(News Release/KMVT/KSVT) - A Sun Valley Summer Symphony cellist is now a full-time teacher in the Wood River Valley.
Ellen Sanders has been with the symphony for 25 years. She is also a Summer Music Workshop faculty member since 1998.
She will divide her time between teaching in the Blaine County School District (BCSD) and the symphony’s year-round School of Music classes.
“The unique collaboration between the school district and the symphony strengthens musical education in the Wood River Valley,” said BCSD Superintendent Dr. GwenCarol Holmes. “In addition to teaching in the public schools and the School of Music programs, she also will offer private cello lessons. This sort of partnership allows us to offer outstanding opportunities to talented students in a small community.”
“Ellen is a world class musician and has always been a favorite teacher with our students. We are so fortunate that we will have her talents in the Wood River Valley all year,” said Jenny Krueger, Sun Valley Summer Symphony Executive Director.
“I heard about the job opening when I was here this past summer,” Sanders said, “and I immediately asked about it. I have always enjoyed working with young adults as they are launching their lives, and I also love the area and the symphony. This is like a homecoming for me.”
She is principal cello of Santa Cruz Symphony, assistant principal cello of Opera San Jose and a regular member of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. She also has performed frequently with the San Francisco Opera.
In addition, she was a teaching artist for more than 10 years in the San Francisco Symphony’s Education Department, making weekly visits to middle and high school music classes to coach cello sections and chamber music groups. She will wrap up her California performing commitments during the next few months.
Sanders is a graduate of Oberlin College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Sanders is teaching three classes at Wood River High School: Freshman Orchestra, Pass Class, and Regular Orchestra (10-12 graders). Rebecca Martin continues to teach 6-8 grade at Wood River Middle School, Chamber Orchestra, and now Advanced Placement Music Theory. Sanders will also take on Sinfonia (Middle School Honor Orchestra Program through the Sun Valley School of Music) and the Elementary Strings also through the school of music. In seven years the orchestra program at Wood River Middle School and High School has grown from 35 total students (6-12 grade) to 145 students (6-12 grade).
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony, which will mark its 33rd season in 2017, is the largest privately funded free-admission orchestra in America. The School of Music teaches approximately 500 students annually, and more than 300 students attend the Summer Music Workshops.