Although her early musical training was dual (piano/ specialization in woodwind instruments), her focus is now on classical organ. For 13 years, Ms. Lewis was organist and accompanist for several choirs at the Cascade UMC and organist at the Ben Hill UMC for 5 years. She was church organist for the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church for 18 years. Ella became the organist and pianist for Sandy Springs Christian Church in 2011. She is also presently a staff accompanist at Spelman College and serves as music archivist in the Morehouse College Music Department.
Ella was born in New York, New York, but resided in Brunswick, Georgia most of her formative years. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of Morris Brown College and has done extensive graduate work at Georgia State University. She has completed 37 years as a teacher in the Atlanta Public School System, where she was a piano instructor and accompanist for the North Atlanta School for the Performing Arts. Throughout her tenure, she served as choral director for several schools, stage/jazz band director, show choir director, handbell director, and assistant registrar. The subjects she has taught were Piano, Music Theory (all levels), Guitar, Handbells, IB Music (International Baccalaureate), Ethnic Music Studies, Music Appreciation, and various Choral Ensembles. Along with duties in educating the children in Atlanta, she has been involved with church music.
Ella is an able accompanist, having accompanied in many master classes and recitals throughout the United States. She has served as accompanist for the Atlanta University Community Chorus, Opus, Onyx Opera Atlanta, Senior High All-State Choruses (State of Georgia), and several conventions of the National Association of Negro Musicians. Ms. Lewis has accompanied several groups, locally, nationally, and abroad. She is the accompanist for the nationally known Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, based in Atlanta GA. She performed as accompanist and organist on several international tours, which included the UK and Italy.
In June 2002, she traveled throughout Germany, Switzerland, and France and performed concerts, playing the organ in several major European churches, including the cathedral at St. Sebald in Neremburg, the cathedral at Freiburg and St. Johnnes Kirche in Basel, Switzerland. Ella still travels extensively and concertizes on occasions. Ella holds memberships in several organizations. Among them are the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Music Educators’ National Conference, (MENC), Georgia Music Educators’ Association (GMEA), Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians’ Association (MAMA), Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity (∆O), Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), the National Educators Association (NEA), and the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) of which she is a former member of the Board of Directors.