The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
Elizabeth Waterbury was born in Verona, Italy and began her musical studies on the piano. She is since August 1999 the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Shasta College. At age sixteen she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance, and started conducting with Dr. Charlene Archibeque. After earning her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ms. Waterbury lived in Europe for six years conducting opera, orchestras and choirs. Ms. Waterbury received her DMA in Conducting at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was the founder and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Children's Chorus, with whom she toured Europe. She has served as assistant conductor for the Santa Barbara Grand Opera Association. In July, 1996, she participated in the International Choral Conductor's Symposium in Saintes, France under the direction of Michel Marc Gervais. . Recent performances of note include Mozart’s “Requiem” and J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” with the Shasta Symphony. In 2006 she premiered “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” on the west coast. In February of 2009, she conducted a fully-staged performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. Her auditioned ensemble, The Shasta College Chamber Choir, has since recorded two CD’s at the Basilica of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. With her husband bass-baritone Robert Waterbury, she created the Shasta Vocal Institute in 2000, an intensive vocal training program for aspiring singers. The Institute is now in its 13th year of operation. In 2008, she was elected ShastaCollege’s Excellent Educator of the Year. In 2009, the state-wide Academic Senate awarded her the prestigious Hayward Award.