THE LOANN W. CRANE CHAIR
Ellen Connors has played principal bassoon with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra since 2011. Previously, she served as principal bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony, and spent one year playing 2nd bassoon with the Baltimore Symphony. In 2018, she will play her first season as principal bassoon of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. 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 former principal bassoon of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A lover of new music, Connors has spent several summers performing 20th and 21st century works at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. She has toured with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and most recently with the Cincinnati Symphony as guest associate principal on their 2017 Asia tour.
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. A Michigan native, Connors resides in Saint Louis.