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Short Bio
Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Dr. Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed eighty premieres. She was the first harpist to be a One Beat Fellow, a fellowship through Found Sound Nation and the U.S. State Department, and the first harpist to attend Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. She teaches at Harps Etc. and San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College and Adult Extension divisions. She is a 2017-2018 UC Davis artist-in-residence.

Medium Length Bio – Performance and Teaching
Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Dr. Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over eighty premieres. She embraces firsts: first harpist to attend Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals, and the first harpist to be a One Beat Fellow, a fellowship through Found Sound Nation and the U.S. State Department. An Alice Chalifoux Prize awardee, she performs with the new music harp and saxophone group Admiral Launch Duo, four-time residents of Avaloch Music Institute, with an upcoming album on Albany Records. Dedicated to innovative music pedagogy, she has taught privately and at institutions including MPULSE, Harps Etc., and Young Artist’s Harp Seminar. An in-demand educator, she gives an average of a dozen guest workshops per season at institutions including Arizona State University, CSU Sacramento, Cleveland State University, Interlochen, the International Harp Festival, Miami University, Michigan State University, University of Arizona, University of Hartford, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of North Carolina Greensboro. She was named an inaugural UM Engaged Pedagogy Fellow, earned a UM CRLT Graduate Teacher Certificate, and trained in eurhythmics pedagogy at CIM. Drawing on this advanced training, she has been tapped to train other teachers in settings including the SF ASTA teaching symposium and the University of Michigan. She is a 2017-2018 UC Davis artist-in-residence and a guest artist at the 40th Anniversary Festival of New American Music. She is on the preparatory and adult extension faculty of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and teaches all ages at Harps Etc. www.harpellis.com

Medium Length Bio – Performance Focused
Dr. Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over eighty premieres. The first ever harpist to be a One Beat Fellow, a cultural diplomacy program through the U.S. State Department, she was also the first harpist accepted to the Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. A UM Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow, she received the Alice Chalifoux Prize, Rackham Centennial and Graduate fellowships, and AT&T Foundation scholarships. She holds prizes in the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, Coeur d’Alene Young Artists, LMC of Seattle, and Inez Stafford competitions. She has played with Britten Pears, Spark Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Edgefest Fringe Festival, and Texas Music Festival. She performed the premiere recording of Steve Horowitz’s Entertainment Tonight and has written articles for The American Harp Journal and Harp Column Magazine. An in-demand clinician, she averages a dozen university workshops or masterclasses per season. She performs with the new music harp and saxophone group Admiral Launch Duo, four-time residents of Avaloch Music Institute. She teaches at Harps Etc., is a 2017-2018 UC Davis artist-in-residence residence, and is a featured artist at the 2017 Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento. She is on the preparatory and adult extension faculties at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Joan Holland, Yolanda Kondonassis, Alice Giles, and Jessica Siegel. www.harpellis.com

Teaching-Specific Bio
From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, harpist Dr. 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, in the past two seasons, she has given workshops or masterclasses at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Miami University, University of Hartford, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Cleveland State University, Nief Norf Summer Institute, Schenectady Community College, Williams College, and University of Massachusetts 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. 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 Harp Column. In addition to teaching harp and eurhythmics, she has performed over eighty 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.