Adjunct Instructor of Violin
B. Mus. Ed., Southern Adventist University
M. Mus., Longy School of Music of Bard College
Instrumental Ensemble Experience
Ellen Francisco is an avid chamber musician and teacher, specializing in violin and viola. While her in-depth studies at Southern (Music Education, Violin Performance) and Longy Conservatory (Viola Performance, Chamber Music) have been invaluable, she credits her life-long love of learning and music to her family, who introduced her very early to the joys of playing music with others.
Over the years, Mrs. Francisco has taught in a variety settings, from the Dalton Creative Arts Guild early in her career to designing and implementing a complete Suzuki-in-the-Schools program at Mile High Academy in Denver in 2012–13. Additionally, she has taught at Madison Campus Elementary and Academy (Madison, TN), Thayer Performing Arts Center and Atlantic Union College (Lancaster, MA), and classroom music at Mile High Academy.
She has always maintained a busy private studio of 30–40 students, with a wide range of ages and abilities. Her students have performed at numerous nursing facilities and community events everywhere she has taught.
Mrs. Francisco credits her primary teacher training to her mother, Leila Ashton, to Alice Joy Lewis (Suzuki teacher-trainer), and to Kathleen Spring, director of the Suzuki Pedagogy Masters degree program at the University of Denver. From each of these, she learned first-hand the difference between teaching music and teaching students. She has always valued the opportunity to influence young lives for the Lord through the skills and experience of music study and performance.
Mrs. Francisco and her husband, along with her entire family run two chamber music workshops every summer on Southern's campus. Chamber Music Weekend (begun in 1998), and its spin-off for youth – At First Sight (founded in 2009) – are pinnacles of each year's musical experience, bringing together 50–60 participants per event, to share in the joy of music-making.