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.
Stephen Scarlato is a collaborative pianist and organist based in central Connecticut. He received his bachelor’s degree in organ performance from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT, where he studied under Larry Allen. While at The Hartt School, Stephen received the University of Hartford’s Regents Honors Award for academic excellence, won prizes in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival/USA, and graduated summa cum laude. In addition to a wide variety of freelance work, he currently serves as organist at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, CT and as a staff accompanist in The Hartt School’s vocal studies division. He has the privilege of accompanying Voce – New England’s premier Chamber Choir with their focus on 21st century choral music. We welcome Stephen to our Farmington Valley Chorale family and are very excited that he will be a part of our upcoming 50th Anniversary Season!
Congratulations to our Young Poets!
As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, Chorale has commissioned a new musical composition by our Artistic Director, Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth. For lyrics, we looked to young poets for an original poem that explores a theme related to how music affects us or has an impact on our lives.
“Nature’s Music” by Noelle Tackett of Granby and “Lyrical Departure” by Sophia Ciraldo of South Glastonbury were selected anonymously by the composer from among many wonderfully creative entries to our Young Poets Project.
We hope you will join us for the premiere performance of the composition at our 50th Anniversary Concert on May 9, 2020 at Simsbury High School.
Past Guest Artists:
Dr. Sean Redrow
Dr. Sean Redrow is the Director of Music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he leads one of the flagship Catholic music programs in New England, founding and directing both the St. John’s Choir and the St. John’s Schola Cantorum.
Dr. Redrow is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he was the recipient of the prestigious full-tuition Organ and Liturgical Music Scholarship. He furthered his education at The Boston Conservatory, and then earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston. He has studied and coached with most of the great Organists of our time and including Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Marie-Louise Langlais, Ludger Lohmann, and many others. He is a winner of the New England Regional competition of the American Guild of Organists, and has been featured at both Regional and National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists as a workshop presenter and performer.
Gregory Flower, baritone, has been heard across New England, where he has performed opera, oratorio, song, and musical theater. This season’s engagements have included Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and Jim Ferguson in the world premiere of Bessieand Ma. In May, Greg sang a complete performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang. Greg is active with several regional professionalchoirs, including Vocal Alchemy, Novi Cantori and Voce. He is the Director of the Music at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford and was a member of the Cathedral Schola Cantorum in Hartford for many years. Greg holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The University of Hartford and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Voice at the University of Connecticut, where he studies with Constance Rock.
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