Meet our Musicians:

Ellen Fast, piano


Ellen Fast received a master's degree in collaborative piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a student of Martha Fischer and a recipient of several scholarships. Her undergraduate degree is from Goshen College in northern Indiana, where she studied with Marvin Blickenstaff and was a winner of the school’s annual Concerto-Aria Competition. Ellen is also an avid choral singer. She is a member of the Chancel Choir at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the chamber choir Voces Solis, and the Professional Core of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, where she also serves as an occasional rehearsal accompanist. She has played for several other choirs, including the Thomas Circle Singers in Washington, DC (which at that time was one of only a few organizations to be honored with a Washingtonian of the Year award), and The Festival Choir of Madison. She has also made appearances at the piano with Stoughton Opera and Candid Concert Opera, both in Wisconsin. The Washington Post has remarked that Ellen “made the keyboard sing” and “played with . . . polish.”

Ellen also works as a freelance proofreader for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and previously worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for music publisher A-R Editions in Madison. She enjoys watching her two young children get smarter and funnier every day and has a special relationship with baked goods.


(Updated January 15, 2017)