Department of Music


Elizabeth Chesko
Associate Professor, Voice, Opera Workshop

Music & Communication Building,
Room 433
216. 687-2503

Elizabeth Unis Chesko made her international professional singing debut with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in performances of Rosini’s Messe Solenne to critical acclaim. Her performance experience includes opera, oratorio, concert and recital both at home and abroad. She performed leading roles with Swiss and German opera companies specializing in the repertoire of Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Mozart, among others. She was a featured soloist with the Austrian Radio Orchestra, Radio Montecenere and the Schweizerische Rundfunk Orchestra. Regionally, she has appeared with the Cleveland Opera, the Great Lakes Chamber Opera, the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Civic Orchestra, the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, the Suburban Symphony, and at the Cleveland Playhouse. She also performs chamber music with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Her interpretations of contemporary repertoire have been met with critical acclaim nationally and internationally. At s a member of the faculty at Cleveland State University , Ms. Unis Chesko established the Opera/Theatre Workshop. She is Artistic Director of the musical ensemble, "Musica D'Arte" which features chamber music of rarely-heard masterpieces. She is also a member of the Governing Council of the Art Song Festival of Cleveland, and was recently appointed to the Board of the Directors of the Ohio Boychoir. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, previously serving on its board. In 2000, Ms. Unis Chesko was honored for her Singing Career and Teaching as an Ohio Artist by the Vocal Arts Resource Network. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is a recipient of the Morris and Bertha Treuhaft Grant for study in Europe . She studied with Maestro Arturo Merlini of the La Scala Opera in Milan , Italy , and with Maestro Cornelio Cairati in Zurich , Switzerland . Locally she studied with the late master teacher Pauline Thesmacher.




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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Music
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 332
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Music and Communication
Building, Room 332
2001 Euclid Avenue
Kate Bill
Phone: 216.687.5039
Fax: 216.687.9279
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