Ellen Gilson Voth
We also encourage the development of choral arts in our communities and provide amateur singers an opportunity to develop their talents under an accomplished director.
In the nearly 50 years since the Chorale’s formation to celebrate the Town of Simbury’s Tercentennial, we have produced two major choral concerts each year, most often with professional musicians and soloists. Recent performances include Brahms’ German Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s oratorio, Esther. Check out our Repertoire section for more information about our performances!Our Repertoire
We accept new members in early September and early January. At these times, you are welcome to join us for a rehearsal!
Ellen Gilson Voth is the Artistic Director of the Farmington Valley Chorale. She is also the current Repertoire and Standards chair for the board of the CT chapter of the American Choral Directors’ Association as well as Artistic Director of Novi Cantori, a professional chamber choir based in Springfield, MA. Ellen enjoys this active musical career as a conductor and educator, composer and pianist/organist.
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, most recently for the OAKE national conference (March, 2013), and will conduct the Rhode Island All-State High School Chorus in March of 2014.
As a composer, several of Voth’s works are published by Oxford University Press, ECS Publishing, Colla Voce, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. 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. Recent honors include being the second place winner of the 2012 call for scores for the ATHENA festival at Murray State University (Murray, KY), winner of the Twin Cities (MN) Women’s Choir composition competition in 2009, 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.
Barbara Robbins, pianist, is the rehearsal accompanist for the Farmington Valley Chorale. Ms. Robbins delights in making music with musicians of many genres and ages. She holds a position as staff accompanist for the Vocal Department at the University of Hartford, keeping a busy schedule of lessons, recitals, and recordings. Concurrently, she regularly accompanies four area choirs, while playing occasional rehearsals and performances for a wide range of organizations, from professional to high school to community. She is keenly interested in the music and culture of India. Ms. Robbins earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree on a full scholarship from the University of
Novi Cantori is a professional chamber choir of select singers from throughout western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut, performing at least six concerts annually.
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