ESLINGER, Elise (née Matheny) Shoemaker. b. Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 2 December 1942. Elise Eslinger’s musical education began in early childhood with her aunt and continued with piano lessons at age 5 and organ lessons at age 14. Following graduation from high school in Meridian, Mississippi (1960), she pursued her undergraduate education at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi (BA in Organ, Minor in English, Magna cum laude, 1963). She continued graduate studies in music literature at the University of Texas (1963–66). She graduated from St Meinrad School of Theology, St Meinrad, Indiana (MTS, 1994), with Highest Honors, and United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, (DMin, 2010). Her...
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