KellyAnn Nelson comes to Chorus America with over two decades of diverse experience within the choral field, having embodied the roles of Artistic Director, Executive Director, music educator and more. KellyAnn is passionate about connections between people, organizations, and big ideas, and she now applies that passion to the creation of meaningful partnerships and campaigns that support Chorus America’s valuable programming and advocacy for the choral community. She is regularly asked to speak in forums as diverse as the 2012 World Choir Games, national conferences, corporate boardrooms and the TedX stage, primarily highlighting the ways that joyful, accessible and participatory art-making can create a compelling path to community engagement. KellyAnn was the Founding Artistic Director of the 1,200 voice Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) in Cincinnati, Managing Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Boychoir, and has worked for Princeton Girlchoir, Cincinnati Youth Choir, and in secondary school and university settings. She remains a sought-after choral music professional and has served as guest conductor and clinician at choral concerts and events in locations such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Choralfest in Canada, and honors choir festivals throughout the country.
KellyAnn and her family - husband Christopher Eanes (Cathedral Choral Society’s Executive Director), daughter and scientist/mermaid/artist Zaiya, and son Coleman, a budding comedian/ninja/snuggler - love adventuring together and have recently relocated to the heart of Washington, D.C. after a year spent chopping wood and inhabiting a farm house in New England. KellyAnn is thrilled to be a part of the Chorus America team, and she revels in connecting with partners and members who wear multiple hats and have stories to share with the choral sector.