High School Division

2014 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. 

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Ellen Kogut, ViolinEllen Kogut, Violin
Violinist, Educator

Ellen Kogut is a violinist and teacher based in Montréal, Québec. She holds Master's degrees in Violin Performance from McGill University and in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College. Her principal teachers include Denise Lupien, Sanford Reuning, and Susan Waterbury. Ellen has performed with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Montréal Contemporary Music Lab, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Contrapunkt! of Cornell University, and the Binghamton Philharmonic. She has played in masterclasses for Mark Fewer, Lynn Kuo, Arnold Steinhardt, Gilbert Kalish, and members of the Borremeo Quartet, Lafayette Quartet, Ying Quartet, and Gryphon Trio. Ellen has been a participant in the Tuckamore Festival and the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Bonefro, Italy), and has contributed to chamber music recordings for CBC Radio. A contemporary music enthusiast, Ellen has recently premiered solo works by Scottish composer Sophie Donald and American composer James Rubino.

Ellen has taught violin at Cornell University, the McGill Conservatory, Le Garage à Musique of the Dr. Julien Foundation, the St. John's Talent Education Program, and the Ithaca Talent Education School. She has served as Artistic Director of the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute, and has taught and coached chamber music both there and at l'Institut Suzuki de Montréal. Her students have won numerous awards, most recently in the OPUS 21 Competition. Ellen has a strong interest in Alexander Technique, and in 2014 organized a student workshop with Body-Mapping instructor Jennifer Johnson, author of What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body. In addition, Ellen has been a guest lecturer at the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute, and a co-presenter at the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis. She is the co-organizer of “In C dans le parc,” a benefit for domestic violence awareness.

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