Ancora Welcomes New Artistic Director
J. Scott Kovacs!

An image of J. Scott Kovacs smiling closed-mouth at the camera

Scott is an established presence in the Pacific Northwest choral community. As Co-Chair of the Seattle Sings Choral Festival, as well as in his role on the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium’s (GSCC) Board of Directors, it’s hard not to observe first hand Scott’s fine executive leadership skills and contributions to our broader choral community.

We were humbled by the level of interest and depth of talent represented by the candidates for this position. We truly appreciate everyone who applied and interviewed with us.

Scott’s unique combination of choral conducting, vocal instruction, executive leadership and non-profit development is the critical blend Ancora needs to help strengthen our foundation and put us on a path of growth. Consider some of Scott’s local roles and contributions:

  • Assistant Director and singing member of St. Mark’s Compline Choir

  • Founder and executive director of the Emerald Ensemble (which expanded its mission in 2020 to include the Emerald Choral Academy presenting online courses to amateur singers to help increase their knowledge of the choral craft)

  • Executive Director, Medieval Women’s Choir, and

  • A thriving studio of lifelong voice students, using voice science and pedagogy to teach voice habilitation, artistry and technique to a wide range of experiences, from beginners to professional singers

In Scott’s own words:

My hope for [this partnership] is a mutual experience that reflects the full potential of the ensemble through programming that comes with the expression of a gendered ensemble."

Exploring the colors, genres, and repertoire available with an eye to amplifying women’s voices (as singers, composers, arrangers). Scott sought out this position because he believes he can be a dynamic artistic leader and administrative collaborator. He has a deep passion for the pedagogy and artistry of choral music, and decades of experience as a musical leader in shaping the tonal architecture of choral ensembles- and leading them through rich artistic experiences.

We are excited to kick-off our 2022-2023 season in September with Scott at the Artistic Director podium, and with Yuly Kopkin, our incredibly talented accompanist, at the piano.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming performances!

Most sincerely,

Andrea Widdison

President, Ancora Board of Directors

Save the dates for our three upcoming performances:

  • Saturday, October 28-29, 2022: Seattle Sings Festival

  • Saturday, January 28, 2023: Ancora Presents “Transient Glory”

  • Saturday, June 10, 2023: Ancora Presents “Love and Longing”

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About Ancora

Ancora is a nonprofit educational organization composed of treble singers who endeavor to improve and develop their vocal talents and music education. Members continue their commitment to musical excellence while building friendships and support among singers. Ancora performs outstanding choral music through a challenging program of rehearsals and concerts, and enriches the arts community by sharing exquisite music for treble voices with the public.

Ancora is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the state of Washington.