Phone: (208) 578-5020
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College Master of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music WRHS Room: Music
Ellen Sanders grew up in San Diego, CA. She was Principal Cello of the San Diego Youth Symphony on their 1984 summer tour of Israel, Greece and Yugoslavia. She studied cello performance at Oberlin College and was the President of the Musicians Student Union. She continued her cello studies with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In her college years she attended the Grand Teton Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute (College Park, MD), the Bowdoin Music Festival (Bowdoin, ME) and the Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan).
Ellen is a professional cellist, music teacher and conductor. She has been a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony since 1992. For eighteen summers Ms. Sanders has been a coach for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Workshops. She has been conductor for the Philharmonia Orchestra for eleven summers. She is moving to Hailey from Oakland, CA where she was a full time performing and teaching musician. Her main performing groups are San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Opera San Jose and Santa Cruz Symphony. She has performed with numerous artists including Harry Connick, Jr, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Brubeck, and Donna Summer. She has been an extra musician with the San Francisco Opera. Ms. Sanders is very excited about continuing her musical adventures with students in the Blaine County School District.