A music alumna of Marygrove College, Ellen Duncan received a master’s degree in music from Eastern Michigan University, and has had further study with Robert Shaw at Westminster Choir College in Princeton and in the summer opera program at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. She studied conducting with Russell Reed and Anthony Lannaccone and voice with James Turner, Caroline Rogers, and Glenda Kirkland, among others. In 2005, Ms. Duncan completed a four-year certificate program from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee.
She was Associate Professor of Music at Marygrove. Besides directing choirs, Ms. Duncan teaches conducting, music theory, and sight-reading. Under her leadership, the Marygrove choirs sung for church and civic organizations, toured the US and Canada, and collaborated with other choral groups. Ms. Duncan helped develop the music portion of Marygrove’s Arts-Infused Education course and has participated in summer arts-infused education programs in Pontiac. In addition, she has conducted sight-reading workshops for Marygrove and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, organized performances and master classes by several chamber music ensembles, and served on the committee that developed music certification programs for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She has also directed choirs at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Detroit and Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
She is a member of the Hymn Society in the US and Canada, the American Choral Directors Association, and was also a member of the Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies. Ms. Duncan is an amateur astronomer and avid reader.