"I'm really excited about the whole thing," Elizabeth said.
With a full-tuition scholarship and a $5,000 cash award spread out over four years to cover books and possibly housing, she is most excited about the $1,750 scholarship, which goes toward a summer project in Austria.
"I don't think I will be doing it this summer, but maybe next," she said.
The contest was based on invitation only and Elizabeth was one of eight students chosen from the incoming fall class. On March 8, she was selected by a panel of five judges that were not affiliated with Alltech or the university as the winner of the undergraduate competition.
Singing "Stšndchen," which is German for serenade, composed by Richard Strauss, she walked away in first place.
Because of the audition, she and her sister Rebecca were unable to take part in the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) National Conference, which is part of the National High School Honor Choir in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 4-7.
But the changes were worth it.
"I'm very grateful for my family," Elizabeth said. "Especially my dad because he taught me to love classical music."
Elizabeth's father teaches piano and coaches singers at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and is very proud of the success of his daughter.
"We are just thrilled with the results of the competition," he said. "It is a huge deal, and as her father, it is hard for me not to look at her and be amazed. As a teacher, I have watched what she does and she is way ahead of the game in terms of what is expected for her age."
In addition to studying with her father, Elizabeth has had some voice lessons with Michael Boswell, a voice teacher at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Mark Carlisle, a voice teacher at Indiana State University, and Harriet Calder of Bloomington, Ind.
Elizabeth, who is a soprano, won the 2008 Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, which took place at Indiana State University Center for Performance and Fine Arts.
While attending University of Kentucky, she plans to major in Vocal Performance, which can be a difficult field, but she is ready to leave home and achieve her dreams.
"I've never been away from home, like I will be," she said. "I will only be four hours away, but it is still going to be tough."
Elizabeth's family is very optimistic about her future and believes that she can be accomplished in her field of study.
"It is an awfully tough field, but I think she has what it takes and if I was in her place I would go for it," Ron said. "In my 30 years of teaching, I have never seen anyone learn new music as quickly as she does, she isn't afraid of working with different languages and she has a love of music."
Elizabeth grew up in an environment where music was a big part of her life, and her father believes that may be what has helped her take to it so naturally.
"All three of my children grew up with music and all three are involved in music and enjoy it," he said. "I've always known Elizabeth would do well, because she has a love for it."
Elizabeth has planned to make a few more trips to University of Kentucky to talk to some students and visit the campus, but she is more focused on a car.
"I have tuition paid for, now I need a car to get me there," she said with a laugh.