Monica Nelson is the founder and director of the Atlanta Children's Choir, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a focus in vocal performance, from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing her undergraduate studies in 2003, Monica held the position of interim music director at Hillside Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia while also working with children with autism in the Gwinnett County School System. Due to her love of music and education, she went on to complete her masters degree at The University of Texas at Austin, in Music and Human Learning in 2006.
While completing her masters program at The University of Texas at Austin, she conducted research on community children’s choirs in the state. This insight led her to found a professional choir for children in the heart of Atlanta. Upon relocating to Georgia, Monica established successful choral music programs at the middle school level in Bulloch County Schools and in City Schools of Decatur. During this time her students achieved many honors in Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) competitions such as LGPE and All-State Chorus. She currently teaches music at the K-2 level at Clairemont Elementary School.
The vision of The Atlanta Children’s Choir, a non-profit community choir, is one that has been near to her heart for many years, and she truly believes that all children, regardless of background and socio-economic status can have impactful and life changing musical experiences.
She is the wife of Lloyd Nelson II and mother to her wonderful sons LJ, Luke, Lennox, and daughter Lenore.