Joan Ellersick studied viola at Indiana University with Georges Janzer and received her Bachelor in Viola Performance from Boston University where she worked with Bernard Kadinoff. After graduating from BU, Ms. Ellersick lived in Michigan for 14 years, serving as assistant principal viola and personnel manager of the Grand Rapids Symphony, playing frequently with the Detroit Symphony and teaching viola at Calvin College. Since returning to her native Boston, she has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Opera Boston, Emmanuel Music and Cantata Singers, where she also serves as orchestra contractor.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Ellersick has been a member of Music at Eden's Edge and was a founding member of the Somerset Quartet and Mackinac Trio. She was violist of the Van Swieten Quartet, an ensemble specializing in performing music of the classical era on period instruments, in residence at Longy School of Music.
Ms. Ellersick teaches lessons for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program, taught for many years at St Mark’s and Fay Schools in Southboro, MA, and coaches the viola sections of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.