Cellist Erin Ellis leads a versatile career as a performer and teacher. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States as well as in Canada, Chile, Italy, and Holland. She was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Cello at West Virginia University’s School of Music. Formerly based in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Ellis has appeared as a chamber musician at venues including the University of Alabama, the Atlanta Public Library, and Georgia State University. She served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Atlanta Opera and continues to serve as Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA). Dr. Ellis is also an accomplished baroque cellist and a member of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. She can be heard on several recordings with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
A dedicated music educator, she joins West Virginia University from the faculty at Agnes Scott College and the Waldorf School of Atlanta. She also served as interim cello faculty at State University of New York at Fredonia. In demand as guest artist and clinician, she has conducted masterclasses at Georgia Tech, Furman University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was also invited to present at the American String Teacher's Association Conference in Louisville, KY, and in Tampa, FL. She spends her summers in Leicester, VT, performing and coaching chamber music at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Ellis began her cello studies as a Suzuki student at the age of 4. She earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and she completed Suzuki teacher training with Tanya Carey. She went on to receive 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. She studied the cello with Richard Aaron, David Ying, Alison Wells, Phoebe Carrai, and Martha Gerschefski.