Jordan Ellis, MM
a semi-sequential professional history
Instructor, Ellis Strings
Private instruction in viola and violin, for all ages and levels.
Substitute Section Viola, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
Part-time member of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, having performed in support of soloists Midori Ito, Bomsori Kim, and Pinchas Zuckerman, and in major symphonic works.
Music Library Assistant, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
Assistant to the orchestra librarian, editing and copying bowings, measure numbers, and organizing printed parts prior to rehearsals.
Instructor/Volunteer, Omaha Girls Rock
Bass Guitar Instructor and Band Coach for some of the greatest OGR campers of all time!
Viola and Violin Instructor, Dietze Music
Where Ellis Strings began. Private instructor for viola and violin, organizer of summer mini-camps for strings
Education and Training
a process of learning, re-learning, and unlearning
I began violin lessons at age 7, after begging for a year when I found out another girl in my class was playing. My parents rented a 1/4 size violin, and put me in lessons. I always wanted to be a violinist, but I did not always want to practice. I knew that I wanted to be in orchestra though, and I really wanted to play solos wearing fancy dresses, so I kept at it and was allowed to join my grade-school orchestra a year early. It felt like a pretty big deal when I got to perform My Heart Will Go On as a solo in the school concert. (For those under 20, this was the mid-90s equivalent to whatever Cardi B song is viral on TikTok now. It was cool.)