Joan Ellersick, viola, studied at Indiana University with Georges Janzer and received her Bachelor in Viola Performance from Boston University where she worked with Bernard Kadinoff. After graduating from BU, Ms Ellersick lived in Michigan for 14 years, serving as assistant principal viola and personnel manager of the Grand Rapids Symphony, playing frequently with the Detroit Symphony and teaching viola at Calvin College. Since returning to her native Boston, she has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cantata Singers, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Opera Boston and Emmanuel Music.
In addition to playing viola with Emmanuel Music, Ms Ellersick serves as their orchestra personnel manager, bringing players to Emmanuel Church to perform a Bach cantata at the close of every Sunday’s worship service.
An avid chamber musician, Ms Ellersick was a founding member of the Somerset Quartet and Mackinac Trio, as well as violist of the Van Swieten Quartet, an ensemble specializing in performing music of the classical era on period instruments, in residence at Longy School of Music. She first performed with Music at Eden’s Edge over 20 years ago!
Ms. Ellersick teaches lessons for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program, taught for many years at St Mark’s and Fay Schools in Southboro, MA, and coaches the viola sections of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.