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Christian Ellenwood

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Christian Ellenwood


Christian Ellenwood (b. 1970) is an American composer, clarinetist, and educator.

Dr. Ellenwood received a BM from the Eastman School of Music, MM from Indiana University, and DMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Ellenwood's compositions have been performed internationally and throughout the United States at major venues such as Carnegie Hall and at international concerts, festivals, and conferences, and his music has been broadcast over several major classical networks, including Chicago’s WFMT.

A passionate clarinetist, he performs as principal clarinetist with the Skylight Opera of Milwaukee, the Woodstock Mozart Festival/Midwest Mozart Festival, and appears regularly with other orchestras and ensembles in the region, including the Milwaukee Ballet, Bel Canto Chamber Orchestra of Milwaukee, Madison Symphony, and Madison Opera. Chamber music collaborations include performances with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet as well as artists such as LA Phil principal cellist Robert DeMaine, violinist Mark Peskanov, and pianist Christopher Taylor.

Committed to fostering and nurturing human growth through the art of music, he proudly serves as professor of clarinet at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where his contributions have received many commendations, including the W. P. Roseman Award, UW-Whitewater’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. He also assists young composers' growth through the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s John Downey Creation project, sponsored by Present Music.

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