Emily Ellsworth to Conclude 21 Year Tenure as Artistic Director of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus in July, 2018

For Release:  January 18, 2017
Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s ChorusEmily Ellsworth to Conclude 21 Year Tenure as Artistic Director of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus in July, 2018

Board to Name Successor Before End of 2017-18 Season

Glen Ellyn IL—January 18, 2017
The Board of Directors of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, announced today that Artistic Director Emily Ellsworth has decided that 2017-18 will be her last season leading the chorus.  After leading the chorus on its tour of Greece in June 2018, Ellsworth will expand her role as guest conductor and clinician nationally and abroad, and pursue other professional and personal projects.  Her departure in July, 2018 will mark the end of 21 years providing artistic leadership for the chorus and 24 years conducting various ensembles within Anima.   Anima serves close to a thousand youth ages 5 through 18 in its four main ensembles and various outreach and community engagement programs throughout the year.

“Emily Ellsworth has influenced thousands of young people through her exceptional leadership, artistic vision, and successful collaborative partnerships with leading arts organizations in Chicago and throughout the nation and world,” said Board of Directors President Elizabeth Schnell.  “We have tremendous gratitude for Emily’s energy and achievements and her dedicated work with our choristers and families.  We appreciate that we will have the coming year both to celebrate her enormous legacy and to ensure a solid search process and smooth transition to our next artistic leader.  Our board colleagues, singers and families, and alumni all have a deep abiding affection for Emily, and we look forward to wishing her every success in her future endeavors.”
Ellsworth proposed the July 2018 date so that the board would have adequate time for a thorough nationwide search process and to allow time to introduce a new director before the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

”My years with Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus have brought musical and personal joys too rich and numerous to count.  To work with so many wonderful young people, supportive and dedicated parents, skillful administrative and musical staff members, outstanding boards of directors, and world class musical collaborators has been the privilege of my life. My work with Anima allowed me to find my ‘truest voice.’”  Emily Ellsworth
The current season includes hosting the American Boychoir from Princeton, NJ, festive holiday concerts with the Elgin Symphony, working with outstanding composers Stacy Garrop and Jim Papoulis as part of an NEA grant, a tour to the Kennedy Center to celebrate JFK’s 100th birthday and founding of the PeaceCorps with international choirs, and our own self-produced concerts.  Ellsworth’s final year with the chorus will bring a concert tour to Greece, along with several special events to mark her lasting contributions to the group as well as her impact on the choral arts scene in the Chicago area.

LEADERSHIP IN CHORAL MUSIC EDUCATION
Emily Ellsworth joined Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus as Artistic Director in 1996. Through her leadership, Anima has won the once-in-an organizational lifetime Margaret Hillis award for Artistic Excellence from Chorus America, the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award jointly given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum, and two ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus has appeared by invitation for national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators; travelled to six continents; produced nine CD recordings; and performed regularly with all of Chicago’s major musical organizations.
Enjoying a national reputation as a guest conductor and clinician, Ellsworth has conducted all-state choirs or presented interest sessions in 30 states, regional (multi-state) honor choirs for the American Choral Directors Association, and has conducted national festival choirs at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in NYC, and international choir festivals in Ireland, England, and Hong Kong.  She has also presented sessions for the national choral directors association in Brazil.
Anima’s mission is to transform lives through excellence in music education and choral singing.  “We use music as the conduit, but what we really do is grow leadership in young people.  The combination of passion for what we do plus a high bar of expectation teaches our singers what excellence feels like.  They can take that feeling into anything they choose to do,” says EllsworthThe music literacy training, challenging and diverse repertoire, and performances on world class stages prepare future music educators and performers, but also create arts lovers and patrons for the future.  Anima’s choristers gain memories and life skills that serve them well beyond their time with the Chorus.

BACKGROUND
Prior to becoming Anima’s Artistic Director, Ellsworth served on the music faculty of various colleges and universities, teaching and performing in California, North Carolina, and Illinois (College of DuPage) for over 20 years. A resident of Wheaton since 1981, she co-founded the Illinois branch of Opera for the Young in 1990, a troupe that takes fully staged condensed operas into schools throughout Northern Illinois.  This work brought out her love for the combination of young people and great music, and led her to audition for the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus in 1993.  From 2012-15 she concurrently served on the choral faculty of Northwestern University, where she conducted the undergraduate mixed ensemble, University Singers. Her two adult children are both successful professional musicians, one of whom sang in the Chorus for many years as a child.
Ellsworth graduated from Macalester College with Special Departmental Honors under mentor Dr. Dale Warland in 1974 and completed her Master of Music degree with honors in voice in 1976 at the University of Southern California.  She went on to study as a conductor through mentor and Anima’s Music Director Emerita Doreen Rao’s Choral Music Experience Teacher Training Institute, earning the culminating Artist Teacher award in 1995.  In 1999 she was honored by the YWCA as Woman of Distinction in the Arts.  In 2013 Chicago a capella honored her work with Anima with their annual Tribute award and in 2016 Suburban Life Magazine named her a Woman of Distinction.

ABOUT ANIMA – GLEN ELLYN CHILDREN’S CHORUS
Founded in 1964, Anima is an internationally recognized youth choral organization located in Glen Ellyn, IL, serving youth throughout the Chicagoland area. Anima’s mission is to transform young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. Recent awards for Anima include the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America, the 2013 Chicago acappella 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.

Anima (AHH-nee-mah) means breath, life, soul and spirit. Anima’s four ensembles, ranging from introductory to advanced, are open to boys and girls grades K-12. In after-school rehearsals, students learn to read music, sing music from many cultures and genres, participate in a confidence and character-building culture, sing with Chicago’s major musical organizations, and make lifelong friends.

Support for Anima is provided in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DuPage Foundation, the Farney R. Wulitzer Foundation Fund, the Illinois Arts Council, the Alphawood Foundation, and the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince Charitable Trusts.

For more information, press only:Simrit Patel, Executive Director
Phone 630-858-2471
simrit@animasingers.org

For more information on Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus:  www.animasingers.org

For more information about Anima’s search for a new Artistic Director: http://108.179.213.71/~animasin/hitting-a-high-note.html 


ANIMA CHORISTERS JOIN LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO'S PRODUCTION OF "THE MAGIC FLUTE"

Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus is proud to announce that three of our choristers are participating in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Congratulations to Parker Scribner, who was cast as one of the three Geniis, and to Alex Becker and Ian Brown, who were cast as understudies. We are so proud of you!

Parker is a 7th grader, and he joined Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus in 2013, where he developed his love of singing and performing.  In addition to singing, Parker plays percussion and xylophone.

Alex is a 6th grader in his 4th year with Anima.  He plays trombone, piano, and has appeared as a super in 2 previous productions with the Lyric Opera.  He ran in cross country this past fall and enjoys reading & video games.

Ian is in 6th grade in the Wheaton schools, and this is his third year singing in Anima. Ian enjoys singing, Scouting and physical fitness.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “The Magic Flute” runs now through January 27, 2017. For ticket information, please visit: https://www.lyricopera.org/concertstickets/calendar.


Anima Course & College of Dupage

Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus is proud to partner with Continuing Education at College of DuPage with to offer new music programs for youth in grades 5 to 12 in the Fall of 2016. To register, please call COD’s Continuing Education department at (630) 942-2208 or register online here!

Fundamentals of Music Literacy
Grades 6 to 12
Junior high and high schools students can improve their understanding of music
notation, pitch and rhythm reading, key signatures, scales, basic chords and
inner hearing. This can enhance private lesson work, individual curiosity, or just
support a love of performance and/or music listening.
Instructor: Mary Mauch
Friday, Sept. 23-Oct. 28
4:30-6 p.m.
Registration Code: MUSIC-0001-201
Cost: $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Sandwiches and Song
Grades 5 to 9
Boys can explore their individual singing voices in a casual, no-pressure
atmosphere with an experienced male conductor/singer. Singers receive help
with basic, healthy vocal technique using fun songs. Sub sandwiches are
provided for sustenance!
Instructor: Brandon Pemberton
Wednesday, Oct. 19-26
5-6:30 p.m.
Registration Code:  MUSIC-0001-202
Cost:  $79
Main Street Recreational Center, Glen Ellyn

How to Prepare for a College Voice or Choral Audition
Grades 9 to 11
High school students who are considering a voice performance or choral music
education degree as an undergraduate will learn how to prepare for audition. Topics
include repertoire, study, accompanist’s needs, dress, presentation, as well as
other issues to think about in order to be a music major. Students also engage in
mock auditions with helpful, kind feedback.
Instructors: Emily Ellsworth and William Buhr
Wednesday, Nov. 9-16
7-8:30 p.m.
Registration Code:  MUSIC-0001-200
Cost:  $109
On campus in Glen Ellyn


Anima's Private Voice lessons for the 2016 - 2017 Season

What:   Private half hour voice lessons with Mary Mauch (see bio below) under the Anima umbrella

When:  Beginning in late September, Monday late afternoon – evening

Where: GEPD, or Mrs. Mauch’s Lemont home if closer

Who:     For students ages 12 and older already enrolled in Anima’s choral ensembles

Why:     Anima wishes to provide reliable, safe, expert vocal training for serious students who desire private study in addition to their choral/ensemble training

Cost:      $35/half hour for weekly lessons.  Longer lessons can be negotiated with Mrs. Mauch

How:     If interested, please email simrit@animasingers.org

Please Note
*We are putting a minimum age on this opportunity as vocal training is different from instrumental training in that the voice resides within a growing body.

*Children younger than 12 are better served by Anima’s choral training, which develops their ears, music literacy, and ability to sing in age appropriate ways.

*Private vocal study is best suited for adolescent and post adolescent singers, when there is more physical maturity.

*The singing voice does not fully mature until age 30-35!  That’s why it’s so important to not rush or harm a young voice by overtaxing it at too young an age, regardless of what you may see and hear on television!  Anima wants to protect young voices, give them the best training available, yet offer further study to those who are ready for it.

About Mary Mauch
Mary Doughty Mauch has a wide range of experience as a choral conductor, music teacher, singer, and accompanist. As the spouse of a now-retired Air Force officer, she had the opportunity to study, sing, and conduct throughout the United States and Europe.

She earned a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education with Honors from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She has been a member of the professional core and/or chamber choirs of several major symphony and professional choruses including the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, the Virginia Symphony Chorus, the Virginia Chorale, the Las Vegas Master Singers, the Frankfurter Kantorei, and the Darmstadt Konzertchor.

Her teaching experiences in schools range from kindergarten through college in addition to conducting countless semi-professional, community, and church choirs in both the United States and Germany. She was an active chorale clinician in Stuttgart, Germany and has always enjoyed teaching both piano and voice private students.


Anima Courses and College of DuPage!

Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus is proud to partner with Continuing Education at College of DuPage with to offer new music programs for youth in grades 5 to 12 in the Fall of 2016. To register, please call COD’s Continuing Education department at (630) 942-2208 or register online here!

Fundamentals of Music Literacy
Grades 6 to 12
Junior high and high schools students can improve their understanding of music
notation, pitch and rhythm reading, key signatures, scales, basic chords and
inner hearing. This can enhance private lesson work, individual curiosity, or just
support a love of performance and/or music listening.
Instructor: Mary Mauch
Friday, Sept. 23-Oct. 28
4:30-6 p.m.
Registration Code: MUSIC-0001-201
Cost: $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Sandwiches and Song
Grades 5 to 9
Boys can explore their individual singing voices in a casual, no-pressure
atmosphere with an experienced male conductor/singer. Singers receive help
with basic, healthy vocal technique using fun songs. Sub sandwiches are
provided for sustenance!
Instructor: Brandon Pemberton
Wednesday, Oct. 19-26
5-6:30 p.m.
Registration Code:  MUSIC-0001-202
Cost:  $79
Main Street Recreational Center, Glen Ellyn

How to Prepare for a College Voice or Choral Audition
Grades 9 to 11
High school students who are considering a voice performance or choral music
education degree as an undergraduate will learn how to prepare for audition. Topics
include repertoire, study, accompanist’s needs, dress, presentation, as well as
other issues to think about in order to be a music major. Students also engage in
mock auditions with helpful, kind feedback.
Instructors: Emily Ellsworth and William Buhr
Wednesday, Nov. 9-16
7-8:30 p.m.
Registration Code:  MUSIC-0001-200
Cost:  $109
On campus in Glen Ellyn


Introducing Anima's Private Voice Lessons for the 2016-17 season!

What:   Private half hour voice lessons with Mary Mauch (see bio below) under the Anima umbrella

When:
  Beginning in late September, Monday late afternoon – evening

Where:
 GEPD, or Mrs. Mauch’s Lemont home if closer

Who:    
For students ages 12 and older already enrolled in Anima’s choral ensembles

Why:
     Anima wishes to provide reliable, safe, expert vocal training for serious students who desire private study in addition to their choral/ensemble training

Cost
:      $35/half hour for weekly lessons.  Longer lessons can be negotiated with Mrs. Mauch

How:
     If interested, please email simrit@animasingers.org
 
Please Note
*We are putting a minimum age on this opportunity as vocal training is different from instrumental training in that the voice resides within a growing body. 

*Children younger than 12 are better served by Anima’s choral training, which develops their ears, music literacy, and ability to sing in age appropriate ways. 

*Private vocal study is best suited for adolescent and post adolescent singers, when there is more physical maturity.

*The singing voice does not fully mature until age 30-35!  That’s why it’s so important to not rush or harm a young voice by overtaxing it at too young an age, regardless of what you may see and hear on television!  Anima wants to protect young voices, give them the best training available, yet offer further study to those who are ready for it.
 
About Mary Mauch
Mary Doughty Mauch has a wide range of experience as a choral conductor, music teacher, singer, and accompanist. As the spouse of a now-retired Air Force officer, she had the opportunity to study, sing, and conduct throughout the United States and Europe. 
 
She earned a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education with Honors from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
 
She has been a member of the professional core and/or chamber choirs of several major symphony and professional choruses including the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, the Virginia Symphony Chorus, the Virginia Chorale, the Las Vegas Master Singers, the Frankfurter Kantorei, and the Darmstadt Konzertchor.
 
Her teaching experiences in schools range from kindergarten through college in addition to conducting countless semi-professional, community, and church choirs in both the United States and Germany. She was an active chorale clinician in Stuttgart, Germany and has always enjoyed teaching both piano and voice private students.


Anima Announces Auditions for 2016 - 2017 Season

Do you know someone entering grades 5-12 who likes to sing? 

Anima is holding open call auditions for
new Touring Chorus and Concert Chorus members
for the 2016-2017 Season!

Audition Dates
May 31 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
June 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
June 7 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
June 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This is a low-key audition.  No need to prepare a song,
and the children will sing together in groups.

For more information, call 630-858-2471 or email sing@animasingers.org


Anima Announces Auditions for 2016-2017 Season!

CALLING ALL SINGERS!

Do you know someone entering grades 5-12 who likes to sing? 

Anima is holding open call auditions for
new Touring Chorus and Concert Chorus members
for the 2016-2017 Season!

Audition Dates
May 31 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
June 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
June 7 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
June 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This is a low-key audition.  No need to prepare a song,
and the children will sing together in groups.

For more information, call 630-858-2471 or email sing@animasingers.org


Anima 2016 Spring Events

SAVE THE DATE FOR ANIMA’S SPRING EVENTS

April 16 at 3 p.m.
SingFest Demonstration and Concert
Featuring Guest Clinician, Stephen Hatfield

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL

April 16  at 6 p.m.
Joint Concert with Chicago Chamber Choir
Old St. Patrick’s Church
700 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL

April 17 at 3 p.m.
Joint Concert with Chicago Chamber Choir
St. James Episcopal Cathedral
65 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL

                    
April 22 at 7 p.m.
Anima Benefit:  Dreaming of Celtic Melodies
Arrowhead Golf Club
26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton, IL
RSVP:  bit.ly/animabenefit

May 22 at 3 p.m.
Anima Spring Concert
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL