Nationally recognized as a leader in the field of youth chorus directors, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of the renowned ANIMA – Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus) since 1996. For the 2012-13 season, she has also been appointed to the choral faculty at Northwestern University, where she is conducting the University Singers. Her work with ANIMA received the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award, given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum, 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 2001ASCAP Chorus America award for adventurous programming.
She has prepared various ensembles within ANIMA 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, Kodaly educators, and Chorus America; and concert tours to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, China, Africa, and Russia. Ms. Ellsworth has served 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 and currently serves the American Choral Directors’ Association as the Central Division R&S Chair for Children and Community Youth Choirs.