Elizabeth Slade holds a B.A. in Music and French from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. from Harvard University where she studied choral conducting with Constance Defotis and served as Choral Administrator for the Harvard Choirs under the direction of Jameson Marvin. During her time at Harvard, Slade was a member of the professional Choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston and a soprano soloist in and around the Boston area. Slade went on to direct the Virginia Women’s Chorus at the University of Virginia for six years, during which time she continued performing professionally as a soloist and a director of a variety of other choral ensembles in area schools and churches. Slade has studied voice and performed with choirs in Virginia, New England and London, UK, and has enjoyed a close mentoring relationship with celebrated composer, arranger and conductor James Erb, himself a student of Robert Shaw. Slade has led choir tours in the United States and in Europe. She has served as a high school vocal adjudicator and has directed and taught singers ranging from preschool age through retirement age. As a relative newcomer to the Ashland community, in 2009 Slade recruited and directed the hundred-voice Kroc Center Dedication Chorus for the opening of the Salvation Army’s new community center. In addition to teaching musicianship courses at Ashland University, Slade serves with her husband, Ashland University religion professor Peter Slade, in leading worship music at Ashland First United Methodist Church.