The Canadian soprano, Ellen McAteer, obtained her Bachelor of Mussic degree in Voice Performance from McGill University, where she graduated with Excellence in Voice; and her Master of Musis degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto. She has furthered her studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Orford Arts Centre and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is the two-time recipient of the Richard Bradshaw Graduate Fellowship in Opera and has been awarded a Schulich Scholarship, the Gaelyne Gabora Memorial Prize and the E.M. Wirth Scholarship. Her teachers and coaches include Nancy Argenta, Joanne Kolomyjec, Michael McMahon, Wendy Nielsen, Steven Philcox, Sanford Sylvan, Daniel Taylor and Liz Upchurch.
Ellen McAteer performs frequently in both opera and concert. Her performed operatic roles are diverse, including premiering the role of Lola in James Rolfe's new opera CRUSH (The Banff Centre, director Amiel Gladstone), Athalia in George Frideric Handel's Athalia, Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. In concert, she has recently performed Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Magnificat (Bethlehem Bach Festival), Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (IMSQ Festival), Haydn's The Creation (Bethlehem Bach Festival), J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) (Music and Beyond Festival), B. Britten's Les illuminations de Rimbaud (University of Toronto), J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) (Tilford Bach Festival), G.F. Handel's Messiah (Grace Church on-the-Hill), Orff's Carmina Burana (McGill University) and J.S. Bach's Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul).
Ellen McAteer; voice can be heard on several CD's, most recently the Juno-nominated "Le refuge du cœur" (Analekta, 2015), "The Vale of Tears" (Analekta, 2015) and "Four Thousand Winter" (Sony, 2015) featuring the newly formed Trinity Choir, directed Daniel Taylor.
A versatile performer, Ellen McAteer has taken part in several unusual performance opportunities. Her voice has been heard on acoustic folk-band October Gold's first CD release, "Into the Silence," she debuted and recorded the symphonic poem "A Dream within a Dream" by McGill composition student Kit Soden and was featured at Place des Arts in Montreal as part of a multi-disciplinary outdoor art exhibit entitled "The Artistic Disciplines".