Aimee Mell brings a deep and varied background to her position as Artistic Director of Ancora. In addition to diverse musical interests ranging from world music traditions to contemporary works, she has a passion for connecting people, the arts, and ideas through music. She has been an active advocate for the arts and education, serving on the Washington State American Choral Directors Association since 2012. Past affiliations have included serving as board member for the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium and Teaching Artist with Seattle Symphony, as well as extensive volunteering with The Creative Advantage, Tacoma Arts Commission, Washington State Arts Alliance and Seattle Opera.
A Ph.D. Candidate in Music History at the University of Washington, Ms. Mell also holds degrees in Music Composition (M.M., Butler University) and Music Education with a Choral Emphasis (B.M., Washington State University). She has worked with middle and high school choirs for over ten years in both public and private schools, teaching music theory, sight-singing, composition, and music history at the high school and undergraduate levels. She currently directs the Allegra level of the Seattle Girls’ Choir (where she also served as Executive Director for two years), and she teaches chorus and international performing arts in Seattle Public Schools.
As a composer, Ms. Mell is the recipient of an MENC National Composition Award, as well as the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant, which allowed her to compose and to travel to The Gambia, Africa. In her free time she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, and travel. She loves living in Seattle and spending time with her husband, Jawad, and their Airedale Terrier, Daisy.