Benjamin Ellis
Syracuse, NY
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Benjamin Ellis

Benjamin E.

Syracuse, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar lessons are tailored to students of all ages, ability levels and musical interests. Guitar students will be taught music literacy, technique and musicianship in a creative and innovative way. While incorporating traditional guitar methods with contemporary sources, students are exposed to a wide variety of music from various cultures and time periods. Students will be encouraged to perform in the community and to participate in ensembles.

About Benjamin E.

Benjamin Ellis is adjunct professor of Guitar and director of the Classical Guitar Ensemble at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy.

Ellis performs regularly and has been a featured soloist at festivals, universities and concert venues throughout the north east. Ellis also performs as a chamber musician, appearing with groups such as Symphoria, the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, the Hendricks Chapel Choir at Syracuse University, the Hobart and William Smith Chorale, Syracuse Opera, and as part of the LaLena-Ellis Duo and the New York Guitar Quartet.

In 2012, Ellis was awarded the Creative Opportunity Grant through Syracuse University, thereby making a collaboration possible with composer Sean Doyle in creating a new work for the guitar entitled Dance Suite Miniatures. Ellis continues to work with composers such as Tevi Eber and Marco Giusto to create and promote new works for the guitar. In 2010, along with guitarist Ian Hill, Ellis premiered a piece entitled “Comme des Grands” by Roland Dyens.

He holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University in Classical Guitar Performance studying under Dr. Kenneth Meyer, and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Fredonia School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia, studying under under Evan Drummond.

Ellis has performed in master classes with Eliot Fisk, Luis Zea, Roland Dyens, Nicholas Goluses, David Tanenbaum, Gaëlle Solal, and has published several arrangements for solo guitar through publisher Seconda Prattica.

Ellis is an active teacher in the Syracuse area and has been featured as a guest instructor at Syracuse University, Mansfield University and the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University.








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Experience

Owner/Instructor
Mar 2018 - Present

Westcott Guitar Studio

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2017 - Present

St. Peter's Community Arts Academy

Applied Instructor/Director of the Classical Guitar Ensemble
Aug 2013 - Present

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2012 - May 2013

Syracuse Univeristy

Education

Master of Music
Aug 2011 - Aug 2013

Syracuse Univeristy

Bachelor of Muisc
Aug 2007 - May 2011

State University of New York at Fredoina

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