Ellen Sauer (b.1997) is a flute and recorder player currently based in New York. She grew up in a musical family in Michigan, where she remained for her undergraduate and master’s studies in flute performance at the University of Michigan. Harpsichord professor Joseph Gascho played a large role in Ellen’s early discovery of and passion for Early Music. During her time in Michigan, she had the unique opportunity to work closely with leadership of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra and present concerts in collaboration with the library’s archival collections.
As she grew more serious, Ellen began commuting several hours to Oberlin to study with Kathie Stewart, who plays in the Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra. In the summers that followed, Ellen enjoyed attending Oberlin BPI, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and American Bach Soloists summer festival, where she learned from masters including Christopher Krueger, Claire Guimond, and Sandra Miller. She has also spent time in Europe taking lessons with Marten Root, Wilbert Hazelzet, and Marc Hantaï.
Ellen is currently finishing a Historical Performance degree at The Juilliard School, where she has had the chance to play for and with many esteemed artists in the field including Jed Wentz, Rachel Podger, and Masaaki Suzuki. As a New York-based chamber musician, she is a founding member of Open Source Baroque and a member of the Nuova Practica ensemble.
Ellen also nurtures passions for writing and teaching, and enjoys baking in the rare moments she finds herself with free time.