Dr. Elizabeth Grimpo Music
Elizabeth Grimpo graduated from Concordia University-Chicago, magna cum laude (1999), with a degree in Music Education and a certificate in Piano Pedagogy. She was named student laureate of her graduating class. While a student at CUC, she studied piano with Julia Hennig, organ with Steven Wente, and piano pedagogy with Craig Sale. She also appeared as a soloist with the Concordia Wind Symphony, under the director of Richard Fisher, performing Lendvay’s Piano Concertino and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Elizabeth earned her Master of Music (2001) and Doctor of Musical Arts (2006) degrees in piano performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While a student at UNL, she studied piano with Paul Barnes, organ with Quentin Faulkner, and piano pedagogy with Joan Riest. In 2006, she won the graduate concerto competition, earning the opportunity to perform the first movement of Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto in G Minor with the UNL Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Elizabeth is Associate Professor of Music at Concordia University-Nebraska, a position she has held since 2008. She teaches Aural Skills I, II, III, and IV, Music Appreciation, and private piano lessons. She also does the majority of the accompanying for student and faculty performances. Additionally, she organizes and performs in a Faculty Showcase Recital every fall, a Chamber Recital every fall (for faculty and student collaborations), and a composer specific recital every spring (for students). She regularly collaborates with her colleagues at CUNE and has also given two solo faculty recitals, performing piano music of Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, and Debussy.
Some of Elizabeth’s recent solo and collaborative performances are highlighted here. In 2008, Elizabeth gave the dedicatory recital for a new Steinway piano at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha, as part of their Classical Sundays series. In 2009, she performed the primo part for the UNL School of Music’s production of Later that Same Evening, a modern opera scored for two pianos by John Musto. She has been the festival accompanist for many Sing Around Nebraska Honors Choirs, performing under such names as Henry Leck, Martha Shaw, and Anne Tomlinson. She has performed collaborative recitals with many accomplished instrumentalists, such as Christopher Nichols (clarinet), Mary-Elizabeth Thompson (flute), and Darryl White (trumpet). In 2011, she gave live piano performances of Beethoven and Debussy for Nebraska Public Radio’s Classics By Request broadcast. In 2013, she appeared with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra as the substitute pianist for their biennial Family and Young People’s Concerts.
Elizabeth has been involved at the Seward Worship Conferences in both 2011 and 2014, leading sacred piano reading sessions and leading workshops on effective accompanying for church choirs. Her My First Hymnal, accompaniment edition was published by Concordia Publishing House in 2013. These accompaniments, which are geared for beginning and amateur pianists, have been favorably received by many.
Additionally, she is a regular organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. She and her husband, Phil, have four daughters and make their home in Lincoln.