Ellen Oak

artistic excellence | intellectual acuity | spiritual imagination | cultural courage

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I am a musician—conductor, mezzo-soprano, pianist and composer—and liturgist based in the Boston area. I have served as director of music, formed liturgical leaders, shepherded chapel life, and taught worship, music, and the arts at Episcopal Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological School, and Saint John's Seminary. I founded and directed the KAIROS Vocal Ensemble, the Boston Womens Rainbow Chorus, and Three Rivers Chorus. I have worked as director of music and worship minister in a wide variety of churches; released five CDs of my compositions and performances; and sung professionally as a cantor and recitalist, and with A Joyful Noise, the Labyrinth Choir, and Cappella Clausura.

I currently serve as pastoral associate for liturgy and music at Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), Acton, MA; and as musician and liturgist for the Lutheran/Episcopal campus ministry at the Massachusetts 

Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.  I'm also doing research for a book on the role of cantor; preparing a new curriculum to teach the "livingness" of liturgy; and developing a chamber music series with accompanying study materials exploring women mystics across times and traditions.