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Music Faculty

Elisa Cooper, Chair, Music Dept at Emmaus Bible College



B.M., Piano Performance, Wheaton College
 M.M., Piano Performance, Indiana University
 2005 – present
 Emphasis: Music




 Elisa C. Cooper received her B.M. in Piano Performance from Wheaton College and her M.M. in Piano Performance from Indiana University. She studied piano with Joy Miller Kiszely, Karin Redekopp Edwards, and Shigeo Neriki. She was coached by Matthew Manwarren and Elaine Greenfield at Adamant Music School and Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University and has performed in master classes with artists such as Nelita True, Alan Chow, William Westney, and Ben Heppner with Craig Rutenberg. She has performed twice at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and has appeared as a soloist with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. As a collaborative artist, she has played with vocal and instrumental soloists, choral groups, and chamber groups for many years and continues to perform as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She has also served as an adjudicator for Iowa Music Teachers Association piano auditions and festivals in eastern Iowa.

Miss Cooper studied conducting with Paul Wiens, Daniel Sommerville, and Ariadne Moisiades at Wheaton College and was the honors conductor for the Wheaton College Concert Choir in 2002 – 2003. She recently served as pianist and assistant conductor for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company during their 2011 European Tour to Austria and Italy. During her graduate studies, she taught undergraduate music theory/aural skills for two years as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. Currently she is Chair of the Music Department at Emmaus Bible College where she is also the director of the Emmaus Ensemble and teaches piano, music theory/aural skills, and conducting.

Lisa Beatty, VP for Academic Affairs at Emmaus Bible CollegeLISA L. BEATTY


B.A., Music/Music Education, Clarke College (Clarke University)
 M.A., Vocal Performance, University of Iowa
 Ph.D., Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, University of Iowa
 1992 – present
 Emphasis: Music



Lisa L. Beatty earned her B.A. in Music Education from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, and her M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa. She studied piano with Virginia Gaume, cello with John Erlich, and voice with John Lease, Scott McCoy, and Kitty Eberle. She has performed as soloist with the Dubuque Symphony and the Dubuque Chorale.

Mrs. Beatty began her teaching career as a music specialist in the Dubuque Community School District. In 1992 she joined the faculty at Emmaus teaching private voice lessons and directing the Emmaus Ensemble.  She served as Chair of the Music Department at Emmaus for thirteen years. Mrs. Beatty also served as Assistant Director of the Dubuque Chorale for eleven years and as Education Chair of the Dubuque Symphony Board of Directors for three years.

Mrs. Beatty currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emmaus.  She continues to teach in the Music department. Her courses include Foundations of Church Music and Teaching Secondary Music.


B.A., Music Education and Piano, Westmont College
M.M, Choral Conducting, University of Oregon
2011 – present
Emphasis: Music

Kristen Eby, M.M., teaches private voice in the Dubuque area and conducts a variety of choirs for the University of Dubuque. She has been the conductor of the Julien Chamber Choir, a select community ensemble, since 1999. From 1999-2004, she served as Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Loras College. Ms. Eby received her Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Oregon, where she also performed in the Oregon Bach Festival chorus under Helmuth Rilling. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Piano Performance at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Eby teaches voice and Diction and Song Literature at Emmaus Bible College.


B.S., Music Education, Bob Jones University
M.M., Music Education, University of Northern Iowa
2010 – present
Emphasis: Music

Tracey Rush is founder and Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa School of Music in Dubuque, Iowa. She earned a B.S. in Music Education from Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, where she was a composition student of Dwight Gustafson, and she has her M.M. in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa.  Mrs. Rush teaches music in the Dubuque Community School District and is the founding conductor of the Dubuque Community String Orchestra.  She was recently featured in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald as one of the “Most Influential Musicians in the Tri-States.” In March 2008 she conducted one of her compositions at Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Rush served as Composer-in-Residence of the Dubuque Symphony’s 1996-97 season and served four terms as Chair of the Iowa Composers Forum. Her professional affiliations include the American String Teachers Association, Music Educators National Conference, and ASCAP.  Her works are published with Robert Wendel Music (NYC) and Tempo Press.  Mrs. Rush teaches Composing/Arranging as an adjunct faculty member at Emmaus Bible College.