Nationally recognized as a leader in the field of youth chorus directors, Ms. Ellsworth served as Artistic Director of Anima – Young Singers of Greater Chicago from 1996 – 2018.  Under her direction, Anima won several national awards, including the 2014 Tribute Award from Chicago A Cappella, Chorus America’s 2013 and 2000 ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming, the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award (jointly given with the American Composers Forum), and the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence (2008).

Enjoying an active role as guest clinician/conductor, Ms. Ellsworth has led all-state choirs and festivals in over 30 states, as well as for the Northwest, North Central, and Southwest divisions, and the 2019 national conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association. She has prepared ensembles for Chicago‘s major musical organizations and the Berlin Philharmonic, working with conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, James Conlon, and Sir Georg Solti. International appearances include festivals in Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Grand Cayman Island, Greece, and presentations for Brazil’s national association of choral directors. For more information: