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Monica Ellis

Current position(s): Imani Winds, Bassoonist and Executive Director; Imani Winds Foundation, Treasurer; Curtis Institute of Music, Faculty; Manhattan School of Music, Faculty; Mannes College of Music, Imani Winds: Ensemble in Residence

Previous position(s): University of Chicago, Imani Winds: Ensemble in Residence (2016-2018); The Hartt School of Music, Imani Winds: Ensemble in Residence (2013-2015); Brooklyn College, Faculty (2012-2016); Purchase Conservatory, Faculty (2011-2014); Mannes College of Music Prep Division, Faculty (2003-2006); The Juilliard School Music Advancement Program, Faculty (1998-2003)

Education: Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (BM); The Juilliard School (MM); Manhattan School of Music (PS)

Recordings: Bruits (Grammy nom.) – Imani Winds, Bright Shiny Things Records, 2021; Startin’ Sumthin’ – Imani Winds, E1 Records, 2016; The Rite of Spring – Imani Winds, EMI Classics, 2013; Without a Net – Wayne Shorter Quartet, Blue Note Records, 2013; Native Informant – Imani Winds & Mohammed Fairouz, Naxos, 2013; Madrigal: Music of Montsalvatge, Perspecitves Ensemble, Naxos, 2013; The Continents – Chick Corea, Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, 2012; Terra Incognita – Imani Winds, E1 Records, 2010; This Christmas with Imani Winds – Koch International Classics, 2008; Classified – Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Koch International Classics, 2008; Josephine Baker: A Life of “Le Jazz Hot” – Imani Winds, Koch Int. Classics, 2007; Imani Winds – Imani Winds, Koch International Classics, 2006; The Classical Underground – Imani Winds, Koch Int. Classics (Grammy nom.), 2005; Ascension To Light – Steve Coleman and the Five Elements, Sony International, 2002; Umoja – Imani Winds, Self-produced, 2001

Solo appearances: 2022 IDRS: “Mosiacos” by Tania Leon, world premiere; 2021 Chineke! Orchestra, London: “Phenomenal Women” by Valerie Coleman; 2020 American Composers Orchestra (virtual): “No Air” Karena Ingram, world premiere; 2020 Fresno Double Reed Day (in person); 2019 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival: with Akropolis Reed Quintet, “Cane Concerto” by Jenny Brandon; 2018 Pittsburgh Symphony: Mozart Concerto; 2016 Meg Quigley: “Elegy for Innocence” by Jeff Scott; 2015: Musica Viva Huntington Festival, Mudgee, Australia: “Devienne Quartet No. 1”; 2014 IDRS: “Trio for oboe, bassoon, pno” Valerie Coleman, world premiere; 2008 IDRS: “Elegy for Innocence” by Jeff Scott, world premiere

Notable performances/accomplishments:  IDRS Board Member; Concert Artist Guild Board Member; Orchestra of St. Luke’s Education Committee Member

Teaching Opportunities: The annual Imani Winds Chamber Festival, held each summer in NYC.; Curtis Institute of Music, chamber music department; Masterclasses, seminars and lectures year round at conservatories and universities across the country with Imani Winds

Instrument: Fox Model 201

Fun Fact: Monica religiously watches Jeopardy!, loves home decorating and resides in the historic village of Harlem in New York City with the greatest joy of her life – her 8 year old son, Oden.

For more information on Monica Ellis, visit her website here.

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