Music Directors
 
Grazina Ellis (Music director)

Born in Lithuania Grazina began to study music and piano at the age of six. She graduated from The National Conservatoire with a M.Mus degree and this was followed by a lecturer's qualification.

She taught at the Panevezys Conservatoire for 26 years, worked with the choirs, vocal ensembles and additionally organised vocal festivals and competitions as the senior vocal specialist for the Panevezys district.

Starting in 1992 Grazina travelled extensively as a vocalist and soloist with the Panavezys based choir 'Muzika'. Participating in choir contests in Sweden, Hungary, Holland, South Africa, Norway and Spain. At the famous Chamber Choir contest in Takarazuka City in Japan, 'Muzika' performed choral creations by Lithuanian and European baroque composers winning gold medals and the Grand Prix award. The choir also performed in Germany, Israel and the U.S.A.

Arriving in Weymouth, England in 2004 to extend her studies she graduated from Bournemouth University after two years with a Music, Media and Performance Foundation Degree. Her teaching qualifications were recognised by the GTC and she was awarded a QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Grazina received a call from Royal Holloway University of London to coach 'Skuduciai' (Lithuanian pan-pipes) and also the Lithuanian language, for a CD recording for Hyperion Records of Vytautas Miskinis songs.

Whilst teaching at Weymouth College and giving private singing and piano lessons Grazina had the idea to start a local choir and the 'ONE VOICE' choir was born.

As well as singing classical pieces in many languages, including Italian and Russian, Grazina loves singing, jazz, blues and pop music. Her home country, Lithuania, is known as a country that sings. A BBC program called 'Singing Country' illustrated clearly a population with a deep-rooted knowledge of it's traditional folk music tradition.

 
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