Ellen is Principal Oboe with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, and enjoys performing with a wide range of ensembles including the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Experiential Orchestra, and the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival. In New York City, where she earned her Masters degree in Oboe Performance from Mannes: The New School for Music, she freelanced across the city in venues ranging from Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall to Brooklyn's National Sawdust for immersive concerts with Contemporaneous and Groupmuse. Since moving to Southern California, performance highlights include playing a sold-out tour concert with "The Who," subbing with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and collaborating and improvising with colleagues (both remotely and in-person).
Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Ellen received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Minnesota, studying with John Snow. She is deeply grateful to all her mentors and teachers who have encouraged her and changed her: She gives heartfelt thanks to oboists John Snow, Sherry Sylar, Jelena Dirks, Elaine Douvas, and Mary Beth Hensel, college wind ensemble conductor Craig Kirchhoff, high school wind ensemble director Chris Werner, high school choir director Michael Esser, childhood piano teacher Dorinda Hawk, and friend and songstress Claire Randall for their love and inspiration.