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Laura Ellis is an associate professor of music in the School of Music at the University of Florida. Dr. Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate organ, harpsichord, and carillon. In addition to her duties as university organist, she oversees the Andrew Anderson Memorial Organ in the University Auditorium, the carillon in the Century Tower, and the historic keyboard instruments housed within the School of Music.

Ellis is active as a recitalist and clinician. Her 2-CD set, “Music from the Testaments Old and New,” was recently released by RavenCD. “Legacy: Laura Ellis Plays the Organ Works of Jeanne Demessieux,” was released under the Pro Organo label.

Recital engagements as organist have included appearances with the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony. She has performed solo recitals at Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC), Westminster Abbey, University of Sydney (Australia) and various locations throughout Florida, Texas, and the South. In January 2010, Ellis performed a solo recital for the Region IV regional convention in Sarasota, Florida. In June 2017, she will perform a solo recital for the Southeast Regional Convention in Jacksonville, FL.

A native of Minnesota, Ellis is a magna cum laude graduate of Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) and holds a Master of Music degree in church music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Kansas. Her major organ teachers have been William Kuhlman and James Higdon. While in residence at the University of Kansas, she studied carillon with Albert Gerken.

Prior to her Florida appointment, Ellis served as professor of music at McMurry University and held the position of parish organist at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas. Ellis began her teaching career at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.

Ellis is active in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and was elected to three terms as Councillor for the Southeast Region. A carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), Ellis serves as director of the Music and Publications Committee.

In June 2010, Ellis achieved carillonneur status in the GCNA by performing a successful advancement exam in Naperville, Illinois. In addition to her regular performances on the carillon in Century Tower on the University of Florida campus, she has performed solo carillon recitals at the International Carillon Festival, Springfield, Illinois; the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Spokane, WA; the University of Sydney; the National Carillon, Canberra, Australia; Iowa State University; Grand Valley State University; the University of Chicago; the University of Rochester (NY); Alfred University (NY); the University of Toronto; and the Metropolitan Church, Toronto. In September 2015 Ellis performed in Zwolle, The Netherlands, as part of the Zwolse Beiaard Stichting.

Information on the organ program at the University of Florida may be found at: www.arts.ufl.edu/organ.

For more details about the carillon at the University of Florida, please visit: www.arts.ufl.edu/carillon.

Ellis may be contacted directly at: lrellis@ufl.edu

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Laura Ellis