Elliott Encarnación is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has written for ensembles and institutions in his native Michigan as well as New York and San Francisco. While his repertory includes numerous sacred choral works, his primary compositional focus is on the art of opera. He co-founded Prodigal Opera Productions in 2013, a Bay Area company, workshop, and theater dedicated to reviving interest, and relevance in the art form. He joined the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in 2013.