Elizabeth Caluda

Professor of Music, Class Piano, Piano, and Pedagogy


Ruebush 240


Faculty Member since 1978

Applied Area(s)

Piano, Accompanying
Piano, Classical


B.M., Aquinas College; M.M., Northwestern University; D.M.A., The Catholic University of America

Professional Highlights

  • Elizabeth Caluda, teacher and performing pianist, is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She did post-doctoral work at Louisiana State University. Professional memberships include Pi Kappa Lambda (Alpha Chapter), the College Music Society, the Virginia Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. At Shenandoah, she is coordinator of the group piano program and the graduate piano pedagogy curriculum. She has previously served as Keyboard Division chair. Her current teaching duties include applied piano, group piano, and piano pedagogy. She has also taught classes in piano literature, keyboard harmony, repertoire in piano ensemble, the piano in chamber music and the brain and music.
  • She studied piano with Paul Roberts, Thomas Mastroianni, Grace McFarland, Bela Borzymenyi Nagy, Barbara English Maris, Robert Dumm, Wanda Paul, Laurence Davis, Eugene Hopkins, Lucille Dinsmore, and Nancy Erickson. In the fall of 1998, she was one of several SU faculty to travel to Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe as a guest instructor in piano, guitar, and voice. During the Spring of 1999, she enjoyed a sabbatical to study Impressionism and its influence on the piano music of Claude Debussy. The sabbatical included travels to London for study with Paul Roberts and Paris to see the Impressionist paintings in the museums there and Monets Garden at Giverny. Additional interests include a study of the human brain and its use in the teaching, performing, learning, and memorizing of music as well as the physiological aspects of performing music.
  • With her husband, Glenn Caluda (Shenandoah professor of guitar) she formed Duo Caluda, an ensemble specializing in the performance of repertoire for piano and guitar. They have been featured on concert series at Loyola University (Baltimore), Rowan University of New Jersey, and the Philadelphia Guitar Society. She is President of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Virginia Music Teachers Association and served as Virginia State Coordinator for the Music Teachers National Association Junior High Competition. Additionally, Dr. Caluda is Director of Music for the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Winchester, VA. Prior to being appointed to the faculty of Shenandoah, Dr. Caluda was a member of the piano faculty at Toneskolen School of Music in St. Thomas, the United States Virgin Islands.