Ellen Fast

Ellen Fast received a master's degree in collaborative piano  performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a  student of Martha Fischer and a recipient of several scholarships. Her  undergraduate degree is from Goshen College in northern Indiana, where  she studied with Marvin Blickenstaff and was a winner of the school’s  annual Concerto-Aria Competition.

As a pianist, Ellen enjoys playing chamber music with friends.  She is a Core member of the Incidental Chamber Players in Pittsburgh and  has also appeared with OvreArts. Ellen is also an avid choral  singer. She is a member of the chamber choir Voces Solis, the Chancel  Choir at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, and has been either a member or  alternate member of the Professional Core of the Mendelssohn Choir of  Pittsburgh, with which she also serves as one of the rehearsal  accompanists. Ellen has played for several other choirs, including the  Thomas Circle Singers in Washington, DC (which at that time was one of  only a few organizations to be honored with a Washingtonian of the Year  award), and The Festival Choir of Madison. The Washington Post has remarked that Ellen “made the keyboard sing” and “played with … polish.”

Ellen also works as a freelance book proofreader for Houghton  Mifflin Harcourt and previously worked as a copyeditor and proofreader  for music publisher A-R Editions in Madison. She enjoys watching her two  young children get smarter and funnier every day and has a special  relationship with baked goods.