Susan Ellis is a teaching artist who enjoys a creative balance of performing and mentoring. Her repertoire ranges from opera and oratorio roles to contemporary chamber music.
In 2004 Susan joined Opera Queensland’s Young Artist Program and now mentors singers in the Program. She performs, teaches, and musically directs shows with Opera Queensland’s Learning, Regional and Community programs. Susan is passionate about outreach and has worked across Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Scotland supporting marginalised communities.
Susan was awarded the CAPO Fellowship and the Singapore Airlines Travelling Scholarship for role study and performances in Germany under the mentorship of Cord Garben and held a Kornfeld Scholarship to complete a Master’s in Performance at Australian National University (ANU). She received a Teaching Fellowship from ANU to work and study with Robert Alderson and other voice specialists at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Susan has performed in concerts in across Italy and France for Gusto Sud, toured Europe with the Australian Austrian Choir as their guest soloist and appeared as an oratorio soloist for various choirs. For Opera Queensland, she has performed in and covered roles in Violetta, La traviata, Rosalinda and Ida, Die Fledermaus, Miss Jessel, Turn of the Screw and the Witch, and Hansel & Gretel.
Susan is the vocalist for the Griffyn Ensemble, an Australian theatrical chamber music ensemble, performing at many Australian Festivals, Sunday Live ABC concerts and toured with Musica Viva! Griffyn Ensemble opened Scotland’s Sound Festival in 2015 and in 2017 welcomed the Scottish Red Note Ensemble to Australia. They will soon release their second CD, Southern Skies.
Susan is currently Principal Voice Teacher at the Moreton Bay Colleges. She has assisted with the vocal development of children’s choruses for Opera Queensland and Opera Australia and works as a Vocal Coach with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She has written and delivered accredited Professional Development Vocal Workshops for Musica Viva and Opera Queensland.
Susan has a love of voice teaching and has taught at the Australian National University and University of Southern Queensland. Past students are now singing professionally in Opera, Musical Theatre, Pop and Jazz, and have won many prestigious national awards.