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Ellen Koziel

Director, Rhodes Women's Chorus

Dr. Ellen Koziel is the director of the Rhodes Women’s Chorus. She has conducted treble ensembles as part of the West Tennessee Festival Chorus as well as the Memphis Orff All-City Concert. Dr. Koziel’s elementary school choirs were selected to perform for the Tennessee Music Education Association’s State music conference, Spotlight on the Arts, for the Memphis School Board and the Festival of the Arts sponsored by Memphis City Schools. She was the first General Music Chairperson for the Tennessee Music Education Association where she proposed, developed, and chaired the Tennessee Treble Choir. While president of the West Tennessee General Music Education Association in 1993, she spearheaded the establishment of the West Tennessee Festival Chorus. She most recently earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Memphis and currently serves as Associate Minister of Music at the Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal, in Memphis, where she directs the children’s choirs. A charter member and former president of the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale, she has performed with this ensemble in Carnegie Hall, Rome, Salzburg, Vienna, and the Czech Republic. She was awarded the Hall of Fame Award from TnMEA in 2017 and the Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence in 2007. She teaches the Level II Orff Certification Course at the University of Memphis and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Koziel is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and has served as president of the West Tennessee General Music Association and the Memphis Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is now serving as the conductor of CoroNino.