Elizabeth DeLamater

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Dr. Elizabeth DeLamater is a steel pan performer, pedagogue, clinician, and researcher based in the United States. She first studied the steelpan as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University with Clifford Alexis and G. Allan O’Connor. Since that time Elizabeth has amassed over 20 years of experience as a steelband director, arranger, and educator for steelbands of all age and experience levels. Elizabeth currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she directs Titan Steel. She has also directed steelbands at Arizona State University, Florida State University, Waubonsee (IL) Community College, and Leon (FL) High School, who performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 1998. Her mission to expand steelpan education led to the founding of steelband programs in Illinois District 204, the International Music Camp (International Peace Gardens, ND/Manitoba), and most recently the Titan Steelband Academy, a summer community program based at UW-Oshkosh.


As a performer, Elizabeth has shared the stage with Liam Teague, Boogsie Sharpe, Tom Miller, Clifford Alexis, Robert Greenidge, Mia Gormandy, Leon Foster Thomas, Mat Britain, and Ray Holman. She performed as an alumni member of the Northern Illinois University Steel Orchestra at the 2000 World Steelband Festival, and with Phase II Pan Groove in the 2005 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama competition. In addition to Virginia PANFest, her festival and conference appearances include the world premiere of Jenny Olivia Johnson's "COMA: I was in Pink” for double second pans and electronics at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference in 2015, as well as several PASIC mass steelbands. Elizabeth is also a percussionist, and has traveled to study the folkloric musics of Senegal, the Gambia, Ghana, and Japan, and directs the annual World Percussion Sessions at the International Music Camp.

Elizabeth earned her Master of Music Performance degree from The Florida State University, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, where she completed a dissertation on the role of “College Boy” steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1950s.
Additional publications can be found in the Instrumentalist, Percussive Notes, and Panpress. Elizabeth is a board member of the International Music Camp, a member the Percussive Arts Society Diversity Committee, and the US liaison for the Fundación Artes Educativas Coros Y Orquestas de Honduras (FARECOH). She is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Remo and Zildjian.