ENCORE! (Show Choir), Vocal
Jean Ellison was born in Bronx, New York and is a native of Blue Ridge, GA. Ellison attended Jacksonville State University for her undergraduate degree in Music Education and her master's degree in Music. She has participated in over 30 musical productions such as Sarah- in Ragtime, How the Buckner's Saved Christmas, Mrs. Ford- in Merry Wives of Windsor, Mabel- in Pirates of Penzance,Serpetta- in The Gondoliers, and many more. She also continues to travel with her Jazz band, Jean Ellison, and The Treatment. One of Ellison's favorite memory is when she performed the lead role of Gretel- in Hansel and Gretel while earning her undergraduate at Jacksonville State University. Ellison performed the Soprano Recitatives in Handel's Messiah, under the direction of Dr. Patricia Corbin. Ellison also served as a first soprano in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and soprano section leader while earning her master's degree.
Jean is classically trained and has had the opportunity to study under Dr. Richard Armstrong during undergrad and Dr. Nathan Wight during graduate school. Ellison has performed an extensive list of Arias, Recitatives, Folksongs, Art Songs, Musical Theater, and much more. A few of her favorite song that she performed are " Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide, " Ah, Je Ris" from Faust, "Chi Il Bel Sogno" from La Rondine,"Ach, Ich Fuhl's" from Die Zauberflote, "Un Bel di Vedremo" from Madama Butterfly, " Summertime" and "Bess You Is My Woman Now" from Porgy and Bess, " Defying Gravity" from Wicked, and many more. She has also performed seven lead operatic roles under the direction of Dr. Nathan Wight during her time at Jacksonville State University.
While at Jacksonville State University, Jean Ellison served as the Soprano Section leader for Chamber Singers, A Capella Choir, Encore! Show Chor, and Civic Chorale during her time as an undergrad as well as graduate school. Ellison served as a Graduate Assistant to the Encore! Show Choir, under the direction of Dr. Renee Baptiste. Ellison also served as the Choreographer for the JSU Encore! Show Choir for 7 years. Ellison is the owner of The Music Box, A New School of Music and serving as an Adjunct Music Professor at Jacksonville State University. Jean Ellison is currently serving in her dream role, as the new Director of Encore! Show Choir.