Meet Elexa Bancroft.
Elexa's Start in Music
Florida native Elexa has been involved in music and art since she was young. Her music interest and study blossomed as she earned her bachelor of music in voice performance from Florida State University. There, she studied in Marcia Porter’s studio for four years. Before that, she studied for four years in the studio of Carla Connors in Tallahassee. In her graduate studies, Elexa performed in the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory's mainstage opera of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte and was invited to perform her role again in Atlanta.
She was honored to be a part of The Atlanta Opera’s children show and first commissioned opera, Rabbit Tales, as the main character - Teenchy Duck. She and the cast traveled an entire school year to performance halls around Georgia, bringing light opera to the ears of many young students.
Elexa made her debut with Capitol City Opera in 2012 as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Oglethorpe University and directing the children's chorus as concert master in Puccini's La Boheme. The relationships she built at Capitol City Opera led to Elexa serving on the executive board of Capitol City Opera and being offered a position as the Education Director, producing the first education fundraiser for Capitol City Opera. Elexa also produced an entertainment zone for the Atlanta Parent's Magazine Family Festival.
In 2021, Elexa was invited back to her alma mater of Florida State University and given the Notable Noles award, formerly titled 30 under 35 of FSU.
Elexa's Start in Education
Ms. Bancroft founded Atlanta Music Education in 2011 with her partner Matt Johnson. Their studio of students has performed at events all over the Atlanta area, including the Kavarna, Big Tex, Tucker Farmers Market, King’s Bridge Retirement home, the ARTLOT, San Francisco Coffee Shop, the Conant Performing Arts Center, and The Corner Cup Coffee shop to name a few. Her students can be seen in Broadway national tours and Netflix series.
Today the program is directed by Elexa with over 80 students enrolled and a team of over seven co-teachers and three interns offering in-home and virtual private lessons, group classes, summer camps, and studio events. Their studio boomed in popularity with their two formal recitals a year, Kids Open Mics, competitions with the Performing Arts Conservatory of Atlanta, and fun studio outings they bring students on.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Elexa successfully modified Atlanta Music Education into an online music school and raised over $20,000, hosting virtual group classes accessible to low-income families for free.
She is a mentor and speaker at the Dekalb School of the Arts, and host to the popular Kids Open Mic programs featured in the Tucker Times, Decatur Dispatch, and Decator Focus magazines.
In 2019, Elexa won the Amber Grant for female entrepreneurs and was honored with the Atlanta March of Dimes Woman of Distinction finalist award for her work for her community.
Elexa's Start in Art
Elexa became known for her music paintings when re-using sheet music from her teaching to collage and decorate her studio and classrooms.
Elexa ships art worldwide thru her Shopify and Etsy stores and creates commissions using her patron's favorite song lyrics, quotes, and other pop culture references.
She has been invited to Georgia art festivals, including Stone Mountain's Yellow Daisy Festival, Virginia Highland Summerfest, Dunwoody Arts Festival, Candler Park Fall Fest, Indie Craft Experience, and Inman Park Festival. Her art is featured at Atlanta stores such as Bookish Atlanta, K Squared Artisan Boutique, Independent Distillery in Decatur, Carere Music, and Avondale Estate's Garage Door Studio.
She garnered national attention during her first year at BroadwayCon, where Elexa met some of her favorite Broadway stars who autographed her art pieces. She was then invited to join the Broadway Makers Alliance, which led to Elexa being invited to BookCon, LeakyCon, and MegaCon in 2020.
In 2021, Elexa's art soared to new heights being featured on Target.com, Wayfair, Overstock and Zulily as well as her debut at New York Comic Con, Spooky Empire and LeakyCon.
As she creates new art and travels for events, Elexa began recording videos that led to her garnering over 96,000 TikTok followers in a little over a year.
Elexa and her husband, percussionist and drummer previously seen on Broadway, Carnegie Hall and debuting at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center grand opening with Jennifer Hudson and the Royal Philharmonic, Brian Radock, reside in Orlando and Atlanta performing and creating art.