-The American Organist Magazine
Choir and Organ
"Plays with 'insight and expressive control'"
Classical Music Sentinel
Laura Ellis is Associate Director and Professor for 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.
Accolades for her recording Music from the Testaments Old and New include “plays brilliantly” and performs “with insight and expressive control.” This 2-CD set features contemporary interpretations of biblical texts and is available from RavenCD. Tracks from this CD have been featured on "Pipedreams", a nationally broadcast public radio program: her recording of "A Prophecy" by Daniel Pinkham was broadcast on the Sept 27, 2018 program and "Incarnation Suite" of Joel Martinson was aired on December 23, 2019. Legacy: Laura Ellis Plays the Organ Works of Jeanne Demessieux was released under the Pro Organo label. The album is now available on Spotify Pandora and Apple Music. The album is also available for subscribers to the Naxos Music Library.
Ellis has performed solo organ recitals at Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston, SC), Westminster Abbey, University of Sydney (Australia) and various locations throughout Florida, Texas, and the South. In May 2018 she performed a series of solo recitals and presented a masterclass at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea. Recital engagements have also included appearances with the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony. Ellis has also performed at regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).
In addition to her performances on the carillon in Century Tower on the University of Florida campus, Ellis has performed solo carillon recitals throughout the United States, The Netherlands, and Canada. Stateside appearances include recitals at Yale University: the University of Chicago; the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois; Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; the University of Rochester (NY); Alfred University (NY); and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Spokane, Washington.
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 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.