Jennifer D. Ancrum, soprano, was educated in the Charleston County school system. Her extensive musical background began with Piano lessons at the age of 8. She then began to play the Cello at the age of 9, the Trombone and Organ at age 11 and began singing at the age of 16, where she sang in the church choir and a high school show choir group, The Middleton Singers. She attended the University of South Carolina while pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics she performed with the Carolina Band, and sang with Carolina Alive, where they performed for many local celebrities, including former governors; Carol Campbell and David Beasley and former Ms. South Carolina, Kimberly Aiken.
As an emerging singer in the Carolinas, she has performed steadily in the areas of opera, gospel, oratorio and many local weddings. In 2001, she joined the South Carolina Symphonic Chorale (SCSC), located in Columbia, SC, under the direction of Tim Koch. She made her solo debut in December of that year with the Bach Magnificat; where she performed the “Et exsultavit” and Soprano I of the “Suscepit Israel”. The same year she joined Hermon Presbyterian Church, in Rock Hill, SC as the Minister of Music and made her solo debut with the Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale under the direction of D. Jeffery Sligh, where she performed “Ave Maria”. In 2002, she joined the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir, located in Charleston, SC, under the direction of Vivian E. Jones. As a member and featured soloist, she has performed such solos as, “Give Me a Clean Heart”, Moses Hogan’s, “Glory to the Newborn King”, “Lead Me Lord” & “If I Can Help Somebody”. In 2005, the SCSC changed its name to the Columbia Choral Society and under the direction of Will Carswell; Ms. Ancrum performed one of the featured solos in Camille Saint Saen’s Christmas Oratorio. In 2008 A new organization, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble was formed and Jennifer is currently a founding member and soloist. In 2010 she joined Lowcountry Voices, located in North Charleston, SC, under the direction of Nathan Nelson and Sandra Barnhardt. In 2013 the CSO Gospel Choir & Spiritual Ensemble changed its name to Charleston Gospel Choir & Charleston Spiritual Ensemble. In 2015, under the direction of D.J. Boyd, Jennifer joined the Queen City Singers of Charlotte, NC.
She has traveled and performed abroad with the CSO Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble, she has toured Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Leipzig, Germany; Florence, Rome, Pisa & Milan, Italy; England; France; Ghana & Accra West Africa. In July of 2015, she traveled and performed in Bermuda with Lowcountry Voices and In July of 2017 they will travel to Canada and perform.
For four years in Columbia, SC, she studied privately under Dr. Richard Conant, prior to relocating to York, SC in April 2006. While in York, she has studied privately under Kay Irmiter for two years and one year with The Lesson Studio, where she also began to play the Bass and Electric Guitar. She is currently studying under Tina Booth with Musicians in Motion. Her future goals include performing as the feature soloist in the Carmina Burana and recording her own gospel and classical CDs.
While maintaining her position at Wells Fargo as an Analytics Consultant, and as Minister of Music at Hermon Presbyterian Church, she is actively involved with the Charleston Gospel Choir, Charleston Spiritual Ensemble, Lowcountry Voices, the Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale, Queen City Singers and continues to perform in Weddings. She has two beautiful and musically talented daughters, Jenaé and Jennelle Horton.