Co-founder and Director, Pineland Fiddlers
Ellen is a fiddler, specializing in the musical styles from the State of Maine, which includes: Scots/Irish, French Canadian, and Maritime traditions. Her music has taken far and wide with several groups, including travel and perform with family. Ellen has been a Suzuki teacher since 1986 and is dedicated to the ways that Suzuki method and fiddling intersect and benefit each other. Ellen is a founding member and top youth instructor of Maine Fiddle Camp.
Relationship to PSS:
Betsy Kobayashi and Ellen co-founded the Pineland Suzuki School together in 1993 by combining their programs and creating group classes. Their long, rich experience together through all the bumps and celebrated moments, has included dreaming up every aspect of the school and all its functions. Ellen created the fiddling branch of the school, recording on 3 occasions, and inspiring the students by taking trips to thriving fiddling places: Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, Ireland, Turkmenistan, and most recently, Shetland. Ellen says, “PSS was formative for my family and set my 3 girls on a beautiful path of music making. They have come away with a belief in themselves that anything is possible that they got in no small part from the Suzuki method.”
Paths to help PSS:
To date, PSS has had a beautiful arc of success, with many accomplished musicians launched into the world. As the founders peer into the crystal ball, it is abundantly clear that we the organization needs to take new steps to thrive into the future. Ellen is committed to working through this process.
Some Fun things:
Garden, fiddle, garden, contradance, garden, ski/snowshoe, garden, cook, garden, kayak, garden, sew, garden, hike, garden, travel, garden, tell bad jokes, garden, garden, garden.......