Nationally recognized as a leader in the field of youth chorus directors, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of ANIMA-Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus) since 1996. She also serves as Lecturer in Choral Conducting at Northwestern
University, where she conducts the University Singers, a group of undergraduate voice and music majors. Her work with ANIMA received the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America, the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum (for Nico Muhly’s How Soon? with Grammy-award winning ensemble eighth blackbird) as well as Chorus America’s once-in-an-organizational- lifetime 2008 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Additional awards include the 2000 United States Library of Congress Local Legacies Award, and the 2001 ASCAP Chorus America award for adventurous programming.
She has prepared various ensembles for performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet; eight CD recordings; national and regional conferences of ACDA, Kodály educators, and Chorus America; and concert tours to Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, China, Africa, and Russia. Ms. Ellsworth has served several times on the music panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and is the advisor of Boosey & Hawkes’ Opera Workshop series. She spent over 20 years teaching and singing as a voice faculty member in various college and university settings. In frequent demand as guest clinician/conductor throughout the U.S., she has also led workshops and honor choirs in the Republic of Ireland, England, Hong Kong, and Brazil. Ms. Ellsworth holds the Master of Music degree with honors from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.