Director of Education
Sue Elliott was appointed Director of Education for Seattle Opera in July 2010. At Houston Grand Opera, Ms. Elliott created a new model for community engagement and education through the opera’s Song of Houston initiative. Only two years after its launch, Song of Houston received the Leading Lights Diversity Award in Arts and Culture from the National MultiCultural Institute. With local, national and international partners including National Geographic, Doctors Without Borders, US Forest Service, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Natural Science, Writers in the Schools, FotoFest, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Rice University, Houston Independent School District, and Houston Blues Society among others she initiated collaborative educational and artistic projects that celebrated the stories of people who call Houston home.
Ms. Elliott received the Bravo Award for Professional Excellence from the Houston Grand Opera Guild in 2009. Most recently she was instrumental in commissioning a Mariachi opera, an Azerbaijani opera, a new work in conjunction with Lunar New Year, a project celebrating blues music and The Refuge, performed by hundreds of community and professional musicians at the Wortham Theater Center in November 2007. Through The Refuge and its associated programming, HGO was able to connect more than 230,000 people with the art of opera for the very first time.
Ms. Elliott has worked in stage management for Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and the Canadian Opera Company. She was the first Canadian recipient of an OPERA America fellowship in Production and Stage Management. An accomplished clarinetist and pianist, Ms. Elliott holds a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Southern California, an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from McGill University in Montreal.