THE LOANN W. CRANE CHAIR
Ellen Connors enjoys a varied career as orchestral player, chamber musician and teacher. She has been principal bassoonist with ProMusica since 2011. Connors spent the 2012-13 season playing 2nd bassoon with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, making several appearances as guest principal. Previously, she served as principal bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony. Connors has appeared with both ProMusica and the Knoxville Symphony as soloist, performing Vivaldi, Mozart and Schickele. She has been a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony since 2011, and is a former member of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has also performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Charleston Symphony and Chattanooga Symphony.
Connors completed her undergraduate studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studying with Benjamin Kamins. While at Rice she won a prestigious Watson Fellowship and spent the following year studying folk music in China, Mongolia, Laos, Bulgaria and Norway. Connors received her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she was a student of Frank Morelli. She has concertized in Italy, Switzerland, China, South Korea, the Dominican Republic and throughout the U.S. A Michigan native, Connors resides in Saint Louis.