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Meet Dr. Candice Aipperspach

"Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell about all His wondrous works!" Psalm 105:2

Dr. Candice Aipperspach, Vocal Coordinator and Associate Professor of Music at East Texas Baptist University, holds a MM in Vocal Performance, a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Musicology), and a DMA in Vocal Performance from TTU. While at TTU, she studied with Dr. Rebecca Hays, Gerald Dolter, and Dr. William Averill. Dr. Aipperspach, a lyric soprano, has performed throughout the United States and many places around the world such as Austria, Germany, England, China, and South Korea. She has taught at South Plains College as Assistant Professor and as a Part-Time Instructor at Texas Tech University teaching voice, aural skills, music appreciation, music literature, music history, and children’s opera.

As a student, Dr. Aipperspach was NATS Student of the Year (2003), first place in the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs competition (2003), and a NATS finalist multiple times. She holds an AA in music from Central Baptist College, a BM in Vocal Performance from Ouachita Baptist University where she studied with Dr. Jon Secrest, and a MM in Church Music (Music History) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

An avid researcher, Dr. Aipperspach is a member of the American Musicological Society (where she served as student representative for the Southwest Chapter), the College Music Society, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing where she served as the Panhandle Chapter’s vice president and has had several students place. Dr. Aipperspach’s Ph.D. dissertation was funded with the competitive TTU Bertie Ketner Dissertation Award for Interdisciplinary Research. Also, Dr. Aipperspach presented papers at the American Musicological Society’s 2011 national conference in San Francisco and the 2013 International Conference in Holocaust Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Her past work in French grand opera was presented at several conferences, such as the 2009 Conference on Nineteenth Century Music at the University of Kansas.

An active performer, Dr. Aipperspach was a Fellow in England with the Cornish American Song Institute in 2018 where she performed in masterclasses and workshops with the internationally renowned Roger Vignoles, Teresa Cahill, and Giles Underwood. In 2017, she attended the Taos Opera Institute where she studied with famed mezzo-soprano, Mary Jane Johnson. Concert work includes the soprano solos from Faure’s Requiem with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra quartet, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Mozart’s Requiem in Falmouth, England. Favorite past roles include Stephen Foster the Musical in Bardstown, KY (Jane), various roles, including a tour, with Theatre West Virginia, South Pacific (Nellie), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), Les Misérables (Fantine) with Lubbock Moonlight Broadway, Titanic (Alice), A Little Night Music (Desiree), Carousel (Nettie), Oklahoma (Aunt Eller), Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Susannah (Susannah) and Hänsel und Gretel (Witch). In 2019, she had the privilege to serve as assistant stage director for the Music in the Marche program in Mondavio, Italy.

Living in Marshall with her husband, Ian, Dr. Aipperspach is currently a staff singer with Christ Church-Episcopal in Tyler, TX and is a board member of the Marshall Symphony.

Dr. Aipperspach holds true to the principles of integrated faith in learning and strives to show her students how God impacts their lives on a daily basis.