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Eliza Dopira Music Program Chair

Instructor | College of Psych. and Liberal Arts - School of Arts and Communication

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Personal Overview

My primary goal as a faculty member has been to provide a musical outlet that allows students to showcase their talent and have fun. We have built a program that not only serves the students and the university, but also the community. FIT Music is becoming a known and respected institution here on the Space Coast. Our students have acted as stewards to several non-profit organizations and the response has been phenomenal. The audiences have continued to grow and so have the number of students joining the ensembles. Students are able to interact with each other outside of a lab or classroom. For many of them, it has become a great social outlet where they have made lifelong friends. Music has a way of connecting people and bringing them together. Florida Tech has recognized this and continues to give us the support we need to bring our program into the future. I am overcome with excitement about our plans for the Music Department.  

Any student, regardless of major, is welcome to enroll in any of our course offerings. We strive to provide a creative and engaging environment that complement’s the University’s tradition of science and research. From beginners with an eagerness to learn a new instrument to experienced performers hoping to continue, there is something for everyone.

The Music Program believes that collective music-making and sympathetic study of musical culture develop essential skills in team building, communication, expression, and understanding that set Florida Tech graduates apart and contribute to building meaningful careers in an ever-changing world.

Ms. Dopira is a native of Brevard County. She holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, and a Masters in Voice and Opera Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Eliza has performed opera roles with Orlando Light Opera, Sarasota Opera, Lake George Opera of Saratoga Springs, and Washington Summer Opera. An accomplished concert artist, she was chosen to perform solos in concert with the National Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Bryn Mawr Chorale, Johns Hopkins Choral Society and Peabody Symphony Orchestra. She also performs regularly as a soloist with Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony. Aside from her busy singing career, Eliza leads the Concert Choir and String Ensemble at Florida Institute of Technology, has a robust voice studio on campus, and maintains a private voice studio.

Educational Background

Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera, Peabody Conservatory Music, Johns Hopkins University, 2006

Master of Music in Voice, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, 2004

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Florida State University, 2002

Professional Experience

Music Program Chair, Florida Institute of Technology 2022-present

Instructor fo Music, Florida Institute of Technology 2010-present

Adjunct Instructor, Eastern Florida State College 2006-2010

Private Vocal Instructor, 2009-present


Current Courses

Concert Choir, String Ensemble, Applied Voice

Selected Publications

Black Panther, John Duke


Qui Sedes, Vivaldi Gloria


He shall feed his Flock. Handel's Messiah


Et surientes, Bach Magnificat



Recognition & Awards

Finalist                     Vocal Arts Society of Washington                                                          Finalist                     Suncoast Opera Competition                   
Recipient                  Peabody Dean’s Award                             
Finalist                     Heinz Rehfuss Competition                       
Recipient                  George Woodhead Prize                          
Finalist                     Sylvia Greene Competition                        

School of Arts and Communication Counsel, College of Psychology and Liberal Arts Counsel, Board Member of Brevard Cultural Alliance,

Member of Central Florida and Southeastern NATS,  Board Member of Brevard Symphony South Guild

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