Elissa Kranzler grew up in West Hartford, CT, where she spent much of her childhood performing in musicals and choral concerts. You may not be surprised to hear that this curly-haired alto played the part of Annie (twice). You may be surprised to hear that she played the part of a boy (twice). At New York University, Elissa directed and sang with the NYU Cleftomaniacs, an all-female a cappella group. After college, she performed with Riverside Choral Society and Uncommon Chord, a vocal jazz ensemble. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2008, Elissa has sung with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and is a member of Tower of Song, a women’s vocal sextet.
Elissa is a Ph.D. student studying health communication at the University of Pennsylvania. When not singing, she can be found running regressions and the streets of West Philadelphia (though typically not at the same time), cooking, listening to podcasts, and attending chamber music concerts.