Becky moved to Brattleboro after graduation from Colgate University in 1977, drawn by friends, the Marlboro Music Festival, and the vibrant folk music scene. She quickly became involved in local music events, as a music teacher, piano teacher, singer, storyteller, and pianist. Becky moved to the New Hampshire seacoast in 1982, where she earned a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley College and began her storytelling career. She traveled throughout New England and beyond, teaching and performing in schools, libraries, festivals and theatres as a New Hampshire Touring Artist. Becky was delighted to have the chance to move back to Brattleboro in 1992 with her young daughter, Sarah, and husband, Tim Ellis. Son Jacob joined them all in 1993.
Looking for a creative path that was better suited to family life than constant touring, and hoping for something equally based on relationship and performance, Becky founded the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus in 1996. Weekly rehearsals and twice annual concerts became a constant source of learning and inspiration. She continued to do a variety of other creative work as both teacher and performer.
These days, Becky continues to teach music to elementary school students at Townshend Elementary School; she is the new director of the Animaterra Women’s Chorus in Keene, New Hampshire; she is the organist and choir director at Londonderry’s Second Congregational Church; she leads singalongs and glee clubs at local senior and day care facilities; she sings a cappella with “Big Woods Voices” and with the Hallowell singers; and she offers storytelling and music performances, vocal coaching, and singing workshops, both in Brattleboro and further afield.
For more information on Becky's programs, visit her website at: www.beckygraber.com