- KellyAnn Nelson, director and co-founder of the Young Professionals Choral Collective
- Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
- Current neighborhood: Westwood
Why she's so amazing: In just five years, KellyAnn Nelson has assembled a group of more than 800 singers who currently participate in the Young Professionals Choral Collective. Whether beginners or seasoned singers, Nelson helps to connect area professionals ages 21-45 with a passion for music and the arts in a fun, creative environment.
Nelson launched the Young Professionals Choral Collective with her husband, Christopher Eanes, in 2012. She is also the managing artistic director of the Cincinnati Boychoir.
Nelson previously served as associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and the Princeton Girlchoir in New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Western Michigan University and her doctorate in choral conducting and arts administration from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
"One of things that is really appealing as musicians is that we love being in a city that has access to the arts of a big city, but it is also affordable to live and have a lot of access to other opportunities," Nelson said.