West Virginia University faculty member Erin Ellis presents a masterclass for Penn State cello students. Her visit is hosted by Penn State professor Kim Cook.
Cellist Erin Ellis leads a busy and versatile career as a performer and teacher. She has performed in cities across the United States as well as in Canada, Chile, Italy, and Holland. She is the cello professor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.
Formerly based in Atlanta, Erin appeared as a chamber musician at venues including Agnes Scott College, the Atlanta Public Library, and Georgia State University. She was assistant principal cello of the Atlanta Opera and served as principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA). She was also a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (SC). Erin has spent summers performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and with the National Repertory Orchestra.
Erin is also an accomplished baroque cellist. She appeared as soloist with the Eastman Collegium Musicum, has performed at the Longy, Rochester, Tafelmusik, and Vancouver early music festivals, the Memorial Art Gallery (Rochester, NY), and was featured as continuo player for Amherst Early Music Festival’s production of Conradi’s Ariadne. Erin can be heard on several recordings with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra and is a member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
Erin is also in demand as a guest artist and clinician. She was invited to present at the American String Teacher's Association Conference in Louisville, KY, and will be presenting again at the 2016 conference. She has conducted masterclasses at the University of North Dakota, Colorado Mesa University, the University of Texas at Brownsville, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Erin has presented interactive workshops to the Atlanta Cello Project, addressing Baroque performance practice and Romantic cello literature. She also has worked locally with students from Georgia Tech University and assists with several leading high school orchestral programs.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Erin began her cello studies as a Suzuki student at the age of 4. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and completed Suzuki teacher training with Tanya Carey. Erin received the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she was recognized with the Graue Award for Excellence in Musicology. Erin studied the cello with Richard Aaron, David Ying, Alison Wells, Phoebe Carrai, and Martha Gerschefski.