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Short Bio
The first harpist to attend the Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice Summer festivals, Jennifer R. Ellis has performed over forty premieres. An Alice Chalifoux Prize winner, she has played with Britten Pears, Spark Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, and Texas Music Festival. She performs with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen in contemporary harp and saxophone ensemble, the Admiral Launch Duo, three-time Avaloch residents with a debut recording funded by a UMass FRG/Healy grant set to release in 2017. Her publications appear in The American Harp Journal and Harp Column Magazine and she has given over a dozen university masterclasses/guest workshops in 2015-2016. An inaugural UM Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, she trained in community-based learning and collaborates on an array of community engagement projects.

Medium Length Bio

Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) is a specialist in firsts. She is the first harpist to serve as a One Beat Fellow and the first harpist to attend the Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. She has performed over forty premieres and played with Britten Pears, Spark Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, and Texas Music Festival. She has received the Alice Chalifoux Prize, Rackham Centennial and Graduate fellowships, AT&T Foundation and Conservatory Deans’ scholarships, and holds prizes in the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, Coeur d’Alene Young Artists, LMC of Seattle, and Inez Stafford competitions. A versatile collaborator, she performs with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen as part of the new music harp and saxophone ensemble, the Admiral Launch Duo, three-time Avaloch residents with a debut recording funded by a UMass FRG/Healy grant set to release in 2017. She also performs with the interdisciplinary Seen/Heard Trio (Erika Boysen, flute; Megan Ihnen, mezzosoprano), recently featured at Omaha Under the Radar, and the groundbreaking ensemble All Sanctuary (John Churchville, table; mouthpiece-less trumpet, Mark Kirschenmann). An avid scholar, she has published in The American Harp Journal and Harp Column Magazine. Her research traces the social networks of composers and explores how extended techniques emerge from interlocking artistic communities. Her composition Weav-Weav-Weaving was featured at the Atlantic Music Festival, Splice, and Elizabeth Blair’s Listening to Ladies project. She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics and pedagogy privately as well as at institutions including University of Michigan, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young Artist’s Harp Seminar. She is an in-demand clinician and has given over a dozen university masterclasses/guest workshops in the 2015-2016 season. An inaugural UM Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, she trained in community-based learning and collaborates on a variety of community engagement projects. She trained with Joan Holland, Yolanda Kondonassis, and Jessica Siegel.

Teaching-Specific Bio
From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Jennifer R. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy. She has taught a combination of harp, eurhythmics, and music theory privately as well as at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., Avon School of Music, Oberlin Secondary Instrument Program, Cleveland School for the Arts, and Young Artist’s Harp Seminar. An in-demand clinician, since 2015, she has given workshops or masterclasses at Interlochen Arts Academy, San Francisco Conservatory, Miami Univesity, University of Hartford, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Cleveland State University, Nief Norf Summer Institute, Schenectady Community College, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was a 2014 University of Michigan Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, 2013 Rackham Centennial Fellow, and 2012 Alice Chalifoux Prize awardee. She trained in eurhythmics pedagogy at CIM and founded a eurhythmics program for University of Michigan music students that grew to span five levels of study. Her commitment to teaching has led her to help train other teachers through teaching eurhythmics pedagogy and leading practice teaching facilitations for University of Michigan Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). She was invited to lead two sessions about one-on-one teaching for the 2015 University of Michigan GSI orientation as well as pedagogy workshops for the Center on Research for Learning and Teaching. She served as the harp department assistant at both Oberlin and CIM, has published in The American Harp Journal and has an upcoming article on community engagement in Harp Column. In addition to teaching harp and eurhythmics, she has performed over forty premieres and works to educate composers on writing for the harp. After studying at Oberlin and CIM, she completed her D.M.A. at the University of Michigan in Harp Performance with a Certificate of Musicology and CRLT Graduate Teacher Certificate.