Ellen Sirower

Photo Credit: Maya Ballester

Bachelor of Musical Arts
Performance; Piano

Ellen Sirower is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both piano performance and philosophy with high honors. Primary piano studies were with Amy I-Lin Cheng. She has made concert appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Hill Auditorium, and New York’s Tenri Cultural Center. She recently was a gold medal winner in the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition in Fort Collins, CO, and a finalist in both the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition (Sewanee Summer Music Festival) and the University of Michigan Undergraduate Concerto Competition.

Ellen maintains a private piano studio teaching students of all ages and levels. Energized by her teaching experience and extensive philosophical education, she is highly interested in pursuing research in the intersection between philosophy and piano pedagogy throughout graduate school. She is particularly interested in how topics in aesthetics and philosophy of language can contribute to effective and informed teaching with regards to performance practice, interpretation, and expressivity at every level.

She will begin her Master of Music in piano performance this fall at the University of Texas at Austin, where she will be studying with Gregory Allen and serve as a Teaching Assistant.


Performed in numerous venues ranging from Blom Meadworks to the Power Center to Hill Auditorium

Was a member of an all-womxn contemporary improvisation and chamber music sextet

Put together a concert series dedicated to new music by Michigan-based student composers with cellist Josh DeVries

Wrote for the Michigan Daily Community Culture Section

Grew my piano studio to eight students

Presented at an undergraduate philosophy conference and had my final philosophy paper published in an undergraduate research journal