Founded in 2001 and based in Easton, MD, the Tidewater Singers is a group of professional and amateur musicians that love singing and sharing music with others. Our hope is to make the world a better place by giving our audiences joy, inspiration and beauty through music.
Ellen Whitacre Wile has spent a lifetime in choral music. Having started as a Cherub Choir member in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she continued singing in church and school groups throughout her childhood. She majored in Music Education at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and went on to teach vocal and choral music in the Talbot County Public Schools, grades 1-12, for 30 years, retiring in 2014. She has served as Director of the Chesapeake Youth Chorale and has been Director and Musical Director of several musicals presented at Easton High School.
She has continued her studies by attending Conductors’ Institutes at Westminster Choir College and singing with the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall. She is presently the Music director at the Easton Church of the Brethren.
Ellen is highly honored to serve as the Artistic Director for the Tidewater Singers. She has sung with the group since its inception as Bach to the Future in 2001 and humbly takes the baton, succeeding the tremendous work of William R. Thomas.
Ellen is married to Kevin Wile and the two of them enjoy choral and band music together, as well as traveling, kayaking, and visiting with family and friends.
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