Joe Ella Cansler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Voice Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 210
Home Page: www.wtamu.edu./~jcansler/
Professional Profile Dr. Cansler joined the WTAMU College of Fine Arts and Humanities in 1993. She received her Bachelor of Music Education All-Level Certification in 1968 and a Master of Arts in vocal performance in 1970 from West Texas State University. She completed her Ph.D. in fine arts, interdisciplinary music concentration in vocal performance from Texas Tech University in 1998.
Teaching and Related Service Dr. Cansler teaches applied studio voice, musical theatre and empowerment and performance apprehension classes. She has performed lecture recitals, chamber music and clinics and facilitates workshops throughout the United States. As the past musical director of the outdoor musical drama TEXAS, she worked with celebrated artistic directors auditioning, casting, and producing professional theatre. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association, College Music Society, and the Texas Music Teachers Association.
Research and Creative Activity Dr. Cansler is the author of "Elements of Stylistic Unity and Variety" in the Solo Vocal Repertoire of Royal L. Brantley. Her research interests include intervention of performance apprehension, performance techniques, care of the professional voice and pedagogy, the audition and interview experience, and the contemporary American art song. As a recipient of a Faculty Development Grant, she performed and conducted in Italy and Switzerland with the University of Sienna and has been the Colloquium Guest Professor and Grant Recipient with Western Carolina University.
Dr. Cansler lives in Canyon with her husband Allen. They have two daughters and two gradnchildren. Her interests include reading, mountains of all kinds, cattle and ranching and family.