-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 where she teaches undergraduate and graduate organ, harpsichord, and carillon. She was recently elected President of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), an organization of professional musicians dedicated to promoting the carillon art. Ellis may often be found at the top of Century Tower performing on UF’s 61-bell carillon.
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. Legacy: Laura Ellis Plays the Organ Works of Jeanne Demessieux was released under the Pro Organo label. The album is now available on streaming platforms and her performance of Demessieux’s “Attende Domine” from the 12 Chorale-preludes was aired on Pipedreams on November 17, 1997.
Ellis has performed solo organ recitals at Westminster Abbey, University of Sydney (Australia), Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Seoul, South Korea), and various locations throughout Florida, Texas, and the South. Recital engagements have also included appearances with the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony. Ellis has also performed at regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).As a carillonneur, she has been featured in recital 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.