Division of Organ and Church Music
Associate Professor of Carillon and Organ, University Carillonneur
Elizabeth Egbert Berghout has been university carillonneur at the University of Kansas since 2000. She holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University (1994), a master of music degree in church music from the University of Kansas (1997) and a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance, also from the University of Kansas (2000). Her major teachers include Albert Gerken (carillon), Michael Bauer, Parley Belnap, and James Higdon (organ); and Yvonne Egbert, Douglas Humpherys, and Paul Pollei (piano).
Dr. Berghout, a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, performs weekly concerts and teaches on the historic World War II Memorial Carillon overlooking the University's Lawrence campus. Recent international performances include the 2000 World Carillon Congress and the House of Parliaments in Ottawa, Ontario.
In a dual career as a concert organist, Dr. Berghout performs frequently on the Wolff organ in the Bales Organ Recital Hall at the University of Kansas. She is also featured regularly as a guest organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she has performed on the daily recital series since 1995. An advocate of new music, Dr. Berghout has commissioned and premiered several works for organ, including: "The Kraken for Pedals Alone" and "Tam Tam" (2000) by Charles Hoag, and "Come Follow Me" Variations (2000) by Bruce Polay.
Dr. Berghout is married to fellow organist and organ historian Daniel Berghout. They are the parents of two daughters, Frances and Laura.