Ellen Gronningen received degrees from both the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Her principal teachers were Szyman Goldberg, Raphael Bronstein, and Anne Crowden. In addition to freelancing in New York City, Ellen toured and travelled with opera and Broadway musical companies from 1989 to 1993. Since her return to native soil in 1993, Ms. Gronningen has enjoyed a wide variety of freelance work ranging from standard orchestral and opera to contemporary chamber groups such as the Empyrean Ensemble. Ellen is also a founding member of the Speakeasy String Quartet and the first woman to ever play in the big band Peter Mintun Orchestra.

[from program for October 23, 2000 concert]

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