Ellen Hindson, oboe
Ellen Hindson is a freelance oboist and teacher in New York City. Currently Principal Oboe with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Ellen enjoys performing with a wide range of ensembles in and around New York including the New York Festival Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. She has performed in venues ranging from Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall to Brooklyn's National Sawdust for immersive concerts with The Experiential Orchestra, Contemporaneous, and Groupmuse. Ms Hindson is a founding member of Trade Winds Ensemble; she won the Peter M. Gross prize for her work performing and teaching with this ensemble, which has included two residencies in East Africa as well as a guest recital and masterclasses at Wright State University. In 2017, Trade Winds Ensemble partnered with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and RefugeeOne in Chicago to offer free music workshops to refugee children from Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Passionate about teaching, Ellen is currently on the faculty as an orchestra coach and oboe instructor at the Diller-Quaile School and Bloomingdale School of Music, and maintains a private oboe studio in New York City. Originally from Wisconsin, Ellen received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Minnesota, and moved to New York to earn her Masters degree at the Mannes School of Music with Sherry Sylar, Associate Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic.
Ellen is committed to teaching through music and the arts, and through The Bloomingdale School's Project Bridge, she teaches students who cannot otherwise afford private lessons, and works with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) as a teaching artist with the ASTEP On Stage! program. Ellen has presented oboe masterclasses and clinics at Wright State University and Montclair State University, and regularly works as a woodwind coach for the Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble. She will travel with Trade Winds Ensemble to Haiti this June and July 2018 where her ensemble will offer free music workshops for children, presented in partnership with BLUME Haiti (Building Leaders Using Music Education).