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Musician Spotlights - Ellen Lindquist, Harp

Musician Spotlights - Ellen Lindquist, Harp
By Musician Spotlights • Issue #5 • View online
Happy June everyone! This month we’re celebrating Ellen, our principal harp!

Ellen Lindquist, by Christopher Briscoe
Ellen Lindquist, by Christopher Briscoe
Question 1: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Santa Barbara. Did a lot of hiking, biking and playing in the ocean. Spent several summers at the Music Academy of the West. After HS I went to Juilliard for one year. The school was not right for me and I missed California. I went to school in Los Angeles and spent years playing with many orchestras and freelancing in LA. I had a flute and harp duo and we were quite busy doing gigs. I moved to the Bay area and continued freelancing and created another flute / harp duo. I moved to Portland and played harp in a wide range of settings while working for INTEL Corporation  as an executive assistant.  I played harp internationally at hotels in Asia and on a cruise ship. I was harpist for the Oregon Coast Music festival for 20 years and the Sunriver music festival for about 8 years.
Question 2: What brought or inspired you to pursue harp? Do have a favorite piece of music or two you’d like to share?
I am the youngest of 6 children. My oldest sister is a harpist, 13 years older so I guess you could say I have been listening to harp music since conception. She works as a harpist in New York City and Long Island. I remember sitting on the floor listening to her practice.  I love Introduction and Allegro by Ravel for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet.  
I love playing works by Mahler, love American works, and early music. I adore Beethoven and Bach.
Ellen Lindquist, by Christopher Briscoe
Ellen Lindquist, by Christopher Briscoe
Question 3: What do you enjoy most about being with the Rogue Valley Symphony?
I love Martin! I love the diversity of repertoire.  I have to tell you that when we moved to the Rogue Valley in 2014 I didn’t even know there was a symphony! Someone tracked me down and asked to audition!
Question 4: What do you do when you’re not playing music i.e. what are your hobbies or interests?
Hiking, road biking, travel, love being with my husband, international travel, we go to a lot of concerts in general from all genres. I like to visit friends and family. I feel a little isolated in So. Oregon.  I truly love the Pacific NW and don’t think I could ever leave it. 
Question 5: Finally, one unusual fact, story, or tidbit about you or your instrument?  
I played with with Moody Blues in the 1990s. At the age of 47, I got a Masters in Speech language pathology and work as a SLP at Rogue Regional Medical Center. [I] see a lot of patients with strokes, swallowing dysfunction, [and] I perform video fluoroscopic swallow studies.
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