Ms. Ellis is passionate about community engagement and training artists to build sustainable community partnerships. She has collaborated with institutions such as public schools, hospitals, senior centers, nursing homes, Ronald McDonald houses, psychiatric facilities, memory care units, early childhood programs, and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge to provide interactive musical experiences. She works to partner with local nonprofits to help improve accessibility to music throughout the community.
She has led workshops training musicians in community engagement at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University, American Harp Society Summer Institute, International Harp Festival, the American Harp Society’s Western Michigan Chapter, and Harps. Etc. She was a 2014-2015 University of Michigan Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow where she was trained in how to best teach service-based learning courses. She has published about community engagement in Harp Column magazine.
If you are interested in a collaboration or bringing Ms. Ellis to your institution, please contact her directly. She also offers workshops for musicians and artists on building meaningful community partnerships.