Biography

Ellen Gilson Voth enjoys an active musical career as a conductor and educator, composer and pianist/organist. Currently she serves as Artistic Director of Novi Cantori, a professional chamber choir based in Springfield, MA, as Artistic Director of the Farmington Valley Chorale based in Simsbury, CT, and as music faculty at Westfield State University (Westfield, MA). She is also the current Repertoire and Standards chair for the board of the CT chapter of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

In past years, Voth has served as Chorus Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus (MA), as Director of the Symphonic Chorale at Gordon College (MA), as Assistant Conductor of the New Haven Chorale (CT), and as a conductor with the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. She has been a member of the music faculty at Western New England University (where she also served as music coordinator), at Gordon College in Wenham, MA and at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, NY. Previously she was also the choral director at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, PA. For many summers Voth served on the faculty of the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, IN and the Csehy Summer School of Music in Langhorne, PA (now Houghton, NY). She has been active as a guest conductor for choral festivals, including the OAKE national conference and Rhode Island All-State Festival in recent years.

As a composer, Voth’s works are published by Oxford University Press, ECS Publishing, Colla Voce, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. She has been commissioned by CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), Cantilena: a Women’s Chorale (Arlington, MA), Central Bucks West High School (Doylestown, PA), the New Haven Chorale (New Haven, CT), the Children’s Aid Society Chorus (New York, New York), the Greater Middletown Chorale (Middletown, CT), Perkiomen Valley High School (Collegeville, PA) and the Boston Children’s Chorus (Boston, MA). Others of her works have been premiered or performed by VOCE (Hartford, CT), Novi Cantori (Springfield, MA), The Choral Art Society of Portland, Maine, and the Princeton Singers (Lehigh University choral composers’ forum, Bethlehem, PA). Past honors include being the second place winner of the Call for Scores for the ATHENA festival at Murray State University (Murray, KY), winner of the Twin Cities (MN) Women’s Choir composition competition, and a semi-finalist in the call for scores from the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, MN. She also remains active as a performing pianist and organist, and is active in the music ministry of the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, CT.

Voth received her doctoral degree (DMA) from The Hartt School, Univ. of Hartford (CT), where she was the recipient of the Regents’ Honor Award for graduate students. Her master’s degree (MM) was from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (NJ), and her bachelor’s degree (BME), magna cum laude, was from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL).  Ellen, her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Heather Joylin, make their home in Rocky Hill, CT.