous experience.


Music Faculty

Prof. Gothard

Paul Gothard III
piano/composition/theory/director, LEC Community Chorus

Paul Gothard III holds a BFA in Piano and Composition from Lake Erie College, studying with Dr. Harold Fink and David Gooding, and a M.M. in Music Composition from Cleveland State University, where he studied with Bain Murray, Jules Drossin, Edwin London, and Rudolph Bubalo, and where he also continued graduate piano studies with Andrius Kuprevicious.. Professor Gothard is a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild and has written for a wide variety of music media, including: choral, instrumental, vocal, chamber ensemble, theatre, dance, and electronic. He has attended composer symposia with Alberto Ginastera, Aaron Copland, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Evelyn Glynnie, Leonard Bernstein, and Witold Lutoslawski. One of Professor Gothard's works was selected for performance at the AKI Contemporary Music Festival, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and a number of his works have been heard broadcast on Cleveland's classical FM radio station, WCLV. Along with baritone, Andrew White, Gothard won the 1996 Vocal Arts Resource Network competition for vocal/piano duos. Professor Gothard has been teaching at Lake Erie College since 1973.

Morley Hall

Jean M. Priddy

Jean M. Priddy, mezzo-soprano holds a B.A. in vocal performance from Bluefield College and an M.A. in music education from Case Western Reserve University. She has performed with the Cleveland Opera Chorus and as a soloist for Baldwin Wallace College, Lake Erie College, Chagrin Valley Choral Union, Medina Community Chorus and the Happy Ending Lyric Players. Ms. Priddy has presented various solo and group recitals in the Cleveland area and is a Cantor for St. Justin Martyr Church in Eastlake, Ohio. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Lake Erie College, she also teaches at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, and her private studio in Mentor. Ms. Priddy has received the College of Wooster Excellence in Teaching Award, the Dennison University Outstanding Teacher Award and has been named to Who's Who in American Teachers, and is Adjunct Instructor in Voice at Lake Erie College.

Prof. Elias

Judith Elias
flute/director, LEC Flute Choir

Judith Elias has a B.M.E. from Youngstown State University and did graduate studies with Raymond DiMattia at Kent State University, with extensive additional flute studies under Maurice Sharp, principle flautist for the Cleveland Orchestra. She is on the faculty of The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio and Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus. Ms. Elias has appeared as soloist with the Lakeland Civic Orchestra in which she is principal flute, and performs extensively as a member of many fine chamber ensembles in the area. Ms. Elias is Adjunct Instructor in Flute and Director of the Lake Erie College Flute Choir.

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