Ellen C. Stephens
Ellen C. Stephens received her Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the Middle Tennessee State University and her Master of Music in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She currently is the Strings Division Director of the Northern Kentucky School of Music of Immanuel UMC and conducts the Northern Kentucky Concert Strings, award winning Northern Kentucky Youth Orchestra, and Northern Kentucky Youth Sinfonia. Stephens also leads outreach string programs in the local elementary schools for Northern Kentucky. Additional pedagogical experience includes director of the Strings Division and cello faculty at Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department, the Saint Xavier High School String Ensemble and several String Ensembles at the Wyoming String Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Stephens performs in the tri-state area several times a year with the South Bank Quartet and the Rookwood Trio. Other performances include cellist with the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, Dayton Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Stephens has also been the featured soloist with the Seven Hills Sinfonietta.
In addition to teaching and performing, Ellen Stephens is the founder and director of the James P. Stephens Scholarship Fund, which directly benefits string students in the tri-state area. Stephens believes that music is a gift for life and strives to give this beautiful gift back to the community and its youth.
Fun Fact: Mrs. Stephens’ favorite things in life are ice cream and pencils, but not eaten or used together.