SoCo Women’s Chorus Staff

Janey Hall | Founder & Artistic Director

Janey is a veteran performer and director of choral music.  Having taught in both public and private sectors of music education, her choirs have consistently won awards and recognition, including a 1999 Texas Music Educators Association ‘honor choir’ selection.

Hall received a Bachelors degree in All-Level Choral Music Education from Abilene Christian University, but began her music education career even before the degree was conferred, conducting ACU’S Freshmen Women’s Chorus and ACHS’s Concert Choir.  Every choir she has conducted in her 30+ years of conducting has doubled in membership.  Outside of public & private music education, Hall has also conducted community and church choirs, as well as children’s choirs.

Janey is also a professional singer, practicing what she preaches.  She has enjoyed her Carnegie Hall debut in 1993, Dallas Opera debut in 1993, European soloist debut in 1995, as well as performed with Abilene Opera Association, Dallas Lyric Opera, Deep Elum Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera, where she had the honor of having been selected to the cast of Leonard Bernstein’s world premier of A Quiet Place, the sequel to his Trouble In Tahiti. She is a Charter Member of The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and sang with them from 1989-2003.  A published composer, Ms. Hall is a member ASCAP with her composition, There Is A Season, published by Shawnee Music Press.

Shawn Ellison | Principal Accompanist

Shawn has worked as a musician in Austin, Texas since 1982. He is a pianist, but has also performed as a composer, arranger, bandleader, organist, vocalist, musical director, and dance class accompanist. Mr. Ellison often performs as a soloist, but is equally comfortable performing with a duo, trio, quartet, quintet, or big band. He has been privileged to share the stage with Cat Anderson, Slide Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Gorshin, and Phyllis Diller. His original dance suite “Texas” was performed at the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall.

Mr. Ellison accompanies ballet classes at Ballet Austin and at the University of Texas at Austin, and classes at the Austin Waldorf School. He has also worked with the Joffrey Workshop TX in San Antonio every summer since 1987. His band, Native Sun, won Best Jazz Band in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll in 1990, 1991, and 1992.

Mr. Ellison has performed at Tarry House, a private club, since 1989, as well as Truluck’s, Perry’s, the Driskill Hotel, Eddie V’s, the Four Seasons, and many other Austin venues. He has worked with Esther’s Follies and played for several years with Mr. Fabulous and his band. He recently played with the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Long Center in a pops concert. He has worked at numerous churches, and currently serves as pianist for Sunday morning services at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Sunday evening services at St. James Episcopal Church in Austin.

Mr. Ellison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from Texas State University.Mr. Ellison served on the Executive Board of the Austin Federation of Musicians from 2012 to 2014. He is proud to be associated with Symphony of Soul, for whom he sometimes leads singalongs for Alzheimer’s patients.

SoCo Women’s Chorus Board of Directors

Alex Bosier

Frances Dunham

Kaitlyn Newman

SoCo Women’s Chorus Advisory Board

Joel Baldazo, Dallas Entrepreneur

David Brock, TCU Director of Opera Theatre

Cathy Brown, Founder & Artistic Director, New Texas Symphony Orchestra

Billie Buddenhagen, Director of Operations, Ballet Austin

Larry Carter, Former SoCo Board of Directors Member

Chester Eitze, Executive Director, Bastrop Opera House

Craig Hella Johnson, Founder & Artistic Director, Conspirare

Joseph Martin, Composer; Shawnee Music Press

Antoine Spencer, former principal accompanist, Turtle Creek Chorale