Breanna Ellison

Breanna E.

Howard City, MI
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French Horn

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Always loved the sound of the horn? Looking to further your abilities and build up your chops? Learn at your pace in your learning style with student-tailored lessons that help you build a solid technique on the instrument while explaining the "hows" and "why" of music with integrated theory. Wanting to learn more? Don't be shy - send me a message!

I've taught all levels and all ages over many many time zones - I understand online learning can be a leap for some, but every student has expressed how amazing it is that they can learn at the time they want, in their own home, with the teacher they chose hundreds or thousands of miles away!
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Breanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

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With 15+ years of experience, I am a learner-centered educator and Artist-Teacher-Scholar with a genuine interest in student engagement and cognitive growth. In our lessons, I strive to create motivating and rewarding learning environments through effective communication and a keen sense of student needs. Teachers are only as great as their students, which is why I encourage self-driven learning through example.

Below is a lengthy bio of my life as professional hornist (I'm currently principal horn of the State Opera in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) with a little overview of my professional life. To briefly summarize the full extent of my musical experiences: over the years, I've been lucky enough to come across almost any performance job you could throw at someone - I was a keyboard player in an experimental improvisatory funk band, have been a faculty accompanist at a university and a Suzuki class accompanist, have been a collaborative pianist for all sizes of chamber ensembles (vocal and instrumental), have performed in Jordan Hall on accordion giving a world premiere of a local Boston composer's work, busked the streets of my college town and played weddings on accordion, taught fifth grade, junior high, and high school band and choir at a public school, and helped create an educational outreach ensemble, to name some of the most memorable. Music is a very personal journey, I've come to realize, which is why lessons are always student-centered and planned according to your needs.

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Breanna Ellison, lauded for performances "flawless in execution and vivid in characterization" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), is a dynamic and highly sought-after horn player throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Breanna has played with numerous groups throughout the US, including Boston's conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, the Ad Astra Festival Orchestral, Michael Tilson Thomas's New World Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Radius Ensemble, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays in the Hays Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recently, she served as principal horn with the Geneva Light Opera in their production of Così Fan Tutte, acted as section coach and chaperone in the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2015 European Tour, and this summer served on faculty at the High Plains Music Camp as a collaborative pianist and hornist.

Equally at home in symphonic, opera, and chamber music worlds alike, Breanna has performed in music festivals across Europe and the United States. In 2011, she served as principal horn at the Eutiner Opernfestspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She attended the Colorado College Music Festival in summer 2012, and later that summer attended the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Prague, Breanna performed with an international chamber group that took second place in Ameropa's International Concertante Competition. The quartet performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K295b in the Czech Philharmonic's Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall with Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia. In the summer of 2015, by invitation, Breanna studied with world-renowned hornist and pedagogue Frøydis Ree Wekre in Oslo, Norway.

Holding performance degrees in both horn and piano from the University of Kansas, Breanna attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy as a pianist in 2010. There, she met kindred spirits amongst the composers attending and later that year, invited them to Kansas to hear their commissions performed by her brass quintet, the Lawrence 5. The concert served as both premieres of their works and as a benefit concert to aid in the building of schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute. While at the University of Kansas, Breanna was a recipient of the Zakoura Collaborative Pianist Scholarship. Much of her pianistic time was spent collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from all realms, often in premieres of new works by colleagues in composition. Regarding hornistic studies while studying at KU, she was assistant then fourth horn of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the first job she won at age 20.

Breanna graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA under full Presidential and Merit scholarship with her master's degree in horn performance, studying with James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During her time there, she also earned her Music-In-Education Concentration under the guidance of movement-founder Larry Scripp. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas School of Music in horn performance, studying with Paul Stevens, and piano performance, studying with Jack Winerock. Breanna is currently Interim Professor of Horn at Fort Hays State University and continues to be a collaborative pianist at the University and throughout the state of Kansas. When not pursuing musical endeavors, she enjoys creating raw desserts, planning her worldwide backpacking trip, and learning mad, Balkan rips to busk with on accordion.

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Principal Horn
Feb 2018 - Present
State Opera Orchestra - Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Substitute Horn
Oct 2016 - Present
Kansas City Symphony Orchestra

Private Piano, Accordion, and Horn Instructor
Jul 2002 - Present
Boston-metro/New England, Kansas/Michigan/Midwest

Collaborative Pianist
Feb 2016 - Aug 2017
Fort Hays State University

Director of Bands and Choirs
Aug 2016 - May 2017
USD 399

Interim Professor of Horn
Aug 2016 - May 2017
Fort Hays State University

Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Experiential Orchestra NYC


Jan 2018 - Feb 2018
Oxford House - Prague, Czech Republic
Master of Music, Horn Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015
New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013
University of Kansas School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Horn Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013
University of Kansas School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

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Terran Apr 19, 2018
Piano · In studio

I had next to no piano experience before Breanna started teaching me. In one semester, I was fluent in scales and common chord progressions. Because of her lessons, my Piano Tech classes for my Music Performance degree are a breeze. Breanna easily incorporates ear training, theory, and history into her lessons. She’s extremely knowledgeable in many various areas of music. I give her my full and strongest recommendation.

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Sara Apr 9, 2018
French Horn · In studio

Breanna is very kind and patient! I loved that she was a pianist as well, it was nice to be able to have accompaniment whenever we wanted. Definitely recommend!

Dara Apr 8, 2018
Piano · In studio

Breanna was very friendly and kind to my daughter. She is very knowledgeable and finds ways to make lessons fun while encouraging her students to maintain high musical standards. She can provide appropriate musical instruction to all ages and ability levels according to whatever your personal goals may be and she will deliver with a smile!

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