Hey guys! Ellie here.
I have been involved in music since I was practically a sperm. Okay maybe not that far back, but let’s just say “very” far back. When I was a toddler, I had the advantage of having a piano in our house and I was so into that thing! Until they got me piano lessons which can really take the love of piano right outta ya! I got back to it around age 10 and taught myself to read music and play. Around that time, I started voice training, as well.
By the end of high school, I’d studied opera singing. I’d also taught myself string bass and a few other instruments and studied music theory pretty hard. My first job was actually as a singer in high school when I used to get booked for parties, singing at Nordstroms, stuff like that, It was fun! At that time, I started taking voice students just as people would come up and ask me to give them lessons. It was pretty casual but I loved doing it so much!
Fast forward to 2000 when I made the change to do jazz which had always been an interest of mine. I had been working as a model during a long illness (“hmmmm, I’m emaciated, have no energy, and am super sick — but I need to pay the rent; what can I do? Oh I know! I’ll be a model!”). I started teaching in a more organized way at that time, too, and started this voice studio – wow that was like 18 years ago! CuRAYzeee!
As a performer, I’ve done jazz since then pretty much exclusively although my students are mostly rockers or poppers (is that a word?). I lived in San Francisco and sang at a lot of the major venues there (including many rock venues) – some of which are now closed unfortunately – including the Elbo Room, Broadway Studios, the Black Cat, Bruno’s, Rassela’s, etc. I play in Europe sometimes – Amsterdam is my home base there and I have sang anything from private events to venues. I work teaching music to rockers out there when I go to AMS, too. In France, I was named one of the “best of the best” in jazz voice by French jazz critic M. deLafayette.
I recently moved to NYC to do more in my singing and teaching and it’s been really fun getting to work with all the NY people. I have two great things in my life that I love to do. One is singing and the other is teaching. I really love people and our human condition is something that makes me feel really connected to people – our struggles and hopes and dreams. I just love it.
So if you feel like it, make an appointment for a lesson and come tell me your dreams. Let’s get you started to make that happen – I will be invested in it if you are because it is exciting to get to be a part of someone’s dreams, whether those dreams are professional or personal.