Annapolis Chamber Music Festival

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Ellen Hindson, oboe


Ellen Hindson is an oboist and teacher based in San Diego, California, and enjoys traveling to freelance with a wide range of ensembles including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, and The Experiential Orchestra. In New York, where she earned her Masters degree in Oboe Performance from Mannes College, she performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Brooklyn's National Sawdust for immersive concerts with Contemporaneous and Groupmuse. 

Ms Hindson is a founding member of Trade Winds Ensemble, a group dedicated to excellence in music performance, arts education, and their role in driving social change. Alongside her fellow TWE members, Ellen has designed and led arts programs in Tanzania and Kenya, and partnered with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and RefugeeOne in Chicago to teach workshops for refugee children from Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Working with Trade Winds Ensemble continuously reshapes her worldview, and inspires her to push the limits of her creativity as a performer and educator.

Ellen earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Minnesota studying with John Snow. Ellen's other influential teachers and mentors include Sherry Sylar and Jelena Dirks. 

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).