Joe Ella Cansler, Ph.D..

Associate Professor  of Voice

Academic Background


Dr. Joe Ella Cansler is currently an Associate Professor of Studio Voice and serves as co- musical director for musical theatre productions at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  She completed her Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Vocal Performance at Texas Tech University having graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with all levels certification,  and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance.  Dr Cansler has  received many awards, among them five consecutive Best Actress and Outstanding Performance Awards.  She teaches studio voice, musical theatre, and performance empowerment/first impression master classes and seminars. She has performed lecture recitals, chamber music, clinics and workshops all over the world.

 In March, 1996, she was named as a semi-finalist in the third annual American Traditions competition in conjunction with the annual Savannah On-stage International Arts Festival in Georgia. As a recipient of the Faculty Development Grant in 1999, she performed and conducted in Italy and Switzerland with the University of Sienna and in 2002 was Colloquium Guest Professor and Grant Recipient with Western Carolina University.

As the past musical director of the Outdoor Drama Musical TEXAS, Dr. Cansler  worked with celebrated artistic directors auditioning, casting, and producing professional theatre. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Opera Association, Texas Music Educators Association, College Music Society and Southeastern Theatre Conferences. Her performance credits include classical recitals, Carousel, Camelot, Most Happy Fella, Oklahoma, Snow White, Trial by Jury, The Medium, La Boheme, and Faust.

Revised 10/26/2001.