Ellen Lindquist

Ellen Lindquist has composed pieces for string orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice, chorus, and solo instruments, several of which are collaborative projects involving dance, theater and performance art. Her works have been performed throughout the United States and Canada. As a pianist, she has performed frequently as a chamber musician and accompanist in New England and New York.

A deep respect for and love of the natural world is reflected in her work; recent commissions include Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky (2003) for Trent Petrunia (solo marimba), based on Canadian artist Emily Carr's painting of the same name; Nakoda (2002) for Erin Lesser (solo amplified alto flute), which deals with the precarious state of the wolf population in and around Banff National Park (choreographed and dance by Vancouver dancer Cori Caulfield); Be Still, My Soul (2001) for I-Ju Chang (marimba and drums); Aspetuck Waters (1999) for solo piano and string orchestra, written for the Easton Arts Council in Easton, Connecticut in an effort to help protect the Trout Brook Valley watershed from development; and Gaia (1998). A College Dance Department in Middlebury, Vermont

Ellen has worked with composers James Grant, Sheila Silver, Daria Semegen, and Daniel Weymouth. Her B.A. is from Middlebury College, and her M.A. in composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After having spent six month in residence at the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada this past year, she has just begun her Ph.D. at Stony Brook.

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