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Ellen Allen

Instruments: Voice, Violin, Viola

Ellen Allen is a lifelong musician offering voice, violin and viola lessons in the greater Boston area. She has been professionally performing and collaborating for fifteen years, and teaching for ten years. Educating and training young musicians is a great passion of hers, because she believes very strongly in giving others the skills and tools they need to express themselves and communicate through music.

Ellen began her musical studies at the age of four on violin.  As a teenager, she studied violin under Janet Packer in the Longy School of Music’s Preparatory Division.  While at Longy, she was the winner of the 1997 Junior Young Performers’ Concerto Competition, and travelled to Finland with the Young Performers’ Chamber Orchestra under the direction of George Ogata. Ellen also participated in the Central District and All-State Orchestras in high school, and was principle second violinist of the Gordon Symphony Orchestra while in college.

Ellen uses the Suzuki method with her young violin students, and supplements with scales and other "reading-based” methods; she believes developing a good ear, good theory skills, and good sight-reading abilities are all equally important.  She places great emphasis on right and left hand posture and technique.  She accepts violin students ages five and up.

Ellen holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and a Teaching Artist Certificate from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, summa cum laude, from Gordon College.  As a singer, her performance credits encompass recital, oratorio, and operatic repertoire.  She has performed partial operatic roles from Carmen, The Magic Flute, Falstaff, and Le Cendrillon, and has appeared a soloist and collaborator with many Boston-area ensembles, performing works by Mozart, Bach, Haydn, and Fauré, among others.

Ellen’s approach to vocal technique is all about creating a healthy, beautiful, expressive sound.  She has a strong background in vocal pedagogy, which enables her to help her students achieve their optimal sound, regardless of age, gender, or previous experience.  Ellen focuses a great deal on proper posture and breath management, as well as the resonance and tone quality necessary for clarity and projection.  She also places great emphasis on interpretation and performance, challenging her students to consider what their songs mean and how to convey that meaning to an audience.  For students who wish to further their performance experience, she also offers vocal coaching and audition preparation.  She accepts students ages ten and up. 

Ellen is classically trained, and the vocal technique she teaches is largely based in that style; however, she does teach a great deal of musical theater repertoire.  Please note that she does not teach "pop” or other similar contemporary styles of music to her beginning singers, as she does not believe that this genre offers many opportunities for vocal growth.

Ellen’s teaching and coaching has taken her out into the surrounding communities as well.  She has served as a guest teaching artist at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston, and as the lead vocal coach for the Newburyport Nock Middle School’s 2011 production of West Side Story.  She is also the co-founder and music director of Rising Stars Productions, a music and theater education initiative based in Reading, MA.  She currently sings with Calliope, a choral and instrumental collaborative ensemble based in Boston.

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Styles: Classical, musical theater, contemporary

Education: Gordon College, 2008, summa cum laude Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance Longy School of Music Preparatory Division, 1997-2002 Violin Studies

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