Musica Viva Concert to Feature JJC Voice Professors on Jan. 25 at JJC

Joliet Junior College Adjunct Voice Professors Tracey Ford and Ellen Goodwin, along with accompanist Laura Kutscher, will perform at a Musica Viva concert on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in JJC’s Fine Arts Theatre on its Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. This free concert is open to the public.

Ford, soprano, and Goodwin, mezzo-soprano, will take a humorous look at “Music and Manners” through works by modern composers. Highlights will include composer Dominick Argento’s song cycle, “Miss Manners on Music,” which features the wisdom of the famous etiquette columnist put to music, as well as some beautiful new pieces by composer Ben Moore, along with the comical “Cat Duet.”

Ford is an adjunct professor at JJC and the College of DuPage, and she also teaches privately in Western Springs. On a regular basis, she performs in recital, oratorio and opera throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. She has performed with Chamber Opera Chicago and Sinfonietta Bel Canto and recently performed as a soloist at the International Benjamin Britten Symposium at Illinois State University. She was a soloist in the Brahms’ Requiem with Joliet Junior College and has performed roles in Gianni Schicchi, Die Verschworenen, and Die Lustige Witwe. She collaborates with organist Johnny Kash, and has presented organ and voice recitals throughout the Midwest and in Europe.

Goodwin has worked as a voice professor for 18 years. In addition to teaching the last few years at JJC, she has also maintained a private studio in Minooka and is on the staff of St. John Lutheran Church in Joliet. At the church, she directs the Youth Choir Ministries and the Praise Team. In the past, Goodwin sang with the Grand Park Chorus and Music of the Baroque. She has also been featured as a soloist with church and community groups, including the Naperville Chorus.

For more information about the JJC Musica Viva series, visit, or call 815-280-2223.


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