Ellen Kogut

Violin Teacher, Administrator

SAA Member


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Ellen Kogut holds Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from McGill University and Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College, where she studied under scholarship with Denise Lupien, and served as teaching assistant to Susan Waterbury. Ellen completed Suzuki teacher training and supplemental coursework with Sanford Reuning, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Susan Baer, and is a recipient of the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement, as well as Teacher Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).

An active member and past president of Suzuki Musique Montréal, Ellen is also certified as an Advanced Specialist in Violin through the RCM. She has taught at workshops in Québec City, Ottawa, and Guelph, ON, and has guest taught at Suzuki programs in Kiel, Germany and Gdańsk, Poland, as well as at the Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference. She has served on the faculty of the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford University, l’Institut Suzuki Montréal, and the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute. Previous long-term teaching positions include the Ithaca Talent Education School, 171 Cedar Arts Centre (Corning, NY), and the St. John’s Talent Education Program. Ellen has taught violin at Ithaca College and at Cornell University as a sabbatical replacement for Professor Joseph Lin, and has given masterclasses at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She has performed with ensembles including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (successor orchestra to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra), Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Contrapunkt of Cornell University, and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she has been a content contributor for the RCM’s Teacher Certification program, a staff writer for the Canadian music magazine La Scena Musicale, and a music research assistant at McGill University.