ELISE AS A TEACHER:
Elise Behunin graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University in 2012 and is a voice teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been actively working with vocal students in solo and group settings for more than a decade. Click here for information about voice lessons. She is married to a piano accompanist, Matthew, and has two young boys.
Elise also teaches beginning violin and has developed her own violin primer, Super Strings, for young students. The violin method melds traditional violin approaches with fun, child-focused activities.
Elise's propensity for the stratospheric vocal gymnastics of a coloratura soprano was evident from the age of two when she sang along with her mother's flute. These vocalizations prepared her for such roles as Mabel from the Pirates of Penzance, where her voice was described as "lovely enough to melt any pirate's heart" (Standard Examiner, Ogden, 2007). She is especially passionate about French opera, having lived and studied in Paris for half a year and later working for a year and a half as a volunteer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Belgium; there she was able to gain a love for cheese and chocolate as well as perform in choirs and as a soprano soloist.
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, 2012
COACHING AND CHORAL EXPERIENCE
Voice, violin teacher and vocal coach, 2003—Present
Choir Director, Local and Regional Church Choirs, 2007, 2010-2011, 2016—2017
Vocal Coach for Public Speaking, Phoenix AZ, 2014—2015
Children’s Singing Director, Local church programs, 2011—2013
LIGHT THE WORLD, Regional Choir Concert, Ft. Lauderdale FL
Titania, Midsummer Night's Dream the Musical
LITTLE BROWN THEATER CO.
Peep Bo, Mikado
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
Duchess of Paza-Toro, The Gondoliers
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Opera Scenes
Marie, La fille du régiment
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Opera Scenes.
Mabel, Pirates of Penzance
PLAIN CITY THEATRE
INSTITUT DE RELIGION LYONNAIS, Christmas Concert in Lyon, France.
Baptismal music in Chicago, Illinois; Lyon, France; Lausanne, Switzerland; Luxembourg; and Paris, France.
Soprano Soloist, Handel's Messiah
Handel's Messiah, SALT LAKE ASSEMBLY HALL
Tuptim, The King and I
Cinderella, Into the Woods
Cosette, Les Misérables
Fluency in French
Singing Experience in Danish, Finnish,
German, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
The Olle-Madsen Handcart Company Documentary
Joseph Fielding Smith, a docudrama
Principal Actress, Louie Shurtliff Smith