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Ellen Kirkwood


Ellen Kirkwood is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance. At age 24, Ellen has been playing the trumpet for 14 years, and has been playing with big bands since age 13. As a secondary student she was a member of the NSW Schools Jazz Orchestra, Australia's premier student jazz ensemble. In year 12 Ellen attended the inaugural Women's Jazz Workshop, led by Sandy Evans, and as a result became inspired to pursue her study of Jazz at a University level.

At the Sydney Conservatorium she was a member of their leading Big Band, and has also worked with well-known Sydney bands including the Sydney Metro Big Band, the Rhino Factory big band and Jazz Connection. Whilst studying Jazz at "The Con," Ellen studied and played with many successful and influential Australian Jazz musicians, including Mike Nock, Warwick Alder, David Theak, Judy Bailey and Dale Barlow.

Ellen now leads the successful EQ Jazz Quartet, featuring many of her original modern Jazz compositions. She is also a member of Latin American group Son de Tagua, popular regulars at several of Sydney's major Latin Music festivals and venues.

Ellen is also highly in demand as a private trumpet tutor for students across a broad spectrum of abilities, as well as directing several secondary level Stage Bands in Sydney. Ellen also tutors trumpet students at various Music Camps around Sydney, including the NSW Department of Education and Training Junior State Music Camp. She is tutor and co-conductor for the NSW Arts Unit Stage Band.