String Festival Competition Winner

Ellie Evans

Ellie Evans first began playing the violin at the age of 4. She begged her parents for a violin and so the journey began one Christmas morning. As most young students can relate, the magic of that first moment wore off when she learned that playing the violin was hard. There were many mornings where she complained about how long Lightly Row was, or that there were too many notes to learn. However, with some perseverance on her part and some persistence from her parents, Ellie began making rapid progress. She took lessons from her mother until she began high school, and since then, has been studying with Christine Davis-Smaellie and is loving it! Ellie has recorded with the USU Chamber Singers on several of their acclaimed albums and has been featured on nationally-syndicated classical music programs including “With Heart and Voice,” “Going Beyond Words,” and “Performance Today”. She has soloed in Xian, China for the Chinese Choral Directors National Conference, and recently soloed with the Ridgeline High School Orchestra at the Utah Music Educators Association conference. Her string trio was the 2019 winner of the Mountain West Chamber Music Competition, but more than anything, Ellie loves the joy that comes as she serves others with music. Ellie is 17 years old, a junior at Ridgeline High School, and is the daughter of Cory and Jennie Evans.

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