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Ellie Choate, harp

Ellie Choate, harp

Rarely do we hear the words “renaissance woman.” In the world of music, it could not be more accurately applied than to harpist Ellie Choate. Ellie’s musical versatility affords her the opportunity to touch every area of music making, including opera, symphony orchestra, and with many headline artists. Recent performances include Opera Santa Barbara, and soloist with Jennifer Hudson at the Ravinia Festival.  She has worked on the scores of major motion pictures (such as “Spiderman II” and “Mission Impossible III”), and recordings (Ray Charles “Genius Loves Company”) as well as on-screen, and is active as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and teacher. In addition to her private studio, Ellie is on the applied music faculty at UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, and CSU Long Beach Cole Conservatory.  She has served the harp and string community as an officer and Institute Chair for the American Harp Society, Inc., and as President of the Greater Los Angeles Section of the American String Teachers Association. She has also conducted master classes and workshops on arranging, rhythm and pedagogy for chapters of the American Harp Society, AHS and ASTA national conferences, the biennial Harp in Worship conference at Azusa Pacific University, and for various composer’s education groups. Ellie has also produced publications and several CDs of her arrangements of pop and jazz, classical, and inspirational music.