B.M. Eastman School of Music; M.M. Indiana University; D.M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Christian Ellenwood, Professor of Clarinet, is a passionate recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral clarinetist, and composer. Dr. Ellenwood has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, the San Francisco-based Ives Quartet, the EastWind Quintet, and is frequently heard in live radio broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Ellenwood has presented solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States and Pacific islands of Japan, Guam, and Hawaii. He is principal clarinetist with the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and Bel Canto of Milwaukee; and he performs frequently with the Milwaukee Ballet, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Opera. His clarinet playing can be heard on the Albany Records release, Music of Chris Theofanidis, and on CD projects produced by UW-Whitewater.
Dr. Ellenwood has composed several works for clarinet, as well as pieces for chamber ensembles, choir, wind ensemble, and strings. His compositions have been performed at prestigious festivals and concert venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, the World Saxophone Congress, ClarinetFest, and the Chamber Music National Festival/Music for All. Recent commissions include a new quintet for clarinet and strings, commissioned by Vandoren for the winner of the 2015 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. His compositions have also been broadcast over Chicago's WFMT and the Wisconsin and Nebraska Public Radio networks.
Dr. Ellenwood is committed to the musical and intellectual growth of his students, and the quality of his teaching has earned significant recognition from his students and colleagues, including the W. P. Roseman Award, UW-Whitewater’s highest honor for excellence in teaching, as well as multiple inclusions in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Ellenwood has also received UW-Whitewater’s Outstanding Research Award and the University Faculty/Staff Academic Advising Award. He has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and New England Music Camp.
He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, where he was an I.U. Fellowship recipient, and the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded Edith Babcock and George Eastman scholarships. Major teachers and pedagogical influences include Kelly Burke, Eli Eban, and Peter Hadcock.
Studio Clarinet, Music Theory, Clarinet Techniques, Clarinet Ensemble
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