Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth was appointed Artistic Director of Novi Cantori in 2012. Known for her work as a conductor and educator, composer and keyboard artist, she is also the Artistic Director of the Farmington Valley Chorale based in Simsbury, CT, and the current R&S chair of community choirs for the Connecticut chapter of ACDA (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 founder/conductor of the Cambiata choir with the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. She is a guest conductor for choral festivals, most recently the National High School Chamber Ensemble at the OAKE national convention in Hartford (2013) and the Rhode Island All-State Choir (2014).
Her collegiate conducting and teaching has included Western New England University in Springfield (where she also coordinated the University’s entire music program), Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She also served as choral director at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, PA. For years Voth was a member of the music faculty at the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, IN and the Csehy Summer School of Music in Langhorne, PA (now Houghton, NY).
As a composer, several of Voth’s works are published by Oxford University Press, ECS Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Colla Voce. In past years she has been commissioned by the Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, PA, by the New Haven Chorale in New Haven, CT, by the Children’s Aid Society Chorus in NYC, the Greater Middletown Chorale in Middletown, CT, Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, PA, and the Boston Children’s Chorus in Boston, MA. Upcoming commissions include CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and Cantilena, a women’s chorale based in the Boston area. Her works have been premiered by a wide range of ensembles, including the Princeton Singers at the Lehigh Choral Composers Forum in Bethlehem, PA. Recent honors include the premiere of her opera, Owl Moon, at the New in November festival hosted by Hartford Opera Theater, being the winner of the carol competition hosted by the Choral Arts Society of Portland, ME and the winner of the Twin Cities (MN) Women’s Choir composition competition, receiving the second place award in the ATHENA Call for Choral Scores hosted by Murray State University (KY), and being a semi-finalist in the call for scores from the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, MN.
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) is from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (NJ), and her bachelor’s degree (BME), magna cum laude, from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL). Ellen, her husband Greg, and their daughter Heather Joylin, live in Rocky Hill, CT. (http://ellengilsonvoth.net)