Ellissa Sayampanathan obtained her Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) from the University of Cambridge, where she sang as a choral scholar with The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, and had the pleasure of studying at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, where she earned a postgraduate diploma in Music Pedagogy. She holds a Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) in Vocal Performance and an Associate Diploma (ATCL) in Piano Performance from Trinity College London, and is grateful to have studied conducting with Stephen Layton, Pad Zoltán, Graham Ross, Geoffrey Webber, and Éva Rozgonyi.
Having graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelors degree in English Literature, she is strongly influenced by the marriage between the written word and its performance through music. She seeks to mould young voices and minds through her work as a pedagogue, and aspires to build good musicianship and a love for music in her choristers.
Ellissa currently works regularly with choral groups at the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir, Methodist Girls’ School (Primary), St Margaret’s Primary School, and Voices of Singapore. She spends part of her life teaching music in Special Education classrooms, and advocates for the arts to be accessible to all. She remains active as a singer in various ensembles, and relishes every opportunity to use her voice in music making.