Cellist Ellen Lind is an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. Originally from Illinois, Ellen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, where she studied with Christopher Costanza and Stephen Balderston. She later attended the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she studied with Chicago Symphony cellists, Richard Hirschl and Ken Olsen.
While living in Chicago, Ellen held section cello positions with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and served as principal cellist of the Elmhurst Symphony. She has been a member of MusicCorps, a musical outreach organization dedicated to bringing music into the classroom. In addition to her classical experience, she has worked extensively in contemporary music, touring internationally with pop acts including Bright Eyes and Brian Wilson and sharing stages with artists such as Lou Reed, Nora Jones and Burt Bacharach.
After spending a year at sea as part of a cruise-ship string quartet, Ellen relocated to Kansas in 2010 where she quickly established herself as a working musician and teacher in the Lawrence area. She is principal cellist of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and a regular substitute with the Kansas City Symphony. She is founder and co-owner of the Oread Strings, a Lawrence-based string quartet that performs for weddings and events. She is a member of Trio 114 and the Dahlia Trio.
Ellen is an adjunct Cello instructor at Ottawa and Baker universities and has a large private teaching studio in Lawrence.