Marcie Ellen Duplantis is a Texas born singer-songwriter. Her music embodies her free spirit and expressive creativity. “Powerful, vulnerable, and beautiful”, are constants used to describe her singing. Marcie Ellen is a natural singer and her sense of ease and effortlessness is what sets her apart from the rest. She also plays guitar, ukulele and piano.
Marcie Ellen established Marcie Ellen Studio in 2011 in association with Centenary College of Louisiana. Ratcliff is the only teacher in the state of Louisiana as well as tri-state area whom is certified in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory. This includes specialty in training various voice types of all shapes, sizes, and unique characteristics as well as understanding the mechanics of vocal longevity and health.
More famously, Marcie Ellen is the Vocal Coach to American Idol Contestant, Garrett Jacobs of Bossier City, Louisiana. Marcie Ellen recently completed a song-writing mentorship with Stephen Duncan, former publisher to Contemporary Christian Artist, Lauren Daigle. She recently completed recording her album with Nashville producer, Ryan Corn, former artist with Curb Records (which label represents artist such as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes and Hank Williams Jr.) of Nashville, Tennessee.
Duplantis is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and a concentration in Music Education, graduating with academic honors, Cum Laude as well as Departmental Honors from The Hurley School of Music. She is also a candidate for her Master of Arts in Teaching from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Certification in Choral Music for K-12. A world traveler, Mrs. Duplantis has spent multiple summers along the Amalfi Coast of Italy, performing operas with the Romanian-American Orchestra as apart of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Institute. Here she was cast in supporting principal roles as "Zweite Dame" in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and "Sorella Dolcina" in Puccini's Suor Angelica, performing in various beautiful venues overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and amidst Roman ruins. Ratcliff has also been seen staged in many productions with Shreveport Opera, including Puccini's Turandot and Madame Butterfly, and Donizetti's, L'elisir d'amore, and starred as principal roles Countess, in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti via Opera Centenary. Ratcliff has also been seen performing in various ensembles at Yale University, The Boston Conservatory, Interlochen Academy for the Arts, Croatia, Chicago, Atlanta, Michigan, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana.
More recently Duplantis has been seen in the soloist spotlight featured as Soprano soloist in Dubois', Seven Last Words of Christ, apart of Asbury Arts: Concert Series, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, LA. Reviews raved, "Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ... This profoundly moving Lenten meditation's soloists, gave an absolute first class performance, while collaborating beautifully with members of the Shreveport Symphony." She is also the Artist in Resident for St. Mark's Cathedral, serving as a featured soloist for weddings, celebratory services, and Soprano Section Leader for Cathedral Eucharist. In this, she also serves as vocal coach to choristers of the St. Mark's Cathedral Choir developing masterful musicianship within the ensemble.
Throughout the school year, Marcie Ellen resides as Music Teacher for St. Mark's Cathedral School; A private Episcopal School and educational mission of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana. Marcie Ellen also serves year-round as Assistant Director to the Boys and Girls Choir of St. Mark's Cathedral, whom serves as the seat of the Diocese of Western Louisiana. Marcie Ellen is founder and creator of the St. Mark's Arts Academy, a program promoting Christian based instruction for students that promotes excellence in The Arts. Her vocals and direction assist in leading others to an intimate place of worship through the gift of music.