Nationally recognized as a leader in the youth choral field, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of ANIMA- Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since1996. Her work with ANIMA received the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America, the 2013 Chicago a cappella Tribute Award, 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. In 2016, Ms. Ellsworth was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by Suburban Life Magazine.
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, and others; nine CD recordings; national and regional conferences of ACDA, Kodaly educators, and Chorus America; and concert tours to six continents. 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 has served as Lecturer in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University, and 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 guest conducted in the Republic of Ireland, England, Hong Kong, and Brazil.