Ellen Hindson  oboe


Ellen Hindson

"My teaching philosophy is to inspire my students to achieve excellence as performers. I help them become more confident in their musical expression, develop a disciplined approach to their music studies, and inspire creative and moving performances."

Oboist Ellen Hindson was born and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin where she started playing at age 12. “I fell in love with the oboe at a young age listening to my first teacher playing in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.” Her love for the instrument led her to the University of Minnesota, and finally to New York where she received her Masters degree in oboe performance from Mannes College at the New School, studying with Sherry Sylar, Associate Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic.

Regarding her relationships with students, Ellen aims to “help them become more confident in their musical expression, develop a disciplined approach to their music studies, and inspire creative and moving performances.” Ellen is open to teaching all ages of students, though says “most start after age 6. I’d typically begin with recorder lessons, and use a lot of interactive games and movement to encourage younger students.”

A frequent performer in chamber ensembles and orchestras, Ellen notes, “I have a particular love of performing operas--there’s something so magical about playing that repertoire!” though her musical tastes run from Palestrina, Mozart and Stravinsky to Thelonious Monk.

Outside of music, Ellen is “an avid reader, a frequent adventurer (both in New York and elsewhere),” and confesses to “a sweet tooth that’s rather dangerous,” inspiring her to seek the very best desserts all across the city!