Ellery Klein

Ellery Klein

Violin, Fiddle

Ellery loves teaching, and offers string students looking for something “different” an opportunity to experience a variety of fiddle and violin styles. Each student is unique, with his or her own interests, and Ellery works to find the music that speaks to each student and their own musical voice. In addition to technical excellence, Ellery hopes that students gain a sense of community, diverse musical experiences, improvisation, and the ability to play music for a lifetime.

For beginner students, Ellery usually works with the online curriculum Fiddlequest! which her families have loved for its varied repertoire, introducing students to American and international fiddle styles. Parents also love that "FQ" makes practice at home extremely accessible and fun.

As students master the basic skills of the instrument, Ellery works with students more individually, offering a variety of fiddle tunes, more intense technical study, and some classical repertoire if students want to keep a "bow in both doors." Those who want to focus intensely on Irish fiddling can benefit from Ellery’s 20+ years as a professional Irish musician, delving into the ornamentation and micro-improvisation that is a feature of this style.

Ellery feels that the boundary between “fiddle” and “violin” is sometimes wider in our popular culture than it should be, and that versatile musicians who can express themselves in a variety of ways are going to be successful in the future. Students are encouraged to try a range of musical experiences outside lessons.

Ellery is also the director of Fiddling on the Hill, Powers’ full day summer strings camp week held at the end of July. Fiddling on the Hill is open to any violin, viola or cello player looking for a week experiencing a variety of fiddle traditions, as well as their choice of improvisation, percussive dancing, visual art, singing, and arranging and harmonising for ensemble playing.

Classically trained, Ellery graduated from Cincinnati's famed School for Creative and Performing Arts in 1992 - also the year that she discovered and fell in love with Irish fiddling. She received an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick in 2001. She was certified in the Mark O'Connor Method in 2013, and Music Together in 2008. She has been a member of many Irish ensembles, most notably as the fiddler for acclaimed, nationally touring Irish band Gaelic Storm from 2003-2007. She was a featured soloist with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra in Duluth, MN in 2015, performing Nickitas Demos’ “Long Journey Home, Double Concerto for Celtic Fiddler and Bluegrass Fiddler." Currently she performs across New England with the fiddle, flute and guitar trio Fódhla.

Ellery has taught fiddling workshops and lessons in the US, Ireland, Bermuda and Japan. She was a teacher at Boston’s Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Irish music school from 2013-2017 and has been a Powers faculty member since 2013. She maintains a violin and fiddle studio at her home in Medford and is a visiting music specialist for two preschools in the greater Boston area.

Ellery also is a parent of two who shuttles her own two budding musicians (who between them play clarinet, fiddle, and piano) to their lessons.

 

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